Rolo Cake Mix Bars

Are you sick of cake mixes yet?

Well, we are closing in on the end “Busy people need sweets that start with cake mix week”…


It’s been fun while it’s lasted, yes?



Next week I am sure I will be back to more complicated popcorn and brownies…

So, yeah, it never gets too complicated around here, but I do have to say that this week of cake mix treats has been kinda fun.


I have an entire section of cake mix recipes on this site…did you know that?

Under the category “Fun Sweets” on my navigation bar up top, cake mix recipes is there.  You should check it out, there’s some fun stuff.


Speaking of fun stuff…last week I did a fun nail project.  Not sure if you guys have ever heard of “water marbling”?  Well hop over to my other site and check it out…I am a major dork when I talk to the camera, so please ignore my voice and my awkwardness and also ignore the fact that you can’t see my face.

So yeah…I don’t think Steven Speilberg will be calling anytime soon to ask me to assistant direct a film with him.  Whatevs.


See, I am so busy doing nails and making crafts and stuff that I have had to use cake mixes all week.

Phew, the life of a blogger.


That leads me to my last cake mix treat of the week.

These are Rolo Cake Mix Bars.

They are caramely and yummy and easy ~ 3 things that I look for in a dessert.

Start with your Rolo candies.  Cut them in half.

Next up mix up your cake mix, evaporated milk and melted butter…

**Make sure you use a 18.25 oz box of cake mix.  That is 1 lb.  I used Duncan Hines.

Divide the batter in half, like this picture…Please ignore the fact that the divided batter looks like brains or a butt.  Completely unintentional.

The batter will be sticky, but carefully press half into the bottom of a greased baking pan…

Bake the crust up for a few minutes.  Then place the Rolo candies face down on the crust…

Then drop the remaining batter on top…

Bake it for a few more minutes.

Then try and keep out of it before it cools….I dare you.


Rolo Cake Mix Bars


  • 1 box (18.25 oz) yellow, vanilla or white cake mix ( I used Duncan Hines), dry
  • 5 oz evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 40 Rolo Candies, unwrapped and cut in half


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
  3. With your mixer, beat cake mix, evaporated milk and butter until combined. Mixture will be thick and sticky.
  4. Divide batter in half and press 1 half into the bottom of the pan.
  5. Bake until just set, approximately 8-9 minutes.
  6. Remove base from oven and place Rolo candies, caramel-side down on top.
  7. Drop remaining batter on top of Rolos in teaspoon sized amounts.
  8. Bake for 20-24 minutes longer until top begins to golden.
  9. Cool completely before cutting into squares.


Recipe adapted from Taste of Home


adapted from Taste of Home magazine

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I cannot get over how incredibly delicious these look. I could seriously enjoy them as a stand alone meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet

This might be the highlight of cake mix week, though I would love if week turned into month:-)

Jill @

WOW…these look amazing! Such a great idea and I am just going to have to pin this one…love it!

Living The Sweet Life

These sound like a dream… the melted caramel and warm chocolate – – I can’t promise to share this when I make it 😉

Heather (Heather

as long as butter’s involved i could never get tired of cake mixes…sign me up for a pan of these!

Mighty Morgan

Fabulous just about sums up this one…never thought to add candy….your so smart 🙂

Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are}

Oh. . . YUM. . . . I want these, now!! And really, I say you just embrace that brain/butt photo and title it, “ButtBrain”.


I just “pinned” this recipe because I want to use up some leftover Halloween candy that is STILL in my cupboard. Thanks for a simple but yummy idea.

Mollie (justthefrostingplease)

I think you are a genius.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

Are you sick of cake mixes yet? <— NO! and this looks insanely good, easy, and PERFECT for anytime. I love Rolo's, too!

Katrina @ In Katrina

Sick of cake mixes? Shut your mouth! 😉

sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and mor

I am personally loving your posts this week. So many ways to use a mix,and I like that.


I see from the picture you were doing a fine job eating out of the pan in a straight line until you got back up to the top and took a big bite with that darn spoon. (: And what do you mean this is last cake mix recipe of the week. By my count it’s only Thursday. We should still be owed another cakemix recipe tomorrow, shouldn’t we, couldn’t we, please, pretty please, pretty please with like chocolate and mini reeses and all sorts of good stuff like that sprinkled on top?


That is way too easy. Can’t wait to try this!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

Never ever sick of cake mix treats. And Rolos?! Get outta town.

