Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats

March 25, 2011 by Ali

Just when I thought I had tried every rice crispy treat recipe under the sun….this recipe shows up on StumbleUpon.

I may or may not have immediately ran to the store to by a cake mix to make it.

And…had a little too much fun playing with those gorgeous, colorful sprinkles.

And…enjoyed every single, glorious, hint-of-cake-batter-flavored bite.

And…shared the rest with friends so that I didn’t eat too many bites.

And…now I share it with all of you.

And…you should make some.


Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12-16 servings


  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 (10 oz.) bag of mini-marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup yellow cake mix (the dry cake mix, not prepared into a batter!)
  • 5 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 (1.75 oz.) container of sprinkles


Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows. Stir until they begin to melt, then remove from heat. Whisk in the (dry) cake mix, then stir in cereal so it is completely coated with marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle in half of the sprinkles and briefly stir. (Don't stir too much or the sprinkles will bleed out their color.) Press the mixture into a baking dish (any size will do) and top with remaining sprinkles. Let sit for about 30 minutes before cutting. I find spraying a knife with nonstick spray helps to cut them cleanly.

Disclaimer: You consume dry cake mix at your own risk.

Recipe slightlly adapted from How Sweet Eats

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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317 thoughts on “Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats

  1. I’ve seen these with icing. Anyone have a recipe for an icing?

    - Gina

  2. I made these this evening. I just followed the directions exactly. They were really tasty but I don’t think they tasted like cake batter. I think I might try using the strawberry cake mix next time, sounds like that’s a winner.

    - Tabi

  3. I may just make this or my mom on mothers day! seems like she would enjoy this!

    - Jordana

  4. Why the disclaimer about dry cake mix?

    - TL

  5. I read the “thoughts on cake batter rice crispy treats” and many have problem with pressing mixture in pan. My sister told me to just wet your hands with water and the mixture does not stick to your hands. Really works.

    - Sue

  6. I’ve made these over and over. I do cut back on the cake mix to about 1/3 cup, and I buy the funfetti cake mix and leave out the extra sprinkles. I tried it with them, and we weren’t a fan, so these alterations are our “go to” recipe for RKT now! :)

    - Shannon

  7. A different type of Rice Krispy Treat

    - Doug

  8. I would love to try this it looks soooo good

    - mzv

  9. These looked and sounded fun but my family didnt like them at all! Sticking with the original rice krispie recipe!

    - mj

  10. These are awesome! I pinned this over a year ago on Pinterest and just finally made them today. I used strawberry cake mix after reading the comments. My whole family loves these!

    - Bridget

  11. I just want to tell you how enjoyable this was to make and how much fun my three year old granddaughter had! We didn’t even wait the full thirty minutes to set. Thanks again!

    - Elsa Wylie

  12. I’m looking for the cookie recipe too. I have leftover mix from the treats.

    - Mom to Grant

  13. Hi. I was just wondering if the 10oz of mini marshmellows was correct?? Doesn’t seem like alot of marshmellows for 5 cups of rice krispies. Thank you :)

    - Chanel

  14. Hi, did you take the recipe down for the cake mix cookies to make with the left over cake mix? It was on here the other day and now it is gone? Thanks!

    - Julie

  15. I just made these but because everyone was talking about the sprinkles melting (I have zero patience, I even do the melting the butter and marshmallows in the microwave) I used the confetti cake mix for my “sprinkles” and just added some actual sprinkles on top. So good! There is a good chance that my husband might not get any of these if he doesn’t wake up soon.

    - Jamie




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  18. I just made these and they turned out great. I used about 2/3 c. of the cake mix. My sprinkles started to melt just a bit but not bad. I also used the cake cookie recipe, and it can’t be right. Is 6 oz. 3/4 a cup? If so, it was a runny mess. I just added in the cake mix until it was the right consistency. Getting ready to pop them in the oven. I’ll report back. :)

    - Emily

  19. If you guys don’t know how to not make a mess, put wax paper underneath and have it over lap on the sides. After you put mixture into pan, fold over the wax paper and press it down. You never have to get your hands dirty.

    Also, I’m a vegetarian and use marshmallow cream instead of regular marshmallows, the cake batter actually firmed up my krispies better, so that’s a nice bonus.
    Try making Rice Krispies with marshmallow cream! I bet it’s like Rice Krispie treat cereal if you put it in a bowl with milk!

    - Katie

  20. I just made this today and followed the recipe exactly as above. They tasted NOTHING like cake batter. It definitely needs way more than 1/3 cup of cake mix. They taste just like regular rice krispie treats only with sprinkles. Next time I will try at least 1/2 cup of cake mix. Mine turned out exactly as pictured above and I did not remove from heat when I added the rice krispies. You just have to stir quickly and keep stirring. I’m really disappointed in the flavor though, but I will still eat them. Can’t wait to try them again and add more cake mix!

    - Katie

    • same here… made these for Easter with cute pastel sprinkles & my family was disappointed in them because they wanted to taste the cake mix and didn’t! They were still good though, just nothing to WOW over =/ I was also wondering should the mix be increased to 1/2cup or even to 1cup

      - Crystal

  21. I just made these tonight…. they tasted pretty good. But my sprinkles melted some into the rice krispies and tinted / smeared the rice krispies. Is there a way around that to make them look like the picture above?

    - Melissa Arroyo

  22. I didn’t realize I should have removed from heat when adding the Rice Krispies so they dried up and my finished product turned out pretty rock hard. :-(

    Still tasted great and we finished the pan! But next time I’ll know better.

    - Mimi

  23. I just made this for the first time and it is amazing BUT as I’m sure my children will request it again I need some help. How do I get the mixture in the baking pan (and make it look lovely) with out making a mess. I had sticky mixture EVERYWHERE….. But not much staying in the pan. Help!!!

