Miss Hilda's Popcorn Cake

Emeril Lagasse's Sweet Treat

GMA Recipes Dessert
Servings:Over 8
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Emeril Lagasse cooked up this sweet treat that his mom used to make for him as a child on Good Morning America.


  • 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 4 quarts popped popcorn (16 cups - plain, unsalted, and unbuttered)
  • 2 cups M&M candies
  • 1 cup cocktail peanuts (lightly salted)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 pound marshmallows (mini or regular)
  • Cooking Directions

    Grease a large tube or bundt cake pan with 2 teaspoons of the oil. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix the popped corn with the M & Ms and the peanuts.

    In a small saucepan, melt the butter, oil, and marshmallows over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. When melted, pour over the popcorn mixture, and stir to combine. Pour into the prepared cake pan, pressing down to fit. Cover with aluminum foil to keep moist.

    Let sit for 3 to 4 hours, or until firm and set.

    To serve, invert the cake pan onto a large plate or platter. Shake gently to release.

    Serve at room temperature.

    Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, originally appearing in Emeril's "There's a Chef in My Family," HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 2004, courtesy Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: popcorn, peanuts, m&ms

    Course: Dessert

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