This is part of a two week series on Many Little Blessings where either I or my family try something that is a new experience and then reflect on it. Check out all of the new experiences.
The New Experience
Making cake push pops, which would be for Molly’s First Communion party.
How I Picked This New Experience
I’m pretty traditional in my dessert making, but when I kept seeing cake push pops around (especially on Pinterest), it definitely caught my eye. I was hesitant to try them, figuring they were probably more difficult than they appeared, but I thought it would be a fun addition to Molly’s party.
How I Felt About It Before The Experience
With the craziness of getting ready for the party, I very nearly didn’t even make the cake push pops for the party, just because I was getting pressed for time. Finally, however, I decided that I would just have to do it, since I had already purposefully purchased the containers for the cake push pops
I also knew that I had to go ahead and make them because Eric used his super nerd powers (um, I mean his engineering prowess) to perfectly space out holes on a cake box to use as a cake push pop holder, since I refused to buy a stand for them.
Seriously – isn’t that box the best? I got it for less than $1, whereas stands were expensive.
That one ripped hole? That was my fault. Sorry, Eric.
Eric insisted on working on making this box work, even as I yelled, “I’ll just throw them in a trifle bowl! I’ll use a trifle bowl! Trifle bowl, trifle bowl, trifle bowl!” (Yes, if you ever wondered what it would be like to be married to me, it’s a lot like that. God bless that man.)
The Cake Push Pop Experience
Remember when I said that I figured that they would be harder to put together than I thought they might be?
Yeah, they were, and that becomes problematic when you are getting close to party time. It was because of that that I decided that each cake push pop would consist of two mini cupcakes, rather than one. I didn’t want to waste any of the cupcakes I baked, so I wanted to be sure to only have to make 26 cake push pops instead of 52.
Now, here are my words of wisdom if you should be inspired and decide to make them. First off, yeah, do it. More on that later. But, second off, here’s my tip:
Hold the container upside down with the stopper all the way to the bottom, and then put the first cupcake in with you holding it upside down (so it will be in the right way when you’re done). Then, as you’ve put it in, move the holder back upright so the cupcake doesn’t fall out and do the rest of the filling. So much better! I would have whipped through them if I started like that.
Okay, so I promised a first reason to make them. People at the party went crazy over them! I made them in a very simple fashion, nothing fancy at all. Just mini cupcake, frosting, sprinkles, mini cupcake, frosting, and a few more sprinkles. But still, people thought they were the coolest. I got so many compliments!
Would I Do It Again?
Yep, I definitely would, especially now that I have a better method for filling them. Plus, I can’t wait to experiment when I have more time and try new combinations.
I think these would be especially cool to take to things like bake sales or as a special treat for someone.
Oh, and one other cool thing? I had planned to just put all of the pieces in my recycling, but my Mom (and a few other people) pointed out that they were made of a pretty sturdy plastic and could probably survive a trip through the dishwasher. And do you know what? They did survive! So, on top of the large quantity that I still had left, I got to put most of the ones that I had already used and cleaned back into my stash for later. Bonus!
These were definitely a fun and different dessert option. If you want some other ideas for how to do them, check out my Sweets and Desserts board on Pinterest, since I have pinned several different cake push pop ideas there.
What are some of your favorite go to sweets that get a lot of compliments and comments?
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