Thursday, April 2, 2015
PB Snickers Popcorn Cake
Do any of you have kids that aren't big cake fans? I have a couple of them and that means birthday "cakes" get kind of creative. Our youngest just turned four years old. How did that happen?!. Before his big day, we were talking cake. I asked him what he wanted and he said, "not cake", but wasn't sure what he wanted instead. We started talking about some of his favorite treats and "sticky popcorn" (a.k.a. caramel popcorn) was one of the first he mentioned. The creative juices started flowing and I told him I would make him a "Sticky Popcorn Cake" for his birthday. He was thrilled! I used my favorite peanut butter caramel popcorn recipe, threw in some chopped up Snickers bars, formed the popcorn into a "cake" then drizzled the top with caramel, chocolate and more Snickers. The birthday boy was thrilled when he his cake! If I do say so myself, it looked awesome and tasted fabulous! If you're not looking for a cake, you can skip the cake part and just make this into a big bowl of popcorn. Either way, it is finger licking, sticky goodness that you won't want to miss out on!
10 cups popped popcorn, kernels removed
1 stick butter
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
4 Snickers bars, chopped into small pieces, divided
Caramel and Chocolate Syrup, to drizzle on top
Generously spray two round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Melt butter in saucepan on stove top over medium-high heat. When butter is melted, add sugar, corn syrup and peanut butter. Cook until it comes to full boil, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and pour over popcorn. Mix thoroughly. Add in 3/4 of the chopped Snickers bars and stir. Pour half of the caramel popcorn into each of the round cake pans. Press popcorn very firmly into the pans. If you don't press it in enough, it will fall apart when you take it out of the pan. Let it set and cool for a while, 30-60 minutes. Gently slide a rubber spatula between the edge of popcorn cake and the pan to loosen it from the pan. Put a platter on top of the pan then flip it over to dump out the popcorn cake. Press together in the shape of a cake if it starts to come apart. Repeat for the top layer. Drizzle caramel and chocolate syrup over the top and sprinkle with the remaining chopped Snickers pieces. To serve, you can try cutting it into pieces. We found it was easier to just scoop it into cups.