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Salted Caramel Butter Cake Bars Made with a Cake Mix, a recipe featured by top US dessert blogger, Practically Homemade

Salted Caramel Butter Cake Bars with a Cake Mix

Salted caramel and a butter cake mix are turned into a delicious bar cookie that everyone will love.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 317 kcal


Shortbread Crust

  • 1 box yellow butter cake mix
  • 1/3 cup butter {softened}
  • 1 egg

Caramel Layer

  • 11 oz. Caramel Bits candies
  • 2-3 tbsp heavy cream {or milk}
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp kosher salt {optional}


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray an 9x9 {or 8x8 pan} with non-stick spray.  Mix dry cake mix, softened butter and egg with either a wooden spoon or an electric mixer.  The mixture will be crumbly and that is how it should be.  Take 2/3 of the mixture and press it into the using your fingers or the bottom of a measuring cup {reserve the remaining 1/3 of mixture and refrigerate until ready for use}.  Bake for 13-15 minutes or until it is a pale golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes.

  2. While the crust is cooling, put the caramels and milk into a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 45 seconds and stir, continue with 25 second intervals until it is smooth and melted.  Add vanilla and stir.  Pour caramel over crust and spread out evenly.  If desired, sprinkle caramel with kosher salt.  Take remaining cake mixture and sprinkle it over the top of the caramel mixture, pressing it slightly.  Bake for an additional 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool completely before cutting into 12 even squares.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts
Salted Caramel Butter Cake Bars with a Cake Mix
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 317 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 714mg31%
Potassium 85mg2%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 225IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 132mg13%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.