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Spice Cake Bars with Salted Caramel Icing Recipe

Spice Cake Bars with Salted Caramel Icing Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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krindfleisch User ID: 1643865 270188
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2017

"Good! Even better the next day."

Elidh User ID: 6981753 233676
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2015

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

bonniminie User ID: 3987749 227740
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."

lawgirl User ID: 1858099 223529
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."

Fibrocook User ID: 7925924 126541
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."

mmcloed User ID: 5257383 139855
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."

jmm123 User ID: 1293793 199304
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."

kitchenmaid User ID: 62335 213579
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."

aboyle03 User ID: 578347 139853
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2014

"I made these for Valentines day. They came out deliciuos, not dry at all. The batter is very thick and a little difficult to even out in the pan. I also had to bake them for about 25 minutes."

jwolter User ID: 4836034 190455
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2014

"My family loved this recipe so much! They asked for seconds and thirds! I left off the sea salt. I'm unsure why one reviewer thought these bars were dry? The bars we made were very moist. Great flavor!"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 127811
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2014

"Delicious dessert! I made these as soon as the magazine arrived. Will definitely make again."

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