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 large 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

Nutritional Facts

1 bar: 208 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 238mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 0g fiber), 2g protein


  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 Sep. 29, 2015

"I made this recipe exactly as written, and everyone loved it!"

Reviewed Jun. 10, 2015

"I made these for book club and everyone loved them! They turned out very moist, and the frosting was heavenly. I stirred the salt directly into the frosting because I didn't want to mess with sprinkling it evenly. This recipe is a keeper."

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."

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