Last month, I had the pleasure of introducing you to Deanna, one half of the blog Teaspoon of Spice. I mentioned then that you would soon be hearing from her co-blogger, Serena and here she is! Serena, like Deanna is also a participant in First On The First with Carrie and I. Today she’s here to tell you all about her mom and Popcorn Cake. I had never even heard of popcorn cake until this post and I kid you not, if I had marshmallows in my house I would have made it immediately after reading her recipe, minus the peanut factor. But that’s one of the best things about this recipe, it sounds like an easy, heavenly little treat that can easily be adapted in many ways.. Serena, like Deanna is a registered dietician with a passion for good food. She is a mother of three, a wife, nutrition spokesperson and an experienced writer. Today, she’s here to share with you fond memories of her mother as well as a tasty recipe. Happy to have you here today, Serena! Thanks!
Popcorn Peanut Cake
Since it’s nearly Mother’s Day, I need to share about how my mom invented Popcorn Cake. Or that’s what I thought. My mom adores popcorn. She loved it so much that she served it for dinner every Sunday night; that’s right, for dinner – along with fruit and homemade shakes. She told us that she had cooked all week and needed a break; and when you live on a cattle ranch in the middle of nowhere, popcorn with shakes and fruit were Mom’s version of fast food. Mom was also the only person I ever knew who made Popcorn Cake.
Mom made Popcorn Cake for picnics, pot lucks and most holidays. I remember Mom making Halloween Popcorn Cakes colored orange and pumpkin-shaped. There were bunny-shaped popcorn cakes for Easter picnics (which were usually eaten inside the pick-up truck since it was always chilly in March/April in Montana.)
Mom’s popcorn cakes were usually made with air-popped popcorn, butter, marshmallows, and always gumdrops. But I’ve done a little digging through community cookbooks and the Internet, and most recipes use additional sugar, oil, butter, M&M’s and salted peanuts. My version is made with popcorn, marshmallows, a little butter, salted peanuts, raisins and a few M&M’s for decoration – because the kids at the potluck parties to which I take my Popcorn Cakes are already getting plenty of sugar. It’s always a hit with moms and kids alike! Happy Mother’s Day Mom!
2 quarts air-popped or microwave popcorn
1 cup salted peanuts
1 cup raisins
10 ounce package marshmallows
3 tablespoons butter
M&M’s for decoration
Mix together popcorn, peanuts and raisins in a large bowl.
Cook marshmallows with butter on 70-80% power in microwave until butter is melted, about 2-3 minutes, stirring halfway through. Immediately pour over popcorn mixture and stir quickly. Spoon into angel food cake pan coated with cooking spray. Once cool, unmold and decorate with M&M’s.
Serena Ball blogs at www.TeaspoonofSpice.com