By: Jennifer Murray

Rice Krispies Holiday Challenge: Rice Krispies Christmas Cake

You might recall that I teamed up with The Motherhood and Rice Krispies for a “Back to School Recipe Challenge”.  We had a great time coming up with our Cranberry Macadamia Rice Krispies on a Stick creation.  So when they asked me to join 30 bloggers in a Holiday Challenge with a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway for my readers, I was filled with Christmas cheer!

slice of christmas cake

Our challenge this round was to create a stunning holiday “show stopper” to share with friends. We decided (I say “we” because Brad is my official Rice Krispies Treat stirrer and brainstorming buddy) to make a Christmas Cake by stacking Rice Krispies Treats and decorating with various candies.

You want to make your own Rice Krispies Christmas Cake? I’d love to show you how!

Here’s the ingredients you’ll need:

~ 9 Tablespoons of Butter

~ 3 Packages of Regular Marshmallows

~ 18 cups of Rice Krispies Cereal

~ 2 Spring Form Pans (I used my large and small size)

~ Red Fruit Leather

~ 2 Candy Canes

~ Red Hot Candies

~ Candy Rope (such as Twizzlers)

Cake Assembly:

1. Make 3 batches of Rice Krispies Treats according to the instructions on the box or the “Original Treat Recipe” as listed on the Rice Krispies site. Do not attempt to make these all in one batch unless you have superhuman stirring powers.

2. Firmly press into buttered spring form pans and cool completely. Two batches in the large pan and one in the smaller.

rice krispies treats cake pans

3. When completely cooled, remove from pans and stack the smaller “cake” on top of the larger.

rice krispies treat christmas recipe

4. “Ice” the cake with fruit leather strips and candy rope.

5. Detail with Candy Red Hots and insert Candy Canes in a bow formation into treat layers.

Christmas Rice Krispies Treat

6. Cut a slice and serve to friends and family!

slice of christmas cake

7. Leftovers? Package the remaining slices in treat bags and send home with your guests! Or deliver to local neighbors.

rice krispie Christmas treat bag

We’re planning on delivering this “showstopper” treat to our neighbors when we try caroling as a family for the first time. Get it – “showstopper”?

By the way, entering the $100 Gift Card Giveaway is “A Piece of Cake”!

Just read the rules below and leave a comment letting me know how you could incorporate Rice Krispies Cereal in your holiday baking.

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* Special thanks to The Motherhood and Rice Krispies for inviting me to participate in this promotional campaign, providing the ingredients needed to complete this recipe, and compensating my time and creative efforts.

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136 Responses to “Rice Krispies Holiday Challenge: Rice Krispies Christmas Cake”

  1. melissa stover
    December 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    we love rice krispie treats but i also have a great recipe for chocolate cereal crunch that uses rice krispies and we love that even more.

  2. Brianne C.
    December 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    My son and I made a Rice Krispy snow man the other night using cake pans for the body. We decorated it M&M’s, peppermints, and marshmallow’s. Super cute and delicious! I also make Rice Krispy ‘suckers’ 🙂 I use cookie cutter’s to form them into snowmen, christmas tree’s, and wreath’s. I decorate them with icing, wrap them in a festive wrapper, and tie them with christmas ribbon. All the kids, and even the adults love them. We love our Rice Krispy treats not only at Christmas, but all year round!

  3. Pat Connor
    December 20, 2010 at 5:37 pm #

    My father-in-law always made rice krispie treats in Christmas shapes for our girls. I really want to give this cake a try in his memory.

  4. Karla
    December 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    I think Rice Krispie Treats are always welcome for the holidays! 🙂

  5. Tracy @ Hall of Fame Moms
    December 20, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

    Rice Krispies? Okay so I just made choc-peppermint bark the other day so w/ that in mind I think a layer of dark chocolate topped with a thick layer of rice krispie treats and crushed peppermints (mixed in) might taste great! Top with more crushed peppermints!

  6. Jennifer gersch
    December 20, 2010 at 6:15 pm #

    i would put them in with some popcorn and chocolate chips and make rice krispie popcorn balls

  7. mrs b
    December 20, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    yummy rice krispies treats with peanut butter mixed in, chocolate drizzled on top – that’s our favorite!
    mbaldrees at yahoo dot com

  8. Susan E.
    December 20, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    I would add them to my oatmeal cookies.

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  9. Tamara
    December 20, 2010 at 6:48 pm #

    I would love to make some with butterscotch chips for our Christmas weekend with family.

  10. Amy
    December 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

    I think we’ll take some mini red and green M&Ms and stir them into our Rice Krispy treats for a little something special.

