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Birthday Cake Batter Popcorn


How are things in your world today? I’m busy in the kitchen all day but hopefully finding time to sneak out later to get a pedicure because (drum roll please) I teach my first yoga class tomorrow! Yikes. I’m a little scared. Okay….a lot scared. But I think a lucky pedicure will help that, don’t you? Going out into the community and teaching classes to people who might normally not be able to get in the studio is a big part of my training. So once a week, I’ll be going into a local high school and teaching the teachers after school for an hour. Someone say a prayer!!!

I also experienced my first huge fail with The Recipe Box Challenge yesterday. Such a bummer but I guess that’s why it’s a “challenge”. I don’t know why it worked in 1942, but trust me that you can’t make cookies using shredded coconut and sweetened condensed milk as the only two ingredients. It just doesn’t work.

But for right now, let’s talk about this popcorn. And the fact that it takes just like funfetti cake.

One of super fun freelance projects I do is write for The Tasty Kitchen Blog. I LOVE it and have been doing it for about a year and a half now. Once a month, I’ll hunt down a creative new recipe posted by a Tasty Kitchen member and then I’ll recreate that recipe in my own kitchen and post my step-by-step photo instructions. There are so many fantastic recipes on that site that it’s always hard to choose….but as soon as I saw this birthday cake batter popcorn (original recipe by Mrs. Schwartz’s Kitchen), I knew I was done for.

Hellooooo rainbow sprinkles! How I love you.

On top of rainbow sprinkles, there’s also white chocolate and yellow cake mix in this sweet crunchy treat. It only took five minutes to make and then I had my hand permanently in the bowl for the rest of the day, which I deemed as okay since popcorn is a whole-grain treat. Obvi.

The white chocolate and cake mix combine to make the most delicious sweet topping that hardens on the popcorn….trust me, it’s pretty irresistible. And dangerous…but mostly just amazing.

The only thing on my mind now is how to make birthday cake batter popcorn balls!!!!

I really want to be the type of yoga teacher that presents my students with a popcorn ball after savasana.

Find the full recipe and photos over at The Tasty Kitchen Blog!

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  • ritika
    March 28, 2012 at 3:14 am

    All the best jenna, you will be terrific. a great great teacher

    • jenna
      March 28, 2012 at 7:43 am

      thank you!

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    March 28, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Good luck teaching yoga! I’m sure it will go great! And that recipe is completely genius. I love taking partially healthy foods and making them completely unhealthy haha! πŸ˜‰

  • Erika - The Teenage Taste
    March 28, 2012 at 4:17 am

    I’m on a bit of a cake batter kick right now – you know cake batter oreos, cake batter cheesecake, cake batter cookies, etc. and this sounds amazing to me! I gotta try this out! πŸ˜€

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    March 28, 2012 at 4:18 am

    looks awesome! All the best in yoga πŸ™‚

  • Beth B
    March 28, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Jenna – What kind of shortening did you use – liquid or solid? Thank you!

    • jenna
      March 28, 2012 at 7:43 am

      I used solid and zapped it in the micro for a few seconds!

      • Shay
        March 30, 2012 at 6:21 am

        Why the shortening? I made this last night and couldn’t bring myself to eat more than a bite. It had the greasy texture & off-putting smell of shortening. Could it be because I used almond bark instead of chips?

        • jenna
          March 30, 2012 at 8:17 am

          I’m not sure about the extra almond bark—but try it! Since the original recipe is not my own, I haven’t played around with measurements: I only recreated it for the blog! You could certainly try using less shortening though and see how it goes!

        • Kristen
          April 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm

          Shay, the shortening is added to thin the white chocolate and then to assist in it hardening as it dries…if you use almond bark in the future omit the shortening, you don’t need it because almond bark already contains an ingredient to harden

  • The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    March 28, 2012 at 4:40 am

    You’ll do a great job at yoga! A good treat when you’re finished would be that big bowl of awesome up there!

