Popcorn Cake


This Popcorn cake is one of the most popular recipes on my site since 2009! Gooey, sweet and salty perfection!

This, my friends, is what you call a “Popcorn Cake”. If you’re not a little bit intrigued by this you might need to check your cool kid card at the door.

There is no way that you could frequent this little website of mine and not have the potential of this buttery, salty, sticky sweet cake dotted with M&M’s make your heart skip a beat or three.

This is “want to” food, not “have to” food. It’s a choice you make…

Like we all watch the news and weather because it’s best to know how to dress for the day, or who’s the vice president. But the Bachelor and the Housewives are pure “want to”. Get it?

This cake is the food equivalent to The Bachelor.

I mean, look at this gooey gorgeousness…

This Popcorn Cake is chewy, gooey, sweet and totally over the top! It's such a simple and fun alternative for a party cake!

The execution is rather simple. You have popcorn, candy, pretzels and melted marshmallow…

This Popcorn Cake is chewy, gooey, sweet and totally over the top! It's such a simple and fun alternative for a party cake!

Also don’t feel like you’re stuck with M&M’s and pretzels. Sub in chopped Snickers, or Kit Kats…or use potato chips instead of pretzels…or even Rice Krispies to give it some extra crunch!

Also remove any extra kernels from the popcorn that didn’t pop. Broken teeth aren’t cute y’all.

Just stir up the mixture…

This Popcorn Cake is chewy, gooey, sweet and totally over the top! It's such a simple and fun alternative for a party cake!

And then press it into a lightly greased bundt or tube pan.

This Popcorn Cake is chewy, gooey, sweet and totally over the top! It's such a simple and fun alternative for a party cake!

Press it down using a sprayed piece of parchment paper…

This Popcorn Cake is chewy, gooey, sweet and totally over the top! It's such a simple and fun alternative for a party cake!

And let it cool for a about an hour, so it will slice nicely…

This Popcorn Cake is chewy, gooey, sweet and totally over the top! It's such a simple and fun alternative for a party cake!

Then just invert the pan onto a plate and you’re done!

This Popcorn Cake is chewy, gooey, sweet and totally over the top! It's such a simple and fun alternative for a party cake!

This is such a fun alternative to a cake at a party!

This Popcorn Cake is chewy, gooey, sweet and totally over the top! It's such a simple and fun alternative for a party cake!

This has been one of my most popular recipes on the site since 2009 for good reason! Such a fun dessert!

Popcorn Cake
  • 2 bags of microwave popcorn, popped with unpopped kernels removed
  • 2 cups M&M's
  • 1½ cups broken pretzel sticks
  • 16 oz mini marshmallows (8 cups)
  • ½ cup butter
  1. Prepare a large tube or bundt pan by spraying with cooking spray.
  2. You start with 2 bags of buttered microwave popcorn in a large bowl.
  3. Pick out the kernels that didn't pop.
  4. Now mix in 2 cups of M&M's and 1½ cups broken pretzel sticks.
  5. Now melt 1 stick of butter over low in a large saucepan or microwave.
  6. When melted add in a 16 oz bag of mini marshmallows (8 cups)
  7. Stir until melted and smooth and remove from the heat.
  8. Allow it to cool for about 2 minutes, while stirring constantly and then pour it over your popcorn mixture.
  9. Stir until all the ingredients are combined and then press into the prepared pan.
  10. Cover with foil and let your cake set for at least an hour to cool.
  11. When you are ready to serve the cake loosen sides of your cake from the pan by running a butter knife around the edges.
  12. Flip your pan over onto your serving platter.
  13. Your cake should come out pretty easily.
  14. You want it to cool completely so it will cut easily.
  15. Cover tightly and store for up to 1 day.
store airtight for up to 2 days. Best if eaten same day as made.

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January 10, 2011 6:43 pm

How delightfully intriguing!

January 10, 2011 6:43 pm


I made marshmallow treats quite some time back, they were a bit like this and were very yummy!! I bet this tastes AMAZING!!

I finally watched last mondays episode of the Bachelor, and seriously, they need to cut Brad a break. I was about to slap some fools around if I heard "are you ready to commit" or "are you sorry" one more time!!