    - Caroline

    • Caroline, I find that what works best is to use a large spoon or spatula to get the mixture into the baking pan, and then slather your hands with butter and use your hands to spread and pat the mixture evenly into the pan. Continue adding butter to your hands as needed :)

      - Christina

  24. Rice krispies are not my thing; however my fiancée loves them so I thought I would make it for him and my daughter. BIG BIG BIG MISTAKE…. He alone has eaten the entire pan. HE LOVES THEM!! Like other users I tried 1/3 cup of strawberry cake mix and according to him, “these are the best rice krispies treats he’s ever had”. Clearly I have to make these again because he won’t stop talking about them. Although I I love that he enjoys them, he better fit into his wedding tux come May. lol

    My tip: Make sure you wait a minute or two before adding the sprinkles. I did not have an issue with them melting. I used pink, white and red sprinkles. Also make sure you take the pot off the burner before adding the krispies.

    - Nese

  25. I just made these for a bake sale with strawberry cake mix. Hold the phones! I’m making a batch just for me.

    - Lena

  26. These sound soo yummy I am planning on making them for my son to take to school for his 2nd Birthday :)

    - Nicole

  27. Left over cake mix? No problem. Just mix in a dry angel food cake mix and bake 3-2-1 individual cakes whenever your sweet tooth acts up.

    3-2-1 Cake

    1 angel food cake mix
    1 any other kind of cake mix

    Mix dry cake mixes together in gallon zip lock bag. When you want a quick dessert…this is it.

    Place 3 TBLS dry cake mix in a cup, mug, pudding cup, etc.

    Place 2 TBLS water in with it and stir completely.

    Place in microwave on high for 1 minute.

    Let cool, then top with cool whip, icing, or whatever you have on hand.

    Keep in cupboard or fridge or freezer…doesn’t matter. Sweets at your fingertips in 3-2-1!

    ***One of the cake mixes MUST be Angel Food***
    I like to make mine with Strawberry cake mix, then top with cool whip and a strawberry. Yummmmm! (Y)

    - MissKitty62656

  28. Ok I know it sounds crazy but I never made rice crispy treats before so I was really excited to make these today. Then after reading several reviews I knew I’d screw them up for sure. I went with it anyway and they turned out great!! I took my time melting the butter and mellows on low heat then added cake mix. I took it off the heat when adding the crispys and put in the sprinkles. Looks just like the pic! I used 4Tbsp. butter and 4 1/2 cup rice crispys and little over 1/2 cake mix.

    - stacey

  29. I did with Red Velvet cake mix. Yummy.

    - tonya

  30. Hey, Ali! Just wanted to mention another recipe that you could use the leftover cake mix for: Pumpkin Crunch Cake. You’d have to scale it, of course, but here’s the recipe: :)

    - Emily

  31. Does it matter what kind of cake batter mix? Can I use chocolate cake mix? Mmm…chocolate cake batter rice krispie treats. *grin*

    - Jackie (Literary Escapism)

  32. Thank you!! I just made these for a bake sale, and it’s a good think they’re for a bake sale otherwise they wouldn’t have made it out of the pot… I would have just grabbed a spoon and dug in. Yum!! They’re delicious… and I’ll be going shortly to make cookies with the rest of the mix. :)

    - Jane

  33. I made this today and the flavor was great. I too added extra cake batter for flavor. My only problem is my sprinkles melted when I added them into the mix and it turned my Krispies grey… Not pretty but certainly yummy!

    - Syrivera9

  34. Thanks for the new one last one had Karo syrup was yummy with the frosting but almost broke my teeth lol. This was a friends recipe. But must say going to love to try this one thanks for sharing. Oh you could always save the cake mix and freeze it till next use…

    - Donna

  35. that looks so good i cant wait to try it =D

    - makenzie

  36. I am SO excited!! they daycare children will LOVE this!! What a fun idea!!

    - Katy

  37. I tried this and loved it! I used pink sprinkles for my daughter’s princess party and they are SO cute and delish! I also shared this recipe and your blog on my site:) Thanks!!

    - Amy McDowell

  38. I make these all the time! They are so good & a family favorite!

    - April

  39. Another great idea for the left over cake mix is to make a dump cake, super easy, super yummy.
    empty 1 can of cherry pie filling and 1 can of crushed pineapple into a casserole dish. Sprinkle dry yellow cake mix on top and moisten with melted butter, bake on 350 15 min/until golden brown on top

    - Julia

  40. These were the best rice crispy treats we ever had, even my husband liked them they
    only lasted a few hours. Thanks for the great recipe

    - Sandy

  41. I have learned there is GF cake mix..what about the rice crispies that would still be a concern for GF cooking …yes or on?

    - Ruth Anderson

  42. i made these with fruity pebbles and skipped the sprinkles for a child’s birthday party. they were a huge hit!
    the suggestion at the bottom of the recipe to make cake cookies with the left over cake mix? also awesome!
    thank you.

    - cindy

  43. Just made a triple batch of these as a “Fun Friday” snack for my sons’ cross country team. HUGE hit!! The cake mix really makes them taste even better!

    - Lynn

  44. Hi Ali,

    I shared your Cake Batter Rice Krispy Treats recipe today. My DIL pinned it and I made it for her birthday. Thanks for sharing such a pin-worthy treat. My gift was a big hit with the birthday girl and her family.

    - renee

  45. What an awesome idea, I WiLL be trying this recipe :) Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!!!

    - Diane Avans

  46. found this on pinterest. is there any reason to use whole marshmallows instead of marshmallow fluff? seems a bit easier to use the fluff over sitting over the stove melting them.

