Cake Batter Popcorn




Introduction: Cake Batter Popcorn

About: Hi, I'm Jen! In my free time I'm a crafter, food lover, and cake decorator. I also can't stop taking photographs! I have a genuine love and appreciation for all things creative and handmade.

If you've been to any ice cream places lately I'm sure you have seen and maybe even tried cake batter ice cream. It is very popular right now and although we don't make outings to the ice cream parlor often I have to admit it is quite tasty. 

I thought I was being really creative and inventive when I thought to make cake batter popcorn. Turns out there are already many recipes out there to follow to make this, however, all of them that I read used shortening (gross!) and white chocolate along with the cake mix. Since I can't bring myself to use shortening I knew I had to come up with something else.

My mom makes the most delicious caramel corn so I decided to modify her recipe to make it taste like cake batter but still be perfectly coated and crunchy!! 

Step 1: Pop the Popcorn

I have a serious problem with GMO (genetically modified organism) anything and since corn is something like 90% (don't quote me on the percentage) genetically modified these days I only buy organic non-GMO popcorn. You choose but be aware that unfortunately most corn is modified in some way.

I think using an air popper is the easiest way to make popcorn but if you don't have one you can make it on your stove in a large stock pot with a little oil.

Pop 4 quarts (16 cups) of popcorn and divide equally between two lightly buttered 9 x 13 pans making sure there are no kernels left.  I use my hands after popping the corn and put it in the baking pans leaving the un-popped kernels in the bottom of the bowl. It's no fun to break your tooth on a popcorn kernel so take your time doing this!

Step 2: Make Cake Batter Sauce

Cake Batter Popcorn
1 stick butter
1/2 c. sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 c. light corn syrup
1 c. yellow cake mix
1/2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

Combine the butter, sugar, salt and corn syrup (try to get corn syrup that does not have HFCS) in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring enough to blend. Once the mixture begins to boil, boil for 5 minutes on medium heat stirring constantly.

Remove from the heat, and stir in the baking soda, cake mix and vanilla. The mixture will become light and foamy.

Step 3: Bake the Popcorn

Immediately pour cake batter sauce over the popcorn in the pans, and stir to coat.

Bake for 1 hour, removing the pans, and giving them each a good stir every 15 minutes. After 30 minutes shake on some sprinkles for added fun! If you do this any sooner the colors will run making a messy looking popcorn and who wants that?!

After one hour remove pans from the oven and continue to gently stir the popcorn until it cools enough so it doesn't stay in big clumps.

Serve to anyone who loves popcorn!



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25 Discussions

Yum! I'll have to try this. Thanks for posting!

Looks good

I'm just being a wisea** here, so this is syntax-Naziish, highly sarcastic & over-simplified, but... everything is genetically modified: that's evolution! What you're against is artificially, manually genetically modified corn/produce.

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I guess in a smart a** kind of way you are right! The links below better explain what I mean.

I too am not at all looking for any kind of debate on GMO's (I agree with YOU on them in any case!!!) I have to say that corn as we know it is THE most "modified" organism (by man) on the PLANET long long before Monsanto and any other companies came along. The "Foundation stock" plants that eventually were "modified" into corn as we know it bear almost NO relationship to anything we would remotely recognize as even "corn like". In fact for many many decades the plant that was to be known as maize or corn was unknown to science and even in the Andes no one could locate a "source" for it--like the "Ur" wheats etc. In the past year or so a plant has come to light that there is a strong belief that is the root plant of corn--you can look it up I think Nat Geo did a thing on it among other places--and it is hardly credible looking at it that the plant was BRED to make what we see as--corn. Now these mods have been "tracked forward" and I believe this stuff is being planted to see what it yields--and why and how it got to where it is now! This is really interesting to me.

However that said---corn as we know it is almost the WORST food we can eat! I know I know--- it is yummy! But it has some serious drawbacks which you can discover by yourselves. And for anyone with a carb or digestive problem---not a happy day. This would be--me. And many other people.

So--like anything else--you have to take what you know and you feel "safe" with and go from there. Presumably your entire diet is not based on corn alone! But probably eating less of any of these odd ball Franken Foods is a good thing.

Yes, I made this too and it was really hard to keep the kiddos out of it. It was really tasty. I used icing colours & coloured the corn syurp green. So ours looked like Shrek cake batter popcorn. Good job on this recipe!

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Great idea to color it. That would be a good idea for a kids party to go with a theme! What kids wouldn't like that!!?

My wife just made this for a party and let me try some. She had to fight me to get the bowl back before i could eat it all. Nice work !

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I'm curious; what are your concerns about GM corn?

Got any links to reliable sites to explain what's wrong with it?

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I guess I'm not really sure if you actually want information and my opinion or if you want a debate which you should know I only do over a couple of beers!!! It surely won't happen here! Anyway, here are a couple of sites with lots of great info:

Organic Consumers Association:

Millions against Monsanto:

Michael Pollan:

In short I have major health concerns about GMO's not to mention the environmental impact. Do some research and make your own decisions. :)

I was just discussing this with Paul as we drove past endless fields of corn the other day all containing markers from where and who the corn came from. It's sad...

Not after a debate, just testing a hyothesis about your sources, which you have confirmed, thank you.

The kids are HUGE popcorn eaters. They just ate my last bag of snack sized kettle corn last night. Thought I'd hidden it pretty well too. I am soo making this with them for their after dinner snack tonight.

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Ooo looks yummy. I love flavoured popcorn, crunchy and or tacky. Doesn't matter to me. Downside to popcorn, it gets stuck in my gums and between my teeth. Sometimes its hard to stop eating tasty popcorn. :D

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I agree with not being able to stop eating delicious popcorn. This is a crunchy popcorn recipe and is much less likely to get stuck in your teeth! You can always try a hulless popcorn if it is getting stuck in your gums!

I'm making this one FOR SURE! My son LOVES the cake batter ice-cream & the cake batter oreos. I know he would thoroughly enjoy this too! Thanks!

Also, is your carmel corn crunchy or sticky?

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I really don't like sticky popcorn. I hate when it gets stuck on my teeth so if that is what you like don't make this recipe. This is evenly coated and perfectly crunchy! Let me know what you think after you make it but make sure to do the boil for 5 minutes thing with the sauce otherwise it won't caramelize correctly in the oven!

Oh yeah, I must be in the dark because I have never even heard of cake batter oreos!!!