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Two Ingredient Lemon Cake Bars

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Two Ingredient Lemon Cake Bars are so easy, wonderfully sweet with just the right amount of tart. Moist, soft and so fluffy. Delicious!

Looking for a classic lemon bar recipe instead? Try these Lemon Bars.

Two Ingredient Lemon Cake Bars

What We Love

  • So incredibly easy. No baking experience needed.
  • They are a quick dessert so if you need something in a pinch, keep the ingredients on hand.
  • Only two ingredients unless you decide to add some things.
  • A fun recipe to start out with but then turn into something your own.

What you need for lemon cake bars

As I mentioned, only two ingredients are needed for these lemon cake bars. YES! Only two! Yes it works!

lemon pie filling – you can make your own if you want, but we just use a canned lemon pie filling.

angel food cake mix – yes this is a cake mix recipe, but it works and it’s incredible!

Two Ingredient Lemon Cake Bars

They come out pretty much like Lemon Angel Food Cake (Surprise, I know). haha But you could do so much with them.

Can I Add To These Lemon Cake Bars?

  • Add lemon zest to the batter and/or on top at the end.
  • Sprinkle Powdered Sugar on top.
  • Use an extra can of lemon pie filling in the mix to make them more like traditional lemon bars
  • Before baking, layer fresh lemon slices on top
Two Ingredient Lemon Cake Bars

What would you do to change these lemon cake bars up? Are you going to enjoy them as written or will you add your own spin?

Tell me about it in the comments below.

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Two Ingredient Lemon Cake Bars

Lemon Cake Bars – Two Ingredient
An easy two ingredient recipe that’s simple, tastes delicious and can be made in only a half hour. A two ingredient dessert recipe that your whole family will love!
4.45 from 260 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 28 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Course Desserts and Sweets
Cuisine Dessert
Servings 10 -12 servings


  • 1 22 ounce can of lemon pie filling
  • 1 box of angel food cake mix needs to be the just add water kind – but do NOT add water, eggs, oil or any other ingredient!


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 13×9 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl or using your stand mixer, mix together the lemon pie filling and the angel food cake mix until smooth with no lumps.
  • Pour the mixture into your prepared baking dish. Smooth out the top with a spatula.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 28-35 minutes or until slightly golden.
  • Top with powdered sugar if desired.
Keyword bars, cake, lemon, two ingredient
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Friday 25th of March 2022

I love this easy recipe have made numerous times for funeral lunches always a big hit.

Julia I Skogheim

Friday 26th of June 2020

Made this recipe years ago. Flavor was fantastic. The bars texture was light and spongy. We loved them. I hadn't made them for many years. I made the same recipe again not long ago. I didn't do anything different but they turned out very dense and rubbery. I tried again. Same thing. My daughter has tried also with no success. I'm wandering if the size of a box of cake mix has changed over the years. I don't think that the piefilling has. Also My recipe uses a 10 X15 inch pan.rubbery

Grace Fabula

Friday 18th of December 2020

Some years ago, cake mixes were reduced by 3 oz. + Annoying. You have to buy a second box to keep adding 3 oz back in to old recipes.


Saturday 18th of April 2020

made it, easy, greased n floured, added 4 eggs per package directions. added 12 min to baking time, til golden, cooled to a thin cake, pulled away from nice from the pyrex, perfection....


Tuesday 18th of February 2020

Can one use a bunt pan instead?

Nicole Cook

Thursday 20th of February 2020

For Lemon Cake Bars? I am not sure that would work. I feel that the whole thing would be too sticky to unmold correctly. If you decide to try it, do let us know.


Tuesday 26th of March 2019

I love this recipe! However, it is very hard to find lemon pie filling here for whatever reason. I use to see it all the time but once I started looking for it for this recipe it has disappeared. Today I bought the strawberry pie filling. Have you tried it?

Nicole Cook

Tuesday 26th of March 2019

Yes! We have tried it with any pie filling we could find and have even chopped up fresh fruit matching the pie filling we chose to sprinkle in or on top. Let me know what you think about the strawberry!

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