Spring Rainbow Push-Up Pop Cupcakes

My husband bought an exercise vest.

That he wears in public.

Is this grounds for divorce?


It looks like he has bombs attached to him like the bad guys in terrorist movies…

Yes, that’s him…getting ready to go out where living humans can see him.


This morning he put it on inside the house and did all sorts of weird calisthenics.

Some of those images can’t be erased.


I mean, I am all for keeping him healthy, yada yada…

but at what cost?


Tim Gunn, please hear my cry.


I just had to share that with y’all.

Misery loves company.


Back to things that make me happy:  Push-Up Pops.

I did them a few months ago, but since then I got the fun book Push-Up Pops by my friend Courtney.  Have you guys seen it?  It’s super sweet and is chock-full with cute ideas!  She did a rainbow version of the push-up pop in the book and my little guy loved it so much he asked if I could make them for the Spring Party in his classroom…but he specifically asked for “Easter” colors.  That kid’s a thinker.

You can follow my step by step instructions here, or again, I certainly encourage you to get Courtney’s book 🙂


I used a vanilla boxed mix and divided the batter in half.  I tinted one half pink and the other purple.

I baked the two colors in 9×13 baking dishes.  You want them to be thin layers.

I used the push-up pops to poke circular pieces of the cake.


I made frosting using THIS RECIPE and tinted it spring time colors, yellow and green.

I used a ziplock bag to pipe the frosting into the pops.


Here’s the assembly process…

One round of purple cake topped with frosting…and if you’re feeling fancy add in some pastel sprinkles…

Then finish it by adding another cake layer in your other color and more frosting and sprinkles…

That’s it!

You can purchase the Push Up Pops HERE. or HERE or HERE.

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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March 28, 2014 12:56 pm

I’m making these tonight for a ladies’ luncheon tomorrow. I decorated a table based on a gerber daisy stand up 3D napkin and needed an off-the-wall dessert. Not only do the spring color pop ups fit the bill but compliments it too. Thanks so much for the post! And I love my new cookbook!

November 9, 2013 1:19 pm

OMG Shelly! your ideas are reallllyyyy fantastic…! thanks for this recipe! I just love the idea of the push out pops! Pi gave these a try, & they were awesome! & plus, the kids loved <33 them too! There great, easy & cute! Great job! keep up the great work and great ideas!!

August 15, 2013 2:28 pm

If I saw your husband running with that one, I think I would panic. He looks like he’s wearing a bullet- proof vest. Seeing him running without a gun would make me wonder who he was running from and wear did his gun go?

February 20, 2013 8:49 pm

I stumbled on here from Forever Folding Laundry. Just wanted to comment on the vest. I saw a guy in a big city wearing one of those vests. I’m from the country so it totally freaked me out. He was jogging behind me , caught up, passed me then stopped and let me pass him. TOTALLY FREAKED me out!! Thank you for setting my mind at ease Now I know what he was….. just a perfectly harmless excercise freak. I thank you for the laughs as I read some of the comments. I don’t laugh out load very often so… Read more »

Suzanne Toby
January 29, 2013 3:09 pm

Sorry my comment is coming almost a whole year later than the others, but I just found your site.I love your creativity with the colors in your push ups. I bought a large case of the containers last summer and have not had occassion to use them very often. My husband made me a great display piece. He took an old 2X4 we had, drilled holes in random spaces, and then painted it white so it looks nice. It works great, especially if your needing allot at one time. I want him to take the underside and make smaller holes… Read more »

January 8, 2013 2:51 am

How did you color the purple cake etc? I love your style, but your recipe in a lot of aspects
seems very unclear.

October 24, 2012 10:25 pm

These are the cutest things ever. I can’t believe this is my first time visiting your site. I will definitely be back.

August 13, 2012 9:58 am

this would be amazing for any spring/summer party
your site is amazing…

June 4, 2012 8:38 pm

I just love your site and this Spring idea got me so excite to try this. This is amazing and thank you so much for sharing. I hope you don’t mind I would love to post the Spring Rainbow Push Up Cakes to my blog. I am going to have to try this one, I have just started to really enjoy cooking over the last year and this looks fun.

Thank you!

June 1, 2012 11:52 am

The colors are just perfect. These are so cute.

May 19, 2012 10:45 am

That green is the exact color I need for my wedding. Can you please tell me how you made the frosting that color?!! Is it just food coloring?

April 11, 2012 5:34 am

this is so pretty!!!!!!! i love it! i love everything about this blog actually! kudos to you! =)

April 9, 2012 12:19 am

These are so cute, love the colors! I’ve been meaning to try these, now I HAVE to!

Lisa Arteaga
April 7, 2012 11:17 pm

What Are The Tubes Called ? & Where Do They Sell Them ?

March 29, 2012 5:49 pm

These are adorable! So spring-like!

Your husband’s exercise vest on the other hand… not so adorable but possibly spring-like?! LOL

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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