    Or == oh, this is it! I’ll mix peanut butter into regular Rice Krispies with the marshmallows and form small balls. Then I’ll make the treat recipe using Cocoa Krispies and wrap them 3/4 of the way around the PB/RK mixture — It’ll be a Rice Krispy version of buckeyes. So glad I thought of this before making out my grocery list!

  11. Judy Brown
    December 20, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    I always like to color the marshmallow part green, then after mixing the rice cereal in, and spreading them on a jellyroll pan, using a Christmas tree cookie cutter to cut trees. Use cinnamon candies for the bulbs. A simple, yet colorful addition to your cookie tray!

  12. Lacey
    December 20, 2010 at 9:04 pm #

    Did you see the Rice Krispies Treats ornaments on Amy’s Finer Things blog? They were so cute and I just might include them on our holiday treat platter this year:)

  13. Beth R
    December 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

    I like to make rice crispy treats cut out with christmas cookie cutters-my kids love them!

  14. LAMusing
    December 20, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

    I could make Rice Krispie Treats drizzled with chocolate 🙂

  15. Norma
    December 20, 2010 at 10:41 pm #

    I make the Rice Krispie Treats with butterscotch bits in them! For the holidays I might form them into small balls, add a drizzle of white chocolate and sprinkle some glittery white candy bits on it – like a snowball!

  16. Katie Duffy
    December 21, 2010 at 1:14 am #

    I would love to have put homemade rice krispie treats in stockings.

  17. Chantel
    December 21, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    Okay. This is the second blog I’ve hopped that has shown some amazing rice crispy design. I feel ashamed that I’ve thought of them as a breakfast cereal alone most of these days!

    wouldn’t mind winning the GC, but just had to say I am very impressed with your rice crispy cake!!

  18. Kari
    December 21, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    I love Rice Krispies everyday for breakfast. But for the holidays, nothing beats Rice Krispie treat with green and red M&Ms.

  19. Sarah in MO
    December 21, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    I’d love to make some rice crispy snowmen for the children at church – they’d love it!

    Merry Christmas and thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Susan bentley
    December 21, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    I would make treats using the original recipe but add dried cranberry and white chocolate chips chopped. To top it off, it would then have a white chocolate drizzle on top via melting bag of chips in microwave then slowly adding 1 tsp butter until melted. Add hot milk to thin slightly for drizzle and use fork/spoon to make lines of drizzle across yoir rice crispie treat.

  21. Erin
    December 21, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    Such a cute idea for the cake! My grandma has always made scotcheroos, a recipe based with Rice Krispies. The family revolts if she doesn’t bring these to holiday meals 🙂 She makes them and lets the grandkids take them home now that we are grown. It’s getting difficult for her to make them, so I’m taking over this year!

  22. PBPD
    December 21, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    Crushed candy canes are the perfect addition to the original recipe!

  23. Mari
    December 21, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    I use rice krispie treats to make Kandy Kane Krispies (Basically Rice Krispie Treats shaped into candy canes with candy cane pieces on top).

  24. Bri
    December 21, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    My family loves rice krispy treats with m&m on top

  25. Rosalind
    December 21, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    rice crispie treats of course! YUMMY! fun to make, delicious to eat!
    it’s a hit from the oldest to the youngest!

  26. Betty C
    December 21, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    We like to press the mixture into molds and then decorate like cookies.

  27. Sharron Clemons
    December 21, 2010 at 3:06 pm #

    I make the Rice Krispie Treats with butterscotch bits in them! For the holidays I might form them into small balls, add a drizzle of white chocolate and sprinkle some glittery white candy bits on it – like a snowball!

  28. Kathleen Mires
    December 21, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    I could start by making your showstopper cake from above! It looks delish!

  29. Jay
    December 21, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    I would like to make them with red and green m&m’s.

  30. Janet Carpenter
    December 21, 2010 at 7:16 pm #

    I love your cake! I know what you mean about making the batches separately… I just saw a special on making the world’s biggest rice krispie treat and they had to do it by making 10,000 or more separate batches. They told how many foot pounds or some such thing of strength it took to stir a batch.

    My favorite recipe is my mom’s – it looks a little like yours, except in miniature because she uses red cinnamon dots.

  31. cindy w
    December 21, 2010 at 7:23 pm #

    We make rice crispy treats with red and green m&ms.

  32. Chrysa
    December 21, 2010 at 7:49 pm #

    I like to make “ornament shaped” treats and decorate with red and green sugars.

  33. emily irwin
    December 21, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    i would love to make scotcharoos and decorate with red/green sprinkles to make them Christmas-y

  34. ashley
    December 21, 2010 at 11:02 pm #

    I would make rice krispie snowmen!


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