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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73 Responses
  1. Christy

    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!

  2. Grace

    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!!

  3. 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?

  4. Heather

    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 my family will be having me checked out soon.

  5. Suzanne Toby

    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 for cake pops. They are really the hardest to display. I don’t want to invest into a professional holder if I don’t have to. Normally I only make the cake pops for orders. They sure are popular , but very time consuming. Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us on facebook. I look forward to getting updates.

  6. 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!

  7. Katie

    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?

  8. SWeetsugarbelle

    This is one of those cases where you just…lie! Buy him a black jacket and tell everyone he’s a super important FBI agent and he has to wear a bullet proof best while he runs…or he’s on the bomb squad, or now that you don’t really “know” him but now that you’re a superfamous blogger, you’ve had to hire a bodyguard to protect you. If all else fails you can bribe people into silence with pushpops!

  9. Debra Kapellakis

    he he he, Where would we be without our husbands? This is the first time I have ever seen an exercise vest, I hope my hubby don’t get one! lol The main reason I am writing is about these push up pop cake things! WOW! First time I ever saw anything like this fantasticly fun looking and yummy too! thank you for sharing!

  10. I think I’ll lay off my husband when he wears white socks with black shoes. 🙂 The vest cracks me up. I’ve never seen one before so what is it supposed to do?

  11. Love the push pops, will have to give them a try. Funny thing about the weight vest, my brother-in-law has one, for some reason had it on while moving his car, wrong place at the wrong time, surronded by cops and hauled out his car and thrown down on the ground, cops with guns drawn. The price you pay for fitness 🙂

  12. Stephanie

    Okay, first of all…L.O.L @ your husband AND your description of him…I feel your pain! Second, super cute pops!! 🙂

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