cake batter rice krispie treats

mmm...I love that classic birthday cake taste.  Something about that sweet, buttery, vanilla taste sensation tugs at my heartstrings, so when I spotted this recipe a few weeks ago I knew I would have to try it out.  Now I'm not normally one to buy boxed cake mixes, in fact I can't even remember the last time I made a cake from a mix (not that there's anything wrong with it - I just like the challenge of scratch-baking) so I wasn't exactly sure what flavour I was looking for.  The recipe I found online said I could use white or yellow cake mix.  I made my treats with white cake mix, but after sampling several (that didn't make it to the office) I decided that yellow cake mix would be better for future attempts.  I think yellow cake mix would just give a *little* more of the birthday cake flavour that I love.  These treats would be so cute to make for a friend's birthday, and don't they look adorable with the little star sprinkles?

Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 bag of large marshmallows (about 50)
  • 1 cup yellow cake mix
  • 6 cups rice krispies cereal
  • 1/3 cup sprinkles

First lightly grease a 9x13" baking dish with butter.  Add the butter and marshmallows to a large pot and melt over medium heat, stirring constantly.  After the marshmallows are all melted remove the pot from the heat and add 1-2 heaping tablespoons of cake mix at a time (if you dump it all in at once it will clump and be harder to mix).  After all the cake mix has been added stir in the rice krispies.  Add in the sprinkles a bit at a time as your mixing the rice krispies so that they're evenly distributed (save a few sprinkles for the top).  Turn the marshmallow-rice krispie mixture out into the pan.  I like to coat my hands with a bit of butter so that I can gently press them down without getting sticky marshmallow all over me.  Add a few more sprinkles to the top and let them cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes before cutting.

One more thing:  there are lots of great recipes online for making your own cake mix that can be stored in the freezer and baked up whenever you want (I'll have to add this to my to-do list!).  Here's one from Brown Eyed Baker.

Recipe adapted from Pennies on a Platter