Monday, August 6, 2012

Pencil Pushers

School starts back this week for my nieces which seems super early. I mean I’m just now getting used to it being summer, and haven’t even taken any time off yet.

And now it’s the season’s signal that summer is almost over. Bummer.

But I thought I would make some cheerful Back to School sweets for the occasion. And also because for some strange reason I can’t get the song Back to School Again from Grease 2 out of my head. Maybe I shouldn’t admit that. I’m probably one of the few that’s seen the movie more than once. On purpose. I especially like when Michelle Pfeiffer sings Cool Rider. Cooo-ooo-ooo-ool Rider. Raise your hand if you like it, too. How many of you hear crickets right now and have no idea what I’m talking about. That’s okay. I’ll stop and talk about cake.

Pencil Push Up Pops

I made some Push Up Pops. They’ve been on my list since my friend Courtney’s book, Push Up Pops came out.

Push Up Pop Containers

I bought a bunch of these containers and they’ve just been sitting in a box waiting to be used… until this weekend when I thought they’d make a cute shape for pencils.

Short, stubby pencils.

Pink and Yellow Cake Batter

To start, just tint cake batter pink and yellow.

I used this vanilla cake recipe and divided the batter to tint 1/3 of it with pink food coloring and 2/3 of the batter with yellow food coloring.

Pink and yellow

Then I poured it in two greased and floured baking pans. If you don’t have a 6 X 8, just use something close or even a round cake pan.

Bake them for about 18 minutes or until done.

Push Up Pops

When the cake is baked and cooled, you can use the push up pop containers to cut out your cake.

Cut the pink first for erasers. Then you can pipe some tinted gray frosting on the yellow cake layer and place your container right on top to cut it out. As you press them together the frosting will flatten out in between. Then press another yellow layer into the container or continue until the container is filled to the edge with cake.

This method worked fine, but some of the browned edges of the bottom of the cakes were showing through the containers making it look like I had horizontal lines in my pencils.

So I added an extra step to get rid of them.


I used a small round cutter the same size as the opening of the container and cut out individual circles first. Then, I used a knife to shave the thin layer of browned cake from the bottom of the layers. This worked great and made the yellow cake layers look a lot more seamless.

To assemble, press the pink layer in the bottom of the container and pipe some of the gray frosting in the center. Then press the two yellow layers on top one at a time.

Now for the pencil tips. You just need frosting and chocolate chips.

Ghiradelli Chips

I used Ghiradelli chips because they are wide and flat and were a good proportion for my short little pencils.

Pencil Steps

Apply the frosting with a spoon and pull down against the edge of the container. Repeat until all sides are covered and you have the beginnings of a pointed shape. Then place a chocolate chip on top and with a sharp non-serrated knife, smooth out the frosting. Allow some of the frosting to overlap the bottom of the chip so it appears flush. Once you get a pretty good shape going, just place the container in the freezer a few minutes for the frosting to firm up a bit. Then it will be easier to shape. You can also run your knife under warm water, wipe it off and use it to aid in smoothing the surface. Once shaped, wipe any frosting off the tip of the chip with a dot of water.

Pencil Push Pops

You’ll need:
Vanilla Cake And Frosting (Recipe here)
Yellow food coloring
Pink food coloring
Black food coloring
Push Up Pop Containers
Circle cutters (optional)
Non-serrated knife
Ghiradelli Chocolate Chips

How To Recap:

