2 Ingredient Lemon Cake Bars

The day I discovered 2 Ingredient Lemon Cake Bars was a game-changer for my baking routine. It’s hard to believe that something so simple could be so delicious, but these bars are a testament to the magic of minimalism in the kitchen. With just a box of angel food cake mix and a can of lemon pie filling, you can create a dessert that’s not only effortless but also irresistibly light and lemony. The resulting cake bars are fluffy, moist, and bursting with a bright lemon flavor, making them a perfect treat for any occasion. Whether you’re short on time, new to baking, or just looking for a quick and satisfying sweet, these lemon cake bars are sure to impress. And if you’re feeling fancy, a dusting of powdered sugar adds just the right touch of sweetness and sophistication.


  • 1 box angel food cake mix
  • 1 (22-ounce) can lemon pie filling
  • Powdered sugar (optional, for garnish)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9 x 13-inch baking pan by spraying it with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the angel food cake mix and lemon pie filling. Stir until the ingredients are fully mixed together.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, spreading it evenly.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes, or until the cake is fully cooked through and the top is lightly golden brown.
  5. Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan. Once cooled, cut into bars.
  6. If desired, sprinkle powdered sugar over the bars before serving for an extra touch of sweetness.

Additional Tips

  1. Even Mixing: Ensure the cake mix and lemon pie filling are thoroughly mixed to avoid any lumps in the batter.
  2. Checking Doneness: Use a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake to check for doneness. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready.
  3. Serving Suggestion: These bars are delicious on their own, but you can also serve them with a dollop of whipped cream or a side of fresh berries for added flavor and presentation.
  4. Storage: Leftover lemon cake bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerated if you prefer them chilled.
  5. Customizing: While lemon is a popular choice, feel free to experiment with other pie fillings like cherry, blueberry, or apple for a different twist on this easy dessert.

FAQ Section

  1. Can I make this recipe with a different type of cake mix? Angel food cake mix works best for its light and airy texture, which complements the moisture from the pie filling. Other cake mixes may not yield the same result.
  2. Is it possible to make this recipe gluten-free? Yes, you can use a gluten-free angel food cake mix to make these bars gluten-free. Be sure to check that your lemon pie filling is also gluten-free.
  3. Can I add fresh lemon zest or juice to the mix? Absolutely! Adding lemon zest or a bit of lemon juice can enhance the lemon flavor, making the bars even more refreshing.
  4. Why is my cake sticky on top? The moisture from the lemon pie filling can make the top of the cake slightly sticky. Allowing the cake to cool completely and sprinkling powdered sugar on top can help.
  5. Can I freeze these lemon cake bars? Yes, these bars freeze well. Wrap them individually or place them in a single layer in a freezer-safe container. Thaw at room temperature before serving.
  6. What can I do if I can’t find lemon pie filling? If lemon pie filling is unavailable, you can substitute with another citrus pie filling or make your own lemon filling using lemon curd mixed with a little water to achieve a similar consistency.

2 Ingredient Lemon Cake Bars prove that delicious desserts don’t have to be complicated. This recipe is a fantastic option for anyone looking for a quick, easy, and delightful treat that’s sure to be a hit with family and friends. Whether you’re baking for a special occasion or just need a sweet fix in a pinch, these lemon cake bars offer the perfect solution.