Cake Batter Blondies with Marshmallow Buttercream

Cake Batter Blondies might be the best invention ever. These are topped with delicious Marshmallow Buttercream to make everything in the world right.

Are you guys on Pinterest?

It’s such a fun site where you can consolidate fun things you see on the internet.  You “Pin” the pictures to boards you make and you can share them with people.  And you can follow others and see what they pin and vice versa.

Anyway, while it is fun and great and you can find all sorts of cool things it makes me a little crazy because there are so many talented people out there coming up with tons of things I wish I thought of!

BUT I learned at an early age not to be envious of what others have.

It was a hard lesson.

It involved sausage.

Would you like to hear?

Thought so.

Ok, the year was 1985.  I was in the 5th grade.

I had a friend named Michelle.  She was really a nice girl.

Well, we sat next to each other everyday at lunch.  We both brought our lunches pretty much every day.

Her lunches were always awesome…everything was in its own reusable container…no plastic baggies for her.  AND her mom always put in a napkin and a plastic utensil.

I asked my mom one day why she didn’t give me a napkin in my lunch box…

I will never forget her response…”That’s why we pay taxes, so you can use napkins at school”.  Hmmm, really mom?

Moving on…one day Michelle pulled out her lunch and her mom had packed her a small little can.  The label on the can read “Vienna Sausages”.

I sat and stared.  It was such a cute little can with its own pop top.  And it was from Vienna…where ever that was.

I looked down at my lunch…a tuna sandwich, Capri Sun, and  applesauce.  SO American.  Not Viennese at all!

I watched her open the can and eat the little sausages one at a time…laughing and joking.  Which translated to my 10 year old mind, “These sausages are so delicious and gourmet and INTERNATIONAL”.  She may as well have been wearing a scarf and a beret smoking a long thin cigarette.

Of course I went home and told my mom that I MUST have Vienna Sausages in my lunch.

Mom:  “Ack! No way!”

Me: “But MOM!  Why don’t you want me to learn about other cultures?  Sure, you take me to the Chinese Buffet…but what about EUROPE?  I want to learn about Viennese people!”

Mom: “No way, they’re gross, like dog food.” (the sausages, not the people)

Me: “MOMMMMMMM!  PLEASE!  I need these Vienna sausages to learn about the world!  You won’t buy me Bongo jeans and you say jelly shoes are bad for my PLEASE let me have the sausages!”

Well, she gave in.  I suppose she decided that the Vienna sausages were less of an investment than the Bongo Jeans.

So I went to school proudly with my can of Vienna sausages for lunch.  She even packed me a plastic fork and napkin.  Embarrassingly enough I decided that on this day I would wear my black and white striped shirt, I assume to look like a gondolier…I apparently thought Vienna was in Italy.

Finally when lunch time rolled around I proudly removed my can of sausages from my box.  I popped the top and stared down at the flesh colored sausages floating in water and promptly dug in.

I speared the first sausage with my plastic fork and took a bite.  I guess I was anticipating something more along the lines of a hot dog but what I got was a mouthful of meaty, mealy grossness.  NOT European.

I gagged as inconspicuously as possible and watched my friend as she ate her sausages one at a time, seemingly savoring each bite.

In hindsight I know why my mom packed me a napkin on that day…it was an escape plan.  I aborted Operation Eat European into the neatly folded napkin and placed it back in my lunchbox.

When I arrived home my mother asked me how the sausages were?  To which I replied, oh they were delicious.

I could never let her win.

It was in that moment I realized that while Vienna Sausages sound exotic and fancy they aren’t for me.  I am neither exotic or fancy and should stick with tuna on whole wheat.

The end.

So while I browse Pinterest and see all the creativity of others I try not to be envious of what they have created.  You wanna know why?  Because as nice as they are they’re probably at home eating Vienna Sausages.

That, my friends, is a life lesson.


Now, with every rule there is an exception…because I found these delicious looking bars on pinterest and pushed my Vienna sausage fear aside.

I decided I must make them.  Immediately.

These are easy and it all starts with a cake mix!


Cake Batter Blondies with Marshmallow Buttercream.

You need an egg, a cake mix, 1/4 cup of oil and 1/2 cup milk.  I added in some white chocolate and marshmallows for good measure 🙂

Then I baked up…simple!

And then I frosted them!

Thanks Six Sisters and girl meets life for letting me use your recipe!!


Cake Batter Blondies

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


  • 1 box vanilla cake mix (I used Funfetti)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Prepare a 9×9 pan with baking spray
  3. In a large bowl combine cake mix, vegetable oil, egg and milk. Mix on medium low speed until the ingredients are just combined. Batter will be dense.
  4. Stir in your chips and marshmallows until distributed evenly.
  5. Spread in your prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes until center is just set.



