Friday, August 2, 2013

Children Edition: Thing 1 and Thing 2 Push Pops

Welcome mommies, daddies, and kiddos! Today we are doing a special childrens edition entry to The Tasteful Texan. Just a warning, this entry is FULL of sugary goodness that your children and their playmates will enjoy. This entry is Dr. Seuss-based. If your family has seen or read The Cat In The Hat, then you will be familiar with Thing 1 and Thing 2. If not, let's introduce you to them!

Thing 1 and Thing 2 are from The Cat In The Hat book. The Cat released them from a box that he brought to show Sally, Conrad, and the fish. They are mischievous, havoc-wreaking, silly things. They flew kites in the house, which caused items to be knocked down, but luckily Conrad was able to stop them with a net. As you can tell, they just wanted to have fun! Today's recipe translates just that. It's whimsical, sugary, and will have your children bouncing around. Are we ready to get things started? Yes? Excellent! I'll meet you in the kitchen!

Thing 1 and Thing 2 Push Pops
Serves 6 to 8

You will need:

  • 1 box white cake mix, prepared according to package directions
  • 1 small bottle red food coloring
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • ½ cup marshmallow creme
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • About 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 packet Duncan Hines Cotton Candy Frosting Creations
  • White nonpareils
  • Blue raspberry cotton candy
  • Push-up pops (found at Michael’s craft store)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Liberally grease a jelly-roll cake pan with cooking spray. 
  3. Add the red food coloring to the cake batter and stir to combine. 
  4. Pour the red vanilla batter into the pan, spread evenly, and bake until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, approximately 15 minutes. 
  5. Do not overbake. 
  6. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  7. Using the actual push-up pop, cut circles out of the cake, then set aside. 
  8. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, prepare your frosting: cream together the butter, mallow creme, and vanilla. 
  9. Gradually add the powdered sugar, until light and fluffy. 
  10. Add the Cotton Candy packet to combine. 
  11. Gently pour the frosting into a piping bag – you don't even need to attach a tip to it; just snip the end off.
  12. Place a red cake circle into the bottom of the pop. 
  13. Pipe with a generous tablespoon or so of frosting, then sprinkle with white nonpareils. 
  14. Add another cake circle, frost, and repeat once more. 
  15. Frost the tops and add a tuft of cotton candy to create the crazy hair.
  16. Serve immediately, or cover with the included lids. 
  17. Note that the cotton candy won’t last very long on the cake pops and will begin to melt, so adorn them with the cotton candy before serving.
  18. Enjoy!

Thanks for joining me for a fun-filled day! I'll be back tomorrow for Breakfast Saturday. Tomorrow will be less sugar and more savory, so to speak. Until then, have a great day, and happy blogging to all!