White and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake Bars


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Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake Bars —Rich chocolate cake with chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and filled with cream cheese. These bars are always a hit at parties and are fast, easy and foolproof!

stack of two chocolate cake bars with cream cheese filling

Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake Bars

Happy April Fool’s Day. These chocolate cake bars with cream cheese filling are not a joke. They are 100% real. Really sinful and easy. Just the way I like my desserts.

What we’re working with here is a base layer of Devil’s Food Cake chocolate cake. Topped with white chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips.

A can of sweetened condensed milk is mixed with cream cheese and poured over the top. While baking, the sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese turns into an ooey, gooey hot mess.

The top layer resembles cream cheese frosting in that it doesn’t fully set up, which helps to keep these so chewy and velvety. As an added bonus, that layer creates built-in frosting, so you don’t have to bother with that step because to serve unfrosted bars would be a cruel April Fool’s joke.

stack of two chocolate cream cheese cake bars

The cake rises a bit while baking, pushing up from the bottom of the pan. The layers stay separated yet combine just enough to make each bite full of chocolate cake and chocolate chips and sweetened cream cheese.

The cake is chewy, some chocolate chips remain crunchy while others melt, and the cream cheese is smooth. I love lots of different textures in each bite.

These taste like chocolate cake, not brownies, and are an extremely moist and rich cake at that.

I despise dry baked goods and two kinds of melted chocolate, a stick of butter, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and a slab of cream cheese tend to keep things moist and full of flavor.

These bars are not over-the-top sweet. Over the top rich and decadent? Yes.

stack of three chocolate cream cheese cake bars

What’s in Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake Bars? 

To make these chocolate cake bars with cream cheese filling, you’ll need: 

  • Devil’s Food cake mix 
  • Unsalted butter
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Brewed coffee
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips 
  • White chocolate chips 
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Cream cheese

Kitchen counter spread of devil's food cake mix and chocolate chips with other ingredients

How to Make Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake Bars

Make the chocolate cake layer part by mixing cake mix, an egg, and a stick of butter. Press it firmly into the pan. It will be sticky and a little tricky to work with, but just keep pressing and finessing it.

Make sure to wash your hands afterward so no one thinks you were playing in the dirt. No, silly, you were playing in the chocolate cake. Again.

Top the cake layer with the white and dark chocolate chips.

Pre-baking White and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake Bars

And then flood it with sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese.

It looks soupy and like there is perhaps too much liquid and how could that all bake off and get soaked up, but it does, and it all works out. Very well.

Pre-baking White and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake Bars flooded with condensed milk

The top layer of cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk remains just a little soft and gooey, a bit loose and unset.

The inside of the bars definitely remain soft and gooey.

four stacks of chocolate cream cheese cake bars

Can I Use Another Kind of Cake Mix? 

Yes, you can use any chocolate cake mix you like. 

Can I Omit the Brewed Coffee? 

Yes, you may substitute it with water. However, the coffee doesn’t make these bars taste at all like coffee. It simply enhances the chocolate flavor. 

stack of three chocolate cake bars with cream cheese filling

Can I Make the Cake Layer From Scratch? 

Most likely, yes. You could make the chocolate cake batter and then incorporate the white chocolate chips, etc. after you’ve made the cake batter. This is my favorite scratch chocolate cake.

Being that I haven’t tried this recipe with a from-scratch cake base, I can’t give particulars on baking time and so on, but it’s a jumping off place. 

How to Store Chocolate Cake Bars

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze for up to three months.

stack of three chocolate cake bars with cream cheese filling

Tips for Making Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake Bars

Note that this recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk, NOT evaporated milk. They’re two totally different products. 

A few readers have added peppermint extract to the cream cheese mixture, which sounds divine. Add a small splash if you’re feeling adventurous! 

If you plan on serving these at a party later, then I don’t recommend freezing them beforehand. But if you’ll just be enjoying them yourself, then freezing leftovers is fine. 

Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake Bars —Rich chocolate cake with chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and filled with cream cheese. These bars are always a hit at parties and are fast, easy and foolproof!

Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake Bars —Rich chocolate cake with chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and filled with cream cheese. These bars are always a hit at parties and are fast, easy and foolproof!

Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake Bars —Rich chocolate cake with chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and filled with cream cheese. These bars are always a hit at parties and are fast, easy and foolproof!

