Poppin' Up Happy Birthday Cake

Savory popcorn and sweet cake come together in a unique dessert appealing to both old and young alike!

  • prep time 35 min
  • total time 2 hr 50 min
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 15

Ingredients

1
box yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
2
containers creamy white frosting
Tray or cardboard (24x16 inches), covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil
Red pull-and-peel licorice
1/4
bar (4-oz size) white chocolate
Blue decorating icing (from 4.25-oz tube)
2
cups popped microwave kettle corn popcorn
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom and side of 8-inch round cake pan with baking spray with flour. Grease and flour bottom and sides of 11x7-inch glass baking dish (do not use baking spray). Make cake batter as directed on box. Pour 1 1/3 cups batter into 8-inch round pan and remaining batter into 11x7-inch baking dish.
  • 2 Bake shiny 8-inch pan 23 to 28 minutes (dark or nonstick 8-inch pan 26 to 33 minutes) and 11x7-inch dish 34 to 38 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan and baking dish to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 3 Cut 8-inch round cake crosswise in half. Spread 2 tablespoons frosting over top of 1 cake piece. Top with second cake piece.
  • 4 Cut wedge shape from each long side of 11x7-inch cake, so cake is 4 inches wide at one end and 7 inches wide at other end. On tray, place larger cake piece with 4-inch end at one end of tray. Place stacked rounded cake at 7-inch end of cake on tray. This cake is the kettle corn. Freeze 1 hour before frosting to reduce crumbs.
  • 5 Spread desired amount of remaining frosting over entire cake. Peel 5 sections of licorice apart; arrange lengthwise on popcorn bag.
  • 6 Place white chocolate bar on center of popcorn bag. Write "Happy Birthday" on bar with decorating icing. Press kettle corn onto top of cake. Store loosely covered.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving (Cake and Frosting Only)
    Calories
    410
    (
    Calories from Fat
    150),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    17g
    17%
    (Saturated Fat
    3 1/2g,
    3 1/2%
    Trans Fat
    3 1/2g
    3 1/2%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    40mg
    40%;
    Sodium
    320mg
    320%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    62g
    62%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    46g
    46%
    ),
    Protein
    1g
    1%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    0%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    6%;
    Iron
    4%;
    Exchanges:
    1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    4
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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