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Lemon Angel Cake Bars Recipe
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Lemon Angel Cake Bars Recipe

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A neighbor gave me this recipe years ago and it's been in flavor rotation ever since. It can be made ahead and serves a bunch, so it's perfect for parties and potlucks. —Marina Castle, Canyon Country, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) angel food cake mix
  • 1 can (15-3/4 ounces) lemon pie filling
  • 1 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 teaspoons grated lemon peel


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix cake mix, pie filling and coconut until blended; spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  2. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Spread over cooled bars; sprinkle with lemon peel. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Cut into bars or triangles. Yield: 4 dozen.
Editor's Note: Look for unsweetened coconut in the baking or health food section.
Originally published as Lemon Angel Cake Bars in Simple & Delicious October/November 2013, p56

Sweet White Wine

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

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Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"Anyone have a substitute for using Coconut?"

Reviewed Sep. 6, 2014

"Light and very tasty. Baked in 25 mins. Easy to cut in bars. I , too,used sweetened coconut and it was fine. Icing was yummy!!! RE: Kogo's question, no just add lemon filling and coconut to cake mix, it comes out fine.Gail Borczyk, Field Editor"

Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014

"Yummy! I love any dessert with lemon and these did not disappoint! I think next time I will use a little less coconut. Will make again!"

Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"I tried it. It did not work. The lemon pudding in a can was 22 oz. so I weighed out the correct amount. It puffed up nicely but in 20 minutes it was burning and I knew it would fall when cooled and it was just a thin gooey mess after it cooled and it did not taste good at all. I threw it away. I then checked the gas oven with an oven thermometer-perfect.

I actually make angel food cake from scratch-I will stick to that! It is easy..."

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"Haven' made it yet..........but sounds amazing! Love Lemon recipes. wanted to ask first you just add the cake mix with other ingredients or make the cake mix according to directions along with the other ingredients? Can't wait to make this."

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