All the mouthwatering recipes in our series “The Main Ingredient” have one thing in common: They all contain cookies. 

Cake Push-Up Pops

We’re kicking off week No. 4 of our buttercream series with a dessert that’s as fun to eat as it is to make: cake push-up pops. Let’s put the pieces of last week’s deconstructed cake back together to create something that’s even more exciting and versatile.

Clear push-up pop containers give you the creative freedom to put your beautiful layers of cake and buttercream icing on display any which way you like. You can fill them with a rainbow of different-colored cake and frosting, and you can make a beautiful DIY stand to serve them to your guests on any occasion. Just follow these super-easy steps and you’ll have a personal-sized dessert that your friends won’t be able to keep their hands off of.

How to make cake push-up pops

How to Make Cake Push-Up Pops
  1. Get a ready-made pound cake or Bundt cake in the flavor(s) of your choice and cut it into 1/2-inch thin slices. You can also use a store-bought cake mix to bake a thin layer of cake in a jelly roll pan.
  2. Use the push-up pop container to cut out small, thin circles from the cake.
  3. Start off each cake push-up pop by gently nudging one cake circle into the bottom of the container. Then, pipe a thin layer of the frosting of your choice right on top of the cake layer.
  4. Add a third layer of sprinkles or any other topping you prefer.
  5. Repeat step 3 and 4, adding layers in order until you’ve reached the top of the push-up pop container. Top off the final layer with any garnish of your liking.

How to make a DIY cake push-up pop stand

How to Make DIY Cake Push-Up Pop Stands
  1. Grab a clear mason jar and tie a cute ribbon around the mouth of the jar. You can also use a drinking glass or a miniature bucket.
  2. Fill the jar with candy-covered chocolate, like M&Ms, or shredded paper filler.
  3. Stick one or two push-up pops into the jar. Create multiple jars and serve them to your guests.

Coming up next week: frosted pancake sandwiches. This is one breakfast-dessert combo you sure don’t want to miss.


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