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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  1. We made this for the cake for my daughters sleepover birthday party and it was a HUGE hit!!! We except for the girl with braces, but she managed. Thanks for the idea… super yums!!

  2. Colleen

    In a word – delicious !!!! Have made it twice for parties and it disappeared !!! I make it in a cookie sheet though so the pieces are not quite as big !

    1. shelly

      Sounds like the marshmallow was really really warm when you poured it on. That hasn’t ever happened to me, but I would say just let it sit a minute or two before pouring over the popcorn mix next time..I’ll add a note in the recipe.

      1. Catherine

        Good thought, I read someone on someone elses comment that they froze their m&ms first so that wouldn’t happen, maybe I’ll do that as well.

  3. Ashley Stevens

    Just so you know, my family and I loved making and eating this. It was so much fun and I got so many recipe requests! In fact, I love this entire website. I love baking, and you’ve given me so many different recipes to try! thank you!!

  4. gail

    Your a genius! Not because of this popcorn cake (well ok, that too), but you blew my mind with the whole tv, news, junk food analogy! Balance…. it’s what we live by. 😀

  5. Karen

    This is a great idea and one the short person in my house would lurve! Wonder if this would work to replace the marshmellow with white bark? Have a wierd allergy to marshmellows. 🙁

  6. OMG I think I just got a toothache by looking at these photos but I think it might just be worth it. My little nieces would love this. You’re a genius! 😀

  7. this was delish! but i made it for my friend with celiacs disease because the comment said it was gluten free! but once she saw the pretzels, she couldnt eat it. that was my dumb mistake! but not gluten free if you use regular pretzels! so i ate it.

  8. Mary

    I use to make this all the time to send in with my children to school events. It was always the most popular item!! (My children are now in their 30’s and they still talk about it!) In order to promote the health aspect of it (after all corn is a vegetable) I always added raisins so they would get their fruit too! The only candy I would add was gum drops which added another level of gooiness to it!

  9. Serena

    Made this for a birthday party this weekend. Froze the m-n-m’s first so they wouldn’t explode and mess chocolate everywhere. Turned out perfect!!! Thanks!!

  10. Tonya

    Oh My, this looks wonderful. My son does not like cake and cupcakes, but he loves popcorn, pretzels and chocolate candies. I am so making this for my sons 3rd birthday next Friday and Saturday. It looks scrumdiliocious.

  11. TRISH

    I have always eaten Reeses Pieces in my popcorn, so I think I will try this with those instead of M&M’s. And maybe chocolate covered pretzels???!!!

  12. I absolutely LOVE this idea! I am going to do this but with only pink m&m’s for a baby shower! Do you know if I can make it the day before and will it still slice well? thanks!!!!

    1. shelly

      If you make it the day before make sure you seal it tightly…I recommend making the day of…but if you’re in a pinch and want to make it early airtight is essential!

  13. Elmarie Marais

    Good day, I was just wondering, how much is a “Stick Butter”. In South Africa you buy your butter in block of 500gram (a pound) and 1kg (2 pounds). Please let me know.

  14. Marco

    I made this for my girlfried as a birthday present since she loves popcorn. It was a success. Every gust wanted to know the recipe.

    Thanks!

  15. Amie {Kitty Cats and Airplanes}

    Oh my gosh…this looks so fantastic I can hardly contain myself! I LOVE popcorn, this cake speaks to me!

  16. Melody

    Oh my gracious. Popcorn, M & M's, butter & marshmallows in one cake??! All my favorite things in one place. I may die and go to Heaven when I taste that. I'm thinking peanut butter M & M's might be yummy too!

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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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