If you ever visited an ice cream truck as a kid, you’ve probably had a Push-Up. This type of popsicle packed sherbert or ice cream into a cardboard tube and you ate it by pushing up on a plastic plunger. They were usually a bit neater to eat than your average popsicle, and also were a little more fun (at least, I thought so!) because they were more interactive. If you’re in Southern California, you might be able to pay a visit to one bakery that is putting a new twist on the push-pop concept by adding cake. Pushcakes are cupcakes in push-pop form made by Meringue Bake Shop in Orange County. To make them, plastic tubes are packed with layers of moist cake, buttercream frosting, custards/creams/other fillings and topped with sprinkles to give you the full cupcake effect in a form that is even easier to eat. You simply remove the cap and push up from the bottom to have layers of flavor delivered to your mouth one after another. Another bonus to these cakes is that they travel even better than regular cupcakes because they don’t need to remain upright to stay in one piece.
So, if you’re in the OC area, you might want to give the original Pushcakes a try. If Southern California is too much of a drive from wherever you live, you can keep your eyes peeled for plastic push pop molds at cooking supply and craft stores and make your own version of pushcakes at home.