Marshmallow Buttercream


  • 1/2 cup butter room temp
  • 1 cup Marshmallow Fluff
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk


  1. Mix butter and Fluff until smooth on medium speed until smooth.
  2. Slowly add in powdered sugar with mixer on low.
  3. Add in milk and turn speed up to medium and mix until all combined and smooth.
  4. Color frosting if desired.
  5. Spread over cooled blondies




84 Responses

  1. Oh my gosh, I’m crying laughing. The one time I had to suffer through those things, my Daddy handed me a sleeve of saltine crackers. We were on a fishing trip and I had managed to feed my peanut butter and jelly sandwich to the ducks when we ran out of bread.

  2. this is really not where I thought this sausage story was going. Then again…my mind is obviously in the gutter.

    These cake batter blondies have that effect on me. Cold shower = me soon.

  3. I was the same way when i was in elementary school!!!! Haha, I remember my thing I always wanted were the fancy Whole Foods lunchables or uncrustables….I never got either. Oh well, can’t win ’em all 😉

    Lookin forward to trying those cake batter blondiess!!!! yumm

  4. Shelly ~ you are an absolute gift . . . you lift my spirits, you make me laugh out loud and honestly, I get giddy whenever you have a new post cuz’ i know it’s gonna be a great day!! but seriously, vienna sausages??? even at 10 i knew those were baaadd!!

  5. Ah man, I hate having to explain to my husband why I’m alone in a room giggling hysterically at my phone. “It’s just that awesome blog-lady again, Honey…no, I don’t actually know her but she cracks me up!”
    Thanks for being an awesome blog lady 🙂

  6. Laurie

    OMGosh!! I really need to quit your blog lol….these look so yummy, Guess I will be running to the grocery store in the morning, I don’t have mini marshmellows or fluff. LOVE the blue!! Favorite color!! And for those nasty Vienna Sausages, they should be banned! NASTY!!

  7. this gets a ZUUU EEE MAMA!! I spend so much friggin time on Pinterest….I blame my insomnia problem on that darn site! BTW I was inspired by your whopper brownies and made a whopper cake yesterday… good…so good.

  8. These look AMAZING, Shelly!!! Like, dangerous to my waistline amazing. Like, I must have one NOW amazing!

    And, really, why *did* Vienna sausages look so tasty as a kid? I remember thinking they were so cool, too. I think you’re onto something with that flip-top can lid. And it’s been AGES, DECADES since I’ve eaten one, but I still remember their horrid texture vividly. Thank you for that. 😉 Ha!

  9. Ok, I think that is the funniest story I’ve heard in a long time!! I think I was probably in 5th grade the last time I had Vienna Sausages…

    These look amazing. And I have major Pinterest envy. But I have already made a few great things that I discovered on there!

  10. Thanks you for reminding me about Bongo jeans and jelly shoes 🙂

    Pinterest is indeed awesome and yet another reason why my butt stays permanently glued to the couch. I have a major crush on these blondies. They look amazing!

  11. Lol…I was thinking about these in the grocery store the other day. They were on sale 3/99 cents so im thinking, “who in the heck eats these?” I had several theories….old people who don’t cook and that are on a tight budget, college kids (when the need protien with their carbs) and maybe babies? Well 1980’s babies whose moms didn’t know tons about nitrates and processed meats that did not omit pig guts etc….nevermind. so what your telling me is that the sausage is not always tastier on the other side? Ill commit that one to the permanant list of Callye-isms! You are so smart…meanwhile its midnight thirty and im craving blondies. So not good :-p

  12. Amy K

    Oh my gosh, that is hilarious! The dog food reference reminds me of the cans of Corned Beef Hash…just the smell about did me in. Thanks for sharing this fun recipe.

  13. Oh my word! You are PRECIOUS! and I dare say this would preach! Isn’t contentment the most beautiful gift!? I love your inspiring ideas and your witty commentary! I made the peanut butter and chocolate bugles and I would love permission to send the recipe on to the Sweet Potato Queens of Jackson, MS. If you are not familiar with the group you should check it out! They are right up your alley! Have a great day! God bless!

  14. Vienna sausages ARE like dog food. And I don’t mean that in a good way. If there even is a good way to compare people food to dog food. Which there isn’t.

    So, yes. Vienna sausage = puke.

