Here’s an incredibly delicious recipe for Cake Batter Caramel Popcorn. Yes, you heard me correctly: CAKE BATTER. I’m really into popcorn, and caramel corn in particular, but this version is by far my favourite.
Stuck on what to get someone for their birthday? Stuff a cute little baggy of this delightful snack into the gift bag, and they’re going to love you (and beg you for the recipe, trust me.) While you’re at it, download my free printable below to tie on it with some ribbon. Well now, aren’t you just an adorable, Martha-Stewart-style gift-giver!
Cake Batter Caramel Popcorn:
(Makes approx. 8 cups)
- 6 tablespoons popcorn kernels, unpopped (about 8 cups popcorn, popped)
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup funfetti cake mix (or vanilla, yellow, or similar)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 1/4 cup corn syrup
- pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 250F and line a baking pan with parchment paper. Spritz the parchment very lightly with cooking spray.
Pop your corn. Place 3 tbsp of kernels in a brown paper bag, fold over the top of the bag, and blast in the microwave until the popping slows (about 2 minutes). Repeat with the remaining 3 tbsp of kernels. Scooping with your hands, place the popcorn into a large bowl so that you don’t get any unpopped kernels in with the good stuff (nobody wants a broken tooth on their birthday!) Set aside.
Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan on the stovetop. Add the cake mix, sugars, corn syrup, and salt and cook for 3 to 4 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly. It’s okay if the mixture bubbles a little, but avoid a rolling boil. When smooth and thickened, remove it from the heat.
Pour the mixture over the popcorn, tossing to evenly coat. Spread the popcorn into a flat, even layer onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 18 to 25 minutes. The coating may thin out and appear to “drip” on the bottom of the baking sheet and that’s okay. Do not let the popcorn brown. After removing the baking sheet from the oven, toss the popcorn with a spoon or spatula to redistribute any of the caramel that has dripped off during baking.
Once the popcorn has cooled and hardened, break clusters apart by hand. Serve immediately or package in an airtight container for up to a week.
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