Cake Batter Puppy Chow

I think I have professed my love for cake batter a few times on my blog so far, but just in case you didn’t know, I really love cake batter! My latest cake batter venture?

Cake Batter Puppy Chow!

If puppy chow is foreign to you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Puppy chow is something that I never even heard of until I was in high school and my friends decided they wanted to make it one night. (And no, it has nothing to do with dog food, though Teddy wishes it were his dinner!) Once I popped my first few puppy chow bites into my mouth way back when, I couldn’t believe I had lived my whole life without ever having eaten it! Traditional puppy chow is made with Chex cereal, semi-sweet chocolate chips, peanut butter and powdered sugar. I’m not a huge peanut butter fan, but I still think it’s delicious.

My cake batter puppy chow mixes things up by using white chocolate instead of semi-sweet, wheat Chex instead of regular (to make it healthier, because obviously wheat puppy chow is much better for you ;)), and cake mix instead of peanut butter. It turned out amazing and I will definitely be making it again!

I think one of the reasons that puppy chow is so popular is that it’s super easy to make. The hardest part is not consuming it all before it cools! Good luck!

Cake Batter Puppy Chow

Adapted from Adventures in Food


  • 1 bag white chocolate chips
  • 1 box  Wheat Chex cereal (not family size), about 6 cups
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1.5 cups funfetti cake mix
  • 2-3 tablespoons colored sprinkles (optional)


  1. Lay a piece of parchment paper or foil on a cookie sheet and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and cake mix and set aside. Place the Chex cereal in another large bowl.
  3. Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave at 50%. It depends on your microwave – so I microwave mine for a minute, stir, and see how much longer they need. You can also melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler if you have one.
  4. Once the chocolate is melted, gradually pour the chocolate over the chex cereal and stir until each piece is coated.
  5. Quickly add the sprinkles and stir to combine.
  6. Then gradually add the cake mix mixture and stir until all of the cereal is well coated.
  7. Pour the puppy chow onto the cookie sheet and let it cool for at least 15 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!
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21 Responses to Cake Batter Puppy Chow

  1. oh gosh, the sprinkles just makes it. I love powdered sugar on anything.
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  2. I’d never tried it until college. My RA made us care packages with some puppy chow, and my roommate had to explain what it was. We definitely had deprived childhoods growing up without knowing what it was – that stuff is wonderful! Love the cake batter twist too – that just makes it even more special!
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  3. I LOVE PUPPY CHOW!!! I used to make it all the time as a small child. Then in college we would make it over winter training and eat it while watching the biggest loser, oxymoron?

  4. I’m a sucker for anything cake batter!!! I need to figure out how to make a gluten free funfetti ASAP!!!
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  5. I think this definitely needs to be made for James’s birthday!
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  6. Linda Tracz says:

    I make this at Christmas time, goes over very well.

  7. ooooh my!! That looks so fabulous 🙂
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  8. Min says:

    I’ve actually never had puppy chow! Why is it called that? Kinda like chex mix? Oh..munchies..I can eat these right now!
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  9. I LOVE puppy chow, which really isn’t a surprise, since chocolate and peanut butter hold the keys to my heart. I actually grew up calling it “Muddy Buddies.” It wasn’t until I was in college that I heard the term puppy chow! :-p Your cake batter version is genius; I’m sure I’d love it! Like Danielle, I need to find a GF Funfetti mix. Maybe regular GF cake mix would work?

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    • Caroline says:

      I’ve never heard of muddy buddies – I bet it has other names too though! I’m sure a GF cake mix would work – I don’t think I knew they actually sold GF cake mix, but I’m not surprised if they do.

  10. Amanda says:

    Came across this recipe listed on Foodgawker. So excited when I clicked to see it brought me to my favorite blog! 🙂

  11. YUM! This sounds just delicious!
    I love cake batter everything so I KNOW this would be just fabulous!
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  12. Kailey says:

    I seriously believe that Cake Batter is one of the best flavors in the world. I never thought to make it into puppy chow though – such a great idea!!
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  13. Oh how I love puppy chow! I’m not much of a peanut butter lover myself, but I LOVE it when it’s in puppy chow…of course.
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