  • Heather @ Girlyeverafter
    March 28, 2012 at 4:41 am

    Good luck with your class. I got a pedicure the other day and choose coral for something fun and new. I love it and it would be a perfect yogi color!

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    March 28, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Late night popcorn (caramel popcorn to be more exact!) led the way to my 10# wt gain my freshman year of college. This popcorn may be a slippery slope….

  • Jen
    March 28, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Is that how TK works? Why wouldn’t members just post their own recipes though with instructions?

    • jenna
      March 28, 2012 at 7:43 am

      That’s just the way that Ree wanted it to be set up: to highlight the hard work of members rather than our own stuff.

      • Jen
        March 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm

        Sounds like its more fun for the bloggers that way too – new finds!

  • Katrina
    March 28, 2012 at 4:55 am

    Mmm such a fabulous treat!

  • polly
    March 28, 2012 at 4:56 am

    That is the kind of yoga teacher i love!!!! πŸ™‚

    You will be awesome. Email me when you finish! I can’t wait to hear. Remember, sweetie, just be YOU. They really don’t care a hoot what poses you do, how flowy or super smooth it is. They just want somebody to tell them to relax, breathe, and not feel they need to be 100% in that moment. They will adore you, because your heart is so real! Okay? Okay. hug.

    • mom
      March 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm


  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    March 28, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Wow, this sounds awesome! And since popcorn is a whole grain, that means this could be considered a healthy recipe… πŸ˜‰ Good luck for your first yoga class – I’m sure your class will love you!

  • Elisabeth
    March 28, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Good luck with the first class, Jenna! I think it’s so cool the way you’re getting out into the community as part of the training, especially that you’re bringing yoga to teachers πŸ™‚

  • Steffany
    March 28, 2012 at 5:28 am

    OMG. thank you. I love you. This is great.

    I love all things cake batter, always have since I first tried Perry’s Piece of Cake ice cream at like age 12. This will definitely be added to my “to try immediately” list hahaha.

  • kath
    March 28, 2012 at 5:48 am

    I am all over anything birthday cake flavored!

  • Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
    March 28, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Good luck with your first class! You will do great!!

  • Casey @ Insatiably Healthy
    March 28, 2012 at 5:54 am

    This looks festive! Definitely enjoying this not only on my birthday πŸ™‚

  • Andrea
    March 28, 2012 at 5:55 am

    I love this popcorn idea. I’m going to make this for my son’s birthday (June 17th). We’re heading to the beach that day for vacation, so it will make the perfect snack for him and his little brother to share on the ride. πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      March 28, 2012 at 7:40 am

      This is the perfect beach snack…love it!

  • Urban Wife
    March 28, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Best of luck with your first class! It’s not that bad, teaching. You’ll be comfortable in no time at all. And this popcorn…oh my! Bad news for movie nights. Thanks for sharing!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    March 28, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Go with that popcorn ball idea — your students will LOVE you!!

  • Full-Flavored Life
    March 28, 2012 at 6:09 am

    What a cute idea! I love this!!

  • Shari @ The Daily Dish
    March 28, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Good luck on your first class! This popcorn looks amazing. I recently made oreo popcorn and it was the best thing ever! But, I ate a little too much and quickly had a stomach ache. Oops. πŸ™‚

  • Annie @ What's Annie Making?
    March 28, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Wow! This looks incredible. I LOVE popcorn, and sprinkles make everything better. Making this asap. What’s better yet, they just released a study that popcorn contains more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables! So that means this stuff is good for you too πŸ˜‰

  • Jessica J
    March 28, 2012 at 6:17 am

    I think it’s wonderful you will be teaching at the local high school. You know they are going to love you because they are just going to appreciate some time to relax. With someone that’s not a moody teenager.

    My husband loves anything with popcorn, I may have to make some of this up just for him πŸ™‚

  • Lu
    March 28, 2012 at 6:22 am

    I think a pedicure is a perfect addition to your spectacular training. You’ll do great. I’ll be making this popcorn asap!!!

