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Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats

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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 run 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.



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Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats

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  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12-16 servings 1x


You will love this bright and colorful cake batter rice crispy treats recipe! Great for special occasions!


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. *Disclaimer: You consume dry cake mix at your own risk.*


Recipe slightly adapted from How Sweet Eats


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285 comments on “Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats”

  1. Does anyone know what the nutritional information is?

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

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

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

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

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

    • Hi Maria! I haven’t tried other flavors yet, but imagine they would also be great! Let me know if you give one a try!!

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

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

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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!

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

  21. 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!

  22. yummy!!!

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

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

  25. 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??

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

  27. 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…..


    • Mine did that to :( I am to embarrassed to serve them cause the look like poo… literally!

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

  29. 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!!!!

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

  31. 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 :)


    • 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.

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

    • 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.

  32. 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??

  33. 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 !

  34. 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…?

  35. 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!!

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

  37. 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?

  38. 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!

  39. 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. :)

  40. 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

    • 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

  41. 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.

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

  43. 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.

    • It really doesn’t take that long to melt the marshmallows over low heat. It took maybe 2 minutes.

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

  45. 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.

  46. 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!

  47. 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.

  48. 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?

  49. 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

  50. 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