Thursday, December 16, 2010

Aunt Barbara's Popcorn Cake

This is a doozy of a cake and is so simple you will jump for joy! This is the PERFECT go-to dessert and works wonderfully as Christmas gifts to neighbors.
Best of all, it only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.

The recipe comes from my dear, sweet Aunt Barbara. 
If I could steal her recipe book for a day, I would. She absolutely is one of the finest cooks I know and every one of her concoctions are divine.

Aunt Barbara's Popcorn Cake

12 cups popped popcorn
1 pkg. marshmallows {regular, large size}
1 stick of butter
1 large pkg. peanut M&M's
1 pkg. spice drops
3-4 drops food coloring {optional}

In a large pot, melt butter on medium heat. Add marshmallows and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until melted and completely blended. Add food coloring and stir.. Remove from heat and add popcorn. Stir with wooden spoon, adding spice drops first, then M&M's. Keep stirring to make sure everything is coated well.

Now comes the sticky part. You can use a greased bundt pan {like I did here},a 9" x 13" pan, or any other mold. Use the spoon to pour the popcorn mix in, then slightly wet your hands. Press mixture down. Put in refrigerator for at least 15-20 minutes to cool.

Remove, cut into pieces, or just package up for gifting:).

This cake has many options..
I have used red food coloring and a molded heart pan for Valentine's Day. A friend had an oval "egg" pan and used light colors for Easter one year.
The possibilities are endless!



Stef said...

Oh yum. I think if I had that in front of me right now, I'd probably eat the whole thing. Gooey delicousness!

Leslie said...

this is awesome...we are going to have to make this

Robin {keephomesimple} said...

Oh-yum! It's late and I'm wanting a late night snack right about now. That looks so good! Too bad I don't have all of the ingredients for it at the moment. I'll have to put some of those ingredients on my next shopping list though. My kids would adore eating something like that!

Inspired by you said...

My kids would love having that! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my pillows. You've got some great photos on here.

Leslie said...

well we made it and we absolutely love it!!! it was something fun and easy that i did with my daughter....and we are all enjoying how tasty it is!

Kaitlin@Homemaker Design said...

This is AMAZING, hahah! I love it! I can't wait to try it out. I have this great 3D teddy bear cake pan that I think would be perfect for this application! Thank for posting a link to this (again) as I'm new to your site and would have missed this wonderful treat! haha, oooh I love it!

Pamela said...

I have been making this "cake" for over 20 years and it is always a favorite. The one thing I do different, tho, is substitute Spanish peanuts for the spice drops.

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