  • Krysten
    March 28, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Hi Jenna!

    Thank you for posting this recipe! You rock.

    Good luck teaching your first yoga class tomorrow. I have a feeling a lucky pedicure will do the trick!

    • jenna
      March 28, 2012 at 7:40 am

      Thank you! Super recipe!

  • Taylor @ Nuts for Apples
    March 28, 2012 at 6:33 am

    This looks awesome! What a genius idea. Good luck teaching your first yoga class! You will rock it!

  • Caitlin
    March 28, 2012 at 6:33 am

    The first class is the hardest! It gets easier and less nerve wracking though πŸ™‚ You will do great and I’m sure the teachers will LOVE it!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    March 28, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Such a great recipe! Love it Jenna. Can’t wait to try it out.
    Good luck with your first yoga class tomorrow. You’ll be greeeeaaaat πŸ˜‰
    Enjoy your pedicure. Cheers!

  • Margarita
    March 28, 2012 at 6:41 am

    I’m so jealous that your community does things like teaching teachers yoga after school. I’m a high school teacher and I wish I worked at that school. Learn yoga from you and eat that popcorn!

  • jenna
    March 28, 2012 at 6:43 am

    YUM! what a festive treat!

  • Cait's Plate
    March 28, 2012 at 6:44 am

    I totally support the popcorn ball after savasana! Best. yoga teacher. EVER!

  • Bruna
    March 28, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Hey, you can definitely make cookies with just shredded coconut and sweetened condensed milk. Put both in a pan, in light – medium, stir until is not sticking in the pan anymore. Put on a plate, leave in the refrigerator for 3 hours. Take hour, put butter in your hand, with a spoon take a little bit of the plate and put in your hands. Rub until you make a little ball. Get another plate, put sugar or shredded coconut on it, and pass the little ball on it. So good. It’s called, beijinho de coco. Google here: http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=beijinho+de+coco&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

    • jenna
      March 28, 2012 at 7:38 am

      awesome!! So good to know!

  • Lindsey
    March 28, 2012 at 7:13 am

    I can’t wait to make this! Excellent photo and totally love the tablecloth. Is it from anthropologie?

    • jenna
      March 28, 2012 at 7:38 am

      It’s actually just a small square of fabric from Beverley’s Fabrics! I got it because it totally LOOKS like anthropologie (without the price tag!)!

      • Lindsey
        March 29, 2012 at 7:20 am

        Even better!

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    March 28, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Please tell me where I can be your student, so I can get a popcorn ball after class…haha. You’ll probably be the best yoga instructor ever if you do that.

  • Jacqueline
    March 28, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Good luck teaching! You’ll be great, and I’m sure the lucky pedicure will work its magic! πŸ™‚ This popcorn looks INSANELY good..as in it-should-be-illegal good! YUM!! I’m feelin’ a weekend treat outta this recipe.

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    March 28, 2012 at 7:26 am

    I made white chocolate and cake batter caramel corn about a month or so ago. I’ve been thinking about it ever since I polished it off. And now you tempt me with yours. It looks go good!

    Best of luck with your first yoga class. So exciting, Jenna!

  • Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate
    March 28, 2012 at 7:26 am

    I love it when good-for-you-foods are “treated” up! Mostly because I have a huge sweet tooth. This looks like an indulgence I’m going to need to make room for in my meal plan.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    March 28, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Going to check this out on TK b/c… funfetti + popcorn? omg.
    but just wanted to say good luck with the class! I definitely think the pedicure will help calm the nerves πŸ˜‰

  • DessertForTwo
    March 28, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Good luck, Jenna! πŸ™‚
    I got a pedicure before my first yoga class, too. A bright cheery color so that it would remind me to smile and relax when I felt tense. You’ll do great! πŸ™‚

  • Nicole
    March 28, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Best of luck to you, Jenna! I doubt you’ll need it though, you seem to be able to do anything! I love that you’re teaching yoga to high school teachers, who hopefully can pass on what they’ve learned and their love for yoga to their students. I can’t imagine what I’d be like today if I started my yoga practice in my teens. I give you (and anyone else in a RYT program) so much credit. There is SO much that goes into being a yoga teacher. I’ve been toying with the idea of enrolling in a RYT program, but the whole teaching thing is so intimidating. But as with anything else, I know it just gets easier with time and practice. Please continue sharing your progress with us!

