Holiday Recipes & Traditions: Brenda Novak

Today we have Brenda Novak sharing one of her families holiday favorites Popcorn Cake. I do have to admit that after reading this recipe I want to make it right now!

Popcorn Cake

6 quarts popped popcorn

1 lb. marshmallows

1/2 c. butter

1/2 c. oil

2 c. salted peanuts

1 c. M&Ms

1 c. small spiced gumdrops

In a large saucepan, melt butter, add oil and marshmallows and cook over low heat until marshmallows are melted, stirring often. in large bowl or pan, mix other ingredients and add the marshmallow mixture, mixing well. It is helpful to wear well-buttered rubber gloves and mix with your hands. Pack in generously buttered angel food cake pan. Cool in refrigerator. When completely cold, remove from pan and cut in slices. If available, an electric knife works really well.


Pumpkin Bread


4 eggs  (beaten)

3 c sugar

2 c pumpkin (1 lb. can)

2/3 c water

3.5 c flour

1.2 t baking powder

2 t. baking soda

1.5 t salt

3 t cloves

3 t nutmeg

3 t cinnamon

Makes 2 large loaves. Beat together. Bake at 325 degrees for 1.25 – 1.5 hours.

This makes a really dense, delicious pumpkin bread.


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  1. Chelsea B.

    Seriously? Popcorn AND cake? Yes please!

  2. Pamiam

    Interesting. I may just have to try the popcorn cake and will be making th epumpkin bread

  3. Na S.

    I don’t bake often but I have baked cupcakes and bread before. I love the smell of freshly baked goods. I’ve never heard of a popcorn cake but it sounds delicious especially thinking of the melted butter.

  4. CrystalGB

    Great recipes. I will have to try these. 🙂

  5. bn100

    Haven’t head of this recipe, but it sounds tasty.


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