Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats

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two pictures of cake batter rice krispie treats

Gooey,  super marshmallow-y, full of colorful sprinkles, and bursting with that cake batter flavor you love. Do I need to convince you more to make these NOW? 😉

two pictures of cake batter rice krispie treats

cake batter rice krispie treats

Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 20-24 squares
  • Category: Bars
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


An easy recipe for cake batter rice krispie treats!


  • 1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1 (10 oz.) bag of marshmallows
  • 2/3 cup boxed yellow or white cake mix (the dry cake mix, not the batter)
  • 6 and 1/2 cups rice krispie cereal
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles


  1. Spray a 11×7 baking pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Add the marshmallows and stir constantly. Once the marshmallows are completely melted, stir in the dry cake mix. Remove pan from heat.
  3. Stir in the cereal until it is completely coated with the marshmallow mixture. Mix in half of the sprinkles. Press into prepared baking pan and top with the remaining sprinkles. When I press rice krispie treats into a pan, I use a spatula sprayed with nonstick spray, making it easier to press down. Press down lightly, as too much pressure will create hard rice krispie treats.
  4. Chill for at least 30 minutes and cut into squares. Squares stay fresh at room temperature for up to 1 week.


  1. Adapted from Six Sisters Stuff.

Keywords: cake batter rice krispie treats


  1. Looks delicious.. cannot wait to try this! I have all the ingredients except for the cake mix. The stores I’ve been into only sell vanilla cake mix or butter cake mixes. I’ve never seen a white or yellow cake mix? Is it okay to substitute for vanilla or butter cake mixes?

    1. Hi Claudia! Yellow cake mix + Butter cake mix are pretty much the same! you may use butter or vanilla cake mix in this recipe. I hope you enjoy them!

  2. Just made these for my daughter’s slumber party and they are amazing!! Thank you!

    1. Glad to hear it Jen!! Thanks for saying hi and letting me know. 🙂

  3. I just made these. They are delicious and incredibly easy to make! This is definitely a great treat to bring to a get-together and if you need to bring a food item but are crunched for time. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

    1. Lindsey, that is so nice to hear! They really are perfect for a party or gathering of friends. Everyone seems to LOVE cake batter.

  4. Cheese with Noodles says:

    I must try these ASAP. My husband is a lover of all things cake batter and I adore Rice Krispie Treats. The two combined… oh my! What a creative and undoubtedly delicious combination :oD

  5. Hey, does anyone know how much this makes, and if I double it, can I still only get one box of cake mix? Thanks!

    1. yes only 1 box mix will be sufficient for doubling the recipe. Makes approx 24 squares.

  6. Made your cake batter blondies and brought them to work. They were a hit! I made these today, and plan on bringing them to feed my crew on our flight tomorrow. Both recipes took literally minutes. You’re a genius!

    1. Sounds like you love cake batter as much as I do Stef! So glad you made them – two of my favorite recipes 🙂

  7. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

    These look like the cutest things imaginable! I can’t wait to try these for an upcoming birthday. They are so festive!

    1. Thanks Jocelyn! I think you’ll love them -these are always, always a hit!

  8. Sally, I tried this recipe today and my family and I think it was delicious! I used plain cheerios and homemade cake mix here’s the recipe for it; 2 cups all purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar, and 1 tablespoon baking powder. Its so easy and pretty good! I haven’t baked it into a cake though… but anyways I just thought I would share it with you, because I was really pleased with how it turn out… P.S. This recipe = one 18.5 oz box cake mix. 🙂 The website I got it from is:

    1. How perfect, Kelly! Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Sally, I was looking for a Great fall treat recipe so I went to your site that I found in a magazine, and OH MY GOSH!! I made these last night and my son absolutely loved them! Thank You for sharing all of your amazing recipes and talent with the world! My family loves every recipe I have made so far and theres plenty more to come! Your Awesome!!!

    1. Hi Misty! I’m so glad you found me in that magazine. 🙂 I love to bake and it sounds like you do as well. I adore these rice krispie treats – they’re so simple to make and everyone always loves them.

  10. Hi-thank you for such a fabulous treat! I made these yesterday and they are outstanding!!

  11. Sally, these look delicious! I was considering making Rice Krispy Treat cake for my daughter’s 3rd birthday in a few months, but this is the perfect combo of cake and krispies!