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White and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake Bars

White and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake Bars

Rich chocolate cake with chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and filled with cream cheese. These bars are always a hit at parties and are fast, easy and foolproof!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Additional Time 23 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


Cake Bars

  • 1 box devil’s food cake chocolate cake mix (or your favorite boxed chocolate cake mix)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (bourbon vanilla is especially nice)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cold brewed coffee or water, optional if necessary
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 1 can (14-ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) cream cheese, softened (I use whipped cream cheese)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (clear imitation vanilla extract will keep this layer whiter)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and prepare a 9-by-13 inch pan by lining it with aluminum foil and then spraying it with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, butter, egg, vanilla and mix either with a mixer, with a spoon, or with your hands, kneading it together. The batter will be extremely thick and will be difficult to combine, but keep stirring or use your fingers and knead it together, adding the coffee (will deepen the flavor and does not make them taste like coffee) or water if necessary.
  3. Press the dough it into the prepared pan. It will be tacky, sticky, and a bit tricky to work with, but keep pressing, spreading, and finessing it.
  4. Sprinkle the white and dark chocolate chips evenly over the top.
  5. In a mixing bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and stir until well combined, and pour mixture evenly over dough, using a spatula to gently spread and even it if necessary.
  6. Bake for 24 to 27 minutes, or until edges of bars begin to barely brown and pull away slightly from the sides of the pan, or until the middle has barely set, taking care not to overbake. Note that the middle will not seem very well set and will be jiggly upon removing from oven and that is okay, you want to keep these gooey. They will continue to set up more after they have cooled.
  7. Allow bars to cool well before slicing and serving.


Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze for up to three months.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

More Recipes Using Cake Mix: 


Chocolate Turtle Cake— This decadent poke cake is topped with whipped topping, salted caramel sauce, mini chocolate chips, and chopped pecans. It’s so easy to make, and a huge hit at parties!

Coffee Crumb Cake— This coffee crumb cake recipe couldn’t be easier to make! It’s made with boxed yellow cake mix, which is used in both the batter and the crumble topping.

Gooey Strawberry Cake Mix Brownies — An EASY five-ingredient recipe for soft and chewy strawberry bars studded with white chocolate chips and spiked with sweetened condensed milk for the GOOEY win!!

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies — Foolproof cookies made with just 5 ingredients!! If you’re craving chocolate and want to make super EASY cookies that are soft, FUDGY, and delicious, this is the recipe to make!!

S’mores Cake — Chocolate cake gets poked all over and soaked in a marshmallow creme mixture before being topped with crushed graham crackers, toasted marshmallows, and hot fudge sauce. 

Rum Cake – A double dose of rum in this EASY cake that’s supremely moist, buttery, and literally juicy from all the rum!! The perfect make-ahead holiday entertaining cake that everyone will LOVE!!

Triple Chocolate Cherry Cake — Loaded with juicy cherries and topped with an easy homemade chocolate frosting. I used a few shortcuts in this recipe to save time, but this cake tastes completely homemade! 

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    1. I have many recipes for zucchini muffins. Google which one you want and I’m sure it will come up.

  1. These earned best dessert and best overall dish at my family reunion!!! We have a big contest every year and I had so many people raving about them!! I’m doing all the desserts for a picnic wedding and I’m making 3 batches of these for part of the desserts!! I’m drooling just thinking about them!!!

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you! Glad it’s such a crowd fave and you’re making 3 batches!

  2. Is it safe to assume that this recipe can’t be made from scratch? I live in a city that sells neither boxed cake mix nor white chocolate chips. They sell white chocolate candy bars and I’ve seen how to make your own cake mix recipes from Iambaker.net…. is it worth my time to attempt making them? It may be a silly concept, but these bars look heaven sent. I’m dying to make them! Please let me know what you think. Thanks!

  3. Okay so first, I’ve never left a comment on a blog before. That being said I felt like I’ve traveled the ENTIRE world wide Web looking for this recipe! I made them once for a party and used a link on facebook to find your recipe, now I’m using this same recipe to try to break my Mom and Sister’s addiction to a similar recipe however that recipe makes cupcakes. So after a draining but relentless search for this recipe, I will bookmark, and pin this so that this amazing recipe never escapes me!

    1. Yes you could – I wouldn’t do it for a special event or party but if you make the pan and it’s just for you and you want to put half the pan in the freezer for a rainy day, go for it.

  4. I made these today as a quick dessert for a Mother’s Day lunch and everyone loved them. I was a little hesitant reading the comments but they turned out fine and were quite easy to make. Very quick. The mix I used was 16.5 oz. I don’t know why these couldn’t turn out for some people- I must agree that it’s a baking issue, not ingredients. I was a little disappointed that they didn’t have a very strong cream cheese taste so next time I will adjust it for more flavor.

