Easy Cake Mix Bars Recipe
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Easy Cake Mix Bars Recipe

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I take these bars to work for Friday pick-me-ups. I love to share them because they're so easy to eat, easy to make and easy on the wallet. —Amy Rose, Ballwin, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup white baking chips
  • 1/3 cup jimmies

Nutritional Facts

1 bar equals 113 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 102 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, egg, milk and oil (mixture will be thick). Stir in baking chips and jimmies. Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  2. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
    Freeze option: Freeze bars in freezer containers. To use, thaw in covered containers before serving.
    Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Easy Cake Mix Bars in Simple & Delicious February/March 2014

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Reviewed Oct. 25, 2015

"This is my go to for a quick dessert, because I usually have these common ingredients on hand, and the bars are always a hit. I've made numerous combos. The one that's gotten the most compliments is Red Velvet cake with white chocolate chips. When making that combo though I don't add the jimmies. I did the first time and I didn't like the way they looked in such a dark cake."

Reviewed Jun. 5, 2015

"Made these bars because I had lots of cake mixes given to me. They were a hit! The beauty part of this is you can use any flavor cake mix and stir in any variety of chips to suit. I made carrot cake/walnut, yellow/dark chocolate, M&M, lemon/ white choc. chip and our favorite yellow with butterscotch chips and walnuts. Gonna try strawberry/white choc chip soon and yellow with p.b. chips and chopped peanuts. Used 9x13 and the larger cake mixes (18oz ) came out more cake like and the smaller (15oz) came out more dense. Great recipe and simple!"

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2015

"There is not enough batter to fill a 15x10 pan so I used a 9x13 and baked for 22 minutes. FANTASTIC and will definitely make again. I am going to try cinnamon cake mix with cinnamon chips. This recipe is a keeper."

Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"Quick and easy. This is a good recipe to let little kids help with. My 3 year old added the ingredients and helped mix."

Reviewed Jun. 25, 2014

"I have found it is just as easy to buy the Funfetti cake mixes and use those rather than adding jimmies to a plain mix. I made a pretty one with the Stars and Stripes mix out at 4th of July. One complaint with this recipe is that it's hard to spread batter in pan--not so much fault of the recipe--I believe it is because of the now-reduced cake mix sizes. They used to be 18 oz.; now a regular mix is 15.25 ounces. Does make a difference! Anyways, had to use floured hands/spoon to spread out and make work!"

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