  • Serena
    March 28, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Good luck I am sure you will be great!

  • Liz @ Southern Charm
    March 28, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Good luck on your first class tomorrow!!! You’re going to kill it πŸ™‚

  • Laura @ She Eats Well
    March 28, 2012 at 8:44 am

    This is ridiculously addicting even just by photos…oh my.

  • elizabeth @ chronic venture
    March 28, 2012 at 8:54 am

    mmm this looks so tempting. I will definitely need to try it out soon!

  • Kim @ The Family Practice
    March 28, 2012 at 8:57 am

    a popcorn ball covered in rainbow sprinkles after savasna would be the best thing ever! I want to be in your class!

  • LisaG
    March 28, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Popcorn looks outstanding; I know my kids will love it! I think you need to get a lotus flower on your big toe!

  • Amanda
    March 28, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Haha what a cute post! I’ll have to try this recipe. And GOOD LUCK with your first yoga class! That is too exciting.

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    March 28, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I’m sure you will do awesome teaching your first class. Plus, it’s to a group of teachers at the end of a long day – they’ll be happy to have anything that is relaxing!

    I never thought I’d say Birthday Cake Batter and Popcorn sounds good together but it does look good. I love the two separately but I’m not sure about combining the two

  • Christine (The Raw Project)
    March 28, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Good luck on the class, you’ll rock it! πŸ™‚

  • Healthiful Balance
    March 28, 2012 at 9:03 am

    GREAT idea!

  • Hilliary @Brunch&Cupcakes
    March 28, 2012 at 9:05 am

    This pop corn sounds amazing! Salty and sweet yum!

  • Mollie
    March 28, 2012 at 9:24 am

    This looks so good…I am going to make it for my daughters birthday party next week! Do you happen to know if I could make it the night before or wait until the day of?

    You will do great in yoga! Just imagine your are writing a blog page instead of publicly speaking and the words will just flow out! My yoga teacher starts each class with a short inspirational passage and I just love that. Good luck!

  • rachel @ sweettarte
    March 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

    wow whoever came up with this is a mad genius! (in the best possible way). good luck teaching–i’m sure a lucky pedicure will do the trick!

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    March 28, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Good luck tomorrow, you are going to be fantastic! And yes, a lucky pedicure is totally necessary. =) I sure wish there were more community yoga opportunities available (or at least advertised) where I live – I sure can’t afford a studio membership right now but I really miss being in a class with other people!

  • Kristin
    March 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Wait, what?? I want free yoga after work for teachers here! Hope your first class goes well. Then move to St Johns County Florida and share the love πŸ™‚

  • Liz
    March 28, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Hello! This looks AMAZING. I wish I had some to sneak into the theaters tonight. I’m going to the Hunger Games! Can’t wait!

  • Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin
    March 28, 2012 at 11:30 am

    So pretty!

  • joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    March 28, 2012 at 11:37 am

    OMG- sooooooooooo awesome! I wish I still taught 2nd grade bc the kiddos would love this recipe.

  • Ellen
    March 28, 2012 at 11:39 am

    What advice would you have for a novice yoga girl living in a rural area without many options for yoga classes? I’ve always wanted to do yoga, but I don’t have too many options when it comes to classes in my area. Thanks! I wish you all the best with your first class! I’m sure you’ll be great!

