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Margarita Bars

Margarita Bars are a delicious take on ooey gooey butter cake bars. Deliciously creamy with a hint of refreshing lime.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gooey butter cake, margarita, dessert
Servings: 6
Calories: 664kcal
Author: Heather



  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp lime zest


  • 1 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lime zest


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 8x8 baking dish with foil. Spray foil with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a bowl, mix cake mix, butter, egg and 1 teaspoon zest until combined.
    Press the mixture into the bottom of baking dish, forming a crust.
  • With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, lime juice, eggs and zest. Mix until creamy, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Pour over crust and bake for 40-45 minutes. The edges will be slightly brown and center might appear not set. 
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Store in the refrigerator.


For a boozy margarita bar, use 1/8 cup tequila and 1/8 cup lime juice in place of 1/4 cup lime juice. 


Calories: 664kcal | Carbohydrates: 117g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 795mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 81g | Vitamin A: 590IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 199mg | Iron: 2.2mg