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet
January 10, 2011 6:48 pm

Ohh goodness that looks amazing!!! Definately something to eat while watching the Bachelor 😀 I hope he and the vampire make it…she's so freaky and he is such a dope…perfect match 😀

January 10, 2011 6:53 pm

How fun is that? Going to make this for my kids next month when they come to visit!

January 10, 2011 6:54 pm

I saw something like this a couple weeks ago and just loved the idea! It's still on my "to make" list, and I think it might have moved up a few spots after seeing yours… It sounds so good! Happy Monday :)

January 10, 2011 6:56 pm

The stuff that dreams are made of. :)

January 10, 2011 7:01 pm

What a clever idea. So much fun for the kids or adults who still think they are kids. 😉

candid James
October 17, 2011 11:07 pm

I can’t wait to try this with my class at school! (:

January 10, 2011 7:06 pm

My favourite dirty snack is a bag of M&Ms thrown into a freshly-popped bag of buttery popcorn, so I'm going to have to try this!

January 10, 2011 7:31 pm

This looks AMAZING! might have to make this, this weekend for my boyfriends homecoming party! =) So far all I have down for the food list are sweets… I'm thinking I need a little more substance in there too.

January 10, 2011 8:02 pm

Oh my HECK!!!! This looks so delish! I'm so going to make this (and probably eat the entire thing myself!!!)

January 10, 2011 8:17 pm

I love M&Ms in my popcorn so this is just a genius idea. I love it!

January 10, 2011 8:23 pm

What a fabulous idea! It's a thing of beauty (and I bet it tastes just as good)!

January 10, 2011 8:26 pm

Ok, my pulse is racing with the thought of all that sugar!!! YUM! That is my kind of food too!

my cup of tea
January 10, 2011 9:00 pm

You are so right, it all about balance!LOL I can't wait to try this one!

January 10, 2011 9:24 pm

This is a fabulous idea!I always get inspired when I visit your blog!! Keep it up! I love it!

January 10, 2011 9:26 pm

You're blog should be a sin! I love it! I was searching for cake ideas for my daughters fourth birthday and found your amazing blog! Newly addicted to following your blog!

Kristy {Sweet Treats and More}
January 10, 2011 9:32 pm

Oh my, this looks crazy good!

Susan Crabtree
January 10, 2011 9:37 pm

this looks AWESOME-would be super cute as cupcakes too! :)

(Nicole) The Very Hungry Caterpillar
January 10, 2011 10:08 pm

how fun and creative. looks divine. I also thought the whole vampire girl was crazy. I do not think they were just a joke that night I saw them in clips from later. nuts!! Thanks for sharing!

January 10, 2011 10:32 pm

Wow this looks delightful!!

Tegan Aubrie
January 10, 2011 11:11 pm

I was just thinking that would be the perfect 'Welcome home' treat for my fiance after coming home from a 2 week business trip– but if it's probably only good for a day or so, I should wait until there are more than 2 of us around to eat it. Otherwise I'll feel bad and want to eat the entire thing… :)

January 10, 2011 11:21 pm

Melt a little creamy peanut butter into that marshmallowy goodness, and I would be set for a week!

Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy.
January 10, 2011 11:59 pm

YUM! Looks amazing! Have you seen the previews this week with Bachelor Brad and the vampire all dressed up in black leather…she needs to go ASAP! Unfortunately I'm going to miss tonight's episode we are going to some friends house to watch that College Football Championship game…

January 11, 2011 12:26 am

Super clever and cute!

tease-spoon of sugar
January 11, 2011 12:32 am

Wow…I can't wait to try it!

Kristie Maynard
January 11, 2011 1:24 am

OMG!!!!! this looks sooooo stinkin' yummy. I have a "potluck crop" to go to at my local scrapbooking studio and I will have to take this. Thanks for the great idea. Can't wait to try it!!!

January 11, 2011 1:26 am

I would love to live inside your head for a day. I feel like it is the most fun rollercoaster ride ever.

January 11, 2011 1:49 am

You are a genius!

January 11, 2011 1:57 am

My daughters will love this! I love it!!! Yummy!

