Bake Sale Part 1 – Cinnamon Roll Bars

Ahh…the bake sale.  Perpetually the go-to money maker for all things.  At work, we generally use it to raise money for a cause.  We’ve raised money for Share our Strength (The Great American Bake Sale), and this time around, we used it to raise money for our back to school drive to help fill backpacks with school supplies that are distributed to children whose families do not have the money for everything they might need for the school year.  This year, we raised $560, which will definitely fill a lot of backpacks!

This post is the first in a series of recipes of what I made for the bake sale.  These cinnamon roll bars seemed to be the biggest hit of everything that I made.  I got more compliments out of these than anything else!

Original recipe is here:

What You Need

1 box yellow cake mix

½ cup melted butter

2 eggs

½ cup brown sugar

¼ cup sugar

1 ½ tablespoons cinnamon


2 tablespoons milk

2 cups powdered sugar


And Here’s What You Do

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all bar ingredients and pour into a greased 9X13 baking dish and bake for 25 minutes.  While baking the bars, mix together the icing ingredients.  Once the bars are removed from the oven, pour the icing over the top.  Let cool in the pan.

What I did

I followed the ingredients to the letter, with the exception of substituting soy milk for dairy milk.  But, that was the only change that I made.  The batter for the bars is not so much poured in as it is pressed into the corners and evenly distributed with a rubber spatula.



There was a corner that was a little wonky, so I decided that would be the “quality control” sample.  I instantly loved the warm, gooey, slightly granular texture of the bars, a bit like biting into brown sugar that has been hard pressed into a bar.  But with so much delightful cinnamon flavor!  I shared my sample with Scott, who also commented on the uniqueness of the texture.  I wish that mine had turned out a bit more like the original recipe picture.  There’s a lovely thick layer of frosting on those, though due to the intensely sweet nature of the bars, it might have been a little overpowering.

Until Next Time,

Peace, Love, and Cupcakes

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