    - sarah

  47. Another thing you can make using the leftover cake mix is Cake Batter Chex Mix. I havent actually made it, but it sounds delicious!

    - Aly

  48. I’m gladd i ran across this recipe. Going to a “dinner on the grounds” at local church soon and needed something summery to take. And easy, and cheap. lol. that’s me summery, easy, and cheap. All kidding aside, I will make this when i have someone to share it with because I dont need to eat too much of it.

    - Sid

  49. Made these today. I used 1/3c. Jiffy yellow dry cake mix, mixed into the marshmallow while still on the stove, mixed in smoothly. Intead of immediately mixing in sprinkles I waited a little bit to let the mixture cool and threw in the sprinkles to incorperate as I was patting the mixture into the pan. This helped the sprinkles colors to not run. Topped off the whole thing w more sprinkles and patted down the mixture w wax paper. I didn’t taste much if the cake batter flavor from my use of 1/3c Jiffy yellow cake mix so will try another brand, like BC or Hines next time. All in all it was a fun recipe

    - Elizabeth

    • I tried using Jiffy too because there would not be as much wasted cake mix but I couldn’t taste the cake mix at all. What a complete disappointment. I blame Jiffy though not the recipe. I need to try this again

      - Wanna-be Molly

  50. Just pinned this and love that you include a use for the leftover cake mix, however I plan on making enough crispy treats that there will be no leftovers. :)

    - Kym

  51. you can use a jiffy brand yellow cake mix- it’s just the right amount and you don’t have to figure out what to do with the rest of a regular cake mix!

    - dianna nadeau

  52. I made these tonight and they were good. Guessed on the cookies though because I couldn’t find a conversion chart for ounces to cups. Does anyone know what the actual amount of cake mix, in cups, is for the cookies?

    - Katrina

  53. these were amazing!! thank you for sharing this recipe! <3 i will alwaysmake these instead of regular rice crispy's(:

    - Kaitlin

  54. Did them according to the usual instructions for rice crispies treats. Only difference from yours is to make sure you remove the melted marshmallows from the heat before adding the rice!! You don’t want to heat the rice up to much, or it will cook and they will turn out hard! The sprinkles went on the top and were pressed into the treats when I was pressing them into the pan (instead of in the pan). They turned out awesome!! What a great idea!! I want to try it with other cake mixes!

    Also, I dipped half of each treat in the Dolci Frutta chocolate, then put some sprinkles on the chocolate. It can be done with real chocolate chips, but the melting fruit for chocolate (white or regular) is MUCH easier and tastes great!!

    - Casey

  55. Made these twice! They are the best rice crispy treat recipe EVER!! I used 1/3 cup cake mix and put the left over in the freezer so I will have it on hand. Don’t think there is a problem putting cake mix in the freezer…?

    - Sheila P

  56. I made these and they were so good they were gone in 1 day at my house lol …making the left over cake mix into the cake mix cookies now :) ! Thank u for sharing !

    - janie mccarty

  57. So I have about 16 oz of cake mix leftover. Does anyone know how much oil, water and egg I should add to make cupcakes with the leftover??

    - MJ

  58. I must be honest, I was really excited to make these! I made them and they turned out fine at first, but by the time they were served, they were as hard as a rock :( awful and embarrassing!

    Honestly, I think the 6 cups of rice krispies is too much and I think the directions need to be clearer about turning off the heat once the marshmallows are melted (before the krispies are added). I don’t think I’ll be trying them again, but the idea sounds good in theory if you can correctly master the art of making these treats :)


    - Emily

    • Try cooking the marshmallows on a lower temperature. The slower you cook the marshmallows the softer they will turn out. I have actually learned that if you put the marshmallows and butter in the microwave for 2 min. they will turn out super soft every time.

      - Stacy

    • Actually the recipe calls for only 5 cups of cereal..maybe that’s why yours didn’t turn out?

      - sherri

    • Someone commented above that the problem is if you don’t put the saucepan off the heat before adding the krispies they will turn hard.

      - Sarah

  59. Yummmmmmmmm!
    I will use the extra cake batter to make MORE!

    - Sue

  60. Just made these for a 4th of July picnic. Delicious…. I used about 3/4 cup of cake mix, 4 tbls butter, and 5 1/2 cups cereal. Perfection!!!!

    - angie

  61. I put the leftover cake in the freezer for my next batch!!!

    - Deb

  62. OK – Mine did not work out so great. The sprinkles mixed in with the ricecrispies and marshmallows all became blurry – almost like red + blue + green + other = brown….The mixture looks muddy instead of pretty and clear as above. I think the next time i make these – i am not going to mix any sprinkles in…..just will sprinkle the sprinkles on top…..


    - Christa

  63. Can you use any flavor cake mix with the rice krispies treats? thank you!

    - sue decker

  64. by “dry cake mix” do you mean the legitimate cake mix? the stuff you start out with in the bowl? without the ingredients it needs to become cake??

    - valerie

  65. Thanks for the tip on what to use the leftover cake mix for. I was wondering what I was going to do with it.

    - Danielle

  66. Made these yesterday and they are all ready gone! So good and addicting. I also used funfetti cake mix.

    - Cyndi

  67. yummy!!!

    - tracy

  68. Eh. Ok, so I bought the wrong cake mix. I tried this with funfetti cake mix and it was a flop. Ok, not a total flop, it just didn’t taste anything like cake batter. I used 1/3 cup. Maybe it’s because the funfetti is a white cake, not yellow so the flavor isn’t as strong. I must say I’m not too impressed with the amount of sprinkles in the funfetti either!

    - Virginiabelle

  69. Boooo :( I’m a terrible coooook!

    - Sha Carter!

