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Easy Cake Mix Caramel Bars

These Easy Cake Mix Caramel Bars are the perfect bar cookie to make for a quick dessert for the family or a pitch-in at work.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake mix caramel bar cookies, cake mix caramel bars, caramel bars with cake mix, caramel bars with yellow cake mix, easy caramel bars, yellow cake mix recipes
Servings: 1 cake
Author: Barbara


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup pecans chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup caramel topping
  • 2 Tablespoons hot water
  • Caramel Frosting
  • 1 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 3 Tablespoons caramel topping
  • 2 Tablespoons milk


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Spray or grease a jelly roll pan. To make cleanup easy, line with parchment paper.
  • Combine cake mix, pecans, shortening, caramel topping (1 cup), and hot water with mixer.
  • Spread evenly in the greased jelly roll pan.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, mix powdered sugar, butter, 3 Tablespoons caramel topping and milk in mixer until smooth.
  • Once cake has cooled, spread caramel frosting evenly.


  • For easy transfer and cutting of the bars, line the jelly roll pan with parchment paper. 
  • These easy caramel bars use jarred caramel topping.  The jar will be divided between the bars and the icing. 
  • Caramel bars with cake mix make a huge pan; these are perfect for a pitch in. 
  • Let the easy caramel bars cool completely before icing. 
  • Try our famous Gooey Bars with Yellow Cake mix.