Cake Batter Crispy Treats


April 25, 2011 by Dana

During my trip with the girls to Vegas last summer, Jake decided to take advantage of having the apartment all to himself and have a bunch of his friends stay over for a “Guy’s Night” after a night out.   At some point in the evening, they decided to look for a snack.  They raided the fridge, freezer, and cabinets, and found… nothing.

They were shocked.  How could we have no snack foods in the apartment?  How could there possibly be nothing??

They tried to rationalize.  Maybe we were actually FBI assassins.   The apartment was a just cover.  No one really lived there.  Maybe it was all a façade.

In actuality, the reason we didn’t have anything in the apartment is much less exciting than FBI agents, cover stories, and secret assassins.  The real reason there was no food in the apartment is because I can’t be trusted.

Whenever there is anything in the apartment that could possibly be a snack, I eat it.  All.  Immediately.  I literally have no control over these things.

As a result, when I grocery shop, I buy only exactly what we need.  I plan our meals for the week over the weekend, and Sunday afternoon I buy the ingredients for whatever I’m going to make.  By Friday, everything is used up and there’s nothing left in the fridge.  At all.

But this past weekend was a different story.  I was going to a housewarming party on Saturday, and I wanted to bring those fun looking Cake Batter Crispy Treats that I had been obsessing over thinking about since Jessica posted them on How Sweet It Is.

So after work on Friday, I headed to the grocery store and picked up the Rice Krispies, marshmallows, cake mix, and sprinkles.  I planned to make the treats before we left on Saturday morning, so I shoved the stuff into a cabinet, and decided to do some studying.

Out of sight, out of mind, right?


As I was studying my accounting textbook, all I could think about were those marshmallows.  The recipe called for a 10 oz bag, and I bought 10.5 oz.  I figured I had .5 oz to spare.  So I grabbed a handful and went back to studying.

And then, instead of concentrating on learning about debits and credits, I was concentrating on the thought of those Rice Krispies in the cabinet.  So I poured myself a small bowl and promptly went back to studying.

And then… well, you get the picture.  There was no way I was going to get any studying done while those snack foods were calling my name.

It was a desperate situation, and desperate times call for desperate measures.  I needed to just make the treats and get it over with.

So I traded my textbook and notecards for my spatula and pot holders.  I made the treats, cut them into squares, and wrapped them up with a bunch of saran wrap.

I only left one square out for Jake to try, so there was nothing else to tempt me.  Of course, I ate most of it before he got home.  I did save him a bite, though!


3 tablespoons butter
1 10-ounce bag of mini marshmallows
1/4 cup yellow cake mix
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 1.75-ounce container of sprinkles


Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows. Stir until they begin to melt, adding in cake mix one spoonful at a time so its combined. Stir in cereal so it is completely coated with marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle in half of the sprinkles and mix.

Press into a baking dish (any size will do) and top with remaining sprinkles.

Let sit for about 30 minutes before cutting. Spraying a knife with nonstick spray helps to cut them.

These fun treats are the perfect festive dessert for a summer BBQ or party!  They are super easy to make, don’t have to be refrigerated, and are a definite crowd pleaser.  Just don’t buy the ingredients until you are ready to make them.  You never know when a snack attack will hit.

26 thoughts on “Cake Batter Crispy Treats

  1. These look awesome, what a great twist! Thanks!

  2. Adora's Box says:

    The marshmallow glued kiddie treat grows up (a little bit). Adding that bit of cake mix probably makes it less sweet. Then adding sprinkles makes it sweet again.
    Great :)

  3. Alimensuras says:

    ¡¡ A funny combination !!
    I invite you to my Blog.

  4. […] Cake Batter Crispy Treats […]

  5. I’ve gotta make this! I love anything cake batter! Looks yummy. :)

  6. Oh this is so great and dangerous indeed. How kind of you to leave Jake a bite!

  7. RavieNomNoms says:

    Those are just SO cute!! I love how since it is spring time everyone is using such colorful sprinkles in their treats. I sooooo want one of those right now!

  8. Kristen says:

    First of all, these sound amazing.

    Second, to answer your question about my Entenmann’s coffee cake, the recipe makes two. I fixed some of the wording to make that more clear. Divide the filling between two, fold over the dough, then top with the streusel. Let me know if you have any more questions. You don’t have an email connected to your blogger comments, so I will be back to comment here if you need me.

  9. Liz says:

    With a name like that, how could it be bad???? What a fabulous combination of flavors…I think this could be a new family favorite!

  10. Wow, that is impressive that you can go to the store and ONLY get what you need for the week!

  11. Veronica says:

    LOL, I so know what you mean! It’s just easier not to have the tempting things in the house. Girl, these are calling my name! I usually just make salted brown butter crispy treats, but these are such a fun variety I have to try them next!

    • Ooh those sound delicious… I’ll have to try them next time!

      • Veronica says:

        I made a double batch and brought a huge platter of these to our Mother’s Day picnic–there were only a few left, which is saying a lot since there was so much food there to choose from. Thanks for sharing this recipe–I’ll be sure to make it again! Kids love it. P.S. I totally increased the butter to 1 stick! mmmm

  12. They look so festive! I haven’t made any crispy treats in years, I think I should get on it soon!

  13. Oh HOW cute! I’m definitely going to have to try these!

  14. Reeni says:

    What delectable rice krispie treats! And they’re so pretty too! I love pretty sweets – they are so fun to eat.

  15. Joanne says:

    In my apartment it’s the same! There are NO snacks other than apples or carrots or things that it’s okay to munch on endlessly. I really can’t have anything around and on the rare occasion that we do…it’s gone by the end of the day. Hands down, for sure.

    A tray of these wouldn’t stand a chance.

  16. I am the same way with snacks and treats around the house. I can’t have them or I will eat them all right away! I would definitely do that with these rice krispie treats!

  17. Your mention of these cake batter rice krispies treats sucked me right in. What a clever idea!

  18. myblogject says:

    Dana, Really pleased to have fallen across your blog. Excellent recipe – never seen anything like these before.
    Also, can completely relate to the not allowing snacks in the house.
    My GF and I are usually trying to eat well to make up for the usual eating out/socialising/baking I do… so even something as innocent as a pack of boring biscuits aren’t even safe!!
    They speak from the cupboard don’t they!

  19. […] source: adapted from Dana’s Food for Thought who snagged it from How Sweet It […]

  20. […] source: adapted from Dana’s Food for Thought who snagged it from How Sweet It […]

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