September 23, 2012

This will probably a huge shock to exactly no one, but I love cooking. I was almost disappointed by how easy this recipe was. There’s barely any cooking to be done. In fact, if you want to send a less-than-recipe-savvy man into the kitchen, he’ll probably still be able to whip these up pretty handily himself.

Oh, and in case you needed just ONE more reason to make these already fabulous treats, each lemon bar is only 168 calories. Set, and spike.

Two Ingredient Lemon Bars from Rachel Schultz

Makes about 15 bars

1 box angel food cake mix (must be the 1-step kind)
22 ounces lemon pie filling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cake mix and pie filling together in a large mixing bowl. Spread mixture into greased 9×13 baking dish.

Two Ingredient Lemon Bars from Rachel Schultz

Bake for 30 minutes, or until lightly golden. Expect for these to be more of a cakey texture than other lemon bars. Top with powdered sugar, (but only if you don’t have any huge qualms with this recipe becoming a THREE ingredient endeavor.)

Two Ingredient Lemon Bars from Rachel Schultz

4.9 from 12 reviews
two ingredient lemon bars
Serves: 15 bars
  • 1 box angel food cake mix (must be the 1-step kind)
  • 22 ounces lemon pie filling
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cake mix and pie filling together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Spread mixture into greased 9x13 baking dish.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  4. Top with powdered sugar

Adapted from Practically Living.


  • Amy

    Why is it so hard to understand/follow directions?? The recipe says MIX 1 22 JAR LEMON PIE FILLING AND ONE ANGEL FOOD CAKE MIX. THE END.

    • Amber

      Great recipe. Didn’t expect to read the first comment and feel such hate from a post. Amy, maybe keep it nice to those who questions seem irritating

  • Lyssa

    I currently have these in the oven but they have risen way higher than the pan so I’m a little worried about how they will set once they are out of the oven and cool down.
    FOR ANYONE WHO IS CONFUSED, YOU DO NOT ADD ANY WATER. just a pie filling angel food cake mix:)

  • Can you tell me what do you mean the 1 step kind. Do I follow the box recipe?
    Thank you.

  • Janet

    I make a similar cake using an angel food cake mix (white) and a can of crushed pineapple (juice and all). Bake as shown on the box. This makes a super moist and delicious cake! Going to try it with Cherry pie filling instead of the lemon and see how that turns out. Stay tuned!

  • can i use an angel food tube cake pan instead of the layer cake pan. I’m worried about it overflowing in the oven.

  • Cathy

    Have you tried this with any other canned pie filling?

    • Rachel Schultz

      I have not.

    • Jennifer

      I have used several other flavors of pie fillings. Blueberry is my fave. But I only use 1 can, it tastes much better with only 1 can and is more cake like.

  • Debbie

    I was really excited to try this, as I love lemon anything. Disappointed at the results. the cake had risen way above the edge of dish. when cooled the cake fell. What had risen above the dish was baked on the dish. However, the flavor was yummy! Consistency was more like a lemon pie in a cake dish, with out the crust. May have to try some different versions because I like this idea.

  • Suzan

    do I follow the recipe on the angel food cake and pie filling…your instructions are not that clear.

    • Heather

      The recipe says to mix the cake mix with the pie filling. It’s seems too simple, I know =)…but I’ve made a version where you mix the angel food cake mix with a can of peaches or pineapple & bake it. That was really yummy! I haven’t made this version but I’m thinking I may try it tonight! I have a can of key lime pie filling & I’m thinking it would be tasty…good luck!

      • Heather

        Sorry that was a lot of “I’m thinkings” lol!

  • Amy

    I take it you follow the recipe on the cake box, or otherwise you wouldn’t have any liquid to mix ? or on the pudding box?

  • kathy smith

    i have them in oven now i used 42oz hope they turn out will let ya know

  • Sarah

    The pin that led me to you had conflicting amounts of lemon filling – one part said 42 ounces, and another said 22, and then your blog says 22. They are in the oven now; I used 22 ounces and I have no idea what kind of angel food cake mix constitutes 1-step, but I wanted to verify the details, just in case this doesn’t go well! :) thanks!

    • Heather

      I believe I’ve seen an angel food cake mix that uses just water. It must be one of those…

  • Anonymous

    Although the recipe is indeed easy, they taste like lemon angel food cake and nothing like the traditional lemon bars. I would not this recipe again.

  • Kelli

    Made these just as the recipe said to, but added 1/2 juiced lemon, 1 cup shredded coconut and 1 cup white chocolate chips. YUM!

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