Thing 1 & Thing 2 Push Up Pops


Sometimes, I wish I could live in a book.

The cool thing would be that, even though I was the main character in the book, it was still a fictionalized life I’d be living. So if the author made me like, some major drug addict or a body builder or a waifish supermodel, I would know it’d all be fiction.

Unless they kill me off from the get-go. But hello, that’d be super rude. I doubt that’d happen. I make a good fictional main character, if I do say so myself.

I also think I’d make a superb cartoon character. I mean, I already dress like one.

When I’m in public wearing a dress with pterodactyls flying all over the blue silk, bright red tights and boots with ruffles on the back and a man says “you look like you’re ready to go to some kind of prom!”, I know my look has been achieved. Or if, say, I look like I should be drawn into The Simpsons or something. Helllooooo, I would be a perfect Simpsons character. I already know half of the lines from the shows. And I wouldn’t mind dyeing my hair blue to match my character 🙂

Or if I lived in a Dr. Seuss book, you know there’d be no shortage of interesting, goofy fun. I wonder how he thought of all of the wacky content, but then again, my parents probably look at me and wonder how I think of all the wacky things I say and do, like how I apply two different kinds of deodorant because I’m convinced the first one won’t work properly without the second, or how I can smell certain words or taste colors. But they’re probably just jealous. #denial

One of my favorite days as a kid was Dr. Seuss Day at school on March 2. Everyone dressed up and we had an extra-long recess/break because all the teachers would take the students out onto the blacktop to read Dr. Seuss books. And a bunch of kids would dress up in Cat in the Hat-style striped hats or bright blue wigs or stars emblazoned on their chests. I always got so excited to pack my backpack full of books (my favorite, Ten Apples Up on Top and Fox in Socks) and wear my funky hat.

I really think the workplace needs to bring in Dr. Seuss day. Everyone gets an extra-long lunch so they can read One Fish, Two Fish. I’m *pretty sure* that’s what Dr. Seuss would have wanted.

Oh, and can you believe as a kid I didn’t like Thing 1 and Thing 2? They were SUCH troublemakers and it drove me CRAZZZZZAAYYY. Maybe because I’m too freakin’ OCD for my own good, even as a child who had to have a certain, specific bedtime routine or I’d force my parents to restart from the beginning if certain lullabies weren’t sung in the proper order. I found my child self sympathizing with that poor fish because dangit, those Things were so pesky! It drove me batty.

But now that I’m older (and much more OCD) I get less-upset when I see the Things, but I still have resentment towards them. Couldn’t they have fun without making such a mess? I mean, isn’t that rude to be in someone’s home and like, throw crap everywhere? And why was the fish the mature one in this case? Fish are supposed to have memories that last 3 seconds, but I’m pretty convinced that fish was a genius or something. He probably grew up to be a professor of philosophy. Or a doctor specializing in obsessive-compulsive disorders.

ANYWHOOO, Dr. Seuss Day is coming up on March 2, and I know the perfect treat to celebrate that brilliant man and his kooky characters. These Thing 1 & Thing 2 Push Up Pops are easy to make and look SO cute. Plus, they play homage to those troublemaking creatures in a tasty way: with red vanilla cake and cotton candy icing.

Even the fish would approve.


Thing 1 & Thing 2 Push Up Pops
Recipe type: Cakes/Cupcakes
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Serves: 6-8
These fun push-up pops honor the late and great Dr. Seuss!!
  • 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 tsp vanilla extract
  • About 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 pkt Duncan Hines Cotton Candy Frosting Creations
  • White non-pareils
  • Blue raspberry cotton candy
  • Push-up pops (I found mine at Michael's! Google search 'Michael's coupons' and get a 50% off one!)
  1. First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a jelly-roll cake pan with cooking spray. Add the red food coloring to the cake batter and stir to combine. Pour the red vanilla batter into the pan, spread evenly, and bake until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, approx. 15 minutes. Do not overbake. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  2. Using the actual push-up pop, cut circles out of the cake; set aside. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, prepare your frosting: cream together the butter, mallow creme, and vanilla. Gradually add the powdered sugar, until light and fluffy. Add the Cotton Candy packet to combine. Gently pour the frosting into a piping bag--you don't even need to attach it with a tip; just snip the end off.
  3. Place a red cake circle into the bottom of the pop; pipe with a generous Tablespoon or so of frosting, then sprinkle with white non-pareils. Add another cake circle, frost, and repeat once more. Frost the tops and add a tuft of cotton candy to create the crazy hair.
  4. Serve immediately, or cover with the included lids. 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. This makes about 6-8 push-up pops.


