Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats

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

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


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

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Julia — September 27, 2012 @ 9:45 am (#)

    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

  2. April — October 7, 2012 @ 6:36 pm (#)

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

  3. Amy McDowell — October 26, 2012 @ 12:51 pm (#)

    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!!

  4. Katy — October 26, 2012 @ 1:14 pm (#)

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

  5. makenzie — November 7, 2012 @ 5:08 pm (#)

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

  6. Donna — November 12, 2012 @ 5:45 pm (#)

    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…

  7. Syrivera9 — November 14, 2012 @ 10:43 pm (#)

    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!

    • Brand — February 23rd, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

      Mines also turned grey

  8. Jane — November 16, 2012 @ 8:54 am (#)

    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. :)

  9. Jackie (Literary Escapism) — December 8, 2012 @ 8:28 pm (#)

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

  10. Emily — December 13, 2012 @ 12:44 am (#)

    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: :)

  11. tonya — December 31, 2012 @ 2:07 pm (#)

    I did with Red Velvet cake mix. Yummy.

  12. stacey — February 9, 2013 @ 12:49 am (#)

    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.

  13. MissKitty62656 — March 5, 2013 @ 7:32 pm (#)

    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)

  14. Nicole — March 7, 2013 @ 6:17 pm (#)

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

  15. Lena — March 8, 2013 @ 7:29 pm (#)

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

  16. Nese — March 17, 2013 @ 8:41 pm (#)

    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.

  17. Caroline — March 19, 2013 @ 1:07 am (#)

    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!!!

    • Christina — March 29th, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

      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 :)

  18. Mimi — March 28, 2013 @ 10:05 pm (#)

    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.

  19. Melissa Arroyo — March 30, 2013 @ 11:05 pm (#)

    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?

  20. Katie — April 1, 2013 @ 2:27 pm (#)

    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!

    • Crystal — April 5th, 2013 @ 7:33 am

      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

  21. Katie — April 10, 2013 @ 3:34 pm (#)

    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!

    • Jodi — October 13th, 2013 @ 2:12 am

      How much marshmallow crème did you use?

  22. Emily — April 25, 2013 @ 1:08 pm (#)

    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. :)

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  25. Jamie — May 29, 2013 @ 1:36 pm (#)

    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.

  26. Julie — June 6, 2013 @ 4:34 pm (#)

    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!


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