Popcorn Cake

by Kasey Davis
(Lone Grove, OK)

Jared's 8th Birthday Carnival Craze Cake

Jared's 8th Birthday Carnival Craze Cake

This Popcorn Cake cake was my third cake to make and by far my favorite. It was soooo yummy too! For my flavors I decided to go with my sons two favorite things, Oreos and root beer. The popcorn bag is a five layer devils food chocolate cake (Pillsbury box mix). I added half a box of Jello brand Oreo pudding mix to the dry cake mix then followed the rest of the recipe on the box. I made the basic buttercream icing for the outside of the cake but then added the other Oreo pudding mix and more Oreo cookies crumbs to the filling recipe to go between all 5 layers. I put it back in the fridge to chill then carved the sides to make the folded look for the bag. I made 2 batches of the marshmallow fondant that Michelle gives (one red, one white) I rolled them out and used a pizza cutter to make strips to adhere to the sides of the cake and crimped the top to give it a realistic bag look.

For the hot dog I bought two pound cakes (one small, one big) because I wanted the "weiner/frank" to stick out both sides of the bun. I followed Michelle's instructions to create the hot dog but put my own spin on it. For added touch I used a toothpick with black watered down food coloring gel to make the grill marks and then used a clean toothpick to create the little "pucker" on each end.

I used the root beer icing for the buns - delicious. The french fries are so easy but are so realistic, I crushed up sugar crystal for "salt" and even ground a bit of pepper on top just for looks. If I would of had enough time I would have made a fountain drink cup with straw and lid to go with, but my sister told me to put the spatulas down and to walk away. LOL :) didn't want to stop I had way too much fun making this cake.

I'm a mom of two young children and 3 years ago I decided to try and make my own cake for my daughters birthday party. I made a giant Chinese take out box and everyone went nuts over it. So it's kinda been the big mystery/highlight of the their parties since...of what cake is mom going to come up with this year. It's kinda my gift to them and I love seeing the looks on their faces. I pick a theme and just go from there.

I am not a professional at all. It just goes to show you that if you're willing to be creative and have a bit of fun and with a good website like this one, anyone can do this, I'll never buy a store bought sheetcake again.

Thanks Michelle!!!

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Feb 21, 2010
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Saggage...on the cake of coarse !!!
by: Anonymous

:) It's so nice to hear all the comments. Thanks! To answer your questions, When I rolled out the fondant I used a pizza cutter to cut out the strips of red and white. I just iced the cake really well then pressed the strips onto the cake really firm. I left about 1/2" extra of the strips on the top of the cake. It did sag a bit on the bottom but since I left some extra it didn't show any cake but in all i think it looked way more realistic since it did sag. Basically...I just got lucky LOL My daughters birthday is March 10th and she has requested a sushi cake... Yikes...what have I gotten myself into... LOL Wish me luck!

Feb 21, 2010
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I know exactly what you mean.
by: Anonymous

Yes, I had that question too and can't wait to hear your response. How did you do that? Mine kind of leaned a little, but it turned out okay and just looked a little more like the crumpled, popcorn bag. It did lean a little more than I would have like, though. I used wooden skewers to hold it together until I put the candles on. This helped.

Due to time restraints, I used real popcorn. It turned out really cute. I got lot's of compliments even without the marshmallows and corn syrup. Just putting that out there in case someone doesn't have time like me.

Feb 21, 2010
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Love the cake!
by: Pam

I love all the details...the mustard and ketchup lettering. It really adds to the whole theme. I am blown away! I'm also a mom who surprises her child with a theme cake each birthday. I get ideas from online and go from there. I'm curious as how you got the popcorn bag cake to stay up? I usually don't go past two layers since I'm afraid it will topple.

Jan 07, 2010
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marshmallow popcorn
by: Anonymous

I mixed mini marshmallows with a bit of corn syrup so they would clump together then I sprinkled it with yellow sugar crystals to give it the appearance of butter while they were still wet. Super easy! Thanks for the comment!

Jan 07, 2010
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Popcorn question?
by: Anonymous

The cake is adorable! I'm wondering about he popcorn, though. Is it real popcorn? What did you use?

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