    1. I’ve determined that some people just aren’t bakers since this is pretty much as easy as cracking open some cake mix and mixing it together and then adding some juicy cream cheese. Not super hard but baking isn’t everyone’s forte :) Glad you enjoyed the bars and found them easy to make! Yes, just add more cream cheese next time if you want a bolder cream cheese flavor!

  5. I made these yesterday to take to a party. They where easy to make and turned out perfect. Everyone loved them. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for trying them and for LMK that everyone loved them & they turned out perfectly! Wonderful feedback!

  6. So I just made these and they were great. I actually added in 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract to the cream cheese mix, topped the bars with a thin layer of a peppermint cream cheese glaze and cut them into tiny bite sized chunks. Everyone seemed to enjoy them, thank you! :-) x

    1. Wow, going the peppermint route sounds delish! I normally only use peppermint around Xmas but it would be perfect in these. Love what you did and thanks for sharing!

  7. At which point do you add the clear vanilla? It is listed in the ingredients list, but not in the recipe instructions. Thanks!

    1. “In a mixing bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and stir until well combined, and pour mixture evenly over dough, using a spatula to gently spread and even it if necessary.”

  8. Can i use an 8×8 pan for your recipe? When i made it in a 9×13, the cheese layer turned out very thin.
    Just ordered your book

    1. I would say to increase the amt of cream cheese you’re using – go from maybe halfcup/4 ounces to closer to 8 ounces if you felt it was too thin for your liking – mine was fairly thin as well. And add a few more white choc chips, too. If you bake the bars in an 8×8, the issue may be that the chocolate part doesn’t full cook through because it will be such a thick/dense layer underneath all that cream cheese/flood from the sweet cond milk.

      Thanks for ordering my book! LMK what you try!

      1. I did use 7 ounces of cheese and added an egg also. In addition to that, i crushed 12 oreo cookies and mixed it with the cake layer,, since the cookies softened, it added a deep chocolate flavore. I know if i put the oreos in the cheese layer, they will float and create brown spots when baked!

        Anyway, i’ll do it in an 8×8 pan and let u know what happens.

        And gonna try a home made cake mix,, never liked boxed cake mixes.

        P.S. vanilla in the chocolate layer was too much,, maybe half tsp will do the job better, each with his own liking ;) love ur work

      2. Maybe the cream cheese layer seemed thin because *relative to* the chocolate layer, it was – since your chocolate layer was more beefed up than mine due to the crushed cookies. Sounds wonderful though!

        Trust me when I say my cream cheese layer was not thick – it was just sort of…there. Thinnish and nice, but not like a heavy, thick layer or anything.

        Feel free to adapt with homemade cake, vanilla amt, cream cheese amt, 8×8 pan – lots of variables going on! And keep me posted with how things turn out for you!

  9. I tried making this, but the condensed milk and cream cheese mixture didn’t really make a layer. Also, my cake mix rose a lot. Any suggestions on what I’m doing wrong?

    1. Mine wasn’t a perfect “layer” either; more like a topping and some parts were thicker, and others thinner; with patches of cake that puffed up. From what you say, that’s what mine were like. The recipe is a few years old and I am trying to remember exactly what they looked like but I know the ‘layer’ was bumpy and imperfect. Hope they taste great!

  10. Just took these out of the oven! They smell awesome; can’t wait to share them with my dad today :) My only suggestion is to NOT mix the cake batter with your hands. It just clumped all over my fingers and was pretty ineffective (and uncomfortable). I also suggest, when spreading the “dough” in the bottom of the pan, to use your fist sorta like a rolling-pin! I actually put a little cooking spray on first to avoid what happened earlier :P Awesome recipe.

    1. I definitely prefer using a spoon or utensil rather than my hands as well. Some people like to just get in there with their hands though :)

      Glad to hear you loved the bars and hope your dad enjoys them as well!

  11. I baked these yesterday and they were amazing! I loved them so much and can’t wait to have more tonight after dinner. We were worried it was going to be over-sweet with all the different ingredients, but it was just perfect for mine and my boyfriend’s sweet tooth. We were a little confused at first when we were mixing the cake mix because it was dry, but it ended up so moist and delicious. Thank you for this awesome recipe! I will be baking this again :)

    1. So glad you liked them and yes, there’s alot of little things going on but they don’t end up being over the top sweet or anything. The cream cheese tempers that a bit. Glad you enjoyed them & thanks for the detailed report! Not sure if you like white/yellow cake or white chocolate, but these bars are sort of a version on a theme and they are one of my all time faves. There’s PB in them too! http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2011/08/white-chocolate-vanilla-marshmallow-cake-bars.html

      1. I love yellow cake and peanut butter. I will have to try those cake bars too! Thank you for the link :)

  12. I just tried making these (White and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake Bars) and it was a complete fail. I’m not sure if that was my fault, or if there was a fluke in the recipe! I’m quite confident that I followed it properly. The cream cheese layer did not turn out as a layer. Half of it sank to the bottom, and the other half all ran towards the center as the cake rose when baking. The cream cheese ‘layer’ did not taste at all like cream cheese – just condensed milk. When I tried to cut it into squares it completely fell apart. And this was not a cheap recipe to make. Hopefully I can turn this glop into cake pops or something.