  • Make the vanilla cake batter. Divide batter so you have 1/3 in one bowl and 2/3 in another. Tint 1/3 of the batter with pink food coloring or a few drops of red. Tint the other bowl of batter yellow. Add drops of color until you get a shade you like.
  • Pour the yellow batter into a 9X13 baking sheet or pan and the pink batter into a 6X8 or similar size pan. Bake for about 18 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool.
  • Make frosting and tint 1/4 with a few drops black food coloring reserving the rest. Start with a drop at a time until you achieve gray. Place gray frosting in a ziploc bag and cut the tip off one end so you can use it to pipe the frosting.
  • Use the Push Up Pop container to cut out a pink cake circle. Add frosting on top of the yellow layer and place container on top of the frosting. Press container into the cake so that the two layers sandwich the frosting. Add another layer of yellow cake.
  • If your cake has brown edges, use a cookie cutter to cut the circles first and then gently saw off the brown edges with a knife. Place the pink circle in the push up pop container and then pipe the frosting on. Then place two yellow cake layers on top or enough until the cake meets the top edge of the container.
  • Use the reserved untinted frosting to form a mounded triangle on top of the container. Add a chocolate chip and use a knife to smooth out the frosting like illustrated above.

Eat and Enjoy!

And check out my friend Courtney’s book for lots of fun Push Up Pop Recipes.


Pencil Push Up Pops

Anna said...


August 6, 2012 02:04 AM
Angel said...

AWESOME. Having one of these in my lunch box would definitely make the school days more bearable!

August 6, 2012 02:13 AM
Nikki said...

I just bought some of those push up containers and had NO clue what to do with them! I love you with all my heart right now! I mean you’ve always been amazing but seriously you out dis yourself with the cuteness :-)

And I raised my hand, head hung in shame as I sang parts of “back to school”, “cool rider”, “reproduction”, “who’s that guy”…Yes it’s true I own the DVD! I may need to talk to someone about this. Well at least I know I’m not alone ;-)

August 6, 2012 02:14 AM
Jakki said...

omg this is so cute and such an AWESOME IDEA. You are so creative its inspiring :’D

August 6, 2012 02:16 AM
Julie said...

You are amazing!!!! Your talent is endless : )

August 6, 2012 02:17 AM
Kendall said...

Um, I’m pretty sure I could sing every song in that movie. I’ll be your girl for all seasons…

August 6, 2012 02:19 AM
Stephanie S said...

These are adorable! And of course I know Grease 2. And I will admit this here (in secret, shhh, don’t tell) that just last week a friend of mine and I were singing Cool Rider at work. Heh. You are not alone there :)

August 6, 2012 02:32 AM
Ala said...

These are adorable to the max! I will most definitely be making these for my students–erm, in-the-far-future students. Also, I was at the Hollywood Bowl store on Friday for Pixar in Concert and came across your cake pops book–it’s so great seeing your work pop up in just the most random places! Thanks for sharing!

August 6, 2012 02:33 AM
Ilan (IronWhisk Blog) said...

Such pretty push up pops :)

August 6, 2012 03:04 AM
melva said...

These are Super Cute!!!

August 6, 2012 03:07 AM
Amy said...

So, so cute!

August 6, 2012 03:18 AM
Madison said...

These are beyond cute. And I could totally sing along with you. Don’t feel alone. :)

August 6, 2012 03:20 AM
Not Just A Mommy! said...

Not only do I see your love of Grease 2, but I’ll raise you with me lovin’ Maxwell Caulfield in Dynasty and The Colbys…I’ve dated us both haven’t I?? The pops are adorable!

August 6, 2012 03:22 AM
IdaBaker said...

I bet the kids love these. I know mine would have when they were in school.

Oh, wait, three of them are still in college. Maybe I’ll send some in a care package before exams hit. :)

August 6, 2012 03:30 AM
Alberta said...

Couldn’t bear to eat them! They are adorable! Perfect gift for Teacher’s Day! ;)

August 6, 2012 03:40 AM
Rebecca @ Sink Or Swim said...

Cutest things EVER! Although my kids are going into their second week of school over here in Hawaii! Way too early!

August 6, 2012 04:00 AM
Dea said...

I had to giggle at the start of your post – I love that movie – I even tried to tape the songs (yes on cassette tape!) straight from the tv!! Makes me want to go and watch it now – and now I have coo-oo-ool rider in my head….

August 6, 2012 04:15 AM
sindy cruz said...

These are awesome for kids snacks!!

August 6, 2012 04:21 AM
19 said...

