birthday cake batter popcorn {for a milestone birthday!}

by Amy on 4 May 2012

this has been an epic week. first, this past monday marked one year from when my husband pulled off our surprise wedding. one year of marriage down, hopefully many more to go! and today? it’s my birthday! and not just any birthday … the big 3-0. that’s right – i’ve officially left my 20s behind + can’t wait to see all the awesomeness that my 30s have in store!

if you’re like me, when you think birthday, you think birthday cake. but, it’s been hot in nashville lately, so the idea of anyone turning on an oven to bake me a cake just seemed cruel. the next best option? this delicious white-chocolate, mini m&m + sprinkle-covered cake batter popcorn that i’ve made before + was happy to have an excuse to make again! it’s beyond fun for a birthday, or really, any celebratory occasion. hope y’all have a great weekend – i’m off to enjoy my first day in my 30s!

cake batter popcorn

adapted from bakergirl


1 bag of microwave popcorn, popped
8 ounces of white chocolate candy coating, melted
4 heaping teaspoons of yellow cake mix
mini M&Ms
assorted colorful sprinkles


pop popcorn according to instructions + spread out on a paper towel, removing any kernels or burnt pieces, + place in a large bowl.

melt white chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted + smooth. stir in cake mix until smooth. immediately pour over popcorn. using a wooden spoon, mix the popcorn with the melted chocolate mixture until completely coated.

pour out onto wax paper or into a wax-paper lined jelly roll pan + spread into a single layer. sprinkle with sprinkles + mini-M+Ms until festive, then let cool + harden. break into pieces + enjoy!

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1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 4, 2012 at 7:03 am

What a yummy treat! This sounds lovely!

2 Brenda (Kookt!) May 4, 2012 at 7:18 am

Wauw this has to be great!

3 Kelly May 4, 2012 at 7:29 am

This looks like quite a treat! Happy birthday and anniversary. Cheers for many more to come! Welcome to the 30’s, it’s a wild ride!

4 Kathryn May 4, 2012 at 7:34 am

Happy birthday Amy! Hope you have a wonderful day filled with lots and lots of cake batter popcorn :)

5 Julie @ Table for Two May 4, 2012 at 8:04 am

happy birthday wonderful lady!! xoxo great way to celebrate with popcorn!!

6 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 4, 2012 at 8:42 am

Happy birthday! I hope your day is filled with awesome food (which I’m sure it is with this amazing popcorn) and great company :)

7 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots May 4, 2012 at 9:03 am

Aww, a BIG happy anniversary and happy birthday to youuuuuu!!!! 😀 I hope you have an amazing end to your epic week!

8 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray May 4, 2012 at 9:10 am

I looooove sweet popcorns. What a wonderful way to celebrate what I hope is the happiest of birthdays!! And happy anniversary, too. What a week! 😀

9 Kayla May 4, 2012 at 9:48 am

Wow the popcorn looks amazing! I love adding sweet and salty things together! :) Happy Birthday!!

10 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee May 4, 2012 at 9:56 am

**Throws confetti** Happy Birthday! Hope you have a fabulous day. Happy Anniversary as well. The cake batter popcorn looks amazing! I could probably could down a whole bowl of that:)

11 danielle May 4, 2012 at 10:09 am

Happy 30th Amy!!

12 CJ at Food Stories May 4, 2012 at 10:57 am

OMG, you are so creative and hard-working. These pictures are uber colorful and extremely appetizing. I really don’t eat popcorn that much but this has me craving the stuff. Happy B-Day!!!

13 Jennifer Rice May 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

Happy Birthday Amy! Hope you have a great day and weekend… the birthday cake batter popcorn. Might have to try that one for hub’s bday 😉

14 Erin @ Texanerin Baking May 4, 2012 at 11:23 am

Happy birthday and happy anniversary again! I went and read your wedding posts and aww… how nice to make it a big surprise for everyone! That’s amazing. I haven’t had popcorn in maybe 10 years because it’s so bland, but this looks perfect! I hope you’re off enjoying your first day of your 30s. :)

15 elizabeth @ chronic venture May 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm

happy birthday, amy!! this popcorn looks amazing! enjoy your day!

16 Joanna@Drizzleofsunshine May 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Happy Birthday, Amy!! Such an exciting birthday. Have a great one, my dear!
I love different spins on birthday cakes! This popcorn looks so yummy. Perfect little treat!

17 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Happy birthday!!! :)

18 Lauren May 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Happy Birthday!!! This looks wonderful! My daughter’s birthday is next week and I am going to make this for her. Thanks for sharing!

19 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl May 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Happy Birthday, friend (and happy anniversary, too!)! Trust me, the 30’s aren’t so bad–just live it up and enjoy! This birthday popcorn looks so yummy–I always go for those sweet and salty combos. Have a wonderful day!

20 Renee May 4, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Happy birthday amy! Wishing you the best and very happy years to come!

21 Julie at Burnt Carrots May 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Happy Birthday! I’m def making this for my birthday next year – its looks delicious! And I cannot believe you had a surprise wedding. I looked at the photos and you were absolutely beautiful! Congrats also on the one year of marriage. I hope you both have many more happy years together. :)

22 cassie May 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm

happy birthday and anniversary amy! this popcorn is a great celebratory treat!!

