Everyone loves a good rice Krispie treat. Sweet, soft, and extra ooey gooey, these Perfect Rice Krispie Treats will become your new favorite! They are beyond quick and easy to put together but taste AMAZING! For other super easy cereal desserts that are sure to please, try out turtle and brown butter rice krispies and…
Everyone loves a good rice Krispie treat. Sweet, soft, and extra ooey gooey, these Perfect Rice Krispie Treats will become your new favorite!
They are beyond quick and easy to put together but taste AMAZING! For other super easy cereal desserts that are sure to please, try out turtle and brown butter rice krispies and scotcharoos!
The Best Rice Krispie Treat Recipe
There are so many rice krispie treat recipes out there, but not all are created equal. If you like yours extra soft and marshmallowy like me, you have come to the right place! These are the BEST that I have ever put together and I am so excited to share this recipe with you! My Perfect rice Krispie treats come together in a snap with just a few simple, pantry staple ingredients. They come out perfectly every time and it is so hard not to just finish a pan by myself!
My kids are always asking for homemade rice Krispies treat, which is great because I love having them to snack on, too. I let them help with mixing the butter and marshmallow mixture together. In our house, the pan has usually been cleaned out before the Rice Krispies treats have even cooled completely. With the perfect combination of butter, marshmallows, and cereal, I am sure they will be a hit in your home as well!
Perfect Rice Krispie Ingredients
You only need 3 simple ingredients to put this delicious treat together! Individual ingredient measurements can be found at the end of the post.
Butter: You will need ½ cup. I like using salted butter to enhance flavor. This helps to make your rice Krispie treats rich and decadent!
Mini Marshmallows: One 10-ounce bag is needed. Save 1 cup for the end to add in extra marshmallows. This will give your rice krispies their perfectly fluffy texture.
Rice Krispies Cereal: I like using rice Krispie treats brand cereal because it creates the best texture in these kinds of treats. You can substitute for your favorite rice cereal.
Making Your Rice Krispies
These super easy instructions will yield you perfectly gooey rice Krispie treats every time! Make these as often as you would like with these quick and simple ingredients and instructions.
Prep Pan: Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
Melt Butter: In a large pot melt ½ cup butter over medium-low.
Add Marshmallows: Add in marshmallows and stir until melted and smooth.
Add Cereal: Remove from heat and add in the cereal. Mix until combined. Add in the 1 cup additional marshmallows if desired.
Transfer to Pan: Press firmly into the prepared pan. Let set for an hour until cooled.
Tips for Making the Perfect Rice Krispies
Here are tips to enhance and perfect your rice Krispie treats! These will help create the perfect treat every time!
Rice Krispies are Too Dry: If your rice krispies come out too try, this means that you have used too much cereal.
Rice Krispies are Too Sticky: This likely means that you have used too many marshmallows.
Brown Butter: Adding brown butter to your rice krispies gives them a delicious nutty flavor! See full recipe here.
Toppings: To spice up your rice krispies, you can top them with things like oreo pieces, chopped candy, chocolate, caramel, and nuts. Mix and match to create things like turtle and butterscotch peanut butter treats!
In the Microwave: You can use the microwave to melt down your butter and marshmallows. Add butter and marshmallows to a microwave-safe bowl and cook on high for 1 minute. Cook for additional 10-15 second intervals until the mixture is melted and smooth.
Overcooking Marshmallows: Be sure not to overcook your marshmallows. This will make your rice krispies too hard.
What to Serve With Your Perfect Rice Krispies
Rice Krispies treats are the easiest dessert to make for an event with lots of guests. I like to serve up rice Krispie treats alongside other simple crowd-pleasers like muddy buddies and no-bake desserts for a food table your guests will keep coming back to. These recipes pack rich, delicious flavor but are super quick, easy, and inexpensive to put together!
Classic Muddy Buddies (Puppy Chow)
The Very Best No Bake Cookies
No Bake Oreo Balls
Ooey Gooey Chex Mix
Storing Perfect Rice Krispies
Rice Krispie treats are best stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. For that just-made freshness, pop your rice krispies into the microwave for 10 seconds before eating. I’ve found that refrigerating or freezing your rice Krispie treats makes them too hard.
Other Amazing Cereal Treats
Cereal is one of the most versatile dessert ingredients and it adds the perfect texture and crunch! You only need a few straight-from-the-pantry ingredients to put these other decadent cereal treats together! Trust me, your stomach will thank you.
No Bake Butterscotch Bars
Crunchy Peanut Butter Bars
Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats
Turtle Rice Krispie Treats
Rice Krispie Treats
Everyone loves a good rice krispie treat. Sweet, soft, and extra ooey gooey, these Perfect Rice Krispie Treats will become your new favorite!