  70. I took the leftover cake mix and added one egg, a little vegetable oil, chocolate chips, a smashed up banana….mixed it all together until the consistency was right and put them on a cookie sheet in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes! Banana chocolate chip cookies! They were awesome and the kids loved them!

    - Laura Fallen

  71. just dont be an IDIOT like me and add the ENTIRE cake mix!!! i felt SO stupid when i realized what i had done!!!

    - court

  72. Definitely just made these for Father’s Day. I used 1/2 cup cake mix and probably will add more next time for even more flavor. I also added more marshmallow/butter mix to make them extra gooey.

    - Lauren

  73. These look amazing! I’m all for reinventing the traditional rice krispies treats!

    - katie

  74. I’m thinking RED VELVET CAKE MIX!!! Cannot wait to try these this summer!

    - Denise

  75. I wonder if you can use other cake batter flavors like funfetti, lemon, chocolate…any experience with that?

    - Maria

  76. just made these…..what a way to bring but an oldie in a new way!

    - momof2

  77. You could also use some of the leftover yellow cake mix with your corn muffins to make them much more smooth in texture.

    - connie

  78. I wasn’t real impressed with these. They got really hard after sitting an hour or two. I like my rice crispy treats soft and gooey. I put 1/3 c of mix in them and I couldn’t really taste anything different. Hate to give such a pretty treat a bad review, sorry.

    - jacque

  79. This is seriously the best thing ever! I too, increased the cake batter to 1/3 cup and I also added a 1/2 c of butter cream frosting to the marshmallow mixture. It really pit the cake btter flavor over the top I can honestly say that I will never make rice crispie treats any other way. Hanks for sharing.

    - Sherri Thompson

  80. O.M.G this looks yummers!!! Sunday is my baking day and we will be trying these beauties!

    - Leah

  81. You could also use the extra batter to make the Cold Stone Cake Batter Ice Cream!

    - Susan Wade

  82. you can also find cake in a mug recipes for the leftover cake mix

    - Jamie

  83. Made this tonight, tasted a bit of it while still warm, we very sweet, I’m sure the kids will love it.
    About what to do with the leftover cake mix. I saw this recipe on pinterest for cobbler.
    24 oz Frozen mixed berries, cake mix and a can of diet 7-up/sprite. Put berries in pan, sprinkle cake mix over the top, slowly pour soda over it all, don’t stir. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. I haven’t tried the recipe, but looks awesome.

    - Gabi

  84. The gaggle of recent high-school grads (both boys and girls) who came for a swim party today were happily consoled with a plate full of these and a deck of cards. Made as you suggest (with the 1/3 cup cake mix), it filled a 7 x 11 pan, just in case any one wonders! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    - Mneomosyne

  85. You can also mix the remaining cake batter with egg, oil and a bit of water and make cake waffles. They are so good with ice cream!

    - Karen

  86. I just found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to make them for the kids I nanny for today. I used red,white and blue sprinkles for Memorial Day Spirit. The little bite I tried was really good. Thanks for sharing. I think I will probably be making another batch of them this week for a school party. YUM-0!

    - Bridget

  87. Made these last night – 5 T butter, 1 bag marshmallows and more like a heaping 1/2 cup of funfetti cake mix – they were great! I added the cake mix as I was melting the marshmallows so it blended in without a problem. Enjoy!

    - Juls

  88. Does anyone know what the nutritional information is?

    - Janie Campbell

  89. I made these and I added mini m&m’s to the mix because I love chocolate so much I feel that every treat needs some in it. They were delicious!

    - Claire

  90. We don’t bake these right?

    - pam

  91. I made these with gluten free rice krispies and 1/4 cup gluten free cake mix. I think increasing the amount of batter as there wasn’t a wow of taste. I did add some pure vanilla as well. I usually make the treats in the microwave but couldn’t find a cake batter recipe made that way, but will try it next time! The Florida heat made the kitchen hot with these on the stovetop and dinner in the oven. These taste good as do plain treats and I can’t stop eating them.

    - Michelle Williams

  92. I just made these and they are great…has a similar flavor to birthday cake ice cream. My friend tried them and she’s not really into sweets and she loved them.

    - Jenn

  93. I made some puppy chow like this….
    was very good can’t wait to try these!:)

    - Mary

  94. Oooh yum that looks good! Perfect for little kids parties, and girly nights in.

    - Lilibeth

  95. U could add the remaining cake mix to a sm package of cool whip, add 4tbls of lemon juice, 1 egg and mix into a dough. Dough will be gooey.! Scoop out into small balls, “iceream scoop works the best.” drop into xxx sugar toss and bake at 350 for 8-9 minutes, cookies will be soft but will harden slightly upon cooling.! works with all kinds of cake mixes . 1 package of cake mix, 1 egg, 1 sm pk of coolwhip, 2 cups of xxx for tossing. the missing 1/4 cup of cake mix wont b missed for these cookies.


  96. Discovered this recipe on Pinterest and made these for Easter and they were a HUGE hit!!! Disappeared in minutes, and that is with me eating a 1/4 of the pan. I love rice crispy treats and now I love them even more and this will be the only way I make them here on out!

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    - Kim

  97. I loved these but will be using about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of cake mix as even with 1/3 I couldn’t taste it too much. (Maybe different mixes make a difference.)

    Ashley – to soften them just stick them in the microwave on a paper towel. I did a small chunk, maybe 4×4 for 10 seconds and it worked perfectly. :)

    - Erin

  98. just made this with sugar free cake mix. AMAZING!!!!!!!! thank you.

    - Amanda Wright

  99. OMG Love this! I’m going to try it out tomorrow!

    - Jake (@DJSMOOK)

  100. I grew up eating rice krispy treats made w/peanut butter added, then topped w/a mixture of choc chips, butterscotch chips, and more peanut butter melted (you stir together in a double boiler). Man was I ever surprised people really ate those plain old rice krispies. But to add cake batter to them, now that might work for me. Can’t wait to give these a try.