Sara E

wow!!!! I pinned this and it’s already been repinned 88 times in just the last 30 minutes…. it’s the most popular thing I’ve ever pinned by far


Love these; they look so yummy! I love your nail art too. It looks so pretty. My daughter will love it. I am going to try it on her this weekend:)

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Oh my goodness! I do believe I would make really great friends with a pan of these!


I could eat that entire pan. Don’t believe me, make them for me? ha! 🙂


Oh my! I’ll take the whole pan! Thank you!


I am LOVING these!

Cookie Sleuth

I’m loving cake mix week! 🙂

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I love this recipe! I made these when we were moving, and almost all of our stuff was already packed, but I needed to feed “the help”. I used a a chocolate cake mix, but thought this would be great too!


My mouth is watering! I must make these this weekend. Thank you for all your great recipes and yummy pictures :o) Sarah @ Repeat Crafter Me


Hi…This is probably a dumb question, but when a recipe calls for butter is it usually unsalted or salted? Please help me… 🙂 Thank you!!


this has all of my favorite food groups in it! Well, except for peanut butter. Don’t worry. I’ll just smear it on.


Looks all ooey and gooey and yummy… Can’t wait to try out this recipe!

Emily ~SoDomesticated~

Yum! I can’t think of any other word right now…

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets

These look really tasty! Your Rolos photo is beautiful!


I can’t resist anything with Rolos. And I’m loving all of the cake mix recipes!


Oh my! Well, the baking “snob” in me is humbled by this treat, and is going put today to buy a yellow cake mix so she can make these babies! 😉 They look irresistible. (Your blog is just beautiful, by the way, and I love your photos.)


These are right up my ALLEY!!!

Lori @ RecipeGirl

Rolos would have been good in the brownie mix recipe I did today too. I love cake mix stuff- so easy!! These look simply drooly!


Rich, caramelly bars are my favorite. THis one is printed and in my ‘to bake’ stack.

That happens too often when I’m here!

Erin @ Making Memories

These look delicious! Gotta love chocolate and caramel! =o)


Shopping list:
Cake mix

Shopping done!!

Krissy @ Krissy

I LOVE Rolos! One of my favorites candies ever. These look soooo up my alley. Love!

Angie @ Bigbearswife

I think I may be in love with these bars

Ellen McCauley

I made these last night , and I messed them up somehow!!! My batter was creamy not crumbly! Is it 5 oz. of evaporated milk? Don’t know what happened!


I just made these today, I said the same thing, the batter was not crumbly at all. Waiting for them to cool down to see what they are like.


Sadly i had the same problem.

Erika - The Teenage Taste

I’m a firm believer that Rolos make everything taste 10x more delicious. Just sayin’


I just started making them and I had the same issue as Ellen – my batter is super runny like a cake mix would normally be. I used 5 ounces of evaporated milk and 1/4 cup melted butter – but I’m wondering if your cake mix was bigger than mine? I used a standard box that would make two round cakes or 24 cupcakes.

Would love to hear from anyone else who made them? They looks so good – my husband is on his way back to the house with Rolo’s as I type this…

tia the baker

i love these! keep the cake mix luv coming! these would be great in a pinch. mmm


Another winning recipe, Shelly!


These are so yummy! I can’t stop eating them….now feeding them to my family so I don’t eat any more of them!!!

bridget {bake at 350}

Oh, SHELLY!!! I think I just licked my computer screen.

Darla | Bakingdom

Rolos are one of my very, very favorite candies ever. (I mean, hello? Caramel and chocolate. It’s a given.) These are seriously mouthwatering! I can’t wait to try them!!


Just mixed mine up and I’ve got the creamy/runny batter as well but I’m foraging ahead. I actually have 2 different kinds of mixes at home and just realized that I used a Betty Crocker mix which is 15.25oz but the Duncan Hines mix is 18.25oz – I’m guessing those 3 extra ounces of mix is what’s making the difference! Thanks for a yummy recipe 🙂

PS – I added chopped salted mixed nuts I had left from the holidays along with the rolos for some extra crunch and salt! Can’t wait!


brain or butt, hahaha! 😀


Well you were right on trying not to dig into these before they cooled, I make it about 2 minutes though.


Unfortunately I had the same problem several others have had – I followed the recipe exactly and the batter was a little thicker than cake batter. It wouldn’t even hold the ‘brain’ shape if I tried, lol. I tried to make the bars anyway thinking maybe it would taste good but sadly it ended up in the trash can. I wish I knew what I did wrong because I’d love to give these another try one day!