Popcorn Cake Recipe

Popcorn cake recipe. Use any color/kind of candy to customize. Repin to save!

When I was young and of trick-or-treating age, there was one house in particular that was a must-stop. The lady that lived there always gave out homemade popcorn balls. It had to have taken her hours to prepare for the influx of kids – and even parents – that came to get one of her famous treats.

To this day, I always associate popcorn balls (and to a lesser extent, popcorn cake) with Halloween. So I have decided to post this fun and festive popcorn cake just in time for the Halloween weekend.

Popcorn cake recipe. Because every cake should be this fun. Click through for recipe.

This cake can be customized for any holiday. Just use holiday-colored M&Ms or other candies.

If you’re more keen on making popcorn balls, by all means, please do. This recipe works either way. Just remember to let the mixture cool a bit before shaping into balls – and butter your hands to avoid a sticky mess.

YUM! Ooey, gooey popcorn cake for Valentine's Day. Or change the candy colors for other holidays. Repin to save!

The Cost

This fun and delicious recipe is also budget-friendly. Popcorn is one of the cheapest foods out there. For just a few cents, you end up with a big bowl of popcorn enough to share with your whole family. This recipe is fun and festive, yet affordable. And it makes popcorn into something really special. (As if I needed another reason to make popcorn. I make it all the time!)

I made stovetop popcorn for this recipe. A huge batch cost just 23 cents. You can also use microwave popcorn for this recipe.

  • Popcorn = $.23
  • Marshmallows = $1.49
  • Oil = $.19
  • Butter = $.75
  • Candy pieces = $.79

Total cost of recipe = $3.45

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Popcorn Cake

Prep Time: 10 min

Total Time: 15 min

I added M&Ms to my popcorn, but you could use gum drops or Halloween candy if desired. Many popcorn cake recipes also call for peanuts. Tip: If you're popping your own popcorn, let it come to room temperature before adding the toppings. You don't want soggy popcorn!

Ingredients:

  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 (1 lb.) bag marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup M&Ms or other candy

Directions:

  1. Spray an angel food or bundt cake pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Pop popcorn and place into a large mixing bowl with candy (and peanuts, if desired).Let the popcorn cool to room temperature.
  3. Heat the oil, butter, and marshmallows in a saucepan over low heat until melted. Let the mixture cool slightly - about 2 or 3 minutes - before pouring over the popcorn mixture.
  4. Press popcorn mixture into the angel food or bundt pan. Allow to sit for awhile until cool. Invert pan onto a plate and remove from pan.


3 Responses to “Popcorn Cake Recipe”

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    S’mores Popcorn Cake | Rochelle's Baking Experiments — January 15, 2014 @ 7:05 am

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    Paula — October 14, 2017 @ 2:45 pm

    This recipe was a waste of time and money. You left some instructions out because my popcorn cake turned out horrible. The marshmallow never dried and the popcorn was wet and not at all crunchy. All the M&M’S melted to a brown mess. I hate when people post recipes that haven’t been tested. I followed your instructions to the T.

    • Haley replied: — October 24th, 2017 @ 3:15 am

      Thanks for your comment, Paula. I don’t know why your popcorn was wet, but you could try bagged popcorn next time. You’ll also want to make sure to use room temperature (not hot) popcorn. I’ve made this recipe numerous times. I hope it works out for you next time.

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