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Cake Pop Bars

You have to try these cake pop bars if you’re someone who loves cake pops but doesn’t want to put in all the work to make them. These have all the delicious taste of cake pops with half the effort! 

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A plate full of a pyramid of cake pop bars.

I knew at some point I wanted to make cake pops for the blog. I mean who doesn’t love a good cake pop, right?! But when I tried to do the whole shebang I used the popsicle shaped moulds thinking it would be easier than traditional pops. And it didn’t really feel easier, at least for me. I was getting so frustrated throughout the process. All I kept thinking was “how can I make this 10x easier?”. Since I ended up cutting those cakesicles into little pieces anyway, I realized that you can just make them into a bar from the beginning. 

And thus, cake pop bars were born! This truly is a million times easier and tastes exactly the same. You can even enjoy more at once with the bar version! The only baking you have to do in this recipe is for the cake. Since we’re using box mix it is such a minimal effort dessert. Pretty much all the same steps as making normal cake pops but no rolling or dipping or sticking in sticks. Another cool thing about the bars is that there’s more room for creativity. You can add any of your favourite treats into the dough to make it totally custom. In this recipe we’re going for simple and classic but let your imagination run wild and load it up if you want! This would be a great alternative to my candy bar cookies if cake is more your style. 

What you need to make cake pop bars

  • cake mix of choice (+ water and eggs, no oil) 
  • frosting of choice 
  • chocolate and sprinkles for topping (optional) 

Instructions 

Box mixes are literally my favourite, I will never stop using them or raving about them. Make your favourite boxed cake mix according to the instructions but do not add the oil. Preheat your oven also according to the box and grease and line the pan of your choice. I like to use something around 9”x13” because I can dump all the batter in there and only have to bake one cake. You could also use a sheet pan or whatever you have available, it really doesn’t matter for what we’re doing. If you have options, go with what’s easiest! Add the batter to your pan and bake for as long as the box says, you might have to shorten the time by a tiny bit so just keep an eye on it when it gets towards the end. 

When the cake is done take it out of the oven and let it cool completely. When it has cooled, take out manageable sized pieces of cake and add to the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix on low-medium speed until you get fine crumbs. Next, add your frosting to the mixing bowl and mix until well incorporated. I’ve found around ¾ cup is a good amount but there’s no exact science to this part. You want to have enough so that the dough sticks to itself and can hold its shape, something like Play-Doh. However, if you LOVE frosting or like your pops usually on the more dense side then add all the frosting you want! This can be a measure with your heart type deal. 

A plate full of bars on the left side and scattered bars on the right side.

When the mixture is ready, prepare an 8”x8” pan and add it in. You’ll need to push it around the pan and press it down to form an even and level shape. Just do your best, of course this does not affect any part of the recipe, especially the taste. Next, melt your chocolate in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until it has completely melted. Pour the chocolate overtop of the cake pop mixture and spread it out until it has completely covered the top. If you’d like to add any toppings now is the time! I had some extra white sprinkles so I added those but you could do festive sprinkles for an occasion, chopped up pretzels or other salty treats, chopped up candy bars, more pieces of chocolate, anything you want! 

At this point you can leave it to set up on its own at room temperature or you can put it in the fridge for a quicker alternative. When you’re ready to eat, cut into bar shapes and you can enjoy your cake pop bars! Wasn’t that just so much easier?! 

A stack of cake pop bars.
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Cake Pop Bars

You have to try these cake pop bars if you’re someone who loves cake pops but doesn’t want to put in all the work to make them. These have all the delicious taste of cake pops with half the effort! 
Prep Time30 minutes
Active Time25 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boxed beauties, boxed cake, cake pop, cake pop bars
Yield: 16 bars
Author: Gianna

Materials

  • 1 cake mix of your choice + water and eggs – no oil
  • ½ cup to ¾ cup frosting of your choice
  • ¾ cup chocolate for topping
  • sprinkles optional

Instructions

  • Prepare the cake mix according to the instructions on the box, omitting the oil.
  • Grease and line a baking pan of your choice and add the cake batter.
  • Bake for as long as the box says per what pan you are using. Let cool completely.
  • Add the cake to the bowl of a stand mixer and use the paddle attachment to turn the cake into crumbs.
  • Add the frosting in – start with ½ cup and add more as needed. When the cake can stick together and hold its own shape it is ready.
  • Add cake pop mixture to an 8”x8” pan and press in until evenly distributed.
  • Melt chocolate and add to the top of the mixture.
  • Add sprinkles if desired.
  • Let firm at room temperature or in the fridge. Cut into squares. Enjoy!

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