  12. Just wondering if I could use salted butter instead of unsalted? Thanks!

    1. That would be fine. I do that all the time.

  13. Since the day I found out your website I’m even more obsessed of baking goodies. I’ve tried a lot of your cookie recipes, they all turned out great, I like the idea of mixing different candies in it. Now I have at least 10 bags of my favorite candies sitting in the closet. And I just made these cake batter Rice Krispie treat, I halved the recipe only because I have half the the marshmallows lol. And I drizzled some melted caramel on top they are absolutely delicious. I bought your book too. Well apparently I’m a huge fun of you hahaha. Check your website is my daily routine now. Your goodies pictures made my day, actually everyday. Thanks for all of your works, keep being awesome ^_^

    1. Thanks Fay– what a sweet comment. I’m glad you bought my cookbook. Let me know what you try from it!

      1. I’m soooo excited that I got reply from you. So far I’ve tried chunky peanut butter cookie, salted caramel dark chocolates cookie and death by chocolate brownie. And I tried tons of recipes from your website, I’m a chocolate lover, can’t leave without it. And when I saw your salted caramel dark chocolate recipe, I knew that is it. Even though I didn’t have any caramel when I made the cookie, but it is theeeee beat chocolate cookie I’ve ever had and made. I’m so happy that I finally found the perfect intense fudgy brownie taste cookie. I finished the first batch by myself in like 2 days lol. And I made for my friends too. And when I made your chunky peanut butter cookie I put chopped Peanutbutter snickers and Reese’s cups, I put them in the freezer a little bit and I learned that from you ^_^. They turned out great. Baking your recipes especially cookie recipes make me soooo happy. Happy squared at least haha, the taste of the cookie, and candies inside of the cookie. I love everything about it.

  14. Sally Vande Heir says:

    Are these firm enough to make as pops?

  15. If using mini-marshmallows, should I use the whole 10 oz. bag or 4 cups like some recipes call for when making regular Rice Krispie Treats?

    1. Use an entire 10-ounce bag.

  16. i had to make something quick for a family reunion, made two pans so I could try them before I took them. 

    My only question, is 9:30 to early to eat an entire pan of Rice Krispies by myself? 

    1. Not at all. Though I’m not the best person to ask!


  17. haley @cupcakes and sunshine says:

    genius. these are genius.

  18. Do you think this would work with gluten-free cake mix?

  19. Have you tried making these using almond and butter emulsions (like your cupcake puppy chow) instead of the cake mix? Or does the cake mix add more than just flavor?

    1. I haven’t– but it’s worth a try! The cake mix really just adds flavor.

  20. Can these be made with marshmallow puff instead? I have relatives who cannot eat the gelatin in the marshmallow. 

  21. My mouth started watering!

  22. Hi!
    Can you freeze the leftovers to save them for another time?
    I’ve never tried that with Rice Krispie Treats, so I wanted to double check!

  23. I have made many of your recipes and you are a go to when I am thinking of something sweet for my family. Your roll out sugar cookie dough is my family’s favorite cookie at all the holidays. These did not work for me. I followed the directions, and used fresh ingredients, I enjoy baking and have been since I started learning in the 3rd grade. These were so challenging to stir after I added to cake mix, like a workout. And, then adding the cereal was torture, and then the sprinkles? The whole thing was too firm by then, unlike usual rice krispie treats. I questioned the 11×7 pan at that point, but it was greased, so I used it. They are so hard to cut and to take a bite out of. I cut them up for my son who won’t eat chocolate and that is why I made them (backup plan for my Dad’s bday party). He told me they tasted good, but he just couldn’t chew them. I love the idea, but not sure if the cake mix needed some moisture or something.

  24. I made this as a dessert at my sister’s summer cookout. It was an easy and delicious party treat liked by all!

  25. Hi,

    I made these for my daughters birthday treat for school. They turned out really hard. I didn’t press them down hard at all…I made a second batch really quick in the morning and same thing. Any ideas why this happened?? It doesn’t seem like anyone else has had that issue. They were really yummy!! Just on the harder side!!

    1. It could be that the marshmallow mixture got cooked too much, like hard candy.

  26. LIZ BELLVILLE says:

    These are my go to rice crispy treats now! I have made many different flavors! Lemon, pumpkin spice, chocolate!!! Love it!

  27. So yummy and super easy to make! Love the cake batter flavor and the colorful look of the sprinkles!

  28. So for the cake mix ingredient…you don’t need to bake the cake, just dump in 2/3 cup of the powder (no added eggs, oil, etc)? Thanks.

  29. I used a strawberry cake mix! Yummy!

  30. made this with funfetti batter and it was a huge hit! 10/10 best rice crispy i’ve ever had.

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