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Thursday, March 8, 2012

{popcorn cake}

Yesterday was the most beautiful day.  It reached almost 70 degrees, and when it's normally in the 30's this time of year, it was a very welcome surprise.  With my windows thrown open, kids playing outside all afternoon, and flip flops on my feet, spring was definitely in the air, and it was the perfect day to make one of our favorite treats...a popcorn cake!

What a fun {cake} this is!  I used Easter M&M's this time, but depending on the holiday or season, you can easily substitute the colors. It's perfect for any party or get together, especially with Easter coming. The best part?  It's SO easy, and takes less than 10 minutes to make.  LOVE that.

{popcorn cake}

10.5 oz. package of marshmallows
16 c. popped popcorn (a little less than 3/4 c. unpopped)
1/4 c. butter
1 large bag Peanut M&M's (I used the Easter ones!)

Pop your popcorn first!  I always use air popped popcorn, and I popped 3/4 c. popcorn kernels.  This will make a little more than you need, but then you'll just have a little leftover to munch on! Measure out 16 c. of popped corn into a large bowl that will be big enough mix it all together.  If you don't have a popcorn maker, you can definitely use microwave popcorn instead. 

In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat, then add the marshmallows.  I stir pretty constantly, to make sure the marshmallows don't burn on the bottom.  Once it's completely melted, pour on top of your popped corn, and stir until every piece is covered.  Add your M&M's, and gently stir them into the popcorn, making sure they are throughout the whole bowl.

Spoon the popcorn mixture into a lightly buttered bundt pan, and press firmly.  (Don't use cooking spray--it will make it taste funny.)  You don't need to let it sit for very long--only about 5 to 10 minutes, then you can turn it upside down onto a cake plate.  You will probably need to take a table knife and gently go around the edges, then use your fingers to loosen it a little.  Once  it's loosened, it will come out pretty easily.

Isn't it so cute?  

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Blogger Aleena said...

I love your blog, I've found many fun recipes and ideas! This was my favorite cake growing up, I usually requested it for my birthday, the only difference was my mom used gumdrops instead of M&M's.

March 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger KatieD said...

This is adorable. My girls will love it. Thanks for sharing!

March 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Alexis said...

That is awesome!

March 8, 2012 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

That is so cute. I LOVE IT.

As I look out my window at the snow falling and the wind blowing and knowing that it is about 12 F. I am incredibly jealous ; )

March 8, 2012 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Kellie said...

Can't wait to try the popcorn cake. My son is a popcorn fanatic. He'll love it :) Thanks for sharing!

March 8, 2012 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Raysha said...

My mom made popcorn cake all of the time when I was little. We always chose it for our birthday cake. My friends always thought it was weird. Glad there are others out there who enjoyed it as much as we did!

March 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Monica & Ryon Pulsipher said...

That looks familiar! =)

March 11, 2012 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger Monica & Ryon Pulsipher said...

That looks familiar! =)

March 11, 2012 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger jhoff said...

Can't wait to make this for my popcorn crazy husband and 3-1/2 year old (I'm sure my 10 month old will join the ranks as soon as it's safe too!). Springs in the air here too, but with leprechauns on the loose, I may need to make it with green m&ms during'll be a fun afternoon snack! Ty! :)

March 11, 2012 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Jedda said...

Love this! And shared via facebook.

March 12, 2012 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Kaylene said...

Super cute! Can't wait to try it!!

March 12, 2012 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

I'm such a fan of the popcorn cake ... we made it one year for my twins' birthday and it was delicious! Thanks for the reminder to make it again.

March 14, 2012 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger Farmgirl Chaos said...

After I saw this idea, I put my own spin on a popcorn cake.

2 {popped} bags of microwave popcorn
1 cup sugar
1 cup Karo syrup
1 cup peanut butter

Melt the sugar and syrup together. Then add in peanut butter. Stir until all combined and melted. Pour on top of popcorn and mix until coated. Then add in LOTS of M&Ms {or even Reese's Pieces} and mix again.
Put in buttered bundt pan.

It was delicious, and looked great! :)

March 19, 2012 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger JennG said...

That is a very cool idea! Just added it to my account as a to do idea. Thanks!!

March 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM  
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March 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Marilyn said...

Oh my gosh I'm making this right now! Thanks for sharing!

March 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM  

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