We all love indulging in the rich and flavorful experience of a freshly baked cake. But let’s be honest, sometimes our busy schedules demand a quicker solution without compromising on taste and enjoyment. Say hello to Cake Bars made with a cake mix – the ultimate baking shortcut to sweet happiness!
Cake bars are a popular choice when you need a dessert that is quick and easy. Even if you’re not a seasoned baker, fear not! Cake bars are like the friendly, approachable cousin of the fancy layer cake. With a few simple ingredients and minimal effort, you’ll be serving up a delectable treat that will impress everyone.
Cake bars are basically a delightful combination of your favorite cake and a chewy, moist brownie. You get the best of both worlds in one compact square. Plus, you have the freedom to experiment with different flavors, fillings, and toppings, making them perfect for your creativity to shine through. Want a classic chocolate cake bar? Go for it! Feeling adventurous with a raspberry swirl? Absolutely! The possibilities are endless, and you can tailor them to suit any occasion.
I love to make cake bars for potlucks, family gatherings or any type of celebration. Keeping a cake mix on hand at all times is great for when you need to whip up a last minute dessert or you need to satisfy that sweet tooth.
- Box Cake mix: flavor of your choice
- Butter: melted
- Add-ins of your choice: M&Ms, sprinkles, peanut butter chips, peanuts, Reese’s Pieces, etc.
- Preheat your oven to 375°F and grease a 13×9 inch pan.
- Mix together the cake mix, melted butter, and eggs until smooth.
- Add your favorite mix-ins, such as M&Ms, sprinkles, peanut butter chips, or Reese’s Pieces.
- Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.
- Bake for about 25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let the cake bars cool completely in the pan.
- Gently lift them out using the parchment paper overhang.
- Transfer to a cutting board and slice into squares of your desired size.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cake bars are delightful, bite-sized treats made from a cake mix and baked in a rectangular pan. They combine the deliciousness of cake with the chewy goodness of a brownie, creating a perfect portable dessert.
Absolutely! Cake bars are incredibly versatile, and you can use any cake mix flavor you prefer. Whether it’s classic chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, or something more adventurous, the choice is yours!
The options are endless! Some popular mix-ins include M&Ms, chocolate chips, nuts, shredded coconut, toffee bits, and even fruit preserves. Get creative and mix and match to suit your taste buds.
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- 1 box cake mix flavor of your choice
- 1 stick of butter ½ cup, melted
- 2 large eggs
- Add-ins of your choice e.g., M&Ms, sprinkles, peanut butter chips, peanuts, Reese’s Pieces, etc.
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Grease a 13×9 inch pan and line it with parchment paper so that the parchment extends over the edge of the pan. This will make it easier to remove the cake bars from the pan once they’re done baking.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, melted butter, and eggs, stirring until a smooth batter forms.
- Stir in your chosen add-ins, such as M&Ms, sprinkles, peanut butter chips, peanuts, Reese’s Pieces, or any other mix-ins you prefer.
- Spread the cake batter evenly into the prepared 13×9 inch pan.
- Bake the cake bars in the preheated oven for approximately 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Once baked, allow the cake bars to cool completely in the pan before gently pulling them out using the parchment paper overhang.
- Once fully cooled, transfer the cake bars to a cutting board and cut them into squares of your desired size.
- Experiment with different cake mix flavors and add-ins to create unique variations of cake bars.
- For a festive touch, use colored sprinkles or seasonal candies as add-ins.
- If you prefer a gooier texture, you can slightly underbake the cake bars and let them cool completely in the pan before cutting.
- Store any leftover cake bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a few days. You can also freeze them for longer storage.
- These cake bars are versatile and great for parties, potlucks, or as a sweet treat for any occasion. Enjoy!
Now that you’re armed with all the cake bar knowledge, it’s time to head to the kitchen and whip up these delightful treats. Get creative, experiment with flavors, and enjoy the baking journey! Happy baking!