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Creamy Lemon Cake Bars Recipe

Creamy Lemon Cake Bars Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Creamy Lemon Cake Bars

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heathersmylie User ID: 1909450 255343
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2016

"We used real butter in the crust and thought this recipe was pretty and delicious!"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 246182
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!"

jessicadidion User ID: 5048007 190523
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"Sticky mess. Mediocre flavor."

bessiebell User ID: 6390314 177201
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

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

Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 109325
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. :)"

tlcreative User ID: 5493136 149379
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."

grandmagogof8 User ID: 5358827 182625
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"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."

Karen Mackley User ID: 5517406 190521
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

"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."

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 190520
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2013

"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."

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 123044
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2013

"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!"

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 123041
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2013

"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!!"

beemom4 User ID: 400718 116053
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2013

"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."

SCARLETTRHETT User ID: 3864390 109324
Reviewed May. 16, 2013

"I put all cream cheese mixture on bottom layer and bakes. So good does not need any on top. Yummy!!!!!!"

jenilovesdaisies User ID: 532785 123040
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"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."

Talq User ID: 5289253 124145
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"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."

ljbruns User ID: 6415407 116052
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

"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."

dlmasteqcd User ID: 4137426 193111
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

"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."

Leola Meador User ID: 4410156 193109
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2012

"I am a 55 yr 4-H Leader and 38 yrs retired Vocational Home Arts personnel, I was NOT

happy 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."

gaychiltin User ID: 901735 191802
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2012

"I made this once and it was terrible"

amanda.eick14 User ID: 6615661 149377
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2012

"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."

4Huskers User ID: 5191012 182623
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

"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."

diannacrock User ID: 1726574 122774
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"This didn't have as much lemon flavor as I had hoped it would. It was also difficult to find lemon icing."

ptinker User ID: 1880594 131630
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"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.


again11 User ID: 1602179 177543
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"Even better if made the day before."

howeavenue User ID: 6211932 182620
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"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."

nantam User ID: 3360800 191796
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"Outstanding!!So easy to make. They're even better the second day."

asabot User ID: 620927 109323
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"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!"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 116041
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2011

"Whoa! These are so easy to make and so delicious! They taste like they require more effort, but they're a snap!

~ Theresa"

Sunshine1984 User ID: 5297683 193108
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011


HeatherH User ID: 1484238 116036
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2011

"Quick, easy, and delicious!"

pjt2009 User ID: 4710778 124143
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2011

"Made theses for a family left overs. Every one raved. Will definately make again, 2 pans!"

obsessedwithfood User ID: 3724663 212232
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2011

"Quick, easy, and delicious! Not overly lemony or sweet. Shared with alot of people and everyone loved it."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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