Great idea. They make fun party cakes

August 6, 2012 04:21 AM
sindy cruz said...

Awesome for kids snacks!!!! And me too ; )

August 6, 2012 04:23 AM
Tanya said...

So super cute ! the kids will love it . x

August 6, 2012 05:22 AM
Robin @ Simply Southern Baking said...

These are adorable! I’ve been thinking of getting these containers myself…might just have to place the order.

August 6, 2012 05:54 AM
Saguna said...

What a unique back to school treat. Good motivation for having to go back so early! I love these!

August 6, 2012 06:17 AM
Macey said...

You amaze me! Cute.

August 6, 2012 06:37 AM
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

Soooo fun! You are seriously the best. Awesome idea!

August 6, 2012 06:50 AM
Katie said...

Gorgeous cake pops – but love the movie too!
Have seen it sooooo many times, now have cool rider stuck in my head and i love it!

August 6, 2012 07:08 AM
whirl + whisk said...

great idea as usual! :)

August 6, 2012 07:32 AM
Emily @ ItBakeMeHappy said...

These are darlIng!

August 6, 2012 07:36 AM
The Partiologist said...

These are about the cutest push pops in the world!!

August 6, 2012 07:49 AM
Nick @ Bakingbeardy said...

I love Grease 2! And these pencil pops….

August 6, 2012 07:49 AM
Janine ( said...

Wow! These are ridiculously cute and just perfect for back-to-school. Ive been wanting to try pushup pops for a while too so I will have to check out Courtney’s book. One thing I have been wondering is how easy are they to eat? Do they get messy?

August 6, 2012 07:58 AM
Sheri said...

Those are too precious! Where can you get them? I’m a school librarian and would love to make those for my co-workers!!

August 6, 2012 07:59 AM
Christine said...

I love the addition of the how-to recap. Great idea! (and the push-up pops are fab too!)

August 6, 2012 08:40 AM
Molly said...

As a teacher, those are so cute!!!!

August 6, 2012 08:44 AM
khia said...

These are really cute! They look so soft and moist and delicious! :)

August 6, 2012 08:46 AM
Christy Q said...

Adorable! What a perfect gift idea for welcome back to school!

… Cool Rider is one of my favorite songs from that movie too!

August 6, 2012 08:48 AM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

So completely adorabe! Another hit, Angie!

August 6, 2012 08:52 AM
Jenny Flake said...

Those really are so ridiculously adorable!! xoxo

August 6, 2012 09:02 AM
Miss said...

Adorable and so perfect for back to school! Love it!

August 6, 2012 09:11 AM
Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel said...

Adorable and amazing at the same time! I’m constantly amazed by your creativity, Angie!

August 6, 2012 10:07 AM
Violet said...

I love Grease 2, too! My sisters and I spent a summer watching it at least once a day (on VHS) and we learned the dance steps in all of the production numbers! Ah, sweet memories – I really need to get G2 on DVD!

August 6, 2012 10:41 AM
Lindsey said...

These are so cute! I feel like if I tried to make them, they’d look and taste horrible though, so I will just admire. And yeah, that does seem early for back to school! Weird.

Et tu, tutu?

August 6, 2012 10:57 AM
Mikky said...

These look really cute, but I wonder if it is as yummy to eat because they will eat all the icing at the top then not have any to eat with the cake parts. I love icing so I’d want more icing yum yum. Pretty colors though.

August 6, 2012 11:11 AM
Amber {Sprinkled With Flour} said...

I love these! So unique and a great treat for the kids. ;) My son will love these!

August 6, 2012 11:22 AM
Marina(the baker) said...

Those are so creative! I know how your nieces feel. My first day of school is this Wednesday! Two days left. I will be in eighth grade this year! :)

August 6, 2012 11:38 AM
Grace V. said...

Cu-at-E Pa-too-A-TEE

August 6, 2012 11:42 AM
Hatter and Hare Events said...

Really? What can’t you do!

August 6, 2012 12:13 PM
FairlyOddMother said...