This Pound Cake recipe is based on one called The Perfect Pound Cake from The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. She tested it over 40 times and we’ve tried it many ways as well. It truly is the perfect Pound Cake that neither can nor needs to be improved upon! That said, I’ve taken... Get the Recipe
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This Pound Cake recipe is based on one called The Perfect Pound Cake from The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. She tested it over 40 times and we’ve tried it many ways as well. It truly is the perfect Pound Cake that neither can nor needs to be improved upon! That said, I’ve taken the liberty of changing the name here to the BEST Pound Cake.
Pound Cake can spark spirited debates in the baking world. Some are adamant we should stay true to the traditional method that uses no baking powder in order to give it lift, resulting in quite a dense, heavy cake by modern tastes. Others insist on “improving” Pound Cakes by making the crumb much lighter and fluffier, giving rise to something (hah!) that barely resembles what a Pound Cake should be like.
Me? I walk the line. I don’t want my Pound Cake to be light and fluffy like Vanilla Cake – if I did, I’d just make Vanilla Cake! Nor though do I want it made without any leavening agent at all, which I do find gives an overly heavy result.
So this recipe uses just a bit of baking powder. Just 3/4 teaspoon, to be precise, in order to lighten up the crumb a touch whilst still bearing that signature denseness with all the vanilla buttery goodness we know and love about Pound Cake.
A Pound Cake to please everyone, shall we say?
For interest, here’s the difference between a pound cake made with and without baking powder. You can see how much denser the traditional baking powder-less version is.
Pound Cake comparison – with and without baking powder
Ingredients in Pound Cake
Here’s what goes into pound cake. It might look like a lot of writing for such a simple cake. It’s intended to arm even novice bakers with enough information to build the confidence to make this! If you’re an experienced baker, feel free to skip straight to the recipe.
Cake flour – Cake flour makes the pound cake rise slightly better, giving a nice little dome to the loaf. With plain / all-purpose flour, the pound cake doesn’t rise quite as much so the top surface is fairly flat. However I find the crumb is still soft and tender even so, meaning the difference is purely visual. If you’re ok with not having a traditional domed shape, then it’s fine to use plain flour.
What exactly is cake flour? This is a flour that has lower protein than all-purpose / plain flour. This gives some cakes a softer crumb and helps it rise better. It’s not essential for all cakes. In fact, some cakes (like my Vanilla Cake) work better with plain / all-purpose flour.
Butter (at room temperature) – When recipes call for butter at room temperature or softened butter, the butter needs to be firmer than you probably think. Ideally it is 18°C / 64°F. This is soft enough to whip until creamy, but still cool enough such that when you touch it, you don’t end up with a slick of grease on your finger.
Butter that is too soft can lead to greasy cakes that do not rise as well as they should. In fact, this is one of the most common problems in cake making!
A quick way to bring butter to room temperature: Cut fridge-cold butter into 1.5cm cubes (1/2″ thick slices if you have a US stick of butter). Scatter on plate. Microwave 2 cups of cold tap water for 4 minutes on high. Remove jug, quickly put plate in, close door. DO NOT turn microwave back on. The residual heat will soften the butter in 5 minutes.
Baking powder – As noted above, traditional pound cakes do not have any leavening agent at all but I like to use a bit to lighten up the crumb a touch. If your baking powder has been sitting in the dark depths of your cupboard for a while, it’s best to check it’s still good – see here. Baking powder can be dead even if it’s not past the due date.
Eggs at room temperature – The eggs need to be at room temperature and not fridge-cold, to ensure it incorporates properly into the batter and aerates properly when beaten.
A quick way to warm up fridge-cold eggs: Place eggs in a large bowl, cover with warm tap water (just warm, not hot) and leave for 5 min. Wipe dry, then use per recipe.
Egg size (“large eggs”): 50 – 55g / 2 oz per egg is the industry standard of sizes sold as “large eggs” in Australia and the US. If your eggs are significantly larger or smaller in size, just weigh different eggs and use 150-165g / 6 oz in total (including shell) or 135 – 150g / 5.4 oz in total excluding shell (useful if you need to use a partial egg to make up the total required weight. Crack eggs, beat whites and yolks together, THEN pour into a bowl to measure out what you need).
Sugar – Superfine / caster sugar works better in this recipe because the grains are smaller than ordinary sugar, dissolving more easily into the batter. However if you only have ordinary white sugar, that will work just fine too.
