Popcorn Cake, Focus on the M & M’s

Popcorn cake has been a part of our lives forever.  This one in the picture was made for a boy’s baby shower.  It’s all about the M & M’s.  I’ve made them for birthdays, Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day and of course 4th of July.  I’ve discovered Peanut Butter M & M’s work great, too.

You know, this may be a recipe for Popcorn Cake, but it’s really a story about M & M’s.  We are an M & M family.  It’s our candy of choice.  Nate used to walk in and yell ‘where are the M & M’s hidden?’ when he and the family came over.  I always have some saved for my next baking project or drop in company.  I used to put out big bowls of red and green peanut M & M’s at Christmas.  I buy Greg a bag of the almond ones as a treat.  I love the new Coffee Nut ones.  Both Chris and I, my fellow caramel fan, were disappointed in the caramel variety though.  The mint ones look great in and on brownies with green peppermint icing.  Replacing chocolate chips with M & M’s in Toll House Cookies is always the right choice.

But, as usual, I digress.  I’ve had requests to make Popcorn Cakes for weddings.  They looked really cool and it was so different and unexpected.    And now you can order M & M’s in any color you desire; is this a great country or what?  So, what’s stopping you from having a celebration featuring a fabulous popcorn cake?


Popcorn Cake


Melt together:

¼ cup butter

¼ cup oil

10 ½ ounces marshmallows (approximately 39 large)

Grease an angel food cake pan.

In a very large bowl combine:

9 cups of popped corn (1/2 cup in an air popper)

1 cup peanut M & M’s

1 cup peanuts

1 cup spice gum drops if you are so inclined

Pour the melted marshmallow mixture over popped corn mixture and stir quickly to combine.  Press firmly (yes, I do mean firmly) into the prepared angel food cake pan.

Allow to cool for at least an hour and then remove from pan.


* From the Recipe Box:

This is an incredible family favorite.  I’ve made them for birthdays, baby showers and weddings.  I like them gooey so I up the marshmallows to 16 ounces and increase the butter and oil a bit.  Don’t skimp on the marshmallows and buy store brands.  I never use the gum drops.  I’m a bit of a purist though; I always pop my corn, I don’t use Microwave.  I’m sure it would turn out fine, but should we chance it?  I use a serrated bread knife to cut slices.

and remember:  I don’t want to seem like I think I’m always right, but I am and that’s why it comes across that way.  Big kiss, Lynn

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