By now I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. Yet you continue to amaze. GREAT job! Love them!

August 6, 2012 12:18 PM
Shelan said...

You always come up with some of the best ideas when I’m thursting for them. Good thing you give me inspiration!
Keep doing what you do best! ;)

August 6, 2012 12:22 PM
Kelly A said...

Ha. I must be on that short list, too. I must have watched that movie 10 or 12 times! :)
Cute pops, too!

August 6, 2012 12:41 PM
Seanna Lea said...

Those are awesome! I love them.

August 6, 2012 12:43 PM
Colette @ JFF said...

SO cute and just in time for back to school!

August 6, 2012 12:43 PM
Cait H. said...

Own the DVD and can sing along with every song. Love Grease 2, and so not ashamed of it, haha. These pencils are adorable and I’ll have to try them out when school rolls around in September =)

August 6, 2012 12:51 PM
Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons said...

That is so clever…love them!

August 6, 2012 01:01 PM
Tanisha said...

Terrific idea! These can make great gifts for Teachers/Staff Appreciation week with a ribbon and personalized card!

August 6, 2012 01:30 PM
Diana said...

LOVE Grease 2!!!! Now the songs are stuck in my head. Of course, my favorite was “Let’s Bowl”. Thanks for the memories!

August 6, 2012 01:38 PM
Glory said...

AWESOME!! Love it!

August 6, 2012 01:48 PM
Ginamonster said...

Love that movie. Own the Soundtrack on CD, and than you SO MUCH for showing me how to get hte cake into the push up tube!!

August 6, 2012 02:47 PM
pearbear said...

These are the cutest things that I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to make some of these this year.

August 6, 2012 02:55 PM
elisa said...

Reproduction…where does the pollen go?!

August 6, 2012 03:31 PM
the emily said...

Reproduction….reproduction! I looooove Grease 2! I have fond memories of singing the songs with my husband’s roommate (from before we were married). We were big fans.

August 6, 2012 03:56 PM
Carol said...

Hey Bakerella! I’m a huge fan, you are so unbelievably creative. I was wondering, have you considered baking with oats and Stevia for those who cannot have sugar?

August 6, 2012 04:21 PM
Bailey said...

Those are darling and you, my dear, are a complete perfectionist.

August 6, 2012 04:28 PM
Nikki said...


August 6, 2012 04:43 PM
Dixie said...

These are too cute!

August 6, 2012 05:08 PM
Melinda said...

These are adorable! My nephew is about the start Kindergarten and would love these!

Oh an I am a huge Grease 2 fan! Love the movie and love to sing along ;)

August 6, 2012 05:45 PM
Andreja said...

It looks great

August 6, 2012 06:39 PM
Tessa said...

Adorable and Hysterical post! I LOVE Grease 2!! I just watched Grease 2 on Saturday. My daughter’s 11 year old friend was over and said, “I love’s my favorite old person’s movie!” I kicked her out of the house shortly after.

I’ll be yours in Springtime, when the flowers are in bloo-hoom.

August 6, 2012 06:55 PM
Jessie said...

oh, stop! These are FANTASTIC!!

August 6, 2012 07:09 PM
Khoa said...

The colors are so exact to a pencil. 0_0
I actually used a recipe from your blog for red velvet cake pops, and made them orange! Everyone loved them , like one comment, “Which bakery did you buy these from?” Also, I am only 13 year old boy, which makes this a fun recipe for all ages!

August 6, 2012 07:49 PM
Megan @ Megan's Munchies said...

Absolutely adorable as always! I am so excited that my local cake supply store is now carrying the push pop holders!

August 6, 2012 08:35 PM
andrea C said...

haahaa, I have never met anyone who has seen that. . .made my hubby watch it with me, he thinks I”m nuts! The song started playing in my head as soon as you said that.

Oh, and my kids would flip for these!!

August 6, 2012 08:55 PM
jennifer said...

“Let’s do it for our country! Our country wants us to!” There’s a Grease sing -a-long movie event, why not Grease 2?