    - karen

  101. Another suggestion for the left over cake mix….add some plain yogurt and cool whip to it and make cake batter dip. Eat with graham crackers, chocolate wafers. your finger!!..I’m addicted to the stuff. I can’t wait to try these treats.

    - Heather

  102. These are so good. I made them tonight for my roommates and they are finishing the last one right now. Great idea!

    - Rachel Tremis

  103. Mine turned out extremely hard and I followed your instructions and recipe completely! How can I soften them? My toddler couldn’t eat them they were so hard :( also could I substitute marshmallow creme rather than the marshmallows?

    - Ashley

  104. I saw another recipe for these same treats that includes vanilla. Maybe that’s why they came out hard ?

    - Maria

  105. Made these and they were AWESOME. I used 1/2 c of cake mix and 4 Tbsp butter. 5 of us polished them off straight away!

    - tami

  106. I use a pizza cutter to cut my rice krispies treats…and if you wet your hands before pushing them into the pan, they don’t stick to the treats so its easier to spread them.

    - tina

  107. Man, these are great. I also used 1/3 cup of cake mix. I have a vacuum seal so I just sealed up the left over cake mix until I make these again, which will be very soon!
    To those of you that are getting hard treats. One, make sure your ingredients are fresh and two, do not over cook the marshmallows. The longer you cook them, the harder they turn out. And stir often. Enjoy!

    - Melissa

  108. I used 1/2 cup of cake mix and it just wasnt enough! i couldnt tast it, next time i might try a cup, hopefully its not too much!

    - jill

  109. Love the flavor of these, but they turned out rock hard. Very difficult for the kids to eat once cooled. I did up a 1/3 cut of cake mix. Any suggestions to soften them so they don’t get so hard? More butter or maybe less rice crispies? I welcome any comments.

    - Kim

  110. Just made these and the kids loved them! Easy tip when spreading out the treats-put a ziploc bag over your hand, spray with cooking spray and press treats into pan. A lot easier than a spatula :) ENJOY!

    - Denise

  111. I just made these and saying they were hard is a understatement !! So bummed. Have no idea what happened ?

    - Maria

  112. These look SOOOOO delicious!!! I’ll have to make them

    - Mattie

  113. I wonder how they would be with plain or chocolate crisp rice cereal and chocolate cake mix? Hmmmmm

    - Heidi

  114. Being a chocolate lover, how about choc marshmallows, cocoa crispies, dark choc cake mix, and choc sprinkles and/or those tiny pastel disks?

    - Charpo

  115. It looks delicious! Anyone knows if it’s possible to change the butter with oil in order to make them milk and gluten free?

    - Schwpz

  116. These are great!! My mom even liked them and she has been making rice kris pie treats for years. nice alternative to the usual.

    - Jo

  117. I used a 16 oz bag of marshmallows, 7 TB butter, 1/2 c cake batter, and the entire 12 oz box of Rice Krispies. patted into a lg 11×17 lasagna pan. Yum Yum. thanks for the original recipe!!

    - gayle

  118. Just made these! Can’t wait to try!! My question is- I tried using your cake ball recipe but after I measured and baked everything, they’re more like fluffy half burnt flat cake cookies. Should I have used more cake mix? I still have a good amount of cake mix left, so I’d love to know how to make the cake balls the proper way! Thanks!

    - kaite

  119. This sounds delicious,i remember my mom making the regular rice crispy’s and we loved them,i think i will have to make these for my granddaughters.

    - Janice Armour

  120. these would be really good if you rolled them into balls and dipped them in to chocolate and let them harden with sprinkles on them

    - amy

  121. Made these tonight for a youth group event at church tomorrow and LOVE “EM!!!!!! Didn’t really want to do the sprinkles so 1 batch I added chopped up Reese’s Pieces and the other batch I added 1/4 c PB to the marshmallows & cake mix and mini choco chips & crushed pretzels to the cereal. Delicious!! My new favorite Rice Krispie Treats :) THank you!!!

    - Stacia

  122. Ok.. just made these… mine are like extremely hard! Why? They aren’t like typical rice krispie treats… bummed

    - kim

  123. Could you not just use the FunFetti cake mix???

    - Amy

  124. Remaining cake mix? You should never have any remaining. Just make more treats. lol

    - jeremy

  125. this also tastes delicious with a white chocolate base…. yummy :)

    - Pollyandra

  126. Has anyone tried chocolate cake mix.

    - JV

  127. Just made these and they are delicious! I don’t think I will ever make the original version again. Thanks for sharing!!!

    - Heather

  128. Can’t wait to try.

    - Pat McKinley

  129. Making these for daughters Valentine’s party with Valentine’s funfetti mix. Also bought red and pink glitter gel to decorate.

    - morgan

  130. If you have to ask why, then you obviously have not tasted these delightful yummy treats! Give them a try and you will see for yourself….you will NEVER go back to plain rice krispie treats again! Thank you so much for posting…love them!

    - Julie

  131. Lucieth,
    To some of us that like to change things up this gives the rice krispy treats a completely different taste which if you read the other comments others seem to really love them. What I don’t understand is how you can’t see that they are different, Why? Do you ever try changing a recipe up for a new taste, do you always challenge someone when they try something new?

    - jojo

  132. I made them, they are delicious!

    - Bridget

  133. Today is the 2nd time I’m making these. I’m taking them down to our spot along the Mardi Gras parade route! So good!

    - Stephanie S

  134. I don’t understand the point of this; it’s just the usual rice crispy treat recipe with the dry mix added. Why?

    - Lucieth

  135. Sounds delicious! I am having friends over for dinner this weekend and will be making this for dessert. I already bought the ingredients!

