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Poppin' Up Happy Birthday Cake

  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 2 hr 50 min
  • Servings 15

Savory popcorn and sweet cake come together in a unique dessert appealing to both old and young alike! ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
2
containers Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy 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
Betty Crocker™ blue decorating icing (from 4.25-oz tube)
2
cups popped microwave kettle corn popcorn

Steps

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  • 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.

Expert Tips

  • You can purchase already-popped kettle corn instead of popping microwave popcorn.
  • Create an attractive display by covering a piece of sturdy cardboard with wrapping paper, then plastic food wrap. Stretch and secure with tape. Or cover cardboard with foil or cooking parchment paper.
  • To cut the white chocolate bar, use a sharp serrated knife, and gently saw back and forth.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving (Cake and Frosting Only)
Calories
410
Calories from Fat
150
% Daily Value
Total Fat
17g
26%
Saturated Fat
3 1/2g
18%
Trans Fat
3 1/2g
Cholesterol
40mg
13%
Sodium
320mg
13%
Potassium
50mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
62g
21%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
46g
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
4%
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 Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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