Chocolate Popcorn Cake

This rich and decadent chocolate popcorn cake with chocolate buttercream icing is great for birthday parties! It’s easy to make with simple ingredients.

I am CRAZY about popcorn, OBSESSED with chocolate, LOVE cake, which led to this spicy chocolate popcorn cake!

This RICH chocolate cake is frosted in chocolate buttercream icing and then topped off with chocolate ganache and SPICY buttered popcorn!

Can’t get BETTER than that? Right?


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This cake DIDN’T even last a day at out house.

It was gone in just a FEW hours!

Yup…It was that GOOD!

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By the way, I noticed that if you toss the popcorn on top of this cake in advance, they become SOGGY and disgusting.

To PREVENT that from happening, prepare a fresh batch of popcorn when you are ready to serve the cake and then just toss them on top.

Also, I used red edible spray to give these spicy popcorns a POP of color!

You can use ANY color you like OR even a combination of different colors OR use nothing at al!

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Chocolate Popcorn Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Decorating time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
This rich and decadent chocolate popcorn cake with chocolate buttercream icing is great for birthday parties! It's easy to make with simple ingredients.
Yield: 9 Slices


Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Ganache



Chocolate Cake

  • Sift flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Dump it all in a mixing bowl and keep aside.
  • In another bowl, add eggs, oil, buttermilk, coffee and vanilla extract. Mix everything thoroughly.
  • Now, add this wet mixture into your sifted, dry mixture and mix everything again.
  • Pour this batter into 2 greased/floured round cake pans (Dimensions: 8x2).
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Chocolate Ganache

  • Chop up the chocolate into small pieces and place it in a heat-proof bowl.
  • Heat heavy cream in a saucepan, making sure not to over-boil it.
  • Pour this hot heavy cream over your chopped up chocolate.
  • Use a whisk to mix everything until you have a smooth, glossy mixture.
  • Allow the ganache to cool down and thicken a little before applying it on top of your cake.

Spicy Popcorn

  • Prepare your salted, buttered popcorn the way you normally do, and dump it all in a big deep bowl.
  • Sprinkle chili powder and paprika on your popcorn and mix everything with a big spoon.
  • Just spray these popcorns with red spray but don't overdo it. It's nice to see shades of yellow (from the butter) and red (from the spray).
  • TIP: You can adjust the amount of chili powder and paprika, based on the level of spice you can handle OR you can omit it completely if you can't handle spices too well.


  • Once your cakes have cooled down, fill them and frost them completely with chocolate buttercream.
  • Use a spatula to make a diagonal pattern on the cake.
  • Pour some ganache on top of the cake and use a spoon to spread it out and let it pour down the side of the cake slightly.
  • Place this cake in the fridge and when you are ready to serve, toss some spicy buttery popcorn on the top.
  • TIP: If you toss the popcorn on top of this cake in advance, they will become soggy and yucky! So, only put popcorn on top of the cake, just prior to serving! Enjoy!


Calories: 830kcal, Carbohydrates: 113g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 41g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 75mg, Sodium: 429mg, Potassium: 379mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 87g, Vitamin A: 700IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 103mg, Iron: 2.9mg
Course: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 830
Author: Abeer Rizvi

Well, that’s all for today.

Until next time, tata my lovelies!

6 comments on “Chocolate Popcorn Cake”

  1. Abeer, when I saw this cake on social media, I knew I’d be by for a closer look. I enjoy chocolate and spice together, and like you, if it’s in cake form and has crunch, all the better. Nice work, my friend. May you & yourshave a happy Easter!

    • Awwww… Thanks for your kind words Brooks! I made this cake again over the Easter weekend…lol. It’s addictive!
      I hope you had a lovely Easter with your family

  2. This is beautiful. I love that you’ve added a burst of spice just on the popcorn, not it the cake itself and the colour you’ve chosen just contrasts so well.5 stars

  3. This is a perfect, creative salty and sweet dessert combo! Plus it’s gorgeous!5 stars

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