Adorable Poppin’ Up Happy Birthday Cake
Savory popcorn and sweet cake come together in a unique dessert appealing to both old and young alike!
Ingredients for Poppin’ Up Happy Birthday Cake
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 (24×16 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
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 11×7-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 11×7-inch baking dish.
2Bake shiny 8-inch pan 23 to 28 minutes (dark or nonstick 8-inch pan 26 to 33 minutes) and 11×7-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.
3Cut 8-inch round cake crosswise in half. Spread 2 tablespoons frosting over top of 1 cake piece. Top with second cake piece.
4Cut wedge shape from each long side of 11×7-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.
5Spread desired amount of remaining frosting over entire cake. Peel 5 sections of licorice apart; arrange lengthwise on popcorn bag.
6Place 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.