    - Heather Johnson

  136. These look perfect for my Valentines Recital!!

    - cjamiller

  137. I love these and will probably make them the other way again. These were a hit with my nephews and I added the extra cake mix like you suggested and it was yummy! Thank you for the recipe.

    - Temple

  138. These sound great! I have marshmallow fluff/creme, but no marshmallows. Do you know how I could use the fluff instead? Thanks!

    - Vanessa

  139. Yay! I’m making these right this second. Thanks for such a fun recipe!!!!

    - Jessica

  140. Looks too yummy! (leaving for the tore now)

    - linda

  141. ” . . . may or may not have immediately RUN to the store . . “

    - Gayle Richardson

  142. I actually just put the left overs in a ziplock labeled cake mix rice crispy’s for future batches! Also, I used the sugar free cake mix and it turned out yummy! Thanks for sharing the idea :)

    - Jennifer

  143. these look super FUN!

    - Diane {Created by Diane}

  144. For all of those having problems with the cookies, you need way more than 6oz of dry cake mix with 1/4 cup of oil! I used around 14oz and the cookies came out perfect still used the 1 egg as well. Rice crispy treaties were also perfect did use slightly less cereal though.

    - Lindsey

  145. I made these and they wound up rock hard as well!! Any solutions to make them soften up?

    - Dana

  146. Spied this on Pinterest – taking all of my self control to not drive to store and buy these ingredients! great pictures too!

    - Shannon

  147. So when i made the cookie mix for the left over batter it turned out really runny and i couldnt form it into balls.. any suggestions? Thank you!!

    - Amanda

  148. Ok, I am really really wanting to try these, but to me, RC Treats are sacred and so I’m worried that I will ruin perfectly PERFECT RC Treats…

    - Shannon

  149. Loved this recipe. They were so cute. Not that overwhelming of a cake batter flavor but the look of them made up for that. But the cookie recipe was a disaster. Not sure what went wrong there…

    - Sarah

  150. This will be great idea for my daughter’s birthday

    - Lisa

  151. Not too bad. A new twist on a favorite treat.

    - Donna

  152. Oh so very yummy! Thanks for sharing!!

    - Megan

  153. The cookies did not turn out for me, but the treats were wonderful!

    - Eva

  154. I used vanilla Carmel marshmallows in them! Almost taste like coffee. Really good!

    - leslie

  155. Made these and they were WONDERFUL!!!
    I used an 12×18 jelly roll pan lined with “no-stick” aluminum foil to press the mixture in to cool. A piece of the “no-stick” foil is also great to press the mixture into the pan as well.

    Thanks for a great recipe!!

    - Blackbeard's Wyfe

  156. Hi Gina…favorite sweet is rice kris pie treat…always happy to find a new recipe. I just joined and you’re the first person to pop up. Thanks for the recipe.

    - Marilyn Ramone

  157. I actually did 3/4 c cake mix, but everyone loved it! I made some today w/ Duncan Hines Strawberry Supreme cake mix and it was pretty amazing. For the chocolate lovers… I used Cocoa Krispies w/ chocolate cake mix. Lotsa chocolate but pretty yummy.

    - Dena

  158. CATUION ! The Food Safety News has found that dry flour ( as in dry cake mix ) can contain E coli.

    - Vonnie

  159. I use leftover cake mix from things like this to make a small dump cake with canned peaches in pear juice. I just pour 2 cans of peaches, juice and all, into a small-ish buttered baking dish (slice if they aren’t already), sprinkle them lightly with cinnamon and nutmeg, distribute the cake mix over them evenly, cover that with little thin slices of cold butter, then bake at 350F until it’s bubbly and the top is caramelized, about 45 minutes.

    You just have to make sure the cake mix is well covered with the butter. It’s not that you need a lot, it’s that any cake mix left untouched by butter won’t necessarily caramelize. The edges will bubble up, but you need good butter coverage everywhere else. So, lots of very thin slices. Otherwise, it’s very easy to make and good on a cold night. We usually just pour a bit of cold heavy cream over it, but it’s good with ice cream or whipped cream too.

    - tek

  160. this was next on my list for my cake batter adventures! yay! your pics are GORGEOUS!

    - jessica

  161. Wow therer are some talented people here! Got to try them all!!!!

    - Dorothy

  162. Is it safe to consume raw cake batter without baking? I thought it needed to reach high temperatures to be safely eaten?

    - Ashley

    • You are not putting egg in the batter so eating just plan batter you will be ok..your not suppose to consume raw cookie dough or anything with raw egg..but i have been eating cookie dough and cake batter my whole life and i am just fine!

      - Kim

  163. Thanks for this recipie! I just made this and wanted to share my tips! Anytime I make Rice Krispies I use about 1T. more butter than it calls for and I use between 1/2-1cup LESS cereal. I don ‘t like my rice krispies getting hard! Oh and I used 1/2 cup of the cake mix!

    - Kelly Brown

  164. Remaining cake mix can also be mixed with an egg and a little cool whip (enough to be a stiff batter) and then drop one spoon at a time into powdered sugar then bake at 35o for 10-12 mins. They’re even lighter than using the oil and they’re so yummy!

    - Shannon

  165. You can also combine cake mix, just the DRY mix, add one egg, container of cool whip..and make cookies. I coat with powdered sugar. You can also take a yellow cake mix, (leftover)..can of pumpkin..eyeball it based on what you have left over and egg (feel free to omit egg, muffin will just be dense)..bake in muffin pumpkin muffin EVER. The mix is dense and heavy to mix…but well worth it. FYI – cake mix really doesnt need ANYTHING but liquid to be a cake. Egg just makes it springy

    - Theresa

  166. Yummy and easy to make…..especially for those of us that burn water ;~)

    - Teresa

  167. Julia–just the cake mix as it comes out of the box–do not add anything to it.

    - kuke

  168. For the”cake mix” do I just add all of the dry ingredients as if I’m making a cake like the box says, or is it just solely the cake mix that comes in the box?

