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Creamy Lemon Cake Bars

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
  • Makes
    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


  • In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, butter and egg until crumbly. Press onto the bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 370 calories, 21g fat (11g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 375mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.
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  • epuruczky
    Jul 21, 2019

    I made these for the first time for a family reunion on a really hot summer day. I kept them in a cooler to keep them chilled until serving - they were a big hit! The pan was emptied in no time - don’t change a thing!

  • lidjzl0
    Mar 31, 2018

    Made these for Easter. They were great. Could not find lemon frosting so used white canned frosting and added some lemon juice and lemon zest.

  • krindfleisch
    Dec 12, 2017

    This is a keeper! After reading several reviews about not enough frosting to cover it after baking, I cut it into squares and put the reserved 1/2 cup into a pastry bag and added a "flower" to each piece.

  • heathersmylie
    Oct 12, 2016

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

  • dschultz01
    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
    Jul 20, 2014

    Sticky mess. Mediocre flavor.

  • bessiebell
    Mar 6, 2014

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

  • Queenlalisa
    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
    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
    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.