Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats

9 Sep

Being from North Carolina, you all know my fondness for all foods Southern – but Rice Crispy Treats are pretty much universal – at least in the universe of the United States.

Right up there with brownies, I’ll bet you can find Rice Crispy treats in all parts of the country and in all homes, no matter how poor or wealthy. Looking for a fun twist to jazz up this old favorite? Here’s a recipe that will delight everyone. This was a Pinterest find from GimmeSomeOven blog – I took one look at this and knew I had to make it.

You’ll start by melting butter and marshmallows as you normally would when making these treats. Once the butter and marshmallows are melted together, add in some dry, boxed yellow cake mix. I believe the original recipe calls for something like a 1/4 cup – I found adding more brought out the cake batter flavor more. Don’t be afraid to add a lot – it will dissolve in the butter mixture.

Then, add the Rice Crispy cereal as you normally would – and also a container of sprinkles. Don’t add all the sprinkles – save some to top it off when you’re finished. Then, press into a pan as best you can – like normal.

Grazing in The City - Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats

Top with remaining sprinkles. Then, cut and serve.

Grazing in The City - Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats

I wonder if kids in other countries get to grow up sharing these with friends, enjoying them at sleep overs, camp outs and/or birthday parties?

Grazing in The City - Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats

I sure hope so.

Grazing in The City - Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats

Don’t you love how sprinkles can elevate anything it’s added to? Delicious!

Grazing in The City - Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats


  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 regular, 10 oz bag of mini-marshmallows
  • 1 cup-ish yellow cake mix (the dry cake mix, not prepared into a batter!)
  • 5 cups rice crispy cereal
  • 1 container of sprinkles (1.75 oz size)


Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows. Stir until they begin to melt, adding in (dry) cake mix one spoonful at a time so its combined. Stir in cereal so it is completely coated with marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle in most of the sprinkles and mix. Press into a baking dish (any size will do), as best you can and top with remaining sprinkles. Let sit for about 30 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!


22 Responses to “Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats”

  1. Joy September 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    I will have to try this one for the kids

    • billpeeler September 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

      Thanks Mama Joy! Hope you’re doing good – thinking about your dad and your family —-

  2. Karista September 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    Ok, now I have to make these. I love rice krispy treats but the cake batter takes it over the top!

    • billpeeler September 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

      You won’t be disappointed – just don’t be afraid to keep adding the cake mix. Hope you enjoy!

  3. sugaredpecan September 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    OMG! You are right, rice krispy treats are universal, but you just took them to a whole new level my friend! Gotta try these! You could cut them into rings and make a tiered cake….omg! Loving it!

    • billpeeler September 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

      What a great idea – hope you enjoy them!

  4. Alex September 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    I’m from Portugal and I’ve never heard of people doing it at home around here. But from the recipe and photos it sounds/looks delicious!

    • billpeeler September 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

      Thank you, they sure are delicious!

  5. sugaredpecan September 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Just pinned this, I think it’s great!

  6. Arturo Féliz-Camilo September 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    I can’t help it but remember my camping times! we would make rice crispies in iron pots! (no one liked the cleaning part though!)

    • billpeeler September 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

      Yeah clean up can be a bit mess, but they’re so worth it!

  7. Eva Taylor September 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    So lovely with all the spinkles. So easy too .

  8. egg me on September 10, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    Rice Krispie treats!!! It has been way too long since I’ve had a homemade one. (I had one of those pre-made store-bought ones and they just can’t compete with homemade.) The cake batter is a nice tough — so are the sprinkles. You may have started a new trend throughout the rest of the world with these. Great job.

    • billpeeler September 10, 2012 at 8:42 am #

      Thanks! They’re one of those things you forget about and forget how much you liked them growing up. And yeah, I agree the store-bought ones suck.

  9. Sarah September 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Oh WOW! I am a Krispie Treats kinda girl and this….THIS!! Bill you are my hero 🙂 I really want that one above to jump off my screen. Right. Now. Fantastic find!

    • billpeeler September 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

      Thank you, Sarah – this recipe really does take the treats to the next level!

  10. Esi September 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    You’ve reminded me that I need to try making browned butter rice krispie treats. The cake batter ones sound good too!

    • billpeeler September 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      Brown butter rice krispie treats?? Hush. Your. Mouth!

  11. Nazneen|Coffee and Crumpets September 17, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    My husband is from South Carolina and we lived in Texas for many years so I have a great affinity for Southern food. I am a Brit and growing up we had Rice Krispies in melted chocolate…kinda like the Treats but with chocolate instead. I love these too and yours sound even more decadent! Love the sprinkles!

  12. Savory Simple October 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    These look incredibly good! I’ve always loved Rice Crispy treats.

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