2 Ingredient Lemon Bars

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These 2 Ingredient Lemon Bars are perfect if you are craving something sweet, tangy, and oh-so-satisfying.

The mix of the angel food cake and lemon pie filling will be transformed into a fantastic lemony dessert that is ready to be enjoyed with family and friends.

Delicious lemon bars dusted with powdered sugar served on a plate.

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Angel Food Cake

Created in America in the 1800s, this cake got it’s name due to its light and airy texture. The Cake is usually flavored with vanilla and accompanied by a fruit sauce, usually based on strawberries or blueberries, but it can also be topped with a light citrus-based glaze.

Why This Lemon Dessert Recipe is a Keeper

The convenience of only needing two ingredients makes this recipe a great choice. Whip up a lemony dessert without spending hours in the kitchen. The combination of the light angel food cake mix and pie filling creates a delightful balance of flavors. Resulting in a dessert that is perfect for any occasion.

  • Easy Two Ingredients: The recipe uses lemon pie filling and angel food cake mix.
  • Family Friendly Cake Bars: If they like lemon bars, this is the dessert for them.
  • Similar Recipe: This great recipe can be made with different box of cake mix if you don’t have angel food cake mix.

If you like a lemon recipe and are looking for more lemon recipes, try these Lemon Tahini Dressing, Lemon Lush and Lemon Curd (Lemon Filling).

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Why do my Lemon Cake Bars Fall Apart?

Delicious 2 Ingredient Lemon bars on a white plate.

There are several reasons why your lemon sponge bars are falling apart. Here are a few tricks:

  • Let the bars cool completely before cutting them. 
  • Use a sharp knife and wipe it clean after each cut.

Ingredient Notes for 2 Ingredient Lemon Bars Recipe

If you like lemon bars, then you will love this recipe, which uses only two simple ingredients for yummy lemon bars.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

Variations and Substitutions for this Easy Lemon Bar Recipe

If you love lemon, you can add many different things to kick up the lemon flavor to the box of angel food cake mix. Use two tablespoons of lemon juice or try a lemon creme pie filling for a great lemon bar that is creamier.

  • Lemon Juice: Fresh lemon juice, lemon extract and lemon zest into the batter. makes a great addition.
  • Sugar Free: A sugar free lemon pie filling is a wonderful swap.

How to Make Two Ingredient Lemon Bars

If you are looking for a lemon bar that is easy, try this 2 ingredient dessert. Just mix the 2 together and you are good to go.

These are the basic steps for making best lemon bars. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions. Let us know if you have tried this recipe.

STEP 1: Prep

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 rectangular baking dish or spray with non-stick cooking spray.

STEP 2: Mix the Angel Food Cake Mix and Lemon Pie Filling

In a large bowl, stir together the box angel food cake mix and the lemon pie filling until fully combined. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.

STEP 3: Bake the Easy 2 Ingredient Lemon Bars

Bake for 30 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the lemon bars from the oven. Cool completely before dusting with confectioners’ sugar.

Recipe FAQs to Make Lemon Bar Dessert

While the angel food cake mix is preferred for its light and airy texture, you can experiment with other flavors such as vanilla or use a lemon cake mix to create different variations of the lemon bars. However, keep in mind that the texture and taste may vary accordingly

 These bars can be served as a standalone dessert, or for an added touch of indulgence, top them with a dusting of powdered sugar or a dollop of whipped cream. Additionally, they can be accompanied by a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an ultimate lemony treat.

 Yes, any leftover lemon squares can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days, ensuring they maintain their freshness and flavor. Simply bring them to room temperature before serving to enjoy their delightful taste.

A glass dish of the dessert dusted with powdered sugar.

Expert Tips for Making the Perfect Lemon Dessert Bars Recipe

This super easy 2 ingredient lemon bars with powdered sugar can be adapted with these tips for the traditional lemon bars. Double by using 2 packets of the cake mix and 2 cans or 2 jars of the pie filling.

  • Chips: Try to mix lemon chips or white chocolate chips. Mix with the pie filling. They make these lemon bars even better.
  • Garnish: Drizzle the top of the best lemon bars with a little white chocolate
  • Add the Lemon Zest: Up the lemon flavor with some lemon zest in the cake mix.
  • Marble: For a different texture, consider swirling the lemon pie filling into the cake mixture for a marbled effect to the lemon angel food cake bars.
  • Topping: Use lemon pudding to top the bars. Lemon curd can top off the Angel food cake.
  • Bite Size: Rather than bars follow the recipe exactly but put into mini muffin pans.
  • Lime: In place of the canned lemon pie filling, you can use a lime pike mixture. Or if you cannot find lemon pie filling, try a lemon pie mix.

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2 Ingredient Lemon Bars

Yield: 12 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
These 2 Ingredient Lemon Bars are perfect if you are craving something sweet, tangy, and oh-so-satisfying.
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a 9×13 rectangular baking dish or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, stir together cake mix and pie filling until fully combined.
  • Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool completely before dusting with confectioners sugar.

Expert Tips

  • Chips: Try to mix lemon chips or white chocolate chips.
  • Garnish: Drizzle the top of the bars with a little white chocolate
  • Add the Lemon Zest: Up the lemon flavor with some lemon zest in the cake mix.
  • Marble: For a different texture, consider swirling the lemon pie filling into the cake mixture for a marbled effect to the lemon angel food cake bars.
  • Topping: Use a lemon pudding, lemon curd can top off the Angel food cake.
  • Bite Size: Rather than bars follow the recipe exactly but put into mini muffin pans.
  • Lime: In place of the canned lemon pie filling you can use a lime pike mixture. Or if you can not find lemon pie filling, try a lemon pie mix.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 403mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 34g | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

8 thoughts on “2 Ingredient Lemon Bars”

    • Since it is a box cake and canned lemon filling it would depend on the variety that you purchase. You can punch the ones you purchase into my fitness pal or other calculator to get the exact facts for the ones you purchase.

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  1. I love this cake, but it wasn’t lemony enough. Next time I will put in lemon zest or lemon extract. The powder sugar made it too sweet do so I melted store bought lemon curd and spread it on the top. Excellant. I love the moistness

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  2. 5 stars
    I have to admit that I didn’t believe you when you said this was only 2 ingredients. Amazing! Adding the lemon pie filling was GENIUS! The only problem is that now, I will be making this all the time. My diet thanks you. 🙂

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  3. 5 stars
    This cake was soooo easy and delicious! I loved that it was only 2 ingredients. It was the perfect weeknight dessert!

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  4. 5 stars
    Ahhh…this delicious lemon cake reminds me of the one my grandmother used to make. Alas, she never wrote down her recipe. So I was beyond excited to run across your fabulous lemon cake. I make it and let me tell you – the flavor and texture was excellent!

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