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Popcorn Cake

This nostalgic popcorn cake is like a giant popcorn ball to feed a crowd!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 10 oz. bags mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 2.69 oz. bags popcorn
  • 1/2 C. M&Ms


  1. Pop popcorn and separate kernels from popped corn.
  2. Heat butter on the stove on low heat in a large high-wall pot (like a pasta pot) When melted, incorporate the marshmallows and vanilla.
  3. When completely melted, incorporate the popcorn into the marshmallow mix.
  4. Spray an angel food cake pan with a non-stock spray.
  5. Spoon in a first layer of popcorn into the pan. Sprinkle in a small handful of M&Ms.
  6. Continue to alternate with popcorn and M&Ms until the pan is filled.
  7. Using a greased hand, press popcorn down until tightly packed, and the total cake is about 3 inches tall.
  8. Turn out onto a flat surface and rest.
  9. Slice with a serrated knife.
  10. #enJOY!