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Popcorn Cake

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

The Best Popcorn Dessert Recipe

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. Take a look…

You have popcorn, candy, pretzels and melted marshmallow…

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!

How to Make No Bake Popcorn Cake

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

Then, just stir up the mixture…

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

Baked popcorn cake

Press it down using a sprayed piece of parchment paper

Pressing cake down using parchment paper

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

Top-down shot of popcorn cake

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

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

Popcorn cake served to eat

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 served on a dish

Popcorn Cake

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  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


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


  • 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


  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.


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


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 384
  • Sugar: 41.4 g
  • Sodium: 111.1 mg
  • Fat: 15.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 60 g
  • Protein: 3.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 25.2 mg

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166 comments on “Popcorn Cake”

  1. Perfect, simple, easy-to-make, sweet treat for friends and family! (And I’ve made this so many times—always a fan fave!)

  2. A friends mother used to make this when I was a kid back in the mid-seventies for her daughter’s birthday parties every year. I couldn’t wait for that party to come,,,.! Her mother used to put m&m’s in the cake, but also added raisins and salted sunflower kernels. I have been trying to figure out how she made this for many years until I ran across your recipe!
    Thank you so much!

  3. One of my favorite Christmas time treats! Our neighbor made her version with gumdrops and peanuts. I can’t wait to try the chocolate and pretzels! Yum!!

  4. Jo Stonesifer

    Hey, love this recipe. Quick question, do you have to use a bundt or tube pan? Could this work in any kind of cake pan? Thanks!! ^_^

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