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!

Popcorn Cake

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…

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!

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…

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

Description:

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!


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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Susie Q
Susie Q

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!

Dana
Dana

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!!

Jacob
Jacob

This is addictive stuff, man. Like all my favourite movie theatre snacks in one place. Delicious.

Jo Stonesifer
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!! ^_^

khadija
khadija

Wow going 2 try it

Deana
Deana

16 ounces of marshmallows is 2 cups, so make sure you use 8 cups. But the cake is just so delious.

Allison Violette

Never mind! lol I just re-read the instructions! lol

Allison Violette

Hi! This looks amazing! Do you recommend plain or buttered flavoured popcorn? Which works better?

Angela
Angela

I have been making this since the 80s! It’s awesome with roasted peanuts too. Love your blog!

Shannon
Shannon

Substitute the pretzels for gluten free ones and this would be the prefect gluten free “cake” for my son! I also bet adding a little melted peanut butter would be good too. I see so many variations.

Lisa | Mumy Made.It

I know this is an older post (and you may not remember!) but do you know how much (in grams or cups) the popcorn amount is when cooke? I do mine the old school way (I don’t have a microwave) and am unsure how much a bag of microwave popcorn will produce.
Same for marshmallow. I make my own and not sure how many grams it will equate to but I can try and work that out!

Laura

Wow this is definitely a showstopper centrepiece if you want a normal cake alternative at a party..

Patrick
Patrick

you aren’t doing anything to improve my waistline, but I love it!!

Janice
Janice

This looks fantastic, can’t wait to try it.
Wondering if you have ever made cupcakes instead of a cake? Would it be too sticky?

Mrs. Lucky
Mrs. Lucky

I was thinking about making “popcorn” balls for Halloween with this recipe? Thought process would be to spray my hands lightly with “oil in the can” and shape into balls and place in individual bags for whatever holiday or nothing just for fun. Looks really yummy for sure!

Kristy
Kristy

I think I just fell in love with you….

Summer L
Summer L

Our French teacher would make this for us when we behaved ourselves. We had to be able to get marbles from one jar (the bad jar) to the another jar (the good jar). She would move one marble over per day when we were good that day. Then, when all of the marbles were in the “good” jar, she make us a popcorn cake. Just like this, except with peanuts & not pretzels. Oh, this takes me back…

Ruthy
Ruthy

Hi – just found this recipe via Pinterest of course! Can I use bagged popcorn? I have that on hand.

Carrie H
Carrie H

My daughter lives on Long Island and I am in Texas…and I wanted to get her a birthday cake (because no one up there will get her one), this will go through the mail and she LOVES popcorn! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jenny

I made this tonight for my two sons, husband, and niece. It turned out perfectly–so pretty!–and everyone loved it. But I think I loved it the most! Yum-yum. Thanks so much for sharing this fun idea.

MARILYN

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS RECIPE I LOVE POPCORN AND CAN’I WAITE TO TRY THIS. LOOKS SO GOOD.

Heather
Heather

I just thought, “Popcorn Cake- wonder if anyone has invented one of those?” Hopped on Google and -voila- one of my favorite bloggers did it a long time ago! It looks fabulous!

Lori
Lori

I’m making this for New Year’s eve!!! can’t wait to try it!!!

Irene Lirette

OMG…I am SO HAPPY I came across this on Pinterest. I am so going to make this for Christmas!!!

Jill

Thank you for this post. My Mom would make me a popcorn cake every year for my birthday as a kid. She passed away in 1990, today is my 38th birthday and thanks to your post I am going to make one for myself 🙂

Laura
Laura

The cake will be fantastic! c:
I’ll make it with OREOS ! ;D

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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