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Spice Cake Bars With Salted Caramel Icing Recipe
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Spice Cake Bars With Salted Caramel Icing Recipe

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As a busy mom, I was always looking for baking shortcuts. When I found these bars, I knew I'd hit the jackpot. I still make them for my kids and grandkids. —Ellen Hartman, Chico, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13x9-in. baking pan. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, butter, milk and egg; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium 2 minutes (batter will be thick).
  2. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, in a large saucepan, combine brown sugar, milk and butter over medium heat; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat. Stir in confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Immediately spread icing over cake; sprinkle with salt. Cool completely. Cut into bars. Store in airtight containers. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Spice Cake Bars With Salted Caramel Icing in Simple & Delicious February/March 2014

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Reviewed Mar. 25, 2015

"We made this and didn't turn it into bars, but rather followed the spice cake recipe. The icing made it so tasty-- but you have to make sure to pour it onto the cake right away because it sets right up! Really good and we'll make them again soon."

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2014

"Made this recipe for a friend's birthday celebration. Since my friend likes nuts I added chopped toasted pecans to the icing before icing the cake. Everyone wanted seconds and the recipe. This will be one of my favorite desserts."

Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"I really like these bars--unlike the other reviewers the ones I made were not dry at all. I baked them until a toothpick came out clean."

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2014

"I made these for a work party and they were a big hit. The cake part was a bit dry but I blamed the fact that I baked them for the maximum time of 20 minutes without testing them. The frosting was out of this world, and people really loved the "salted caramel" concept. The flavor combination with the spice cake was delicious. Next time, I would consider baking a regular spice cake, and using the salted caramel frosting on that."

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"I made thes bars the other day and like another reviewer stated, they were dry. I did bake them acording to the recipe. I was very dissapointed.... as they looked delicious....but guess I won't be making them again......The icing was very good. only don't cook for 3 min. cut back to 2 min."

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