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Lemon Cake Batter Blondies

1 Comment 06 August 2014

It’s  a known and proven fact that funfetti, those brightly colored little sprinkles, can attract children from miles around, so, you know, use your powers responsibly and all. And be prepared to offer them a fun treat like this one! This post was inspired by the idea and pictures from Sally’s Baking Addiction, which is quickly becoming a go-to place to find even more fun, inspiring things to try. We just switched it up a little by trying a lemon cake mix, which was actually the Infrequent Miniature Cooking Assistant’s idea. I told her to pick out a yellow cake mix, and lemon is what we went with. She also told me to go with the enormous tub of funfetti sprinkles, but I didn’t listen…and suffered for it!

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Don’t do like I did and ignore the sage advice of your kiddo, who you thought maybe just wanted the big tub of sprinkles for her own amusements. I mean, even if that is the case (it was definitely the case), I should have gotten the big tub of sprinkles because I failed to realize that the recipe calls for half a cup of them! So, just know it. half a cup. Of sprinkles. If that isn’t enough to fire up your own rainbow, what in the heck will?

But I sent hubby to the store later for more sprinkles, so all was well. I have a great support team. Heh!

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Yay no mixer of any kind except you and a spatula yay yay yay!

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This will be a fairly thick batter. It’s meant to be so, so that we get gooey fudge-y-like blondies when it’s all said and done. And looking at the above pic, things will still be a little lumpy as well, but do try to smoosh in any big lumps.

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For this step, call your own kiddo into the kitchen to help and unleash the sprinkles!

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Before the kiddo can escape, wrangle them back to the bowl to unleash the white chocolate chips! Imagine all the hours and hours of….hmm…energetic fun that will result. Muahahah!

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The secret to making them extra fun for the kiddos? Making the kiddos stir all that fun into this fun stuff. As you can see, it’s very thick indeed. Our kiddo needed to use both hands to wrestle it all together!

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Infrequent Miniature Cooking Assistant worked really hard today. On goes a final sprinkling of rainbow madness and we’re ready to bake!

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Our pan was slightly bigger than called for, and if yours will be, too, make sure you bake your blondies a little less than the recipe calls for. I think I could have pulled ours out even sooner. They were a tad bit dry in my opinion. Good, just not as gooey as I hoped they’d be.

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These are, overall, a very fun (and definitely only once-in-a-while) treat for the kiddos. They’d be perfect for school classroom birthday treats (if your school allows homemade stuff that is), bake sales, birthdays – you name it! They are, admittedly, as sweet as they look, as in very. Do take us seriously when we advise having a big supply of milk on hand to wash them down with.

Lemon Cake Batter Blondies

from Cake Batter Blondies by Sally’s Baking Addiction

Prep Time: 10 minutes   Cook Time: About 25-30 minutes Level: Easy    Serves: Depends on how big you cut your squares

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup milk (less is better)
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 11×7 baking pan with nonstick spray.

Combine the cake mix, oil, egg and milk in a large bowl, adding the milk in slowly while stirring. The batter should have a thick consistency and texture. Mix in the sprinkles and white chocolate chips. Spread in your prepared baking pan and garnish with more sprinkles on top. Bake for 25-30 minutes until edges are just turning brown. (Make sure that if your pan is a little larger than 11×7, you don’t over bake; you might need to bake for less than 25 minutes.) The center might seem under baked and jiggle a little.

Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes. The center will become more set. Cut into squares and enjoy. Store any extras at room temperature in an airtight container.


While we chose a lemon cake mix, you can of course use whatever yellow cake mix you prefer. I would say that the lemon flavor does add another level of sweetness. These definitely need some milk to go alongside them! Or coffee for the adults.

Honestly, I hate having to put how many servings or people this type of thing will make/serve because it does depend on how big you cut the squares. The original recipe says it makes 20 squares and I cut mine bigger, so…in hindsight, I’d cut them smaller next time. They’re pretty rich. And again – sweet!

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