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Carrot Cake Bars with Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Frosting

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  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 1 hr 45 min
  • Servings 48
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These crowd-sized carrot cake bars are the perfect dessert for all of your parties and potlucks this season. Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ carrot cake mix is the no-fuss shortcut that will get you started, and the addition of ground cinnamon and maple flavoring will enhance the cake’s sweet flavors. With such a simple and speedy preparation for the cake base, you’ll have plenty of time to make the luxurious and creamy frosting from scratch. Cinnamon, vanilla and plenty of sugar sweeten dreamy cream cheese, transforming it into a lavish topping that will get all the compliments. The simple-but-delicious cake easily serves 48, so everyone at the party can give it a try and take a few bars home with them.
Updated Feb 19, 2020
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  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray 15x10x1-inch pan with baking spray with flour.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat bar ingredients with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Spread evenly in pan.
  • 3
    Bake 19 to 24 minutes or until top is evenly golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 4
    In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, milk, vanilla and cinnamon with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until smooth and spreadable. Spread frosting evenly over cooled bars. Store covered in refrigerator.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Running short on time? Try using a 16-ounce container of Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy cream cheese frosting instead of the from-scratch recipe.
  • tip 2
    A thick cream cheese frosting is the go-to finish for carrot cake, but for a lighter approach glaze with an orange icing: mix powdered sugar with a few teaspoons of fresh orange juice and a little grated zest until the right consistency for drizzling on top of cake.
  • tip 3
    Serving a smaller crowd? Our classic Carrot Cake recipe is top-rated and serves 12 people.


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