Birthday Cake Puppy Chow

Last month, I made some birthday cake puppy chow and packaged it into favors for Emmett’s puppy themed first birthday party. I shared it on Instagram Stories as I was making it, and the majority of you wanted to know how I made it so here we are.

Birthday Cake Puppy Chow

Birthday Cake Puppy Chow Ingredients

Rice Chex cereal
powdered sugar
vanilla candy coating
white cake mix
non pariel sprinkles

birthday cake puppy chow ingredients

Start by putting the Rice Chex in a large bowl with a lid. The ‘with a lid’ part is crucial. Don’t gloss over that little tidbit.

I use my go-to gigantic bowl to make and store the birthday cake puppy chow.

Then, get your cake mix and powdered sugar mixture together.

Because you have to work sort of fast, it’s best to get your sprinkles ready too. Take that sprinkle shaker lid off. It will only impede your sprinkle dispersing speed.

Meanwhile, melt the vanilla candy coating according to the directions on the package. I stir the candy coat with a rubber spatula, and then use the rubber spatula to scrape out the candy coat tray. Because why dirty multiple utensils?

Once the vanilla coating has melted. Pour it over the Chex.

how to make puppy chow

Using the rubber spatula, fold the candy coating into the cereal. Be gentle, you don’t want to Hulk out and break the cereal.

Once the cereal is as evenly coated as possible, pour a bunch of sprinkles onto the cereal. Then, fold the cereal to distribute the sprinkles.

sprinkles puppy chow

Next, add more sprinkles. I use around 2/3 of the bottle of sprinkles in total.

Fold the cereal mixture some more. And remember, be gentle.

Once the sprinkles are evenly distributed, sprinkle the cake mix and powdered sugar mixture over the cereal.

Put the lid on the bowl and shake. It’s like Shake ‘N Bake but instead of pork chops, you’re shaking cereal that’s being turned into a sweet snack.

Remove the lid and voila! Birthday cake puppy chow.

cake batter puppy chow

Allow the birthday cake puppy chow to cool for 15-30 minutes.

cupcake puppy chow

I used a 1 cup measuring cup to scoop up the puppy chow and put it in snack-sized bags.

thank you for coming to my pawty

4.6 from 25 votes
Birthday Cake Puppy Chow
Total Time
10 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chex, muddy buddies, puppy chow
Servings: 20
  • 9 cups Chex rice cereal
  • 3/4 cup white cake mix
  • 1/2 cup powdered suger
  • 1 3 oz rainbow nonpareil sprinkles
  • 1 16 oz package vanilla candy coating
  1. Pour Chex cereal into large bowl with lid. In a separate bowl, combine white cake mix and powdered sugar. Set aside. Melt candy coating according to directions on the package. Once melted, pour candy coating over Chex cereal. Fold together. Add 1/3 of the bottle of sprinkles to the mixture. Fold together. Add another 1/3 of the bottle of sprinkles to the mixture. Fold together. Pour cake mix and powdered sugar mixture on top of the cereal mixture. Place lid on bowl, seal, and shake all the ingredients together.

Birthday cake puppy chow recipe!

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  1. Rachel Steck says:

    and now I want a handful – thanks for sharing!

  2. This is super easy to make & soooooo good! Just made it for my daughters 1st birthday party tomorrow. We have been baking desserts all day & this is prob my favorite! Not only delicious but only took a few min to throw together! Love this! Super addicting.

  3. Hey! How long does this keep? Planning on making for my daughter’s party next weekend and just want to know how far in advance I can make it 🙂

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