Popcorn Cake Recipe
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.
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.
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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Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 15 min
- 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
- Spray an angel food or bundt cake pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- Pop popcorn and place into a large mixing bowl with candy (and peanuts, if desired).Let the popcorn cool to room temperature.
- 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.
- 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.