Salt – A pinch of salt in sweet baked goods is always a good thing. You can’t (shouldn’t!) be able to taste the saltiness, it’s there to help bring out flavour.
Vanilla – As with all recipes that call for vanilla, the better the quality, the better the flavour. In descending order of quality: real vanilla beans, vanilla bean paste, vanilla extract, then bringing up the rear is vanilla essence (it’s artificial).
For this recipe, I use vanilla extract. I usually reserve vanilla beans for more refined desserts, such as Creme Brûlée and Custard.
How to make Pound Cake
This recipe calls for specific mixing times, required to develop the structure of the cake’s crumb. If you shortcut the mixing times, you’ll find that the crumb is not as tender as it should be (as I found out firsthand!)
It can be made with either a handheld beater or stand mixer. I haven’t tried by hand – it can be done in theory, but the mixing times will depend on your stamina and strength!
Whisk dry ingredients: Place the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk for 30 seconds. This is a bit of an unusual step from Beranbaum’s recipe. I believe it is intended to aerate the flour to help lighten the batter of this traditionally rather dense cake, without turning it into an excessively light crumb.
Whisk in some wet ingredients: Add the softened butter and the eggs-and-milk, and beat on Speed 1 until incorporated into the batter. Once it is, beat for 1 minute on Speed 7. Why just 1 minute? This is long enough to aerate the batter without overworking the gluten in the flour, which would lead to a dense cake.
Add remaining eggs-and-milk in two lots – Add half the remaining eggs-and-milk mixture and beat on Speed 7 for 20 seconds. Repeat with the remaining eggs-and-milk. As before, we don’t want to over-mix the batter, so limit beating to 20 seconds each time. The batter should be soft but fairly thick. Not thin and pourable – you should have to scrape it into the loaf pan.
Fill pan – The ideal loaf pan size is 21.5 x 11.4 x 6.9cm / 8.5 x 4′′ loaf pan. Pound cake cooked in this will have a nice shape, as pictured. It will work in smaller or larger pans, but the shape will be a little different and the bake times may differ slightly (check with a skewer).
To flour the pan, firstly grease the pan with butter. Add about 1/2 tbsp of flour and shake the pan so it coats the base and sides. Then shake out and discard the excess flour.
The cake pan should be greased and ready to go before you start the batter because with most cakes, it’s important get the batter straight into the oven once made to make sure it rises as intended.
Fill the loaf pan with the batter then smooth the surface. It doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth, the batter will even out in the oven.
Bake for 30 minutes at 180°C/350°F (165°C fan), then do the split (if desired, see next step) then bake for a further 20 minutes.
The “split” (optional) – One key characteristics of pound cakes is the signature split or crack across the surface. While I’d love to tell you that it happens naturally, the truth is that if you want a nice long one, it needs a little helping hand.
After 30 minutes in the oven, the surface of the pound cake should have a crack running down the middle. Open the oven door and ideally pull the shelf out without removing the pan from the oven as this will risk the cake collapsing. Working quickly, make a light cut with a small sharp knife along the split (about 15 cm / 6′′ long) to help the split to open up nicely. Work fast, do not leave oven open for long or the cake will collapse.
Now close the oven door and bake for a further 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Cool – Let the pound cake cool for 10 minutes in the pan. This makes it less fragile. Then you can turn it out on to a rack. Let it cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting into thick slices to serve.
How and what to serve Pound Cake
This is one of those cakes that’s extra-lovely served warm. If you do serve it warm, it’s wonderful even just eaten plain.
Whether served warm or at room temperature, it’s still essentially a plain vanilla cake however. Which means it can always benefit from adding a dollop or smear of something! Here are some suggestions:
Whipped cream and fresh berries – very traditional
Mascarpone, crème fraîche or thick yogurt instead of cream
Butter with honey, jam or a fruit compote
A sprinkle of crushed nuts (pistachio would look and taste especially fabulous) for texture, teamed with any of the above listed dolloping things
Ice cream or cream – Just think: warm Pound Cake and a scoop of ice cream, perhaps with a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Aaaahhhh! Be still my beating heart!
A dusting of icing sugar / powdered sugar – great with any and all of the above.
Oh and don’t forget to message me when your Pound Cake is ready. I’ll pop right over for afternoon tea. Thanks! – Nagi x
Watch how to make it
The Best Pound Cake
Recipe video above. This Pound Cake recipe is based on one called "The Perfect Pound Cake" from "The Cake Bible" by Rose Levy Beranbaum. She tested it over 40 times and we’ve tried it many ways as well. It truly is the perfect Pound Cake that neither can nor needs to be improved upon! That said, I’ve taken the liberty of changing the name here to the BEST Pound Cake. Please make sure the milk, butter and eggs are at room temperature, as directed in the recipe. This is especially important for Pound Cake.
