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Popcorn Cakes for all Occasions

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I know it sounds peculiar, but you just have to try this! This simple recipe for popcorn cakes really outshines the traditional popcorn balls. It is chewy and gooey, whereas a traditional popcorn ball is generally hard.

This is also one of the easiest desserts, and gift items for that matter, I have ever made. It has always been a big hit at the holiday dinners, functions, and parties, too! The best part – watching the happiness this cake brings to the faces of kids of all ages.

easter popcorn cake recipe

To make this extra special for your holiday gathering, try using the special holiday edition M&M’s. If you want to make this as a gift, think about giving in the following ways: individual cakes, cut-out shapes, or full size.

Did you know? The average American consumes approximately 58 quarts of popcorn a year.

How to Make Popcorn Cakes

Full size cake – Use a full-size Bundt or tube pan.
Small cake – Use a small tube pan or an aspic pan.
Individual cake – Use a pan that has multiple forms for creating individual cakes.
Small to large size balls – Wrap each tightly in plastic wrap or wax paper and store in a zip-top bag or large container.
Cut out shapes – This option may be a little more difficult, but the results are fun and very easy.

Equipment
Medium Saucepot & Lid
Sturdy Spoon
Large Bowl
Bundt, Tube, or Rectangle Cake Pan

Ingredients
9 c. Popped corn – Traditional or microwave, your choice.
1 (16 oz.) package Mini Marshmallows
1 batch Homemade Caramel Sauce (see below) or 30 Caramel Candies
1/4 c. Butter
2 c. Peanut M&Ms
1-2 Tbsp. Butter – for hands
Non-stick Cooking Spray
Chocolate Syrup or Caramel Syrup Melted Chocolate (your choice) – (optional- “icing” for cake)

Optional Add-ins
Dried Cranberries (optional)
Raisins (optional)
Mixed Nuts (optional)

Directions
Spray the Bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
Go through and sort the popped corn to remove all unpopped kernels, large husks, and any undesirable (burned) pieces. Place the popcorn in the large bowl.

bowl of freshly popped popcorn

In the medium saucepot, combine the marshmallows, homemade caramel sauce (or candies), and 1/4 c. butter. Heat slowly, stirring often, just until all ingredients are smooth and melted.

marshmallows and melted chocolate in saucepan

Carefully, pour the sauce mix over the popcorn and stir quickly to mix well. (Do not touch the ingredients – they are very hot and will stick to your skin and burn you badly.) Let cool slightly before the next step.

pouring marshmallow chocolate sauce over fresh hot popcorn

Add the M&Ms (and optional items if desired) and stir quickly just to distribute. You may hear the candies “popping” due to the heat of the syrup. This is normal. Allow the mixture to cool enough to handle safely.

stirring marshmallow chocolate mixture into popcorn until coated

Coat hands (and in between fingers) well with 1-2 Tbsp. butter. This will help prevent the mixture from sticking to you.

pressing marshmallow popcorn mixture into buttered bundt pan

Firmly press popcorn mixture into Bundt pan; let cool completely.

bundt pan full of warm popcorn cake ingredients

NOTE: Try using miniature Bundt or tube pans. These make great additions to Easter baskets, gift baskets, and as stand-alone gifts. Just wrap the cake well in plastic wrap.

Flip the cake onto a cake plate and garnish with syrup, extra candies, etc., as desired.

easter popcorn cake

To cut the cake, use a serrated knife and a sawing motion. Do not press/squish the cake. Cover cake with plastic wrap or cake plate topper to keep fresh.

slice of homemade easter popcorn cake drizzled in chocolate

Homemade Caramel Sauce

1 1/2 c. Sugar
1 (12 oz.) can Evaporated Milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine and cook all ingredients, over low heat and stir occasionally.

homemade caramel cooking on stovetop

Continue cooking until the mixture reaches a thick, golden brown consistency.

sugar evaporated milk in saucepan over medium heat

easter popcorn cake
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No-Bake Popcorn Cake

