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For me, when I think spring, I think yellow, and when I think yellow, I think lemons. So it’s only fitting that I have a fabulous tangy Lemon Coconut Cake Mix Bars dessert to share with you today.

Lemon Coconut Cake Mix Bars

I bought a bag of coconut last week to make my Chocolate Coconut Caramel Krispy Treats. I only used a little, so I had a bunch leftover and I had to figure out what to do with it. This recipe was one of the first that came to mind. I add a box of cake mix, some juicy lemons from my backyard, an egg, and a bit of butter. So easy! I used white cake mix because it’s what I had on hand, and the lemon flavor was nice and subtle. However, you could also take that tang up a notch with a lemon cake mix.

Lemon Coconut Cake Mix Bars

It’s a perfect sweet treat to guide you into spring!

Close up of lemon coconut bars

Lemon Coconut Cake Mix Bars

5 from 2 votes
These bars come together in a flash making them perfect for last-minute bake sales.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16 bars


  • 1 box cake mix lemon or white
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup butter 1 stick
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • coconut and powdered sugar for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray and 11 3/4" x 7 3/4" pan lightly with cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, gently sift cake mix and set aside.
  • Melt butter in a microwave safe dish. *Note: do not melt completely, but more to a creamy smooth consistency. You don't want it to be too hot.
  • To the cake mix, add butter, egg, lemon juice and zest and combine. Stir in coconut.
  • Pour batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for approx. 25 minutes, or until top is lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and coconut. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.


I used white cake mix because it’s what I had on hand, and the lemon flavor was nice and subtle. However, you could also take that tang up a notch with a lemon cake mix.


Calories: 185kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 274mgPotassium: 39mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 192IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 75mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cake mix bars, lemon bars, lemon coconut bars

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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    1. A larger or small pan would have a different baking time but you could try it. I’d go larger with a 13×9 and reduce the baking time a bit.

  1. Lemon & coconut are my two all time favorite flavors. Do you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut in this? Thanks much!

  2. Hi Kristin, I found this recipe as a feature on Bobshell Bling today and had to stop by, This looks so delicious and I have 2 yellow mixes I need to use!!

    I have pinned to share and would love to have you stop by and share with my readers on #OMHGWW this week!
    Have a great week!

  3. Kristin, these look really yummy! Quick and easy, too. Pinning this for future reference!