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March 1, 2011


CakeShooters are ready to party, in conventional, vegan and gluten-free flavors. Photography by River Soma | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: A push-up pop filled with layer cake.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Beyond ice pops, it’s a great new way to enjoy push-up food.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Fun, delicious and available for gluten-free and vegan partiers as well.

.Cake Pops: Have It Your Way With Conventional, Gluten-Free Or Vegan CakeShooters

CAPSULE REPORT: Each summer we’re invited to a big outdoor party. The food is available in conventional, vegan and kosher varieties. Each type is hosted at a different station to avoid confusion. (The first year one large table held all the foods with signs indicating which was which. Hungry guests knocked over and otherwise misplaced the signs.)

We love that the hosts are so accommodating that they want all of their friends to be able  to enjoy fine party fare. When we discovered CakeShooters, available in conventional, gluten-free and vegan, we just had to share the concept.

CakeShooters are portable, push-up cake pops: not cake-on-a-stitck or “push-up cupcakes” but push-up mini layer cakes, with delicious filling and icing. You can have any type of cake and filling you want and dream far beyond the choices on the website, although the six listed there are pretty darn good:

  • Chocolate, chocolate cake with vanilla or chocolate icing
  • OMG, raspberry swirl and chocolate buttercream icing
  • Piña Colada, vanilla cream, pineapple and coconut filling/icing
  • Sprinkles Signature, vanilla cream and white icing
  • Vanilla, vanilla cake with a choice of vanilla or chocolate icing
  • Yellow Raspberry Swirl, yellow cake, raspberry swirl and cream cheese filling/icing

But, Sprinkles Cakes, makers of  CakeShooters, want you to have it your way. Red velvet? Carrot cake? Brownies? Just ask.

CakeShooters are packaged in a patented plastic push-up cylinder. The idea originated when local schools banned birthday cakes because of the mess. There’s no crumb to fall with this easily portable packaging; no utensils are required. They’re great for walk-around events.

We recycle the cylinders for ice cream pops, and will use them to play around with other shooter fare. It’s easy to layer push-up parfaits, but who knows where the experiments may lead (a push-up BLT is next on our agenda).

In their airtight packaging, Cake Shooters remain fresh for a week or can be frozen. They defrost very quickly (that is, when we waited for them to defrost).

Place your party order at or phone 1.877.884.2253 during business hours, Eastern Time. The cost is $36.00 for 13 pops (a baker’s dozen).

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Whether your favorite is red velvet, carrot cake, banana cake or “other,” you can have it your way.

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