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 must 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.

Customize For Any Holiday

This cake can be customized for any holiday. Just use holiday-colored M&Ms, gum drops 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: Popcorn Cake

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

More holiday inspiration: Make a popcorn Christmas tree! And red, white, and blue popcorn for the 4th of July.

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Popcorn Cake
Yield: 6 servings

Popcorn Cake

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!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


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


  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.

9 Responses to “Popcorn Cake Recipe”

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

    […] This recipe was adapted from here. […]

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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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    Kate — November 19, 2017 @ 1:50 am

    I have made this twice and it turned out perfectly! I used green and yellow m&ms for st. Patrick’s day, red and blue for the 4th of july and I think I will use brown, yellow & orange for the one I am going to make for Thanksgiving. I put peanuts in mine too. So good, and perfect for a get togethers!!

    • Haley replied: — November 21st, 2017 @ 1:16 am

      Awesome, Kate! I’m glad it worked out for you. This is such a great recipe for color customizing for holidays/seasons.

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    Kate — November 19, 2017 @ 1:52 am

    P.s. to my first comment. I used an air popper to make my popcorn.

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    Lora — August 25, 2018 @ 10:09 pm

    I made this today, followed the recipe and it came out all wet too??? The marshmallow never dried up and I used bagged popcorn, 12 cups! Very dissatisfied!

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    Lora — August 25, 2018 @ 10:13 pm

    It’s the oil I bet!!! Why on earth would there be 1/3 cup of oil on top of a stick of butter.  I thought that was weird, but I added it anyway.  

    • Haley replied: — September 6th, 2018 @ 3:23 pm

      I’ll take another look at the recipe… Thanks for your comment.

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