Creamy Lemon Cake Bars Recipe
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Creamy Lemon Cake Bars Recipe

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These refreshing delicacies caused a stir in the test kitchen. Are they cakes or bars? You’ll just have to try them and let us know what you think! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 package lemon cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 can (16 ounces) lemon frosting
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 large eggs

Nutritional Facts

1 bar: 370 calories, 21g fat (11g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 375mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 0g fiber), 3g protein


  1. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, butter and egg until crumbly. Press onto the bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  2. In another bowl, beat frosting and cream cheese until smooth. Set aside 1/2 cup for topping. Add eggs to remaining mixture; beat on low speed just until combined. Spread over crust.
  3. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until filling is set. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Spread reserved frosting mixture over top. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Creamy Lemon Cake Bars in Simple & Delicious August/September 2011, p39

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Mar. 28, 2016

"Good lemon bars. As the name suggests, they are more cake-like than creamy, but still good. Very easy to make also!"

Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"Sticky mess. Mediocre flavor."

Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

"Good recipe and very simple and easy. Will make this again."

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2014

"Good recipe. I want to try with other flavored cake mixes like someone suggested. I don't know how grandmagoof8 took these to the neighbors without cutting them in squares and trying. You are a strong lady. :)"

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"Hands down one of my favorite desserts! Wouldn't change a thing about the recipe! I'm not a huge lemon person, but these would convince anyone."

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