Budget101.com by Melissa 'Liss' Burnell
A delicious, simple no-bake dessert that travels well and is perfect for any occasion.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
0 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Candy, Dessert, Potluck
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 494 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 9 cups Popcorn unbuttered
  • 16 oz Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 batch Homemade Caramel Sauce see below or 30 Caramel Candies
  • ¼ cup Butter
  • 2 cups Peanut M&Ms
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter - for hands
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray
  • Chocolate Syrup or Caramel Syrup Melted Chocolate your choice - (optional- “icing” for cake)
Optional Add-ins
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Cranberries optional
  • 1 Tablespoon Raisins optional
  • 1 Tablespoon Mixed Nuts optional
Homemade Caramel Sauce

Instructions
 

  • Spray the Bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
    Non-stick Cooking Spray
  • Go through and sort the popped corn to remove all unpopped kernels, large husks, and any undesirable (burned) pieces. Place the popcorn in the large bowl.
    9 cups Popcorn
  • In the medium saucepot, combine the marshmallows, homemade caramel sauce (or candies), and 1/4 c. butter. Heat slowly, stirring often, just until all ingredients are smooth and melted.
    16 oz Mini Marshmallows, 1 batch Homemade Caramel Sauce, ¼ cup Butter
  • Carefully, pour the sauce mix over the popcorn and stir quickly to mix well using a heat-safe spoon. Let cool slightly before the next step.
  • Add the M&Ms (and optional items if desired) and stir quickly just to distribute. Allow the mixture to cool enough to handle safely.
    2 cups Peanut M&Ms
  • Coat hands (and in between fingers) well with butter to help prevent the candy mixture from sticking to you.
    1 Tablespoon Butter - for hands
  • Firmly press popcorn mixture into Bundt pan; let cool completely.
  • NOTE: Try using miniature Bundt or tube pans. These make great additions to Easter baskets, gift baskets, and as stand-alone gifts. Just wrap the cake well in plastic wrap.
  • Flip the cake onto a cake plate and garnish with syrup, extra candies, etc., as desired.
    Chocolate Syrup or Caramel Syrup Melted Chocolate, 1 Tablespoon Dried Cranberries, 1 Tablespoon Raisins, 1 Tablespoon Mixed Nuts
  • To cut the cake, use a serrated knife and a sawing motion. Do not press/squish the cake. Cover cake with plastic wrap or cake plate topper to keep fresh.
  • Homemade Caramel Sauce Directions
  • Combine and cook all ingredients, over low heat and stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches a thick, golden brown consistency.
    1 ½ cups Sugar, 12 oz Evaporated Milk
  • Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract.
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Notes

Full size cake – Use a full-size Bundt or tube pan.
Small cake – Use a small tube pan or an aspic pan.
Individual cake – Use a pan that has multiple forms for creating individual cakes.
Small to large size balls – Wrap each tightly in plastic wrap or wax paper and store in a zip-top bag or large container.
Cut out shapes – This option maybe a little more difficult, but the results are fun and very easy.
Recipe Size Alteration Note

If you altered the ingedients above by doubling or tripling the recipe, you may also need to change the pan/dish size and adjust the cooking/baking time.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 494kcalCarbohydrates: 101gProtein: 6gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 139mgPotassium: 192mgFiber: 2gSugar: 76gVitamin A: 303IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 116mgIron: 1mgNet Carbs: 99g
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5 thoughts on “Popcorn Cakes for all Occasions”

  1. this is amazing! i substituted rice crispies for popcorn because i am unable to eat popcorn. definitely going in the repeat recipe box.

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    • This is amazing! I substituted rice crispies for popcorn because I am unable to eat popcorn. Definitely going in the repeat recipe box.

      Great idea Kduffner!

      I think I will try this with rice cereal. Thanks for sharing that tip. I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe.

      Reply
    • This is amazing! I substituted rice crispies for popcorn because I am unable to eat popcorn. Definitely going in the repeat recipe box.

      Good idea replacing pop corn with rice crispies.

      Reply

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