Homemade Birthday Cake Popcorn Balls

I am a baker and bake for a living. I seem to always be in the kitchen. Either I am making some elaborate cake, dessert, or the simple task of cleaning the kitchen after I have destroyed it. We can all say my life revolves around the kitchen. So, while I am baking or even just making dinner, I pull up a chair for my little toddler to either watch or get her hands working with something. The kitchen is the best sensory play for kids. I will grab two bowls and add flour in one with a cup and give her a job such as transferring the flour to one bowl to the other. There are so many fun jobs for toddlers to do while they sit next to you. Just make sure they are not near a heat source or somewhere they can hurt themselves. Sure, she’ll make a huge mess to clean up, but it helps me get what I may need to get done and spend some quality time together.


My daughter’s birthday is coming up and that got me thinking about creative thank you gifts for her friends. I asked her if she wanted to make something and that always seems to get her excited, that she is going to craft something with her hands. Most the time we just sit down and make thank you cards with crayons and stickers, but his time I told her we could make marshmallow popcorn balls. She loves to bake, or as she likes to refer to as act since we film her for our Amazon show called Baking with Toddlers. I wanted to make these popcorn balls exciting and unique so we added multi-colored sprinkles and strawberry cake mix to make these extra tasty. You’ll find your little one having a blast stirring in all the delicious ingredients as well as adding the fun sprinkles into the mix. Follow the directions below or watch our how-to video online.

Homemade Birthday Cake Popcorn Balls


  • 1 bag of popped popcorn
  • 1 bag of small marshmallows
  • 6 tbs unsalted butter (melted)
  • 2 tbs vanilla
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 cups strawberry cake mix


  1. Place the marshmallows in a microwavable bowl and microwave for 30 sec.
  2. Pour in the butter. Microwave for 30 more seconds.
  3. Pour the vanilla, milk, and cake mix into the marshmallow bowl and stir until incorporated.
  4. Microwave again for 20 seconds in case some of the marshmallows need melting.
  5. Pour over the popcorn and stir.
  6. Add fun sprinkles into the mix.
  7. Tear off a good amount of wax paper and grease it down to work with the sticky popcorn ball.
  8. Grab a huge hand full of the popcorn, and using the greased wax paper, mold into a ball.
  9. Wrap tightly up with wax paper or in a ziplock bag.
  10. Enjoy.




About Anna O'Steen

I'm a Lady who loves to bake sweet treats like cakes, pies, bars, and desserts. I also love to cook savory foods and share my experiences with people so they can have the same enjoyment that I get from cooking.
With my YouTube show lovelyladycakes, I get my creative side out and help others, too.

Recently, a new mom to a beautiful girl, and making her organic food.
Come Learn, Interact and Eat with me.

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