Fourth of July Push-Up Pop Rockets

I bought fireworks for the first time ever yesterday. I mean, I’ve bought sparklers before, but let’s get real…those are not fireworks.

Probably, the stuff I bought isn’t really considered fireworks either, but they make big fountains of colored sparks and stinky pretty colored smoke, so I’m calling them fireworks. Whatevs.

The point is, I’m stupid excited. Like, I almost made the Hubster light them up last night excited. I have myself worried about…myself.

What is it about fire that we find so get-all-googly-eyed-cause-it’s-pretty about?

Fire is scary.

Wait! Let’s turn it pink, make it sparkle, and color the smoke purple!! See? Fire is nice. Fire is prettyyyyy.

Nope. Still scary.

And yet, I bought fireworks yesterday. And I’m all antsy about seeing them lit up. You’ll notice, though, that I have no intention of lighting them myself. I am making the Hubster do it.

Proof that I know, deep down, that fire is bad. But that knowledge is apparently buried deep enough that I’ll go ahead and risk my favorite person’s fingers and eyebrows for it.

I’m hopeless.

I should really stick to the kind of fireworks I know. Like these push-up pop rockets. These are the kind of excitement I can handle.

I’ll keep you posted how the first ever Bakingdom Family Fireworks Display goes. In the meantime, cake anyone?

I made the cake for these in a sheet pan, since I wanted it thin for the push up layers (I used my favorite yellow cake recipe). Just lightly coat the pan with nonstick cooking spray and layer the bottom with a sheet of parchment paper. Now that the cake is much thinner than intended, you’ll need to reduce the cooking time. I baked mine for 20 minutes and it came out perfect.

Since I decided to make two colors, I totally put them in the same pan. I’m lazy resourceful like that.

Once the cake is cooled, just used your push-up pop containers to cut out the layers. *When you cut these, don’t just press it down all rough and willy nilly. You will cause the tops of these to crack or fall apart. Instead, gently turn the container from side to side as you press down to cut. You’ll end up with sturdier little layers this way.

Assembling is seriously as easy as 1-2-3. Add 1 layer of cake and 1 layer of frosting (I used my favorite vanilla buttercream), then add a 2nd layer of cake followed by a 2nd layer of frosting. Finally, add a 3rd layer of cake, and finish up with a 3rd layer of frosting swirled on top (which I neglected to photograph, for some reason). At this point, you could decorate these however you’d like..sprinkles, cupcake toppers, candy…whatevs. That’s what I love about these, they’re already really adorable as it is, so they don’t even need much by way of decorations, if you don’t want to add them.

If you do, though…

…I had A LOT of fun making candy zings and bangs. 🙂

A lot of candy zings and bangs.

In lots of colors. 🙂

These don’t require any special skills or tools, just your own imagination and a decorating bag or zip top baggie with a corner snipped (which, I’m going to honestly say here and now that I hate doing). Melt some candy melts, or chocolate, fill your decorating bag, and draw. I went with squiggles and swirls, with a few shooting stars thrown into the mix, but you can do whatever you like.

Whatever you decide to draw, make sure that the candy or chocolate isn’t too thin, or it won’t hold up when you peel in from the parchment or try to put it in the pops. Also, if you decide to make candies with heavier tops, like shooting stars, be sure to add a sturdy, pointed “pick” to the bottom (A part of the chocolate that’s longer and wide, that can be pushed down into the cake, keeping the heavier decoration secure).

Okay, well, I can’t help it, but I freaking love these. I think they’re about as fun and festive as a push up pop can get, and they’re one of those treats that turned out just as I imagined…which is always a good thing. Obviously.

These are my kind of fireworks – bright, colorful, festive, and exciting……..but totally quiet. And super tasty, of course. Enjoy!

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Push-Up Pop Containers

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  1. says

    It’s so hot and dry here that we are under a burn ban…which means NO fireworks 🙁

    There isn’t any rule about no push pop cakes, though!!

    I love these…they are adorable and the candy on top really makes them super cute!!

  2. Emilia says

    So pretty! I so wish I was home this 4th so I could set off my own fireworks too, since it is my first summer in Washington where we can actually do it. (And that the husband was too, since he would also be the one setting them off, not me.)

  3. says

    I have seen the push up pops for a while now but I think you have be convinced to try them. These are adorable and I know my daughter would go crazy for them.