Cake bars are so easy to make and take no time to bake.  These cake bars are made with a simple cake batter but topped with a delicious cinnamon sugary glaze and then drizzled with icing… Yummy in the tummy!

Cake Bars are similar to a cookie crumbly base but is still soft and similar to a cake.  If that makes any sense at all.. All over the web you will find different ways to incorporate a cake box recipe and turn it into something fun and exciting… Now I absolutely love anything that has cinnamon and sugar.  I decided that I wanted to try my take on a cake bar that reminds me of a cinnamon roll… I know I think I have cinnamon rolls on the brain. 🙂  These Cinnamon swirl cake bars were so good that in fact in less than 24 hours they were all almost gone!

Can you imagine, of course you can… They were pretty irresistible.

so easy to make, no time at all.


Look at all of that! 🙂


Cinnamon Sugar Cake Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8-12 squares

A chewy sweet spin on cinnamon rolls turned into cake bars.


    Cake Bars:
  • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) Unsalted Butter, softened
  • Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) Unsalted Butter
  • 3/4 cup packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 3/4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Heavy Cream, (you can add more if needed)
  • 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line an 8×8 inch baking pan with tin foil that’s been generously sprayed with cooking spray. Make sure foil goes all the way up and over the edges for this one.
  2. First make the cake bars. Place cake mix, egg, and butter into a large mixing bowl. Mix with hands until a nice dough forms. similar to a cookie dough.
  3. Next, melt butter in a microwave safe bowl for about 30-40 seconds. Add brown sugar and cinnamon to bowl, mixing until combined.
  4. Press half of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Layer with half of melted cinnamon sugar topping. Top with remaining half of dough pressing evenly. Then pour remainder of cinnamon sugar topping.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until cooked through and golden brown on top. Remove from oven.
  6. Place powdered sugar, cream and maple syrup into a large bowl and mix until creamy and smooth. Drizzle over warm cake bars then let cool for 20 minutes before cutting into squares.


Enjoy and see you next time!