Popcorn Cake

Popcorn Cake is and easy no bake dessert recipe perfect for parties! It’s got that perfect balance of salty and sweet with popcorn, pretzels, and marshmallows mixed with your favorite candy!

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.

Popcorn Cake Is An Easy No Bake Recipe

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. Take a look…

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!

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Popcorn Cake

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: serves 12 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description:

Popcorn Cake is an easy no bake dessert recipe


Ingredients:

  • 2 bags of microwave popcorn, popped with unpopped kernels removed
  • 2 cups M&M’s
  • 1 1/2 cups broken pretzel sticks
  • 16 oz mini marshmallows (8 cups)
  • 1/2 cup butter

Instructions:

  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 1 1/2 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.

Notes:

store airtight for up to 2 days. Best if eaten same day as made.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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168 Responses
  1. Patti

    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!! 🙂

  2. Mara...

    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.

  3. Kristie Maynard

    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!!!

  4. Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy.

    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…

  5. Tegan Aubrie

    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… 🙂

  6. (Nicole) The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    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!

  7. Vi

    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!

  8. carrie1

    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.

  9. Kori

    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 🙂

  10. Jenn @ BentoForKidlet

    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 😀

  11. Kristan

    YUM!!

    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!!

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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