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Popcorn Birthday Cupcakes

A fun, unexpected twist to traditional cupcakes -- popcorn 'balls' create the base for this birthday treat!

  • Serves: 12 servings (1 cupcake each)
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 Cup margarine
  • 1 container (16 oz or 454 g) ready-to-spread frosting
  • 1 *serving Birthday candles, optional
  • 1 *serving Candy sprinkles, optional
  • 1 bag (99 g each) Orville Redenbacher's® Gourmet® Buttery Flavour Microwave Popcorn
  • 1 *serving (1/3 sec spray) PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 Cup light corn syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Spray 13x9-inch baking pan and twelve 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare popcorn according to package directions. Remove any unpopped kernels. Spread popped corn evenly in baking pan.
  3. Melt margarine in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add sugar, corn syrup and salt; bring to a boil. Boil 2 minutes stirring constantly; remove from heat. Stir in baking soda; mix well. Pour over popcorn and toss gently to coat evenly.
  4. Bake 5 minutes, stirring once halfway through baking. Remove from oven; stir well. Cool 5 minutes. Spray hands with cooking spray. Divide popcorn mixture into 12 portions; shape each portion in each muffin cup to resemble a cupcake.
  5. Spread frosting on the top mounded part of each popcorn cupcake. Add sprinkles and candle, if desired. Store in tightly sealed container.

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