Maypole Cupcakes

Maypole Cupcakes
 It’s almost May Day.  Are you frantic for a fun new treat?
Maypole Cupcakes

Well, these cuties will take the cake!

Maypole Cupcakes

Do you remember a special celebration on May Day?  It was a really a big deal at my California elementary school.  Getting ready for the big day, we would all make paper flower wreaths for our heads and our parents were invited to come to school and we danced around a Maypole.  I loved how folky it was!

Maypoles were simply a part of the general rejoicing at the return of summer, and the growth of new vegetation in European countries.  I embrace my Danish heritage and love of the arts, especially World Dance.  Living in Idaho, (Eastern Idaho especially), the return of Spring has always been a reason to rejoice and celebrate, thus my nod to May Day celebrations and Spring, Maypole Cupcakes.

Begin by baking a batch of 24 cupcakes and while they are cooling make your “Maypoles.”

Maypole Cupcakes

them with your favorite icing.  I used cream cheese frosting:

Cream-Cheese Frosting: 12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature, 4 cups powdered sugar, 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice. Cream the cheese and butter together. Slowly add the powdered sugar and fully incorporate it, (no lumps) about 4 minutes. Add the vanilla and lemon juice and mix well.

tint 1 cup of fancy flake coconut (sweetened), with green food coloring.  Just add your coconut to a ziptop bag and then add a few drops of food coloring.  Now close the top of the bag and work the coconut around until it’s fairly evenly colored.  Open the bag and  sprinkle coconut on your frosted cupcakes.
Now for the fun part…
(I like the Ghirardelli Chocolate brand.) I melt it in my microwave, checking and stirring it every 15 seconds. Overheating it will dry it out and it will become too thick. So watch it carefully….
Maypole Cupcakes
Dip tootsie-pops once, twice,maybe three time’s the charm. Just so the tootsie pop is well covered with the chocolate coating. I used a piece of oasis to hold my pops while they dried. Just after the last dip, cover with jimmies and sprinkles of your choice.

Now while your coated pops are sitting in your piece of oasis, carefully tie some curling ribbon around the top of your sticks and with scissors, give them a gentle curl. Poke them into your prepared cupcakes and….

Maypole Cupcakes
you’ll feel like celebrating with your  MAYPOLE CUPCAKES!

Happy May Day!

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Red Couch Recipes

    I absolutely love these. When I was a girl we used to celebrate May Day by doorbell ditching cookies at our neighbors. I AM making these this week! Joni

  2. Debbie

    Oh… my …goodness. These are just about the CUTEST things that I have seen in a long time. I’m trying to figure out someone for whom I can make them. I need grandchildren in the biggest way!

  3. Marianne@Songbird

    Those look absolutely delicious! And so not good for my waste line now that the revealing clothes are coming out of my closet again 🙂

  4. bj

    These are waaaay cute..even my grown-up grands would love these…:)

  5. Chris

    Oh boy, my kids would love these.

  6. Brenda

    What a wonderful idea to make our food extra pretty.

  7. Julie

    These are so cute!!! One of my next baking adventures is going to be cake pops!

    I loved May Day as a kid…we made baskets for our neighbors. Does anyone do that anymore?

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ve enjoyed my visit here! I will be back to visit again soon!

  8. Aubree Cherie

    These are so FANTASTIC!! What a cute and creative cupcake. Love it 🙂

    ~Aubree Cherie

  9. Jennifer

    Well, it is amazing that you are my Mom! I did clean the bathrooms today. Glad I can see you making cool stuff!

  10. LDH

    Oh, these cupcakes are so cute! I have perused several of your posts and enjoyed reading each one! Thank you for stopping by my place and leaving your comment!

    Kindly, ldh

  11. Always Nesting

    Woo Hoo! This project is awesome!!! Those cupcakes are just soooo stinkin cute, love ’em. I’ve got to pass this post along to my daughter.

    Thank you so much for joining the celebration at Woo Hoo! Wednesday. I hope you link up each week with more fabulous projects. Marla

  12. Kathleen

    Love, Love, Love these adorable treats!

  13. Denise

    These look amazing, great idea for kids birthday parties, instead of just cupcakes 🙂

  14. Julie Harward

    WOO HOO…these are so cute! What a great idea 😀

  15. Pieces of Dreams

    These are absolutely beautiful! What a delicious idea with a wonderful presentation! I wasn’t so sure how to sign up to your blog to be a follower…Am I missing something? My blog is: Could you visit and let me know how to put you on my following list? Have a wonderful day! Karen

  16. Pieces of Dreams

    Hi! It’s me, again! I figured it out and joined your blog! Can you tell I’m rather new to blogging? Thank You, Karen

  17. val

    love, love, love the cupcakes!!! thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. Sylvia

    Ohhh how cute!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will have to try these…


  19. Atticmag

    I’ve gained two pounds just looking at those. Jane F.

  20. JDaniel4's Mom

    These topiary pops look awesome. I know they are May Poles, but they could be topiaries too.

  21. Mrs. P.

    GREAT post….these are precious!


  22. Debbi Smith

    What a fun project to do with the kids! My kids would love this. I’m quite sure they would love to eat as they go. Not sure the ribbon would even get on them before they dug in. Thanks for an awesome idea!

  23. Jessica Hills

    These are so cute and look so yummy. Thanks for linking to Favorite Things Friday!

  24. Tiffanee

    What a darling and brillant idea! My daughter would love to make these. Thanks for sharing!!

  25. Melinda

    I love the tootsie pop idea! They do look like little May poles! So creative and cute!

  26. Carol at Serendipity

    How absolutely adorable and clever. Thank you for visiting and saying hi. Happy May Day!


  27. bunny, The Paris House

    Hi, your blog is delightful!! I love these treats, how fun. We are making a May Pole today for a party we are hosting next weekend and your cupcakes would be perfect for it. Thank you so much for you visit and Happy May Day to you too!!!

  28. Kathleen

    They are adorable! Thanks for stopping by! I will be back here for sure!

  29. Stacia

    These are absolutely adorable!

  30. Cathy

    These are just the most festive looking cupcakes I’ve ever seen. What a clever idea. These would be perfect for my gkids birthday parties this summer. Thanks for a great idea and for stopping by to visit. I’m so happy I found you.

  31. susan

    Gnee-I am so glad to “meet” you! I have recently become cupcake obsessed and these are adorable!!! They look fairly easy for the pizazz–I like things with a lot of bang for the buck! Thanks for stopping by!

  32. Kim

    So darling! I can’t wait for an occasion to make them – it doesn’t have to be May Day, right?

  33. Jerri

    These are very cute! Great idea! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

  34. Jerri

    I’m coming back by to let you know that I’m featuring your post! Come by and get a “featured” button for your blog if you like!

  35. Nancy

    These are so adorable! I want to eat one right now!


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