Popcorn Cake Recipe

by Diane Henkler on 03/28/2010

For the 5th day of the 6 Days of Spring, I was inspired by my friend, Christine Wilson to become a “foodie” for the day and whip up something scrumptious in my kitchen for a spring time treat to take to work.  Christine is my co-worker and she loves to bake.  She is always bringing in delicious food to work to share with her co-worker’s.    Her love of baking has qualified her as one of the 100 finalists in the Pillsbury Bake-Off which is going to be held on April 11-13 in Orlando, Florida.  Christine has brought her Golden Breakfast Bruschetta to work a few times for everyone to try.

Here is what I am taking to work tomorrow, not as healthy as Christine’s recipe, but so gooood! 

Popcorn Cake Recipe

I used to make Popcorn Cake on a weekly basis when my daughters were growing up. It is great to take to bake sales as it looks so unique and colorful amongest all the brownies on the table.  They are fun to eat after practice, parties, and are so easy to make.  They are sort of  like Rice Krispie treats, but with a twist.  If you make them into lolli-”pops”  they will look very festive in Easter baskets.  Enjoy.  

 Popcorn Cake Recipe

The Ingredients


Melt the marshmallows, margarine, and oil in a pot.


Let boil for 2 minutes


Mix popped corn, peanuts, and M&M’s together in a large bowl.

Popcorn-Cake-mixed-wth-M&Ms recipe

When marshmallow mixture is melted, pour over pop corn mixture.


and mix well.


 Rub vegetable oil over your hands, then shape the mixture into balls. If you don’t do this the mixture will stick to your hands and you won’t be able to mold into balls.   I made mine a bit smaller than a tennis ball.  Place on foil, wax or parchment paper.


Place each ball in a cupcake liner


or you can flatten the ball with your hand and place a Popsicle stick in the bottom to make lolli”pop” cakes.

Popcorn-Cake-Lollipop recipe

These colors look scrumptious – I feel like diving head first right into this bowl!


Popcorn Cake

Mix together in a large bowl:

  1 gallon popped corn

1 1/2 cups salted peanuts
1 1/2 cups pastel M&M’s

Melt together and boil for 2 minutes:

1 stick margarine or butter
1/2 cup cooking oil
16 oz mini marshmallows

Pour over above mixture and mix well.


- Shape into balls and place in cupcake liners

-Shape into lollipops

-Press into pan and cut to as you would cut a brownie.




{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nancy Hamilton March 28, 2010 at 8:40 pm

My favorite Easter candy is anything Reeses, and now they have dark chocolate Reeses…pure heaven!


2 Cha Cha March 28, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Yummy, the girls and I will have to try this, give me anything with M&M’s and happy. Hope you had a great weekend.

Cha CHa


3 Rebekah W March 28, 2010 at 9:20 pm

My favorite Easter candy is Peeps…frozen!


4 Diane @ InMyOwnStyle March 28, 2010 at 9:37 pm

I have never tried Peeps frozen, but that sounds delicious way to enjoy them and they would never get stale. Nancy – If it is made of dark chocolate I LOVE it. I am going to have to try one. I like my Reeses chopped up in ice cream, yummm


5 Suzan Oxenreider March 29, 2010 at 5:06 am

My favorite Easter candy is Dove Dark Chocolate eggs. Just thinking about them makes me a little light-headed…


6 Sonny March 29, 2010 at 11:48 am

Those are adorable, festive and look so yummy~! thanks so much for the recipe..


7 Connie March 30, 2010 at 12:05 am

Oh, these look divine! My daughter..who just so happens to Lu-UV m&m’s and popcorn will have fits over these.

And I will be the best mom ever. Well, for a little while anyway.


8 Rachel March 30, 2010 at 12:55 am

Wow- I have never heard of these. They look AMAZING. I wish I could make them tonight… so many of my favorite things. I’ll be linking in my next Crafty Food Roundup.


9 Cindi March 30, 2010 at 7:19 am

I am SO making this for the kids on Sunday!

Oh…my favorite Easter candy is either the Reese Peanut Butter Eggs or our local candy factory’s Peanut Butter Melt-a-Way Egg!


10 Kaysi @ Keeping It SImple March 30, 2010 at 2:18 pm

My favorite is mini cadbury eggs!!! They are so good, I just ate a handful actually :)



11 shawna March 27, 2013 at 10:26 pm

how much is one stick of butter?


12 Diane Henkler March 28, 2013 at 10:25 am

Hi Shawna – One stick of butter is one half-cup of butter. :)


13 Sarah March 29, 2013 at 5:15 pm

How much popcorn is one gallon??


14 Diane Henkler March 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Hi Sarah – I always bought a pre-popped bag in the snack aisle at the grocery store and measured out 16 cups. You can use more or less depending on how gooey you want the cake to be.


15 jessica April 18, 2014 at 10:01 pm

I tried this with mini eggs and they melted when I poured the marshmallow mix. How did you get the m&ms to not melt?


16 Diane Henkler April 19, 2014 at 10:46 am

Hi Jessica -

I used M & M’s – they don’t melt. If you want to use the eggs – try mixing the eggs in last after you have mixed the melted butter/oil/marshmallows in to the popcorn. This way it will be a bit cooler and won’t melt the eggs. Happy Easter.


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