“I Almost Don’t Hate My Birthday” Bday Cake Snack Mix

Seeing Sonia’s blog made my little sis instincts kick in HARD in the form of “ME TOO!” which is the official creed of little sisters.  She’s pretty used to this dynamic, so I’m assuming she was expecting my text asking if I could write a recipe post. As she’s been letting me tag along for the last 26 years, she agreed, and now I just have to do my best to not embarrass her. (But I probably will. Again, I’m the little sister. It’s what we do!)

 This recipe is super easy, not at all fussy, and needs to be shared ASAP because I am currently subsisting on only this birthday cake snack mix, and you guys need to join me on this sugar rush journey.

Also, I just had my birthday last week and…  I hate my birthday.

Hear me out on this one. I don’t hate my birthday in a sad, pitiful way. I don’t fear getting older. I don’t set unrealistic expectations. I don’t get nostalgic for a simpler time. I just really don’t like the whole premise of birthdays. First of all, celebrating the fact that you’re just still alive is bizarre. The only thing you did to deserve a birthday celebration is remain alive. THINK ABOUT THAT.  I normally appreciate a low bar for celebration, but c’mon guys.

Also, I hate the whole pomp and pageantry of birthdays.  I’ve hated it since I was a little kid and everyone blew those noisemakers all at once (ugh, cacophony! [I was a very chill & fun kid]). I’m also a major introvert so 24 hours of being the center of attention is my personal hell. Plus I have never been one for spontaneity, so I get very nervous that I might get surprised by something (clearly, the chill & fun kid grew into a chill & fun adult).  Birthdays are really just a perfect storm of badness for me. I know I sound like the Grinch, but I know there are other birthday haters out there! THERE ARE DOZENS OF US. DOZENS!

So, I don’t like my birthday, but I DO like this birthday cake snack mix. It has all the trappings of a birthday cake (i.e. sugar and sprinkles) and none of the unnecessary ado. In short, it’s the embodiment of what birthdays should be. Low-key, sweet, yum, and under. the. radar. There are lots of different versions of this recipe on the world wide web, but I made one with only four ingredients for maximum simplicity.  I mean, it’s so simple I’m not even sure it counts as a recipe. You can make it in your microwave and then scurry into your room and eat it in bed, where you can hide ’til your birthday is over. (Just for example. Definitely not from experience).


4 cups Rice Chex

2 cups white chocolate chip (I use Ghiradelli White Baking Chips. Not that this is a health food recipe, but the Nestle White Chocolate Chips have some stuff in the ingredients that I’m not comfy with. Up to you and your relationship with “fractionated palm kernel oil.”)

1 cup yellow cake mix

Sprinkles to your heart’s content


Melt chocolate in microwave or on the stove, add in Rice Chex and stir carefully. Then add cake mix and sprinkles and stir.

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  • Reply
    Karen Mariscal
    May 16, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Anna this is masterful. Not sure what I like better, your description of birthday hell, or the tasty recipe. Thank you for posting! I hope your sister takes you on as a regular.

    • Reply
      May 16, 2017 at 11:31 pm

      I agree! I hope she’ll come back soon– she has a flatbread recipe that we need to see!

  • Reply
    May 17, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Anna, please accept my heartfelt apologies for the birthday merriment I was a part of when you were in your formative years. I am so glad you are over it. #mamaberenstainwasagenious

    • Reply
      August 13, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      Haha just seeing this! That is too funny. Too much birthday, indeed!

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