Creamy Lemon Cake Bars Recipe
- 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
- 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.
1 bar: 370 calories, 21g fat (11g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 375mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 0g fiber), 3g protein
Reviews for Creamy Lemon Cake Bars
"Good lemon bars. As the name suggests, they are more cake-like than creamy, but still good. Very easy to make also!"
"Sticky mess. Mediocre flavor."
"Good recipe and very simple and easy. Will make this again."
"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. :)"
"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."
"It looked wonderful and smelled great but it was taken to some new neighbors. One of these days will have to make and try myself. Thanks for posting the recipe."
"I have made these for years - and they've always been well received. I use all the frosting on the second layer, however, and once cooled just dust them with 10 X sugar lightly. For a stronger lemon taste, try grating a bit of lemon zest into the top layer before baking."
"Follow up to review- made them using a spice cake mix and butter cream frosting. They were even better! The twist gave it an entirely different taste. They were so good, rich and comforting."
"Follow up to review- made them using a spice cake mix and butter cream frosting. They were even better! The twist gave it an entirely different taste. They were so good!"
"I am always looking for new lemon bar recipes. After reading all the reviews for these bars I was a little skeptical. However, these are WONDERFUL! Easy to make and assemble. They cut very easy, looked beautiful on serving plate. Tasted great. I must admit the top layer was a little "thin". However, a pretty dusting of powder sugar made them show worthy! YUMMY!!"
"My kids love these. I have made them using strawerry, lime and pink lemonade flavors of the cakes mix and frosting. Today I am going to try orange."
"I put all cream cheese mixture on bottom layer and bakes. So good does not need any on top. Yummy!!!!!!"
"These were excellent! The only change I made was to add more frosting to the top. I used some leftover buttercream I had and whipped it with the frosting/cheese mixture."
"WOW! We like all things lemon and this one certainly rated the five stars. I followed the recipe exactly the first time and it was super; however, the second time I saved 2/3 cup of the frosting for the last layer. I do like the idea of using all of it in the second layer and using Cool Whip for the top layer...will definitely try it next time and there will be many more times making this truly wonderful dessert...cake or bars...whatever you want to call it."
"I made this with the lemon pie filling layer and cool whip on top as PTinker did. Absolutely fantastic! Huge hit when I made it for a party."
"This is easy to make, refreshing, and gives you the best of cake and bars! It was a huge hit when I served it at a luncheon."
"I am a 55 yr 4-H Leader and 38 yrs retired Vocational Home Arts personnel, I was NOThappy results. Bottom mushy, not that great taste, texture not what I would have expected. I followed recipe to the letter. My topping doedn't look like picture. Will not make again."
"I made this once and it was terrible"
"This was amazing, I did ptinkers version - it was outstanding. I'm making another one for the next family gathering. Sweet but not too sweet. And so so simple."
"Oh my gosh, this was WONDERFUL! So easy and so good and was a big hit with the family . . . almost all gone within a day! Thanks so much as this will be one of our favorites."
"This didn't have as much lemon flavor as I had hoped it would. It was also difficult to find lemon icing."
"I like being creative. I made the recipe as written but with these changes: instead of setting aside the 1/2 cup for the topping, I used all of it for the filling. Once the cake had totally cooled I put a layer of lemon pie filling on top and topped that layer with a layer of cool whip. Then I refrigerated until it was time to serve. Everyone loved the taste and they thought the layered look was very appealing. I have made it this way several times and everyone always ask how I made such a delicious dessert and for the recipe.Paul"
"Even better if made the day before."
"I followed the recipe exactly as written, and so I'm surprised at the number of positive reviews. First, setting aside 1/2 cup of frosting to cover an entire 13 x 9 pan of cookies is definitely not enough. I struggled to get the frosting to form even a really thin layer over the cookies. So that's one negative. The other is that I did not like the consistency of the middle layer. The flavor was good, but the consistency was sort of rubbery. Or maybe meringuey. In either case, I ended up throwing out the whole pan and was very disappointed."
"Outstanding!!So easy to make. They're even better the second day."
"These are delicious! I served them to friends and they all thought they were awesome. My husband doesn't like lemon stuff usually but he commented how great they were because they weren't overly lemony. They're extremely easy to make, too!"
"Whoa! These are so easy to make and so delicious! They taste like they require more effort, but they're a snap!~ Theresa"
"Quick, easy, and delicious!"
"Made theses for a family cook-out...no left overs. Every one raved. Will definately make again, 2 pans!"
"Quick, easy, and delicious! Not overly lemony or sweet. Shared with alot of people and everyone loved it."
Sweet White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.