    - Julia

  169. i also made a coffee mug of cake (combined the mix with just enough water to make it damp) and microwaved it for about 45 seconds.. yummy quick snack with the leftover cake mix!

    - meredith

  170. Made these this afternoon, and added a whole cup (yes, 1 cup!) of funfetti cake mix. They’re so delicious.

    - meredith

  171. These treats were delicious! However, the cookies didn’t turn out when I made them as it said. Any thoughts as to why?

    - Danielle

  172. These were fine, didn’t seem much different from regular Crispy Treats, however, the cake mix cookies were VERY addicting!

    - Annie

  173. I made these last night and they were delicious right after they were made. But today they were super hard :( Any ideas as to why they turned to cement over night?

    - Sarah

  174. Just found this on pinterest..I have cake mix left over from making funfetti dip. This will be perfect!!

    - blossomteacher

  175. I cannot wait to try these!


  176. I just wanted to thank you for the recipe and how to use the additional cake mix. I don’t like to waste so it was really helpful that you put what to do with the remaining mix at the end of the recipe. Thank you so much!!!

    - Kristen

  177. What to do with the rest of the cake mix? Duh, you keep making delicious rice crispy treats until it’s all gone! ;-)

    - Liz

  178. I just made these! I have to admit that I don’t taste much difference. I guess I need to add more cake mix…? I LOVE the cookies I made with the left over mix. Now I’m off to try the micro-cake. Yum!

    - Robin

  179. I just used the Funfetti cake mix for mine! It tastes great and already has the sprinkles in it!

    - Karah

  180. you could do this with cocoa crispies, chocolate cake mix and either the chocolate sprinkles or the non-peril(sp?) sprinkles.

    - Karen

  181. Do you need to spray the pan?

    - Nicole

  182. 6 oz= 3/4 c

    - Karie

  183. Just made these cake batter rice krispie treats! Love. Thanks for sharing!!!

    - jennie

  184. what does 6 oz of cake mix equal in cup measurements?

    - Leah

  185. I just made these and I might eat them all. Thank goodness the kids won’t let me do that! Thanks for the idea. Made the cake cookies too and they are great.

    - Amber

  186. made these last night… AAAAAMAZING!

    - Dellyn

  187. Leftover cake mix can be used in this manner. In a microwavable or paper bowl, put about 1/2 cup of cake mix, add just enough water to moisten mix, then microwave. Time is just seconds. Keep close eye on it. Basically when MOST of the top has lost its shine. You can add a little frosting to the top, and wala, instant hot cake. No need for eggs, etc. You’ll be surprised its good. You can also add a little ice cream topping in the middle before you microwave and you’ll get kind of a “lava” cake thing going.. Yummy! Try it.

    - Arlene Harris

  188. Just made these – LOVE ‘em!! What a great idea! The hardest part about making them was letting them sit long enough for them to cool :o)

    - Christina

  189. Hey everyone! Sorry so late responding. I modified the recipe above to note that this calls for DRY (not prepared into a batter) cake mix. And also offered a suggestion for using the remaining batter to make cake mix cookies. See the note above.

    Thanks so much, and so glad that you’ve tried the recipe! It’s so fun!! :)

    - ali

  190. This may be a dumb question but did you make the actaully cake mix batter or just use the powder from the box?

    - Melissa

  191. Can you specify that you have to use DRY cake mix? I thought you had to use the mixed batter until I read the comments down below.

    - Meg

  192. What do you do with the left over cake mix?

    - Vivienne

  193. Be sure to keep your leftover cake mix in the freezer. Just take the bag out of the cake mix box, roll down and secure with a rubber band. You can put it in a freezer ziploc bag. It will keep indefinitely. You can use dry cake mix (light colored: vanilla, yellow, white…) on top of any pie filling in a greased baking dish. Just drizzle butter over the dry mix and bake @350 for 30 min. Easy cobbler, or “crumble.”

    - mommyof6

  194. I cannot wait to try this recipe! I have seen a few differnt blogs that have this recipe posted and I am very excited to try it myself!

    - Rebecca

  195. Do these need to be refrigerated? Also how well do they hold up in the heat of a summer day? Thanks they look great, and I want to send them to my husband which is why I ask!

    - Jessica

  196. I LOVE this recipe thank you for sharing it! I was wondering if you made the cake batter like it says to on the back of the box and then added 1/3 cup into the melted marshmallows?


    - Ellissa

  197. Thanks so much for this recipe! Just made them and I found I even needed to add more than 1/3c of the dry mix to get a recognizable cake batter flavor…probably more like 2/3 for me. But I love them!

    Perfect idea, though! I love them!

    - Kari

  198. I found this recipe from Pinterest and had to try them. They are very yummy. My only recommendation would be to add the sprinkles after you have already mixed the cereal and marshmallow mix for a little while. My sprinkles began to melt as I mixed. They still turned out delicious but would have been cuter with intact sprinkles!

    - JuliLoa

  199. These look amazing I will be trying them. Got a good laugh out of some of the comments!

    Looking for a good use for the left over cake mix? Go to this blog for a recipe for Funfetti Cake Batter Dip. -I think any cake mix flavor would be yummy. Please don’t make the cake mix as directed though :) Just use the dry mix.

