Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats

I made these Monday morning, before breakfast. It was necessary for so many reasons.

One being that seems to be the best time to get quick recipes done. The kids are all happy and wanting to play. I could easily take an hour to get breakfast ready and that’d be okay with them… most days. Okay, maybe just some days.

The second reason, at least for wanting to make these – my girls have never had rice krispie treats. Ever! I mean how on earth did our oldest get to be 4 1/2 and not have a single rice krispies treat? That’s a total fail on my part.

The third reason being that I needed to plan ahead. You see… today is my birthday but I couldn’t whip up something today to share with you today. Okay, I could but that’s not how it works most of the time. Food bloggers bake and cook ahead of time, planning for the big day – whatever day that may be. I wanted to celebrate with you… with sprinkles and deliciousness.

Sadly, this is also the first time I’ve ever made them myself. It’s a pathetic truth. I haven’t eaten one in years either. I don’t know how that happened but I can promise you this… there will be many more rice krispie treats in my future. I have every intention of experimenting with them now.

These are quick to whip up and super tasty. My favorite time to eat them is when they just begin to set – they’re still a tad gooey but are starting to hold their shape. Ahh delicious! The cake mix and vanilla give it a nice light flavor. The sprinkles are an absolute must, no skimping! Sprinkles make everything better.

Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American


  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 10 oz mini marshmallows
  • 1/3 C vanilla cake mix
  • 6 C Rice Krispies
  • 1/4 C rainbow sprinkles


  • In a large sauce pan over low heat, melt butter. Add vanilla and stir. Add marshmallows, stir and toss as they begin to melt. Continue to stir. When marshmallows are completely melted add one tablespoon of cake mix at a time, stirring well after each addition. Pour in rice krispies. Stir until coated well. Sprinkle in half of the sprinkles (2 tablespoons). Stir to disperse throughout.
  • Grease a baking dish with Pam or your favorite greasing method. Spoon rice krispie mixture into prepared pan. Spray your hands with Pam and press down on the mixture to spread out. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons of sprinkles. Let sit for at least 30 minutes before slicing.
  • Store covered.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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33 Responses to “Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats”

  1. #
    tj — March 14, 2012 at 9:04 am

    …”Happy Birthday!” Here’s hoping your day is FILLED with love, laughter, family, friends and CAKE! *<:o)

    …Always a lurker, hardly a commenter, but I had to send you birthday wishes and tell you "thank you" for doing what you do here. It is appreciated. :o)

    …Enjoy your special day!

    …Blessings :o)

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    Cassie — March 14, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I’m a fool for cake mix. Wish I could get my hands on these right now!

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    Snack Girl — March 14, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Wow! Those look seriously delicious. I did rice krispie treats yesterday for my kids and used nuts and berries (trying to make them healthier). Let me know what you think.

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    Erin — March 14, 2012 at 9:39 am

    A VERY happy birthday to you, my new found kitchen inspiration! You deserve all the happiness in the world, and I can’t think of a better place to find happiness than ANYTHING cake batter flavored! Bravo.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — March 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I love rice krispy treats! Really fun twist on the regular one by making this look like cake batter and sprinkles :) happy birthday!!!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — March 14, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Happy birthday! I hope you have a great day doing whatever you want.

    I love rice krispies treats so much that I had to get rid of our marshmallows (which I would only ever use for rice krispie treats). I just can’t stop with one or two or five. It was terrible. I’d make a half batch but eat them in one sitting. They’re not very filling so I’m going to have to blame that on the rice krispie treats and not my self control issues. :)

    Nice touch with the sprinkles!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — March 14, 2012 at 9:59 am

    What a way to celebrate!! I hope you saved a slice for today ;) Happy birthday! xoxo- K

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — March 14, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Happy Birthday! Hubby loves rice krispie treats, I need to make these for him. Been years on my part too :(

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — March 14, 2012 at 11:55 am

    happy birthday! i love rice krispie treats, especially if they have a bit of a twist, so i will definitely have to give these a try!

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    Tracey — March 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a great day! These are definitely a perfect way to celebrate – cake batter and sprinkles make everything right :)

  11. #
    Kris — March 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    happy birthday to you, happy birthday TOOOOO YOOOOUUU

    these should make it so – they look YUMMY!

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    Chris @ — March 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Happy Birthday! Awesome birthday treat – I made these for my Rachel on her birthday a few months ago. Enjoy your day – hope you’ve got beautiful weather like we do in NJ :)

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — March 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!

    BF loves rice krispie treats. LOVES them. They are his go to treat to make for pot lucks. I’ll have to suggest this recipe to spice it up!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — March 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    NEVER HAD A RICE KRISPIE TREAT?! That is shameful! :P

    They are my alltime favorite thing but I haven’t tried this version yet. I wonder how they’d do in the mail? Hmm. Might be sending some to hubs – I know he’d love them.

  15. #
    natalie (the sweets life) — March 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    happy birthday! hope you’re doing lots of celebrating :)

  16. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — March 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Your photos are amazing. So light! And I hope your birthday was incredible!!

  17. #
    Caren — March 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Happy birthday Rachel and those Rice Crispy Treats look delicious! I must make them!

  18. #
    Baking Serendipity — March 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Happy Birthday! This is a perfect treat to yourself :) Hope you have a great day and your kids enjoy their first rice krispie!

  19. #
    Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet — March 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I love cake batter flavored anything! These look great!

  20. #
    Baker Street — March 15, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Sprinkles make everything right! Love these bars. They look absolutely delish.

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    what katie's baking — March 15, 2012 at 3:15 am

    these ARE necessary… they look awesome!

  22. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — March 15, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Happy birthday! What a fun flavor for Rice Krispie treats. These look so festive!

  23. #
    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies — March 15, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Oh wow. Happy and yummiest of birthdays!

  24. #
    Krista — March 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    A very Happy Birthday! Such a fun way to celebrate!

  25. #
    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — March 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Happy Birthday!! I made these this past summer for my birthday too! Yours look great!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 17, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Happy belated birthday! And what a wonderful way to celebrate with these treats. Who needs cake? :)

  27. #
    marla — March 17, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Such FUN treats :)

  28. #
    Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious — March 17, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Happy Birthday!! I love rice krispies treats, I’ll bookmark this recipe.

  29. #
    Sarah from 20something cupcakes — April 3, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I’ve seen cake batter everything but pretty sure this is a first. So smart and easy!

  30. #
    Sandy — August 18, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Where is the link to print Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats?

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      Rachel — August 18, 2012 at 9:22 am

      There is a print icon at the top of each post or you can find each recipe within my recipe index. The link to my recipage is located in the far right column.

  31. #
    Karie — March 8, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Where is the print option?

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      Rachel — March 13, 2020 at 10:18 am

      There is a print icon in the recipe box.

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