Cake Batter Caramel Popcorn


Do you sometimes want to have a party waiting for the kids when they come home from school? A celebration of them. A message that they matter. That they are important enough for a party for no particular reason. This recipe is perfect for such an occasion because 1) it looks like a party, 2) it tastes like a party, and 3) it is unique enough to feel like a special occasion. It isn’t just popcorn. It’s party popcorn!!


1 3-oz. bag microwave butter popcorn

1/2 cup butter

1/2 c dry white or vanilla cake mix

1/2 c granulated sugar

1/4 c light corn syrup

1/2 t salt

1/2 t vanilla



Pop microwave popcorn according to package directions. Remove all unpopped kernels. Grease baking sheet (with 1-inch sides). Spread popcorn on baking sheet. Set aside.


Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Stir in cake mix, sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in vanilla. Pour over popcorn and stir until popcorn is coated. Bake at 250°F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately top with sprinkles. Cool. Store in airtight container.


Source: A Stool at the Counter Blog

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12 Responses to Cake Batter Caramel Popcorn

  1. Jolene says:

    Did you make this recipe up? It sounds so yummy. Does it taste like cake batter? I have never heard of something like this. I will have to try it sometime.

    • Carol says:

      Hi Jo . . . found it on a food blog (source link is at the bottom of the recipe if you want to follow it). It totally tastes like cake batter. A really fun recipe! It ends up with a slight crunch and isn’t sticky. Bonus!!

      • Jolene says:

        Oh, I didn’t even see the link at the bottom. I will have to check out that blog. And I will have to try this recipe. Looks fun.

  2. MonkeyDudesMom @ A Stool at the Counter says:

    So cool! Thanks for the link. Glad you liked it!!

  3. Amy DeMordaunt says:

    Our kids will LOVE this! We just started school this week and need a fun idea to keep ’em going. I’ll make this next week and surprise them :). Thanks, Carol!

    • Carol says:

      It’s amazing what a little party food will do for morale, huh? That was exactly my plan as well . . . fun food after school to keep ’em going. Hope you enjoy!

  4. Terri @ that's some good cookin' says:

    Wow! Thanks so much for posting this. I can hardly wait to make it for my family.

    • Carol says:

      You bet. Got it from a fellow TK friend. Don’t you just love fun treats? I swear, anything with sprinkles tastes better!! :)

      • Terri @ that's some good cookin' says:

        Hi Carol. I wanted to drop back by and let you know that I made this popcorn and have really been enjoying it. I post it on my blog, I hope it is okay. The post is linked back to here.

        • Carol says:

          Glad you liked it, Terri!! Sure thing . . . post anything from here anytime. It’s all about sharing good food, right?? Have a great weekend!

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