    - jacqueline

  200. So….what do you do with the leftover cake mix now that it’s reduced in size??

    - Jessi

  201. Do you know if I could do this with from scratch batter? If so what to leave out? We have food allergies in my family so I do everything from scratch, but I’m still in the baby stage of baking!
    I think my kids would love this treat.
    Thank you

    - liz richard

  202. Made these for my boyfriend and my little sister. Both are away at college! Its the perfect thing because I get sick of sending plain old rice krispy treats. I snuck a couple bites before sending them. Sweet recipe. I’m also loving all of these comments about new add-ins. My only question; What to do with extra cake mix?

    - Emily

  203. Thanks for this recipe! It’s very sparkly (daughter’s words). For “special” bakers like me who need to follow a recipe like a road map or I get lost and I don’t find my way, could you kindly change 10 oz. on the one whole bag because the first time I tried it I only used 10 oz. Yup. The second time I used the whole bag of marshmallows and the rice cereal actually mixed with the other ingredients the second time lol!

    - Colleen

  204. yumm

    - camoern

  205. I am going to feature these on my friday favorites tomorrow. Come by and check it out! These look great.

    - Mamie@Homegrown Beanes

  206. Oh my! Sounds delish! I will have to try it with chocolate cake mix. Does it mix in enough so it’s not gritty?

    - JC

  207. I just found your site through pinterest. Thanks for sharing this recipe… I plan to make it asap!!!

    - PS~Erin

  208. THESE ARE AMAZING! Made them tonight, add 1/3 cup though so you can really taste the cake batter :] thanks for the recipe :P

    - Tess

  209. Made these they are awesome great idea thank you!

    - Jenn

  210. Just made these today, so cute and yummy with a touch of nostalgia!

    - Patricia

  211. So, I actually made the cake batter according to directions on box and then added the batter. I don’t think enough of the egg probably got in there to make anyone sick. But the recipe is a little misleading because at the end it says in the tip to add “cake batter”:( To me that means a completed mix. They were still good just couldn’t really taste anything “cakey”.

    - kate

  212. Absolutely clever! Perfect for a birthday party, children and adult alike!

    - Jeannie Park

  213. Kelly: You can also make it with Cocoa Pebbles, for an extra chocolate kick.

    - Rebecca

  214. This looks absolutely wonderful! What a fun idea. I will have to try this for sure!

    - Kneady Sweetie

  215. These look great – I know it wouldn’t be as bright but what would it be like to use chocolate cake mix and chocolate chips, instead of the yellow cake mix and sprinkles? I love chocolate – can ya tell? :-)

    - Kelley

    • If you REALLY want a chocolate over load, go ahead I,,n use the chocolate cake mix, mini chocolate chips the really tiny kind, and cocoa pebbles instead of plain rice krispies.

      - Rhoda

  216. Wow, I didn’t think rice crispie treats could get any better. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing. We featured this on our FB page as well!

    Jill of

    - Jill of Our Seven Dwarfs

  217. You add DRY cake mix to this recipe, do not mix it according to the directions on the box. There are no eggs in this recipe. Perfeclty safe to eat Dee.
    I am makignthis for the 4th of July with Red, White and Blue Sprinkles!

    - Belinda Strauch

  218. I would nwver do this as cake batter needs to bake because of the eggs in it.

    - Dee

  219. I found you recipe on a friend’s pin on Pinterest. I just opened it to see how hard it is and well it totally isn’t hard. I am so excited to try this!!!

    - Beth

  220. LOVE THIS! I can even convert this to gluten free…WOO HOO! I have added your blog to my iPad’s home screen, as it is so fun & inspiring.

    - Layla Payton

  221. did you have to bake cake mix first or just the dry out of box cake mix?

    - justine

  222. these were delish! i also upped the cake mix to 1/3 cup. it’s a good thing i made them for a barbecue or i’d have eaten way too many!

    - cheeky

  223. has anyone ever tried a gluten- free version of this?!

    - jenn

    • i’m planning on trying the gluten free version today! i bought betty crocker gluten-free yellow cake mix to substitute. i’m guessing that they will turn out the same, but i’ll let ya know!

      - stephanie

  224. Mine got a little string-y, if you know what I mean. Is that because the marshmallow mixture has cooled too much when you’re stirring in the cereal? Any tips? : )

    - Kirstin

  225. Me again :) I had to make these so i did, just last night and LOVED!!!!! them! Can’t get over how stink’n fun the sprinkles are! I even did a post about them on my blog.
    Thanks a ton for the new fav!

    - Summer

  226. DANG. i just finished my cake mix with the blondies i made. def need to buy more bc i just make these!

    - natalie (the sweets life)

  227. These look awesome. I bought the stuff last night and I’m going to try it with my kids tomorrow!

    - matt fillingham

  228. What a fun treat!

    - Maria

  229. I can’t believe I just bought mini-marshmallows and rice krispies to make treats. And here is your innovative recipe to make them really special. Thanks so much.

    - Lynne @ CookandBeMerry

  230. These sound so easy and look so fun! They’d make great slumber party treats :)

    - Summer

  231. Yeah, I need to make these immediately. What an amazingly brilliant idea!

    - Sarah @ SugarCooking

  232. I think the rice krispie treat will continue to evolve until the end of mankind…this rendition, I must say, is particularly genius.

    - Beauty & the Feast

  233. I have been dying to try these! Good to know you thought they were delicious too!

    - Jenn@eatcakefordinner

  234. But why didn’t you use funfetti cake mix? Double the colorful madness!

    This looks amazing, though. Going on my list!

    - Kathy

  235. Those are unforgivably cute!

    - Meister @ The Nervous Cook

  236. Oh yeah, this looks so great!

    - Lori @ RecipeGirl

  237. Couldn’t agree more. Jessica’s brainchild is the treat of choice with my kids and their friends. Plus, they look so cute with all those sprinkles!

    - Michelle