DSC_0426AI LOVE these! To make them more authentic, I purchased those round white stickers from the stationary store and wrote “Thing 1” and “Thing 2” in a fine-point Sharpie and gently attached it to the push-up pop container. The sticker will easily remove if you don’t press it hard onto the surface. And I love the mix of the bright red vanilla cake and the super sweet cotton candy frosting. Your kids will love assembling and eating these!!

Still feeling Seussical? Check out the Cat in the Hat Cupcakes I made last year:



Or these superbical treats from other Seussy fans:

One Fish, Two Fish Cupcakes from My Retro Kitchen
Dr. Seuss Snacks from Crazy For Crust
Lorax Cake Pops from Bakerella

Happy Tuesday!

xo, Hayley

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  1. These are the most amazing push pops I’ve ever seen! Can’t believe what you’ve managed to achieve with the cotton candy!

  2. Totally adorable!

  3. I’m SO in love with these, Hayley! They are perfection. Plus, it gave me something else to pin to my Book Themed Desserts board on Pinterest 😉 It is woefully empty!

  4. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

    So cute! You have the best imagination. I just love it! Can’t wait to meet you in person in June!!!

  5. My little guy has a whole Dr. Seuss Week next week! Plus it’s his birthday. And even though he asked me for a weird sandcastle cake (mostly I think because I was aiming at being extra crazy this February) I’m pretty sure he would like a variation of these better than that. I LOVE THIS!!!!! And I’m making these.

  6. These look so fun! I love the cupcakes you made last year too!

  7. Sent from my iPad

  8. Sorry, I hit send by accident, but the recipe is soooo cute! Thanks

  9. Dude these are so cute I could start rhyming about it! But I won’t cuz it would be strange 😉 and hey thing 1 & 2 were a couple of jerks to that poor fish! They pretty much broke into his house and semi-kidnapped the kids into doing crazy shenanigans!

  10. So fun! My friend’s kids are obsessed with Dr. Seuss. They would love these!

  11. Hayley, these are way too cute! I wish Jordan’s school did Dr. Seuss day. That sounds like SO much fun!

  12. Oh man, I wish Doodle’s school did Dr. Seuss day–that sounds like so much fun. I guess I’ll just have to do it at home instead, because I know he’d love these. You have the best ideas, Hayley!

  13. How are you so freaking cute?! These are beyond adorable. And pterodactyls on a skirt?! I’d like to know where you bought this. I always wish I could un-grow-up (grow…down?) so I could fit in the super cute kids clothes at Target…

  14. Hahahaa we’re so alike!! #1-People constantly tell me I’m a cartoon character #2-I was always feelin for that poor fish, like “How could the cat and those things be so irresponsible and disruptive??!” Ahhh drove me craaazy

  15. bakerbynature says:

    Two words: freaking awesome!

    Love these, girly!

  16. holy cow Hayley – these are sheer brilliant! the cutest things I have evaah seen:)

  17. Back for Seconds says:

    Cutest ever!!!! So glad you are coming over to make these with me and my little thing 1 and thing 2….right????? 😉 You know you want to! Plus I think you and Bella are the same amount of OCD, so you’d get along real nice 🙂

  18. Kate Dzintars says:

    Thanks so much for this wonderfully magical idea! I have 20 month old twins who I often refer to as “Thing 1 & Thing 2” and these were perfect to take in to daycare as a snack for their toddler room to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday! All the little ones in the room had a blast diving into the frosting and cake layers!


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