Cake pops. Cupcake bites. Cupcakes in jars — there seems to be an endless combination of cake, frosting, and adorable presentations to go along with them. Cake push-pops are no exception, and I’ve gladly jumped on board (I bought my containers here). I was looking to ship some treats to Georgia, and I wanted something that would still look pretty and taste delicious by the time they reached their destination. These plastic push-pops were the perfect way to ship bite-sized cake layers and frosting in the mail – they’re lightweight, self-contained, no-mess, and really, really cute. Plus when they’re filled with chocolate cake and Kahlua frosting, they’re absolutely irresistible.

These push pops were for a very special occasion – my good friend Amanda’s bachelorette party (remember the engagement ring cookies I made for her last February??). She’s one of my first friend to get married and I had the honor of being a bridesmaid, so this was very new and exciting for us all. Unfortunately I was too busy studying and taking my boards that I couldn’t make it down to Atlanta for the bachelorette party, but I wanted to ship her a fun party basket to send my love. The basket was filled with cake push pops, vodka nips, a feather boa, and a personalized hanger with her new last name – all in her coordinating wedding colors. I’m not exactly sure how pretty it was when it arrived down South, but I heard everything was delicious and they had a great time.

Since I was still studying when I made these, I opted for a doctored devil’s food boxed cake recipe to save myself some time. I baked the cake in a 9×13 pan, cut it into 2 layers, and used a cookie cutter that was the same diameter as the push pops to make mini cake rounds. The frosting is a basic sweet buttercream recipe with Kahlua substituted for the milk (similar to the frosting from my Bailey’s buttercream, just with a different liqueur). I loaded the frosting into a piping bag fit with a medium-sized star tip and layered alternating cake and frosting. The endless combinations of flavors, frosting colors, and even adding sprinkles make these little push pops a great party gift for any occasion.

Although I didn’t make it to the bachelorette party, Ryan and I made the trek down to Georgia last weekend for her big day and we all had an absolute blast. JR and Amanda make such a beautiful couple (and smart too– they’re both in med school!) and it was so fun to share intimately in their day as a bridesmaid. I wish them all the happiness in the world, and lots and lots of cake! Here are some snapshots from the wedding in Augusta:

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Chocolate Kahlua Cake Push Pops


1 box devil’s food cake mix
1 (5.9 oz) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp instant espresso dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water
For the Kahlua buttercream:
1 cup butter, at room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp Kahlua liqueur
1 tsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13″ pan and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla, and espresso/water mixture for about 2 minutes on medium speed.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake according to the package’s instructions.

Allow cake to cool completely, then use a large serrated knife to cut the cake into 2 even layers.

Using a round cookie cutter that is similar in size to the push pops, cut out mini cake rounds.**

For the frosting beat butter in the bowl of an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Gradually add in powdered sugar and beat well. Add Kahlua and vanilla and beat until combined.

Transfer frosting to a piping bag fit with a medium-sized star tip and layer cake with a swirl of frosting in each plastic container.

**You can also just bake the cake in mini muffin tins and stick in 2 mini-cupcakes in each container, but I wanted more layers so I opted for the cut-out method

FYI – I bought the personalized wire hanger from this Etsy vendor and loved it:

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15 Responses to “Chocolate Kahlua Cake Push Pops”

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    Brunette & Blessed — July 28, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    such a cute idea! your blue dresses are stunning!

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    Mikey F. — July 30, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    God I love the Pushpop Idea… I remember loving the pushpop candy when I was a kid.

    Mikey F.

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    tink — August 3, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

    oh my god i have fallen in love with this blog!!

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    Digital Printing — August 5, 2011 @ 2:48 am

    Brilliant idea! @Mikey F: me too I love the pushpop thing, my eyes were caught by that word when I saw this article. This is exactly what I’m looking for. Foods that will last and reach their destination, thanks this is helpful to me!

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    Rose Platinum — August 7, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    Great desserts! Love the idea of placing them in tiny little jars! Thank you for the recipe!

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    Cakes and all things sweet — August 7, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    Even though they are in the uk should still be cheaper for cake push pop containers as they are the distributer.

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    Tabby Teddy — August 8, 2011 @ 6:56 am

    Now I know what will I suggest to my sister’s wedding! Thanks for this idea. It is really unique and cute.

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    Piano Schoenhut — August 11, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    Wow! What a great idea! This is absolutely perfect for debut parties, birthday parties and wedding parties too. I am really amazed with your brilliant idea.

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    Lara — September 9, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    This a so beautiful to look at, wonderful dessert-idea!!!!

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    Alex Fuhr — November 8, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    Push-Up containers case of 100 at

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    lizzlizzlizz — July 20, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

    I just wanted to throw out there that I’ve used your doctored cake mix recipe about a million times- I’m always mentioning it on my blog. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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    Hery — November 20, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    The wedding cake last night was truly the best cake I have ever put in my mouth. If you are wiillng to share the recipe I would love it.We had a wonderful time at the wedding. Your family is so gracious and Ruthie is so happy. Thank you for the memorable weekend.Joan BullockPensacola, Fl

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    Phalyn — July 7, 2021 @ 12:55 am

    On measuring peanut butter .yes, there is an easy way. A miraculous, wondrous easy way. Maybe someone else mentioned this and I missed it, but does anyone else have a plunger cup? Like the ones Alton Brown used on Good Eats? Best. Thing. Ever. Peanut butter, yogurt, corn syrup, honey all easy peasy. I paid more than I should have for mine at Williams Sonoma I think, but I m pretty sure I ve seen them go for around $10. You just adjust the cup to the level you want it (mine has a bunch of different units of measure all the way around it to choose from), pack the contents in up to the fill line, just like you would with a regular measuring cup, then push in the plunger and scrape the bottom of the cup(which is now even with the top, so a flat surface). The plunger-action scrapes the sides for you. Then the two pieces come apart and you can pop it in the dishwasher. I m a kitchen gadget fiend, but this measuring cup has got to be my favorite.


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