August 6, 2012 09:08 PM
Christine Witt (Brush Dance) said...

I will say..I have NEVER seen Grease 2, but am a huuuuge fan of the original.

August 6, 2012 09:39 PM
Jennifer said...

First, ADORABLE!!!!

Second, I know every word to that song and am now singing it LOUD! Love that you’re singing it too!

As always, so fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

Jenn @ Inspiring Giggles

August 6, 2012 09:41 PM
Lori @ RecipeGirl said...

These are all kinds of adorable. You amaze me!

August 6, 2012 10:38 PM
Susan said...

Awesome as usual!

August 7, 2012 12:30 AM
The BearFoot Baker said...


August 7, 2012 12:57 AM
Centre d'appel said...


August 7, 2012 02:30 AM
Craft and Decorate said...

Of course your recipes are great but i’m in love with your photos! Adorable!! :)
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August 7, 2012 03:41 AM
Beth said...

Fabulous! So cute and creative! Will have to try these some time! :D

August 7, 2012 03:58 AM
Penny said...

I may have been the only other person to have seen grease 2 (and love the cool rider song!)
I love your blog and all you creations.

Thank you!

August 7, 2012 05:23 AM
Mascha said...

Hi,never met you,another fan from South Africa! Your work is pure eye candy,thank you so much for the inspiration! Made my first cake pops last week and last night did cupcake pops for my baby’s first bday. Enjoy your amazing baking! Love

August 7, 2012 05:46 AM
Sophia said...

Lovely! :D Thanks for all the inspiration.

Greetings from sweden

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August 7, 2012 07:59 AM
sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

so cute, I have been dying to try those push pops, but the containers are costly here.

August 7, 2012 09:36 AM
Monica said...

My kids think I am crazy because I will actually get up and sing all the words to every song in Grease 2. LOVE IT!

August 7, 2012 10:08 AM
Jenny said...

I have a question, and maybe I just missed the answer in this post, but how many pops will this recipe make? I have a set of 6 push pops, but my daughter’s preschool class has 12 kids…I may buy another set :)

August 7, 2012 11:08 AM
Robyn | Add a Pinch said...

These are adorable, Angie! Wouldn’t these be adorable for the first day of school? Too cute!

August 7, 2012 12:08 PM
Carla @ Carlas Confections said...

Those are way too cute! I love them!!!

August 7, 2012 12:54 PM
Jessie said...

You really have a gift. This is so creative.

August 7, 2012 02:42 PM
Jennifer said...

SO cute! We must be the same age. Your comments on Grease 2 sound just like they came from my own mouth! Love the Grease 2 soundtrack. :)

August 7, 2012 03:22 PM
Jasmine said...

As a teacher these are absolutely brilliant! Thank you for sharing!!

August 7, 2012 04:10 PM
kellyann said...

I LOVE Grease2. Seriously I must have watched it dozens of times. I even wanted to do a whole talent show in school to do the Girl for All Seasons!
Oh, and the pushup pops are cute too ;-) Would be adorable for a kindergarten teacher to make up for kids true first day of school.ever.

August 7, 2012 04:12 PM
Nicole @ Culinary-Cool said...

Super creative! And I can’t believe they are going back to school already. It does seem way too early!

August 7, 2012 06:21 PM
Sin12012 said...

How amazing is that ?
Amazing !

I’m following you . :)

xo ,
Ana Catalarrana

August 7, 2012 06:42 PM
Ava said...

I love this idea! You always give great ideas and you are so inspirational!!! THANK YOU BAKERELLA!!!!

August 7, 2012 07:39 PM
Kati said...

These are SO cute!! Love it!

August 7, 2012 08:14 PM
Lauren said...

Ridiculously adorable. You are amazing!

August 7, 2012 08:17 PM
Stephie Jordan said...

Now that’s some cute $h!t right there… Super cute. I may have to buy that book. Where do you get the pushups?

August 7, 2012 08:58 PM
mindy1 said...

How darling :D

August 7, 2012 10:13 PM
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