Due to an unexpected series of krispies-related cooking events, I found myself with a leftover box of Rice Krispies in the house on Saturday. I was going to a party that night, so I decided to whip up a batch of good old Rice Krispies Treats to take along. The problem was, all my basic square/rectangular pans were otherwise occupied, so I had nothing to put the treats into. I rummaged around in my cabinets until inspiration struck: I could use one of my jello molds!
Boom! I’d seen a few images on Pinterest recently of Rice Krispies treats made in bundt pans, so I figured why not a Jello mold. So I whipped up a batch of that ooey-gooey marshmallowy madness and chucked it right into my (very well-buttered) 6-cup mold. A couple hours later it was set, and although I thought there was no way the giant Krispies creation would come out in one piece, it totally surprised me by unmolding quite easily. In no time at all, I was holding a giant, vintage-shaped Rice Krispies Treat cake in my two (very sticky) hands. Glorious!
Once unmolded, the giant Krispies tower was quite blob-like, so I decided to accent it with some sprinkles. To place the sprinkles strategically on the edges of the tiers, I found it worked great to first touch the Krispies to get my finger sticky, then dunk my thumb into the sprinkles…
I dunked the whole top of the cake into the bowl of sprinkles for a solid sprinkled effect. (I could totally see sticking some candles into the top of this thing, right? Hello, fastest and easiest and coolest-looking birthday cake ever!)
I can’t tell you what a hit this silly little krispies cake was! At an all grown-up party, mind you (though I’m thinking it would be well-received by kidlets, too). Everyone was fascinated by it and I felt kind of like a fraud because it took me like 10 minutes to make. When it was time to serve it, I just cut the whole thing into wedges, from top to bottom, and made one horizontal cut through the center (between the two tiers), but kept the whole cake on its plate–all sliced up but still pieced together–and walked around the party with it and just let everyone take slices with their hands. It was super fun and casual and everyone got a big kick out of it. And then everyone kept raving about how delicious it was, which really cracked me up because it’s just plain Rice Krispies treats, people!
But just goes to show it’s all about the packaging, I guess? Either way: Rice Krispies Cakes = the best thing ever. Make one, you won’t be sorry!
Recipe: No-Bake Rice Krispies Treat Cake
By Brett Bara | www.brettbara.com
1 box Rice Krispies
1 large bag marshmallows
3 tablespoons butter + extra for the pan
Dessert mold or bundt pan
Liberally butter the inside of a mold or bundt pan (even if your pan is non-stick, give it a good coat of butter). One batch of treats will make slightly more than will fill a 6-cup mold. If you have a larger mold (standard bundt pans have a 10 cup capacity), make a double batch of treats.
Mix up the treats in the normal way–melt the butter and marshmallows and stir in the Krispies–then dump the mixture into the mold. Use a piece of wax paper to pack the mixture very firmly as you fill.
Allow the mold to rest at least a couple of hours until the marshmallow is set. To unmold, gently pull the Rice Krispies away from the edges of the pan. Continue to slowly work at the edges until the whole piece starts to pull away from the pan. (You don’t have to worry about damaging it; the Krispies cake is very forgiving. If it gets misshapen, just moosh it back into shape!)
Decorate the cake however you like. The finished cake is quite sturdy and can be picked up with your hands and moved from plate to plate or wherever. To transport my cake to the party I simply wrapped it loosely in wax paper and gently set it inside a paper bag. It traveled very well and emerged from the bag looking perfect!