Yield: 15 servings

Gooey Lemon Cake Bars

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes

Turn your favorite Gooey Butter Cake into a Lemon dessert! Gooey Lemon Cake Bars make everybody happy and no one has to know you started with a box of cake mix!


For the crust:

  • 1 box (15 ounce) Lemon Cake Mix
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg

For the filling:

  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, butter and egg. Press into the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish.
  2. Combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla eggs in a mixer. Beat until fluffy. Pour over crust.
  3. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 40-45 minutes (I underbake mine a little to get that definitive separation in layers). Remove from oven and cool completely.
  4. Refrigerate for 4 hours (or overnight) for best flavor. ENJOY.


  • When in doubt, underbake. My bars are ready to come out of the oven at about 40 minutes.
  • Chill well. I know the cake smells so good when it comes out of the oven, you'll be tempted to dig in right away. But chilling this for at least 4 hours before serving helps it firm up to the right texture. I also LOVE the taste of these bars best when they're cold.
  • Can this be made ahead of time? Absolutely. Bake them the night before and keep them covered with foil or plastic wrap in the fridge over night.
  • See blog post or more recipe tips and tricks.
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:

    1 slice

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 310Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 317mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 0gSugar: 30gProtein: 4g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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