For a perfect movie experience, we would need popcorn. Mmmmmm, a handful of light and buttery goodness.
So how would you feel if it’s marshmallow popcorn. It’s definitely not light nor buttery. Instead, it’s full of sugar and on top of some cake! EVEN BETTER!
I recently made a movie theme cake and turned some mini marshmallows into “faux” popcorn. Marshmallow popcorn is great for cupcake toppers or on cake.
To start, you will need the following:
- 1 Bag of Mini Marshmallows – Jet Puff brand
- 2Drops – Yellow Food Coloring
- 2 Tbs Water
- Small brush
- Small bowl (sauce bowl)
First, mix a few drops of yellow food coloring with 2 TBS of water into a small bowl. Set it aside.
Then, begin cutting each marshmallow in the center but stop 2/3 of the way.
If the marshmallows are in clumps, that is okay. Actually, it’s better. Just cut the slits in random.
Now, work with each mini marshmallow at a time.
Lightly separate the split. Like so…
Then twist it into opposite direction. Almost a quarter turn, where you almost rip the marshmallow – BUT DON’T.
Now, soften up the edges by pressing on the ends of the popcorn so that it will start to get a little sticky.
Then, squeeze or pinch the mini marshmallow in.
And repeat… SPLIT, TWIST, PINCH!
Another way to mix up the bunch is I would split the marshmallow, press on the ends so that it gets sticky, and just pinch.
I prefer using Jet Puff because it has a good “stickiness” to it. I’ve tried the off brand but the marshmallow dries out too fast and did not provide enough stickiness for me.
It doesn’t look like much now but just wait.
Do a few more and set them aside.
To assemble, take some whole and uncut mini marshmallows.
Place them on top of the cake or cupcake. Making one layer to cover the icing. This will help save some time so you don’t have to cut and twist a lot of marshmallows. No one will see the bottom layers anyway.
Dip the brush into the food coloring/water mix. Wipe off excess coloring on the side of the bowl.
With the brush, start to randomly dab the brush on top of the marshmallows.
After the bottom marshmallow layer is painted yellow, start to place the marshmallow “popcorn” on top of the uncut popcorn.
You will want to randomly place the popcorn on the top so that it looks more natural.
This is a sticky job. I’ve already ran to to the sink and washed my hands almost 10 times by this point.
And back to the paint brush. Dip the brush into the bowl, wipe off excess on the side of the bowl, and dab on the marshmallow popcorn.
Start brushing the yellow food coloring on lightly at first.
You don’t want to put so much coloring on top that it does not resemble popcorn.
See, it’s now coming together. Can you see the marshmallows looking like popcorn now?
Add more marshmallow popcorn on top and repeat the painting.
And there you have it! Easy Peasy Marshmallow Popcorn topper!