Lemon Magic Bars

lemon magic cake bars

It’s cold outside and I am dreaming about summer and sunshine.  What is it about lemon bars that make you feel all warm and happy inside?  Apparently I am not the only one who bakes up lemon bars during the dreary month of January. I have seen quite a few versions floating around blog land this week.  And here I thought I was being all sneaky like last Sunday when I threw these lemon cake bars in my oven.   I think all food bloggers think alike…for the most part that is.

lemon magic cake bars

So supposedly there is a flu epidemic going around the country.  My kids have been fairly healthy…just a few colds here and there.  I hope everyone in your households have been staying healthy too.

The other day my husband and I went to visit a lady from our church in the hospital.  We stopped at the front desk to find out what room she was in.  The girl looked us over really good, and then proceeded to tell us the hospital was closed to anyone but close family due to the flu restrictions.  Lucky for us, clergy is also allowed in the building.  I think that might have stunned her for a minute.  But then she kept going and telling us that children were not allowed under ANY circumstance in the building.  We just shook our heads and agreed with her.

As we walked away, we both just started to laugh.  Did she know something we did’t because the last time I checked no one else was with us.  Nope, no kids at all.  I stopped and look around because I was SURE some child had wandered into the building and must be standing near us.  I mean why else would she lecture us about children coming in?  As we waited for the elevator I did my scan of the room again…nope, still no children anywhere near us.  I’m thinking she thought we were suspicious looking and had a child hidden under our coat or in my giant purse.

Either that, or my make up was doing an extremely good job that day, and I looked like I was under the age of 18.  My husband just kind of snorted when I said that.  Fine…just burst this 36 year old’s dreams of still looking young.

lemon magic cake bars

As we rode up the elevator, my husband asked me what I thought would happen if you really would try to sneak a child into a hospital room.  I’m pretty sure there would be alarms, bells, and whistles screaming through the hallways.  Then the metal gates would probably drop from the ceiling cutting off all hopes of escape.   Bottom line..don’t even mention the word “kid” in the building.  That could get you under surveillance pretty quickly!

In all seriousness, I do understand the need to be very careful when the flu is going around.  We just got a good laugh at the lady at the front desk and how insistent she was about no children when we didn’t have any with us.

lemon magic cake bars

Maybe if this lady had some super sweet lemon cake bars with sprinkles for her lunch break, she would have been in a happier mood.

These magic bars start with a lemon cake mix dough that is pressed into a pan.  Then in true magic bar fashion there are five layers of ingredients baked into the cake mix crust.  I think my favorite layer is the sprinkle coating.  Sprinkles just make me so happy, and I try to use them any chance I get.  If you are looking for a quick and easy dessert to satisfy that sweet tooth, this bar is for you.  Using a lemon cake mix keeps it from being a tart and citrus bar.  It has a very subtle lemon flavor that pairs very well with the white chocolate and coconut layers.

And as with all magic bars, these are very sweet.  I seriously could eat the sweetest and richest dessert without batting an eyelash.  My sweet tooth has had years of experience.  My husband on the other hand declared these bars too sweet for his liking.  Just thought you might like to know they rate high on the sweet chart.   They also rate very high in the cheery happy dessert chart.


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Lemon Magic Cake Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 24 bars

Lemon Magic Cake Bars

Lemon cake mix topped with layers of sweet goodness to create a magic bar


1 lemon cake mix
8 Tablespoons butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
1/4 cup sprinkles


  1. Combine the cake mix, butter, egg, and lemon juice until it forms a soft dough. Press into the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan. Layer the white chocolate chips, marshmallows, and coconut on the dough. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over the top, covering everything as much as possible. Top with sprinkles.
  2. Bake at 350* for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into 24 squares.

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    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      hahahaha! Your comment totally made me giggle! You are too much! You don’t look your age at all girl! Keep working it!!!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      I knew you would like all the sprinkles on top!!! The white chocolate and coconut was probably my favorite part of the bar!!!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      With all the fun magic bar twists out there, it was fun trying to come up with something different! And cake mix crusts are always a fun easy way to twist something!!!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Want to know a little secret? I don’t really like lemon stuff either….sssshhhh don’t tell anyone! I might get beaten for posing as a lemon lover :-)

  1. says

    Coming over to say HI and {SQUEEEEE!} from Weekend Potluck! These lemon bars are TOO stinkin’ sunshiney for words. Love sprinkles, love lemon and LOVE the happy Spring time thoughts this post produced in this weary winter brain of mine.
    Hugs! T

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Yes, these do have Rainbow Brite all over them…such a blast from the past to think about that!!! Thanks for stopping by!!!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      I agree…warm sunny lemon treats make it feel more summer like. Well, until I step outside and realize it’s only 14* here today! Bring on the summer!!!!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Almost too pretty to eat…but I didn’t have any problem cutting into the pan of these yummy bars!!!

  2. says

    Thank you! These have cheered my gloomy trudge through themelty slushy snow to do school run morning!!! I don’t really do cake mix things. (cake box mixes aren’t common here) but I really want to try my own take on these! Will let you know if it works!
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  3. says

    These are seriously needed in the Winter to battle all this gloomy weather! Great idea! I am way behind on my ‘magic bars’ but his might be a great place to start! :)
    Mackenzie :)

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      I am willing to try almost anything to brighten up this cold, dreary winter. Sprinkles seem to help though!!! Definitely start with the magic bars again…they are amazing!

  4. Erin R. says

    Oh, these are good! I’ve had magic bars a few times and enjoyed them, but for some reason they’ve never really been on my radar. It never would have occurred to me to make a lemon version. I made these last night and they are…wow. The edge pieces on mine had more of the cake bake up to the top with a kind of thin caramel crust, while the middle pieces had a thicker layer of the gooey sweetened condensed milk. They’re way sweet (Captain Obvious) so I cut them really small and was able to try an edge and a middle. Can’t decide which I like best! Everyone will go nuts for them at the birthday party this afternoon. Thanks a lot!

  5. Katy says

    I made these tonight and the marshmellows are completely burnt through the sprinkles. Any ways to keep that from happening??


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