Holiday Push Pop Cupcakes

I am always on the hunt for creative desserts that don’t make a massive mess. Every time I give my kids a cupcake, I am guaranteed a frosting bomb that scatters its mess from one end of the house to the other. There has to be a better way, right?

Every month, I receive a box of food goodies from Degustabox filled with 10-15 full size surprise products for only $19.99/month. Some are new to the market and some are even new to the country. Although I adore my other style and beauty subscription boxes, I love this because it doesn’t just sit around the house. We eat all of the items in record time because my kids love discovering new food. This month included some amazing goodies, my favorite being KALA Beans (roasted and flavored fava beans) and Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Spread (ideal for baked brie!), and Pillsbury Purely Simple products.

I found these holiday push pop kits at Michaels for a steal. Now, I used to eat those orange sherbet push pops like they were going out of style. The nostalgia got to me, and I decided I needed to make cupcake push pops for our family holiday party!

I received Pillsbury’s new products- Purely Simple Cake Mix and Buttercream Frosting- in December’s Degustabox. I have stayed away from box cake mix and especially canned frosting because of all the random and unpronounceable ingredients they generally include. Plus, they don’t usually taste great- my secret to making anything taste sensational is homemade buttercream frosting, and canned frosting tastes like chemicals compared to it. I absolutely love the flavor and consistency of Pillsbury’s Purely Simple Frosting, and it has only three ingredients: Sugar, Corn Starch and Buttermilk. The cake is amazing as well- light, fluffy and a deliciously rich flavor.

To assemble the push pops, mix the cake batter and pour into a greased high-sided cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown and let cool.

Mix frosting according to directions and put into a piping bag or plastic bag with the corner snipped. Use the push pop tube to cut circles for the layers.

Push the push pop to the bottom and add a layer of cake.

Pipe a layer of frosting in and repeat, adding sprinkles, fruit, crushed cookies, or even caramel or chocolate syrup to the layers.

Less mess than plain ol’ cupcakes and absolutely adorable to boot. I think I might whip these up for NYE even- use silver and gold sprinkles or edible glitter to jazz it up. Love all the possibilities!

Disclosure: I was am provided with a monthly subscription to Degustabox for review purposes. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.



  1. December 23, 2016 / 12:22 am

    These are ADORABLE! Cake push-pops sound fun. They could be the perfect kids' party favor/treat.

    I wonder if you can re-use the containers?

    • December 29, 2016 / 1:21 am

      Yes, so easy! And I just washed the containers and re-used, plan to pick up a few more when they are on sale after the holidays. Thanks for stopping by!