Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats

Cake-Batter-Rice-Krispie-TreatsWe made a big move from a two-bedroom condo to a four-bedroom single family home this past weekend. Somehow, we managed to fill the house with just the items we had in the condo. Where the heck did we store it all?

For the moving weekend, I needed something easy to make that would help feed a hungry crowd of those helping us move. I saw a recipe for Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats and thought they looked so yummy and not mention easy.

Easy, right?

I melted the butter then added the marshmallows. To my disappointment and surprise, they wouldn’t melt. What? I’ve never heard of such a thing. All they did was puff up and absorb the butter. Very weird.

Of course, I couldn’t throw away warm, puffy marshmallows tossed in butter so I saved them, deciding I could find a use for them. (By the way, I did and will be sharing the recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treat Brownies soon. OMG!!!)

I had to take a trip to the grocery store anyway, so I bought new marshmallows. Perhaps, they wouldn’t melt because they were a generic brand. No idea but it was worth a shot. Brand name it is. But I get to the store and they only have generic brands. Wasn’t this supposed to be a quick and easy recipe? Ugh. I bought the more expensive brand (10 whole cents more) and hoped they would work.

Success! And, boy were they good.

3 Tbsp. butter
1 (10 oz.) bag of mini-marshmallows
½ C yellow cake mix (the dry cake mix, not prepared into a batter!)
6 cups crispy rice cereal
½ C sprinkles

1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat.
2. Add marshmallows and stir until they are mostly melted.
3. Stir in cake mix until combined and marshmallows are melted.
4. Stir in cereal until fully combined.
5. Add half of the sprinkles and mix.
6. Press into a baking dish 9” x 13” baking dish and top with remaining sprinkles.
7. Once set (about 30 min), cut into squares.


Adapted from gimme some oven.


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