Rice Krispies Cupcakes



A few days ago, when I was cleaning out my room, I stumbled upon a dusty storage bin under my bed.

Among old journals (spoiler alert: “I hate my life/being a teenager is so cruel/why doesn’t he like me” and other general whining), I found a stack of yearbooks from each year, first grade through twelfth.

(Fun Fact: I skipped kindergarten because I was smart)

For kicks, I flipped open my first grade yearbook and spotted lil’ ol’ me, toothless and all, grinning madly at the camera from the second row. In front of me was the first grader named Chris who looked creepily old for being five-or-six-years old, almost like if Benjamin Button had a mullet and was wearing a Monster Truck shirt. And there was that girl who always drooled all over herself, and surprise, surprise, her teal dress was smattered with spit. Poor girl.

Then I flipped to the fourth, fifth and sixth graders and HOLY CRAP, Y’ALL. It appears I went to elementary school with the cast of All That. Overalls, moppy hair, sweatshirts tied around the waist and flannels up the wazoo. And seriously, all those kids who were what, 10 or 12 years old? Looked twenty.

But when I flipped through my sister’s first grade yearbook and perused the fourth, fifth and sixth graders she went to school with? All Dora the Explorer’d out, some still wearing Spongebob stuff.

So why did I go to school with all the old looking kids??

Apparently, I went to elementary school with twenty-year old fifth graders. And a Benjamin Button mullet kid.

No wonder I skipped kindergarten.

Anyway, whether your children look like their age or look like they’re 75, kids (and adults) of all ages can appreciate a good Rice Krispy treat. They’re a classic! Who doesn’t love that chewy, crunchy combination of butter, marshmallows and Rice Krispies cereal? However, if we’re being honest, I actually prefer the Fruity Pebbles Rice Krispy Treats better than the classic counterpart. I just can’t resist the bright colors and the fruity flavor!

I spotted this idea over at Willow Bird Baking where Julie dubbed them “cupfakes.” They were just SO cute and I knew I had to make them to share with you!

Yearbook reminiscing optional.

Rice Krispies Cupcakes *adapted slightly from Julie’s version 

1/4 cup butter
4 cups miniature marshmallows
4 cups (2 cups each) Fruity Pebbles and Trix cereal
Vanilla Buttercream*

1. Line 2 muffin tins with about 16-18 liners. Lightly mist the insides of each liner with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a small saucepan, melt together the butter and marshmallows over medium-low heat. Meanwhile, mix the cereals together in a large bowl and set aside.
3. Pour the melted butter mixture over the cereal and gently toss to coat completely. Put a giant glob of krispy mixture into each muffin cup and press down to fill it (you may want to use a greased spoon or greased hands for easier filling). Allow the cupcakes to set for about an hour at room temperature.
4. For the frosting, beat together 1/4 cup butter and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract until creamy. Gradually add in about 2-3 cups powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Pipe frosting onto the cupcakes. Sprinkle tops with sprinkles.
5. Serve immediately, or store airtight for up to 1 day.

Yum! There’s just something so comforting about a Rice Krispy, but when they’re made into cutie little “cupfakes”, they become beautiful treats!

I hope you enjoy!!

xo, Hayley


  1. Wonder what the twenty five year olds look like now???? Ah who cares, I’d rather focus on those rice krispy cupcakes! YUM!!!

  2. So bright and cherry! I’ve seen Julia’s recipe before and glad you brought it to life here – I want one of these!

  3. Ah, old yearbooks. I think I burned my journal. At least I hope I did. Lest my parents ever find it. And fruity pebbles? So awesome!

  4. These are just too cute, much like your would be kindergarten self was, I’m sure.
    I skipped 8th grade, so obvi we are both freakin geniuses.
    Also, I loved All That.

  5. They came out so adorable! Love ’em!! I’m so glad you enjoyed them 🙂

  6. I love all the bright colors!

  7. So cute! I love that you used fruity pebbles for these – so much colour!! And what an adorable name! I feel like that’s such an advantage of blogging – when you serve stuff in real life you don’t always have a chance to say “Here, enjoy some cupfakes!”. Fun.

  8. foodiestuntman says:

    My 4-year-old daughter just saw your pics and now wants me to make these. Funny how you can estimate how old a pic is by the styles worn or the vehicles in the background.

  9. they’re just so pretty I could squeal!! we need to trade treats one of these days.
    P.S. i love love LOVE your little pink cupcake stand!

  10. Oh yikes, I would be terrified to pull out a yearbook at this point. Do you know how old I am???? hehe. Even my high school yearbook would be…gulp, over twenty years ago. HOLY CRACK I don’t know if this is the first time I had to think about that or what! I think some fruity pebbles would totally help right now….

  11. Super cute, Hayley! I’ve never made rice krispie treats with fruity pebbles but that sounds like something I should remedy soon…my kids would go crazy for these!

  12. Hayley! I love love love this idea! cute little single serving marshmallow-y colorful blobs! With frosting on top! AND SPRINKLES! These have everything I love about life in them. So bright and happy! You make the cutest little treats girl!!

  13. I have been putting rice crispy treats in cup cake liners for years. It is so fun. I have thrown in coco puffs and other cerials into the mix. Thanks for showing the fun. Nice pictures.

  14. I love how bright and colorful the fruity pebbles and trix are! I haven’t had trix in soooo long!

  15. So colorful and fun!! I went to Private School, so there really wasn’t any weirdo outfits to look back on.

  16. Haha, you went to school with Benjamin Button and old kids. That kind of sounds like a paedos dream, eek! I’d love to see how funny that must’ve been though. I was one of those kids that always looked younger than I actually was.

    I cupfakes look fun. We don’t get those fruity pebbles here. We do get some candy over here called Rainbow Drops which is the same as rice krispies being puffed rice/maize but has a sugar coating therefore classified as candy and not cereal. Would they work or get too soggy?

  17. what an adorable idea! they look absolutely amazing – such a cool idea! they’d be awesome for a kid’s party especially! oooor at a party of one, just for me. =)

  18. Okay, I’m loving these! What a bright, cheery idea–I know Doodle would love ’em! And um, I would, too!

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