The only girl of four students total in Bill’s Latin 4 class had her birthday today, so I decided that she deserved a treat. After all, she puts up with Bill and 3 boys every day while taking her optional fourth year of a language! Rather than my typical cupcakes (since I’d already cupcake-d once this week), I went with Cake Batter Popcorn based on the recipe from Mrs. Schwartz’s Kitchen, with help from Chickens in the Road. This was a bit of an experiment trying to replicate the cake batter flavor that we usually depend on Betty Crocker for. Since I don’t have any kids or real time crunch issues, I don’t like to use boxed cake mix even when it’s called for just for flavoring. I was hoping that the Homemade Yellow Cake Mix recipe from Chickens in the Road would be an acceptable substitute.
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/8 cup sugar
- 3 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 cup non-fat dry milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 6 cups popped popcorn
- 1 1/2 cups white chocolate, melted
- 1 cup Homemade Yellow Cake Mix
- 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
- assorted sprinkles
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and dry milk in a small bowl, set aside. (This is our ‘cake mix’)
- Pop yo’ popcorn and place in the biggest bowl you have.
- Melt the white chocolate in the microwave by cooking in 30-second intervals, stirring in between.
- Add the vegetable shortening and stir into chocolate until melted. If necessary, re-microwave for 30 seconds to melt completely.
- Mix vanilla into the chocolate/shortening mixture until well-combined. Add the ‘cake mix’ and stir until smooth.
- Pour mixture into the big bowl of popcorn and toss to coat evenly. Use a couple spatulas or spoons to help.
- Pour the popcorn out onto cookie sheets to cool/harden. Sprinkle immediately with your choice of sprinkles.
- Wait until the candy has solidified and enjoy!
I have amassed quite a sprinkle collection for different occasions, so this would be a great recipe to customize for the holidays! Our school colors are green and red, so I’m set for lacrosse season AND Christmas with this recipe.