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!

Print

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.

Keywords:: cookies and cups, no bake recipe, popcorn cake, popcorn recipe

Want To Save This Recipe?

Save

Previous PostNext Post

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?

You might also like...

168 Responses
  1. bridget {bake at 350}

    You know, I had heard of popcorn cakes, but have never SEEN one. Oh my goodness….that is genius! THANK YOU for making one. 🙂 Going to have to try it!

  2. Ambrosia

    I made this Saturday for my big guy's 8th birthday (I have a kid who hates cake?!?!). This was just perfect! It was a huge hit with the adults, too! Thank you so much for sharing – when I get a blog post up, I'll link back to you!

  3. Latinacreativa

    Now I know what I want for my birthday this year…& quite possibly any other occasion that would justify eating sugary-covered goodness…YUMM!

  4. Luv 2 Create

    I came over from a papercrafting blog hop that had a picture of this cake and it intriged me. I have always loved the old fashion rice crispy bars. Never thought to use popcorn but I will definitely have to give this a try!! I found your blog interesting and just became a follower. Looking forward to more of your ideas. I love to bake.
    Marcie

  5. TuttleTime

    As a sweet tooth, I am so excited to have found your blog…during a Party blog hop! How cool is that?! I think my son would love this salty sweet is the best stuff! Mmmmmmm…looking forward to more ideas. Following your blog.

  6. Kristen

    I saw this popcorn cake on another blog this morning. My kids' favorite snack is popcorn with m n m's and pretzels. They are going to go crazy when I make this for them. Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Tami B.

    I saw a link to your popcorn cake on another site and had to "pop" over (sorry, couldn't resist)to check it out. Yeah baby, now that's my kind of snack. I'm a new follower.

  8. Molly Smith

    That was silly to say I'm not good in the kitchen and here I am a new follower. I have four daughters and they ALL love for me to send my favorite recipe blogs. I am a retired baker 🙂

    Love your blog and appreciate your time with all your photos.

  9. Molly Smith

    This is the most fun dessert/snack thing I have seen in a long time. I'm not that good in the kitchen, but believe I can make this with my two granddaughters! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Ammie

    My mom made these for us on a regular basis when we were young!! She always used those small, gummy raspberry candies as well as nuts. Sometimes she would use Reese's pieces instead of M&M's. Yum! Thanks for reminding me of a fond childhood memory!!

  11. rjtmom

    Saw this "cake" yesterday and could not wait to make it! I made it tonight and we are waiting for it to cool before we dive in! 🙂

  12. Lynn

    I don't whether to thank you or not!! ahhh.. I keep saying this, either I need to quit looking or quit making, b/c this is so going in my stash of to do!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  13. grace

    you're onto something here–this is incredible! not only does it LOOK amazing, but it's relatively sinless and oh-so-delicious. bravo!

  14. Luxie

    This cake is so yummy!! My grandma makes this and she melts milkmaid caramels with the marshmallows, so yummy! I'm gonna try with the pretzels, sounds goood!!

    Greetings from Mexico 🙂

  15. Monet

    This is so much fun! I was completely intrigued when I saw this post in my google reader (especially since I was just finishing a big bowl of popcorn!) This looks like a dream! I would love to make this for a movie night. All those theater goodies in one delicious cake. Thanks for sharing, sweet friend. Eat well tomorrow!

  16. Diane {Created by Diane}

    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.

  17. Kendall & Kellen

    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.

  18. TCahal

    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!

  19. Avril

    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. 🙂

  20. Kate H.(www.sprinkletherapy.blogspot.com)

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

  21. Ambrosia

    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!!!

  22. betchacanteatjustone

    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!!

  23. Trainer T.s Fitness

    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.

    xoxox

Leave a Reply

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?

Tips for Baking Success!

Cookies and Cups Newsletter Get 5 Baking Secrets That Will Change Your Life!

Delivered Straight to Your Inbox, For Free:

Recipes You’ll Love

This site participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn a small fee by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Ad Blocker Detected!

Advertisements fund this website. Please disable your adblocking software or whitelist our website.
Thank You!