My friend was having a birthday and I wanted to make her a cake, gluten-free, of course! I didn't want to make a super rich flour-less cake or try to mess with a bunch of types of gf flour, so I decided to make a Crispy Cakes! I used Fruity Pebbles for one, and Cocoa Pebbles for another. You can use Rice Krispies or any gluten-free crispy cereal.
There are so many options for decorating these "cakes" and even people who aren't gluten-free will enjoy them. Who doesn't like Crispy treats??
I can't say that I had a favorite between the two cakes...they were so different. Normally I would always choose chocolate, but Fruity Pebbles are SO good!
Basic Recipe for Crispy Treats
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
- 6 cups crispy cereal
- 1/2 t. vanilla
2. Add cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into pan(s)* coated with cooking spray.
*To make the layers, pour the mixture into different sized bowls and press down gently to level. Don't press down too hard (like i did) because it will compact and crush the cereal, making the bars harder than they should be.
My pans/bowls were a little too big, which made the layers thin, so I ended up making another third of a batch (1 tablespoon butter, 1 1/3 cups mini marshmallows, and 2 cups cereal). Just multiply the recipe for how many you want to serve.
I piped canned vanilla frosting onto the Fruity Pebbles cake and used skittles and swedish fish to decorate. I didn't have any frosting bags handy, so I just scooped the frosting into a ziploc bag and snipped off a corner.
|Chocolate-drizzled potato chips - YUM!|
For the Cocoa Pebbles cake, I added some peanut butter into the marshmallow-butter mixture before stirring in the cereal, and used peanut butter frosting that I had saved and froze from this recipe. I decorated with M&M's and then drizzled dipping chocolate (Merkins) over the cake by pouring the melted chocolate into a ziploc bag and snipping off a tiny corner. There was leftover chocolate in the bag - I can't throw that away - so we drizzled the chocolate over some potato chips.