Fun and delicious popcorn cake
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Mrs. Roger’s Famous Popcorn Cake – A colorful treat.

Food should not only be delicious it should be fun too, and this popcorn cake is exactly that…fun! Just looking at Mrs. Roger’s Famous Popcorn Cake will bring on a smile.

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Of course, it’s really good too, so chewy and sweet. Kids love it, to be honest, they go crazy for this colorful popcorn cake. No forks or spoons are needed either, just hands.

Perfect for any holiday or party. Colorful, sticky sweet, and old-fashioned goodness is what this popcorn cake is all about!

What will you get in just about every bite? Peanuts, gumdrops, and marshmallowy covered popcorn.

Chewy, crunchy, salty, and sweet in every mouthful.

This popcorn cake recipe also makes perfect party popcorn balls. No slicing is needed and everyone gets his or her own specially wrapped treat.

Most of the time we slice our popcorn cake. It’s fun and festive for any party or celebration.

If you were one of my mom’s students in the 25 years she taught elementary school, you have probably had a slice of this famous cake. Some of her past students who are now parents have contacted me for this recipe.

Chewy gumdrops, salty peanuts, and melted marshmallows all mixed up with popcorn.

Then pressed into a cake pan.

popcorn cake with gumdrops and peanuts

This is a fun treat for kids and adults when you are in the mood for something a little different.

You could even press some in muffin tins…
Then set the little mounds on a plate for people to grab and snack on.  Great finger food for parties.

 For a fun holiday gift, press some in mini loaf pans.

To Make Mrs. Roger’s Famous Popcorn Cake You Will Need These Ingredients:

  • Gumdrops (not spice flavor) I had trouble finding these so I bought large ones and cut them.
  • Large marshmallows
  • Salted peanuts ~ sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds for nut-free
  • Butter or a non-dairy substitute like Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks.
  • Vegetable oil
  • Popped popcorn (about 1 1/2 cups kernels)

I hope you enjoy making and eating this bright and cheery cake!

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5 from 1 vote

Mrs. Roger's Famous Popcorn Cake      

Fun, colorful, and delicious dessert you eat with your hands. Perfect for young and old at any party, celebration, or holiday.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: birthdays, gluten-free, popcorn cake, fun food, party food, tailgate, holidays,celebrations
Servings: 10 Servings
Author: Mary


  • 1 pkg gumdrops not spice flavor I had trouble finding these so I bought large ones and cut them.
  • 57 large marshmallows
  • 1 can of salted peanuts ~ substitute pumpkin or sunflower seeds for nut-free
  • 1 cube butter or a non-dairy substitute like Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks.
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 24 cups popped popcorn about 1 1/2 cups kernels


  • Grease angel food cake pan.
  • Pop kernels, making sure to take out ones that did not pop.
  • I use a large kettle to mix the ingredients.
  • Put gumdrops, peanuts, and popcorn in a huge mixing bowl or use a large kettle as I do.
  • Melt butter and marshmallows with oil in a saucepan on medium to low heat. Stir often and be careful not to burn the mixture.
  • Pour over popcorn mixture and mix well, making sure to get all the goodies on the bottom.
  • Press firmly in prepared cake pan.
  • Let sit for an hour or so. You want to make sure it takes the form. I let mine sit for at least 2 hours.
  • Go around the edge of the cake with a knife to free up edges. Turn over onto a large plate and slice.
  • Cut into slices with a bread knife or a serrated knife. You may need to clean a knife a couple of times during slicing, as it can get sticky.

popcorn cake with gumdrops and peanuts


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  1. Hello Mary
    This recipe looks AWESOME!!!! I do have a question before I attempt making it (and cannot wait to do it)
    What does a “cube of butter” equate to? Does it mean a 1/4 – pound of butter OR a cup or more?

    Thank you
    Very much appreciated.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve been making this for years, but I use 1/2 c. small white popcorn kernels. They are more tender and all but three or four pop. This still gives me a little over 5 quarts of better quality popcorn. I find I can only get 9 oz. packages of spice gum drops, so I use two. People love it with the taste of mint and cloves.

    1. Wow, that’s a whole new flavor twist! Thanks for sharing this Marty, it’s always fun to hear about new ideas!

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