Course Sweet Baking
Keyword best pound cake, pound cake
Prep Time 20minutes
Cook Time 50minutes
Total Time 1hour40minutes
3tbspmilk, full fat, at room temperature
3large eggs, at room temperature (150 – 165g / 6oz total including shell, Note 1)
1 1/2tspvanilla extract
1cupcake flour, sifted (if using cup measures, measure after sifting, Note 2)
3/4cupcaster sugar (superfine sugar)
3/4tspbaking powder, check to ensure it's still good (Note 3)
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F (165°C fan) with the shelf arranged so the loaf pan will sit in the middle of the oven.
Prepare pan: Grease a 21.5 x 11.4 x 6.9cm / 8.5 x 4″ loaf pan with unsalted butter, then dust with flour, knocking out excess (Note 2)
Whisk wet ingredients: In a medium bowl, lightly whisk together the milk, eggs and vanilla. Set aside.
Whisk dry ingredients: Place the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl or stand mixer. Beat for 30 seconds on Speed 1 using an electric beater or the stand mixer.
Add butter and half eggs: Add the softened butter and 1/2 of the egg mixture. Beat on Speed 1 until incorporated (about 30 – 40 secs) – it will become a thick batter. Increase to Speed 7 and continue to beat for 1 minute.
Add half of remaining egg mix: Scrape down the bowl. Add half the remaining egg mixture (ie. 1/4 of the original total) and beat 20 seconds on Speed 7.
Add remaining egg mix: Scrape down the sides again. Add all the remaining egg mixture (ie. 1/4 of the original total) and beat 20 seconds.
Fill pan: Scrape batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top.
First bake (30 minutes): Bake for 30 minutes until top begins to split slightly.
Cut split (optional): Working quickly, open the oven (do not take pan out) and make a light cut with a small, sharp knife along the split (15 cm / 6") to help the split to open up nicely. Work fast – do not leave oven open for long or the cake will collapse.
Second bake (20 minutes): Bake another 20-25 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. If the cake is getting dark you can cover it with a loose sheet of foil towards the end of the bake time.
Cool: Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Serving: Serve thick slices with any of the following or a combination – whipped cream and fruit (traditional); just butter; butter + honey (pictured in post); a fruit compote; mascarpone or thick yogurt with crushed nuts (pistachio would be fabulous!). See in post for more ideas.
1. Eggs at room temperature – The eggs need to be at room temperature and not fridge-cold, to ensure it incorporates properly into the batter and aerates properly when beaten. Quick way to warm up fridge-cold eggs: Place eggs in a large bowl, cover with warm tap water (just warm, not hot) and leave for 5 min. Wipe dry, then use per recipe.Egg size (“large eggs”): 50 – 55g / 2 oz per egg is the industry standard of sizes sold as “large eggs” in Australia and the US. If your eggs are significantly larger or smaller in size, just weigh different eggs and use 150-165g / 6 oz in total (including shell) or 135 – 150g / 5.4 oz in total excluding shell (useful if you need to use a partial egg to make up the total required weight. Crack eggs, beat whites and yolks together, THEN pour into a bowl to measure out what you need).2. Cake flour – This flour works considerably better for pound cake than using plain/all-purpose flour (see in post for comparison). It rises better, and has a more tender crumb.Measuring cake flour: If using cups, sift flour into a large bowl first, then scoop out a cup of flour. Level it using the back of a butter knife. This is the most accurate way to measure flour using cups instead of weighing it. I don’t ask this of all recipes but pound cake requires a bit more accuracy than most cakes for best results. So sift first, then measure!3. Baking powder – If your baking powder has been sitting in the dark depths of your cupboard for a while, it’s best to check it’s still good – see here. Baking powder can be dead even if it’s not past the due date 4. Butter – Don’t let the butter get too soft and sloppy. This is a common error with cakes that call for butter to be creamed. Target 18°C/64°F for the butter. This is soft enough to be whipped, but you should not be left with a thick, shiny slick of grease on your finger when you poke it. If you get greasy fingers, this means the butter is too soft. The cake will not be as fluffy as intended, or the batter might split and be greasy.If the butter is >20C/68F, I would chill the butter a bit before using.5. Storage – Keeps for 4 to 5 days in an airtight container, not in fridge (unless it’s very hot where you are). Freezes for 3 months. Best served warm or at room temperature. If it’s a bit stale, lightly toast it or even just warm up slices in microwave to resurrect it!6. Nutrition per slice, assuming 10 slices.
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