Have you ever made something just because it was cute? I’m not sure a guy would admit to that reason for baking something, but I’m a girlperson so I will. I saw these bars in a picture on the Taste and Tell Blog and I had to make them. I knew my P.S. (Predictable Spouse) would give me an eyeroll but he’d do so while shoveling one into his mouth, I was sure.
In anticipation of spending the day with my sister Linda, I knew she’d be tickled by the pretty bars as well. When I scanned the recipe I groaned. Making things with a cake mix is not my style. But still. They were cute. I had to do it.
A quick stop at the grocery to buy a cake mix was necessary. That was more complicated than I remembered; there were a LOT of cake mixes to choose from! (Can you tell I’m not the usual household shopper?) Not having read the recipe very closely, I thought I needed a mix that included the colored sprinkles. I knew they had such cake mixes because D’Emily had mentioned making cupcakes that had sprinkles.
Of course the mixes were way in back on the bottom shelf, when I finally snagged one. They must be popular; they were the only one that required hands and knees to reach. While I was there I saw red velvet cake mixes and snagged one of those as well. I have a recipe somewhere to make cookies with one of those mixes. At a later date.
Ready to bake these cuties I assembled the rest of the ingredients and opened the box. First I sprayed my 8″x8” pan and turned the oven on to preheat. Then into a bowl I put the cake mix, the oil, egg and milk. I stirred until it was mixed well.
I decided not to add the optional chips. I spread the dough into the pan and put it into the oven at 350°. I left the bars in the oven 25 minutes and they were perfectly done. I set the pan on a rack to cool, then cut it into squares.
The bars were delicious! I’d expected them to be overly sweet but they were really like a cake that decided to evolve into a brownie. A cake brownie. A sprinkly vanilla cake brownie. I think kids would love these; I must make them again for my grandkids.
They are certainly super easy to make! If you wanted a quick go-to bar for dessert it would be wise to have a cake mix on hand. You wouldn’t even need the one with sprinkles. The sprinkles didn’t add anything to the flavor of the bar. They were just pretty.
I’ll confess the first batch I made of these I made a HUGE mistake, omitting the milk. I didn’t even realize it until I was typing out the recipe and stopped and groaned. No wonder they seemed so dark and dry so fast! They were like very thick cookies, and sorta dry. I ended up dumping them in the trash and buying another cake mix for a second go. That time I remembered the milk and they turned out perfectly.
Cake Batter Blondies
Adapted from Taste and Tell Blog
1 box yellow cake mix (I used a mix with sprinkles and omitted the sprinkles below)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray an 8×8 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, oil, egg and milk. Mix in the sprinkles and the chocolate chips. (The batter will be pretty stiff.)
Place the batter into the prepared dish. (Press down with your hands if needed to even out.) Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.