23 kristen @ notsodomesticated May 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Happy Birthday, Amy!! And Happy Anniversary! What a special week! :)

24 wendy (the weekend gourmet) May 4, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Happy birthday, sweet girl! I loved my 30s…so many great things happened to me during that decade. Love this popcorn…festive indeed! Saving this for my next family birthday…I’m all about the popcorn…

25 Sammie May 5, 2012 at 1:28 am

Happy Birthday Amy!! I remember you saying that it would be your birthday on Friday!! I hope you had a wonderful one and I’m sure you will!! Your popcorn cake looks so delicious! And super creative too!! Also, happy anni to you!! Wow, that’s a lot for a day!! 😀 oooh and Happy Cinco de Mayo for tomorrow! LOL

26 Choc Chip Uru May 5, 2012 at 4:13 am

Happy happy birthday my friend 😀
I bet it was simply awesome!
Although I am a cake-at-birthday girl, I definitely wouldn’t mind swapping it for popcorn – how exotic 😀
Very creative!

Choc Chip Uru

27 Jen @ Juanita's Cocina May 5, 2012 at 9:51 am

Happy birthday, Amy!!!!

And it’s hotter than hades here in Texas. I have to do all of my cooking at 4:00 in the morning so I don’t heat up the house! 😉

28 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef May 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm

how fun! yum yum :)

29 Asmita May 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm

How adorable is this? Love it.

30 Marina May 6, 2012 at 5:30 am

I am little bit late, but I guess it’s never too late for good wishes :) happy birthday!

31 BreAna {Sugar & Spice & All Things Iced} May 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Happy Birthday! This popcorn sounds absolutely perfect!

32 claire @ the realistic nutritionist May 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm

perfect popcorn for a perfect birthday!! hope it was perfect, Amy!

33 Baking Serendipity May 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! (PS: I loved reading the story of your surprise wedding…adorable!) I love this popcorn! I pinned it a while back and have been (mostly) patiently waiting for all the summer birthdays in my family to arrive so I have a real excuse to make it!

34 Mary May 6, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Happy belated birthday! I forgot we had the same birthday! Welcome to your 30’s :) They’re great! I should know, I just celebrated my 5th year 😉

35 EA-The Spicy RD May 7, 2012 at 12:29 am

Happy Birthday wishes!! Love this cake batter popcorn-what a fun way to celebrate the start of a new decade :-) xo

36 Baker Street May 7, 2012 at 1:58 am

Happy 30th Amy! This is such a fantastic way to celebrate. :)

37 katie May 7, 2012 at 6:40 am

Happy belated birthday! This popcorn sounds amazing!

38 Jessica @ Cajunlicious May 7, 2012 at 8:23 am

this looks so fun amy, thanks for sharing!

39 Jessica @ Cajunlicious May 7, 2012 at 8:24 am

Happy belated birthday, welcome to the 30 club, it’s fantastic!

40 Amanda @ foodfascinations May 7, 2012 at 11:31 am

Happy Birthday Amy! I hope you have a wonderful and fantastic day!

41 Ally Garner May 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

Happy Belated Birthday to a fellow early may Birthday Girl!! Hope you had a terrific 30th celebration surrounded by lots of friends & loved ones. Wishing you a year filled with nothing less than God’s very best blessings, sweet friend!

42 angela@spinachtiger May 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

The first year of marriage is the toughest I think so be prepared for better bliss or increased bliss and a very happy birthday. What an interesting fun popcorn cake idea.

43 Jess May 7, 2012 at 11:58 am

I can’t wait to hear more about how you spent your big 3-0! And that popcorn sounds delicious, I’m obsessed with anything cake batter flavored and covered in sprinkles… from the new cake batter Oreos to the new DQ Blizzard!

44 Jackie @ Domestic Fits May 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Happy anniversary!! So exciting. And happy birthday. I’m only 3 years into my 30’s, but so far, the best decade yet :)

45 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite May 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm

happy birthday! and happy anniversary! so exciting. i’m sure your 30s will be awesome…i’m not far behind you! :)

i have a similar situation in that my anniversary is just 4 days before my birthday…it’s like a week of celebrating!

46 sportsglutton May 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Happy Belated Birthday Amy! Hope you had a great one….and this is quite possibly the coolest looking popcorn I’ve ever seen.

47 Blond Duck May 7, 2012 at 7:25 pm

It has sprinkles! :)

48 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings May 8, 2012 at 9:08 am

hi, amy! happy birthday! welcome to the 3-0’s! It’s going to be fun…to me, these are the best years of my life!

this popcorn is such an awesome idea for my kids (and me)! they will go ga-ga over this!

49 Catalina @ Cake with Love May 8, 2012 at 9:13 am

This is such a fun idea, sprinkles on popcorn, I have to mak ethis asap!!

50 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 8, 2012 at 9:38 pm

What a big week for you! Congrats on your first anniversary! Happy Birthday, welcome to your 30’s!

Love this popcorn. There is a place here that has cake batter popcorn, and my 7 year old loves it. So glad I can save the $7 and try it at home!

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