  • Katie R
    March 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Congrats!! I will say a prayer for you. First class IS terrifying. Turn it all over to god before the class and trust in the power of YOGA itself to make it a good class. You are just the deliverer. And remember that less is more when it comes to dialogue in the class. You don’t need to fill every moment with words and explanations. The students only hear a portion of what you say anyway. Silence can be golden.
    GOOD LUCK! I think you are going to be fantastic.
    Btw, I just had to drive to SF from Berkeley to get a plant burger on Monday. To die for!

  • Lisa
    March 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    So…I told you last week I got the Baron Baptiste Power Yoga. Well, lets just say I DO NOT have mind-body marriage! lol But….I’m getting there! Still can’t do the whole hour yet, but every time I do a little more and a little more. I love it tho! Thanks for the recommendation πŸ™‚

  • Chels R.
    March 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    The popcorn looks yummy. Coming to your blog always makes me smile. πŸ™‚ P.S. You will make a fabulous yoga teacher!! Have fun with it.

  • Jenna
    March 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    There are macaroon recipes which use only coconut and sweetened condensed milk. They can be affected by humidity, perhaps that created problems for you.

  • Melody Rich
    March 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Hey, if you were handing out popcorn balls I’d take your yoga class in a minute.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    March 28, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I am ALL over ANYTHING cake batter!!
    Good luck!

  • gina (fitnessista)
    March 28, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    GOOD LUCK tomorrow! you’ll rock it out <3

  • Em (Wine and Butter)
    March 28, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I’ve always heard pedicures are the yoga teachers work expense!!

    I’m so happy your jobs will now include your TWO greatest passions.. so inspirational! πŸ™‚

  • Julia {The Roasted Root}
    March 28, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Congrats on the yoga class! I’m sure it will go well and good for you for trying out the instructor side of yoga! The popcorn looks great – can’t possibly go wrong with cake batter!

  • Jess
    March 29, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Teachers are very teachable. We are learners, too! If you feeling like a trip to NZ I’d be up for one of your teacher yoga classes!

  • K @ The Chic Teach
    March 29, 2012 at 4:30 am

    I’m a teacher, and if anyone EVER offered yoga to my school, I guarantee we’d be grateful beyond words! Thank you for doing what you do πŸ™‚

  • Kristin @ FoodFash
    March 29, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Funfetti popcorn is such a fun idea! Good luck on your first day of teaching!

  • Rachel @ My Urban Oven
    March 29, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I saw this yesterday on Tasty Kitchen, and had no idea you were the photographer/writer behind this post. I plan to make this tonight, exchanging the popcorn for puff popcorn. YUMM!

    Good luck at your first class, you will do great!

  • sally kate
    March 29, 2012 at 8:28 am

    if you give popcorn balls out at the end of shavasana that might be reason enough for me to relocate to northern california.

  • Maria
    March 29, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Good luck! I’m sure you are going to rock it, girl.

  • Noel Chapman
    March 29, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Good Luck with your class today! I’m already brainstorming ideas for our daughter’s birthday party in May. We always have a kids in the kitchen day at our house and they love popcorn. Even better, they’d have fun making it!

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    March 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I love this!

  • Jan
    March 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I think my heart skipped a beat when I saw that popcorn. I cannot WAIT to try it.

  • Emily @LivingLongfellow
    March 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Seriously, sprinkles are all the rage these days. Ever since I discovered kettle corn I’ve been into the mix of sweet and salty.

  • Nicole
    March 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    This popcorn sounds dangerous for my thighs. Good luck on teaching yoga! You will do great.

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    March 29, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    haha love this post. Good luck! I’m sure it went really well. The first one is always the hardest! Totally not speaking from experience here, but I imagine that’d be the case πŸ™‚
    Heidi xo

  • Tom G
    March 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Wow this looks like a delicious recipe and I can’t wait to try and make it. I might try to use butter instead of the shortening though. Thanks for sharing.

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