January 11, 2011 2:22 am

Oh my goodness! this would be an awesome treat at a sleep over!! I am putting this on my to-bake list!

and I LOVE me some Bachelor!!! I cannot wait for my kids to get in bed tonight so I can watch.

January 11, 2011 2:28 am

This looks amazing! Where do you come up with these things? Your like the goddess of goodies..lol

My kids would go nuts:)

January 11, 2011 2:31 am

I think I just fell in love with you! :) I love this idea and can't wait to try it out. AMAZING

January 11, 2011 2:35 am

Judge you??? I love you! This is amazing. you are so creative

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany)
January 11, 2011 5:31 am

That is one naughty cake!

January 11, 2011 7:02 am

you are outrageous! and I love it. This just made me smile on a pretty crumb bum day.

January 11, 2011 1:47 pm

YUM!!! The mother in law of a friend of mine makes these every year for Christmas. I think I look forward to it just as much as she does! LOL Thanks for sharing the recipe! I now have inspiration to use up all the Boy Scout popcorn my hubby bought, the pretzels left over that nobody will eat plain and the marshmallows that never made it into batches of fudge at Christmas. And then of course there's the great excuse to go buy more M&Ms!! :)

January 11, 2011 2:44 pm

I am obsessed! This looks amazing!!

Trainer T.s Fitness
January 11, 2011 3:01 pm

Have I told you I l-u-u-v-e you lately?

Awesome I will try this, fast fun and colorful now your talking my lingo.


January 11, 2011 3:12 pm

My husband LOVES popcorn cake and we make it with the kdis about once a year. He likes to add jujubes to it (I'm worried someone's going to lose a tooth to one of those jujubes) but it is SO sticky sweet delicious!

I love the look of making it in a bundt pan!!

January 11, 2011 3:12 pm

I hope this isn't too soon, but I think I love you. 😉 This looks unbelievable!!! My son is having a bday sleepover in 2 wks. He HATES cake and asked that I don't make or buy one. This is a perfect alternative!!!

Sweet Sins
January 11, 2011 3:28 pm

Have I told you lately that I love you….

Chic Cookies
January 11, 2011 3:34 pm

I posted a link immediately. (ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com). Thank you. Thank you.

A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
January 11, 2011 4:08 pm

So fun! I am absolutely going to make this! Great photos too!

Kate H.(www.sprinkletherapy.blogspot.com)
January 11, 2011 6:17 pm

I have guests coming to stay with us this weekend and I just might make this! It's so colorful & cute!

Kelli @ RTSM
January 11, 2011 6:35 pm

This is so fun! I'm sure my boys would love helping me make it…and helping me eat it:) Thanks for sharing!

Elle Belles Bows
January 11, 2011 10:36 pm

Oh! I cannot wait to try this!! Kerri

January 11, 2011 11:12 pm

I LOVE this cake!!!! When I first read the title of your post I thought that maybe it would be a cake with "popcorn" made out of frosting ontop of a cake….I had no idea that it would actually be cake made out of popcorn! LOVE it! AND can't wait to make one myself. :-)

January 12, 2011 1:13 am

Delish!!! Nothing beats chocolate and popcorn with a splash of pretzels and a heaping load of marshmallows!!! I actually make my popcorn balls with popcorn and marshmallows and the powder from the jello packets for color and flavor so this is right up my ally!!
Thanks for sharing!

Kendall & Kellen
January 12, 2011 2:28 am

This was my birthday cake every year when I was a child. But my Mom made it with cheese and butter popcorn (my bday is right after Christmas so we always had left over popcorn from those big tins they sell), and mixed in skittles, peanuts, and hot tamales. I don't like chocolate- I know I'm weird!!!! She makes it with whatever ingredients we have on hand. It's still one of my favorites, my Mom surprised me with one last time I was home.

Diane {Created by Diane}
January 12, 2011 4:55 am

Such a great post. When my kids were little I use to make these all the time, I'm sure they'd like me to make some again. I made many one year and brought one to every party we seemed to go to, everyone got a kick out of them. I like peanuts in them too :) never tried pretzels, the possibilities are endless!!! I colored one pink too.