I took one of my new pairs of running shoes out for a test drive yesterday morning.
I was happy to get in a run because I am planning on wearing them for the Soldier Field 10 miler this weekend! They did great on a 5.5 steady run. I’m looking forward to getting my feet into my Pure Cadence shoes next week after the race.
There has been a whole lot of cake batter going on around here lately (which probably explains why my pants have been feeling a little snug). This evening as I was leaving work, a coworker handed me a container of yellow cake batter. Kind of random, I know, but everyone knows that I love to bake and she had used it for a project with a few of her kids. I promised to do something fun with it before returning tomorrow because let’s be honest…you can’t really let cake batter go to waste.
Although my first thoughts were to dive head first into the batter or drink it with a straw, luckily I had the entire commute home to ponder what I was going to do with it…
I came up with a few fun and creative ideas using ingredients that I have on hand, but as I was getting closer to home, I remembered seeing this recipe for Red Velvet Popcorn on Cookies & Cups. If you know me, then you know that I LOVE popcorn and I have been wanting an excuse to smother it in chocolate and cake!
I didn’t have any white chocolate in the house (also a problem!), but I did have a full package of chocolate almond bark.
Which I discovered tastes amazing when poured over air popped popcorn!
Because I had so much popcorn, I divided it up into two batches. For the first batch (using half of the almond bark), I smothered the popcorn in chocolate and then spread it out over parchment paper before drizzling it with crumbled cake and sprinkles. Fair warning…this is a messy project but totally worth it when you get to lick off your fingers in the end!
For the second batch, I coated the popcorn in chocolate, then stirred in the cake and sprinkles before laying it out the counter to harden.
I found the second way to be much easier, which is why I used that for the directions below. However, both ways produced the most scrumptious blend of sweet tasty popcorn that I have ever had!
I did not wait for the chocolate to harden before stealing a bite (or six). Make that seven…
It reminds me of that amazing chocolate covered popcorn that comes in the holiday baskets…only better…because this one includes CAKE!!!
I seriously can not keep my fingers away from the counter where I have two heaps of chocolate covered goodness. Although in my no so well-lit pictures, it might look more like fuzzy popcorn with sprinkles, this dessert is truly delicious! Trust me…I just went and tried another bite : )
Yikes!!! I will definitely be taking my running shoes out for another morning jog tomorrow before work! I just hope I can fall asleep after eating all that sugar!
Craving more Cake Batter? May I suggest indulging in…
Cake Batter Bark
Cake Batter Blondies
Cake Batter Puppy Chow
Cake Batter Truffles
FunFetti Fudge (this recipe is on my To Do list)
Chocolate Covered Cake Batter Popcorn
Inspired by Cookies & Cups
10 cups air popped popcorn
20 ounces chocolate or candy coating (like almond bark)
1 yellow cake mix, baked according to directions (for easy cake bake, I recommend THIS adaptation using applesauce)
Bake cake mix according to directions. Let cook slightly before crumbling with your hands.
Melt chocolate in microwave or double broiler. Pour over popcorn and stir to coat. Stir in crumbled cake batter (I used almost the entire cake!) and sprinkles, stirring until combined.
Spread popcorn in single layer over parchment paper to cool and harden. Add more sprinkles and cake if desired.
Store in air tight container. This won’t last in your house very long…it’s just that good!