  15. Ok, I had to read this twice because the first time I read it, I couldn’t move past the fact that in 1985, when YOU were in 5th grade, I was a senior in high school. Gah! 🙁

    I LOVE how you always have the best/funniest posts before your recipes.

  16. OMG! You just made my day with this post! I’ve got a host of mental imagery of everything you wrote, down to the smell of the Vienna sausages! It’s amazing how we perceive others to be “cool” only to suffer from huge let-downs. But in the end- it’s the lesson that’s important. In my house, vienna sausages were reserved for serving with (meaning in) Spanish rice. We all loved it, but I recall my 1st experience with raw celery smothered in peanut butter and being astonished that Americans could eat such a thing. LOL! In the end-I had to get used to whatever the lunch ladies served- we also “payed taxes”. Thanks for the recipe too!! I’ll have to try it!-Raquel

  17. I love your lesson…so very true! And Bongo jeans…I so wanted them too. I think I finally got a pair of Bongo jean shorts in middle school and wore them until they had holes in them!

  18. Ana

    going to ask the dreaded think that I could use the sugar free cake mix for this recipe..My husband has diabetes, (recent) so I been snooping to change up recipes for him

  19. Stephanie

    LMAO!! Great story!! And thank you for not getting so caught up in Pinterest that you start to neglect your blog, which I’ve noticed seems to be happening in the blog world 😉

  20. This is the best post ever involving Pinterest! I’ve only peeked at this new blogging activity as I know I don’t have the time to get really involved with it yet. However, I was involved with someone who ate Vienna Sausages, a lot! My ex-husband loved them. Having said that, he also believed that Newfoundland Screech was the best thing to hit the liquor industry since the end of Prohibition.

  21. My Mom used to give us cream cheese sandwiches with mayo and lettuce on white bread in our school lunches. I was so embarrassed since all the other kids had normal things like pb&j, cheese or tuna. Little did I know that would be the beginning of my love affair with cream cheese and mayo. Thanks Mom. Ok, back to the recipe at hand. Those things look amazing! A definite keeper!

  22. Leigh Ann F

    I am laughing so hard right now that tears are flowing down my face. I just read it out loud to my husband making me laugh / cry even harder. Thank you for that and this delicious recipe!

  23. Emily

    I really want to try to send these to a friend who is going though a rough time…how do you think they would hold up in the mail??? The frosting makes me nervous….. Worse comes to worse I’ll just have to eat them myself! Thanks!

  24. Gette

    I LOVE Pinterest! However, I do not eat those nasty little things haha Totally snagging this recipe and making these blondies this weekend. Yum!

  25. I have a sausage story too… but that involved my boyfriend (now husband) offering to pay me $1000 to eat a jar of baby food sausages. I quickly realized that I would never win Fear Factor or Survivor, nor would I ever have $1000. The blondies look delish! How do you stay thin with all of the goodies in your house? Or do your neighbors just love you?

  26. Thank you so much for linking to our blog!! We appreciate the shout out so much!! We love your blog and all the yummy things you make . . . and your sense of humor has me rolling! I am a big fan!! 🙂
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  27. Shelly! You are da bomb! I’m a Texas (San Antonio, though) gal too and I just found your recipe for pumpkin dump cake on Pinterest and thought yum and that I could actually make that without struggle.
    Then I stumbled upon your Candy Corn Bugle Blog and I about died laughing, I had to call my sister and read it to her…me being the person that gets dragged to exercises that kill me, her being the one doing the dragging! I know we just met but I can tell you are going to be one of my new besties in the cyber world.
    I made Cake Batter Blondies last night for a friend at work and the results are in this morning, they loved them! Including me 🙂

  28. I just cried a little. ='( I found your s’mores whoopie pies from Pinterest and thought they would be PERFECT for my daughter’s indoor campout birthday party. So then I mosey on over to this page to find out how to make the marshmallow buttercream and find out it requires Fluff! They don’t sell Fluff down here in San Antonio – just marshmallow cream (not the same consistency)! PLEASE tell me marshmallow cream is an acceptable substitute!

  29. lenora scott

    Yes those sausages are pretty bad but we keep them in our emergency cupboard, having lived in a hurricane prone environment. Can’t wait to try the icing.

  30. Lisa

    Just a quick question – I have been looking for a buttercream recipe that will hold up outdoors for a few hours without refridgeration – I am not too excited about the ones that are shortening based but this one sounds yummy – do you think it will be ok unchilled since there isn’t too much butter?

  31. Shauna

    These are freaking awesomeness! I’ve made this several times and have done it with diff cake mixes too and added other stuff. Thanks for the great recipe. I love your blog it’s my fav! I’ve made a ton of stuff from it.

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