Pudding Pop Cupcakes | Nik Snacks

These pretty, perfect cupcakes are soft, rich and creamy with lots of flavor and topped with a fun candy popsicle. With optional sprinkles, they make for a fun and special treat for any cupcake lover on any day.

I love a good cupcake. Somebody is always making one. They're easy to eat, cute to look at and even easier to make. 

Happy Cupcake Lover's Day! June 13 is one of those food holidays that you did not know exist until someone tells you. Today I'm sharing a new recipe with a fun twist along with over 30 other bloggers.

Valentina at The Baking Fairy organized this round-up and I am happy to share this space with her and dozens of other cupcakes. Scroll to the bottom of this post to check out some new cupcake ideas and look at some pretty pictures of cupcakes.

Remember those frozen confections advertised by JELL-O and Bill Cosby? These aren't those.

These are cupcakes made soft, flavorful and moist by adding instant pudding mix to the batter and decorating with candy made from a NEW Wilton DIY-lish popsicle kit!

With step-by-step instructions and all of the candy melts and candy molds you'll need, the candy is ready to eat in less than 20 minutes.

Because not everyone is into eating big hunks of candy with their cupcakes, a simple piping of frosting and a little sprinkle decoration will do.

The candy is pretty heavy so be careful when you place it on your delicate cups. I cut a slit in each cake to make sure it would not fall over.

Best laid plans, right? That stick is crooked. But guess who doesn't care? The kids are about to eat it in 5 minutes anyway.

Enjoy these Pudding Pop Cupcakes. Even though the originals don't hold a candle to these, you'll enjoy making them!

Pudding Pop Cupcakes

Pudding Pop Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes
Author: Nikki Miller-Ka of Nik Snacks
These pretty, perfect cupcakes are soft, rich and creamy with lots of flavor and topped with a fun candy popsicle. With optional sprinkles, they make for a fun and special treat for any cupcake lover on any day.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • Frosting or buttercream, for decorating
  • ½ cup sprinkles, for decorating


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, pudding mix and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, alternate adding the flour mixture with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Try not to over mix. Gently fold in ¼ cup sprinkles. Divide batter evenly among prepared cupcakes liners (3 Tablespoons is a good measurement)
  4. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cupcakes comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Once cupcakes are completely cooled, cut a diagonal slit in the center of 6 cupcakes. Push 1 popsicle candy into eat slit. Decorate with frosting and sprinkle generously with the ½ cup of sprinkles.
  6. Store cupcakes in the refrigerator.



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Nikki Miller-Ka

Nikki Miller-Ka

Ms. Miller-Ka is a classically trained chef with a BA in English from East Carolina University and a Culinary Arts Associate Degree from Le Cordon Bleu-Miami.

Formerly, she’s worked as a researcher, an editorial assistant, reporter and guest blogger for various publications and outlets in the Southeast. She has also worked as a catering chef, a pastry chef, a butcher, a baker, and a biscuit-maker. Presently, she is a food editor, freelance food writer, and a tour guide for Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours.

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  1. Fun cupcakes and they really make it feel like summer. Would be great for a pool party.

  2. Pudding in the cakes is the secret ingredient, these look just amazing!

  3. Loving the summer vibes on these!

  4. These are completely adorable. What a fun cupcake for a kid's birthday bash.

  5. Those are completely adorable...and perfect for summer.Thanks for sharing.

  6. These cupcakes are SO much fun! That candy popsicle on top just screams summer fun! Thank you so much for participating :)

  7. What a fun idea! Would be awesome for parties!

  8. My nephews would go nuts for these cupcakes! Love the candy pudding pop on top too! Very creative!

  9. Those are super cute with the popsicles! I have that kit too and love this idea.

  10. Love the popsicles in these cupcakes! What a fun idea!

  11. How fun! We actually have those molds, so these could happen soon!

  12. These are seriously so adorable!

  13. I love how it looks like the candy popsicle is melting into the cupcake!! Really creative and I'm sure they are so delicious too :)

  14. Very different, Nikki! Love the look, so colorful!

  15. These are adorable! I must find the Wilton kit! Love these!

  16. Oh these look delicious! What a super fun cupcake!!


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