Thursday, January 3, 2013

Birthday Cake Rice Krispie Treats

It's pretty common these days to have sweets that are cake batter flavored. Ice cream, Italian ice, pancakes, fudge, etc. And because I like to be on the cutting edge of culinary trends...


...I recently whipped up some birthday cake rice krispie treats. And then whipped up another batch. And another. And then I made them for a birthday party to go alongside the cake.

It had been a while since I made these treats. Like maybe since high school? I forgot how easy, light, and pleasantly (but not overtly) sweet they are. And the addition of cake mix and sprinkles adds a variation on the flavor. I'm not claiming them to be anything gourmet. Just a nice switch from the typical sweet treats.

Making them is as basic as you can get too. No bake! Plus they travel well, don't need climate control, etc. Okay I think I've gone on enough about these — it's not rocket science, Danielle!

I served these alongside a birthday cake at the surprise 60th birthday party that I threw for both of my wonderful parents (who turn 60 within less than two months of each other). I also served some cookie dough truffles — stay tuned for that post!

My parents are wonderful people, and I'm so lucky to have them in my life! It was so fun bringing together 40 other people who feel the same way. Aren't they cute, too? I swear they act younger now than they did 20 years ago...

 Happy birthday, Mom and Dad. I love you! (and GOTCHA!)

Birthday Cake Rice Krispie Treats (makes about 16 treats)
Base recipe is the one from the box!

3 tbsp. butter
10 oz. marshmallows (regular or mini — doesn't matter)
6 cups puffed rice cereal
1/3 cup yellow cake mix (i.e., powder mix)
1/4 cup sprinkles, plus more for top

Coat a pan with cooking spray (size isn't important, but for the thickness pictured above, use an 8"x8" pan).

In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Gradually add cake mix and stir until combined. Remove from heat.

Add cereal to marshmallow mixture. Working quickly, stir with a silicone spatula until all cereal is evenly coated. Add sprinkles and stir again. Evenly press into the prepared pan, and sprinkle a generous handful of sprinkles on the top while mixture is still warm. Cool completely before cutting.

Click here for a printable recipe! 


  1. What a SWEET gift for your parents . . . in every possible sense of the word! I know they loved every minute of their surprise party. And your treats look delicious and pretty, as always. :)

  2. These look fantastic! I think I might have to try to make them for Kevin. :)


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