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Cake Batter Bars

Rainbow sprinkle bars

Mondays are so much better as holidays.  Come back, Labor Day!  *sigh*

Since we all have to be legitimate people today, I thought I’d offer you these fun cake batter bars as a consolation.  Mondays + sprinkles = almost a holiday, right? 😉

Rainbow sprinkle bars 2

Although you can easily use a boxed cake mix to make “cake batter bars” (and I do! and they’re delicious!), sometimes I like to do things the old-fashioned way… you know, from scratch.

The key to making these crisp, chewy bars taste like cake?  Oh, just the usual suspects — butter, sugar, vanilla… and lots of it. 🙂

This recipe could easily be made into cake batter “cookies” instead of bars — simply chill the dough for about 20 minutes, then drop by rounded tablespoon onto a cookie sheet.  Bars or cookies, they’ll both brighten your day!

Rainbow sprinkles bars

[print_this]Cake Batter Bars

Crispy, chewy cookie bars that taste and look like confetti cake.  Add a layer of frosting for a real “cake-like” treat.

Makes about 16 bars

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • Extra sprinkles for topping (optional)

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 8- or 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars until creamy.  Add the eggs and vanilla, mixing until smooth.

In a separate mixing bowl, stir the baking powder, salt, and flour.  Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until blended.  Stir in the sprinkles and white chocolate chips

Spread the cookie dough into the prepared baking pan.  Top with extra sprinkles (about 1 tablespoon), if desired.  Bake 20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown (the bars may seem undercooked when you pull them from the oven, but they will set as they cool).  Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting.[/print_this]

Oreo Cake Batter Bars

Oreo Cake Batter Bars Little Bitty Bakes

I know, I know.  There’s a lot going on here.  Luckily, it’s just a whole lot of deliciousness. 😉

Sally’s cake batter blondies have been staring me down for a couple weeks now, so it only made sense to make them for the Super Bowl  last weekend.  But you know, since it was the “biggest sports day of the year” and all, I knew I needed to go big or go home when it came to dessert.

Oreo Cake Batter Bars LBBakes

Despite the crazy look of these bars, making them is actually fairly simple, thanks in large part to two cake mixes.

Chocolate cake batter + milk chocolate chips.  Oreo cookies.  Yellow cake batter + sprinkles + white chocolate chips.  Oreo frosting.  (You’re welcome).

A couple notes: For the base, I used a chocolate cake mix that I basically made into brownies, but you could also just use brownies for the base (just prepare a brownie mix per package instructions, or your favorite from-scratch recipe).  Also — and this is written in the recipe, but I cannot stress it enough — don’t worry if the bars don’t “seem” cooked all the way when you pull them from the oven.  They will set as they cool.  If you keep them in the oven until they feel firm, you won’t be as happy with the result.  Trust me!

Oreo Cake Batter Bars

These are my new favorite sugar coma dessert.  Hands down.

[print_this]Oreo Cake Batter Bars

Chocolate and yellow cake batter bars layered with Oreo cookies and Oreo frosting.  

Makes 24 bars

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • Oreo cookies

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a 13×9 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Prepare the chocolate cake batter layer: In a large mixing bowl, stir the chocolate cake mix, 1 egg, 1/4 cup oil, 1/3 cup milk, and milk chocolate chips (stir until just mixed).  Spread into the prepared pan.  Press Oreo cookies over the top of the chocolate cake batter layer.

Prepare the yellow cake batter layer: In a large mixing bowl, stir the yellow cake mix, 1 egg, 1/4 cup oil, 1/3 cup milk, sprinkles, and white chocolate chips (stir until just mixed).  Spread into the pan, over the Oreos (the batter will be thick, so take your time spreading it over the Oreos!).

Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the edges are just golden brown.  The bars will be gooey in the center, but they will set as they cool. Once completely cool, spread the Oreo frosting over the bars.  Cut the bars into 4 rows by 6 rows using a sharp knife, wiping frosting away from the knife as necessary.  [/print_this]

[print_this]Oreo Frosting

Vanilla buttercream frosting with crushed Oreo cookies. 

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons water
  • 4 Oreo cookies, finely crushed

In a large mixing bowl, beat all of the ingredients except the Oreo cookies with an electric mixer on high about 4 to 5 minutes, until light and fluffy.  Add additional water, one tablespoon at a time, for a thinner frosting.  Stir in the Oreo cookies.  Store any leftover frosting in an airtight container.[/print_this]

Cake Batter Yogurt

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One of my most-viewed recipes here on the blog is my 3-2-1 Funfetti Dip, which uses only cake mix, yogurt, and cool whip.  In my opinion, there isn’t a better way to enjoy animal crackers or pretzels than by dunking them in fluffy cake batter!

Since receiving this yogurt maker for Christmas, I’ve been enjoying yogurt at least once a day – usually as part of my breakfast or lunch.  Last weekend, I found the holy grail of dessert yogurt…

Cake batter yogurt! Party smile

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In this particular mixture shown here, I swirled in some cherry jam and sprinkles before topping it with dried cherries.  Can you tell I’m on a cherry kick right now?

Neither the yogurt nor the cake mix overwhelms your taste buds in this little concoction – which means you get to enjoy a tasty and *sensible* dessert! 

This isn’t so much a recipe, just more of a youhavetotrythisrightnow sort of thing.  But for kicks, I’ll include a short little recipe below. 

Cake Batter Yogurt

Makes 1 serving

  • 6 oz. plain or vanilla yogurt (regular or Greek)
  • 2 tbsp. white or yellow cake mix

Mix yogurt and cake mix until smooth.  Serve immediately.  If desired, freeze for 30-60 minutes for an extra cool treat!