Thursday, January 12, 2012

Birthday Cake Rice Krispies Treats

There was a birthday at work this week, a.k.a. "Take a cake to work day."

...The only trouble was, I didn't actually have the means to bake a cake.

True, I could have just run out to buy the things I needed: ingredients, a cake pan, a hand-held electric mixer... but, the cost of all that would have added up pretty quickly.

Instead, I ran to the corner to buy four items: a bag of marshmallows, a box of Rice Krispies, a box of yellow cake mix, and a small container or rainbow sprinkles. Voila! These things plus butter (already in my house) were all I needed to whip up a batch of Birthday Cake Rice Krispies Treats!

In the grocery store (corner shop at the edge of the North End), I realized a crucial err of judgement on my part: I was buying all the ingredients, but I didn't have any place to spread out the mixture — usually, Rice Krsipies Treats are made in a cake or brownie pan.

Lucky I'm a quick problem solver! An extra-large tupperware container easily doubled as a makeshift cake pan. (And, as I was thinking of possible solutions, I came up with another idea or two that I'll try out soon enough.) 'Til then...

Birthday Cake Rice Krispies Treats (recipe adapted from Just a Pinch Recipe Club):
Makes about 2 dozen squares

  • 3 ounces butter
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1/3 cup dry cake mix
  • A LOT of sprinkles (about 2 ounces)
  • Melt butter over low heat in a large pot
  • Add marshmallows and stir as they melt, mixing in cake mix slowly
  • Remove from heat and add cereal, mixing until completely coated with marshmallow mixture
  • Add half of your sprinkles and mix into mixture
  • Using a greased spoon, spread Rice Krispies mixture into a greased pan or large tupperware container (or whatever else you can get your hands on)
  • Sprinkle with remaining sprinkles and cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting and serving

YUM! Happy Baking!

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