    1. I’m so sorry that you didn’t have success with these. I’ve made them numerous times as indicated and have had many, many people write to me saying they’ve made them with success. Based on what you just described, it doesn’t sound like you cooked it long enough OR your oven may be running a bit cooler than you think. If it’s still wet and sloppy and fell apart when you cut it, it either wasn’t baked long enough or at a hot enough temp OR possibly not well-chilled enough before slicing. They are a gooey bar, but they should still hold together. I used the ingredients shown in the pics, along with the step by step pics, and if yours looked like mine going into the oven, but not like mine coming out, it’s a baking time issue I think. Just musing.

      Cake pops sound like a good idea at this point. Lmk if you ponder it and come up with what you think happened…

      1. I suspect the issue is that the size of cake mixes has changed this year. It went from 18.25 ounces to 15.25 ounces. This makes the mix smaller by almost 2/3 cup and they don’t work anymore in these old recipes unless you buy 2 mixes and adjust. It’s painful. I have a few recipes I’m trying to fix.

      2. In this recipe, I really don’t think 3 oz of mix is really going to change the results dramatically – only because less volume of dry/mix will make it actually easier to get the egg, butter, etc to combine. Plus with the option 1-2 tbsp of coffee/water, this is a very forgiving recipe and I’ve made it many times with different flavors of mix, in various sizes, from 15 to 19oz of mix and it always works out for me!

      3. Sorry it didn’t give me the option to reply to your reply. The difference is 2/3 cup of dry mix. I measured it using an old mix and a new mix once I realized what was happening to my old tested recipes. It absolutely matters.

  13. Your recipes are amazing. I am going to make this one for Easter this year.

    How do you stay so slim baking all of the time??

  14. How do you stay so slim, while baking all of the time? I love your recipes and plan on making this one for Easter.

    Thank you.

  15. Thank you SO much for this recipe!!! I made a batch of this for this Thanksgiving weekend. I was such a big hit, family requested that I make more. I’m making 4 more batches right now, adding shredded coconut on if them. :)

    1. Thanks for linking back to it! I really appreciate that :)

      And I am so glad to hear it was one of the best ever for you. I love desserts and am highly picky about what I deem good and not. And those are good – and…EASY! and fast!

  16. I am so excited to make these for my staff meeting. You know what I think would be a delicious addition to them? Raspberries. Or strawberries. But mostly raspberries… mmmmmmmm.

    1. LMK how they turn out and yes, raspberries, cherries, strawberries…any of them with chocolate + cream cheese = can’t go wrong!

      1. Also, I think I might try the strawberry cream cheese substitution for part of it again. Sounds pretty good to me!

      2. So Averie, I did make these for the cookout with strawberries and a subbed in a bit of strawberry cream cheese for my staff’s cookout (Grillfest as we call it.) I won best dessert! Your site might get a couple extra hits. :)

      3. Great! What’s my prize? A million dollars? :)

        Glad they were a hit!

      4. Haha, I got a little certificate… maybe I could add your name on it. :p

        Other than that it’s just an intrinsic reward! Lol

  17. I’m so disappointed to see so many recipes using a box mix. They are full of chemicals and nasty things. The baked goods look good, and I’d love to try these if they were from scratch.

    1. Then just make your own pastry dough, thick sugar cookie dough, or some kind of basic but dense dough using egg, flour, sugar, butter, baking powder or soda, or whatever kind of ingredients for a dough base that are in line with the way you cook and eat and then add the other layers. Not hard to do; just an extra step – and I’d prefer to crack open a box but to each her own.

  18. I didn’t see this until now! I have something super similar on my blog today except made with brownies instead of cake. Oh how we love our white chocolate! :)

  19. I don’t like AF’s day pranks. It can go out of hands at times.

    But not that delicious cake bars. That is something I would devour day and night. SO yummy!!!!

  20. This is the week of the brownie!
    I just made my first batch of Slutty Brownies (amazing!!!), have seen a few wonderful brownie blog recipes, and am about to use a brownie mix to make fudge.

    Great week!

    1. I’ve seen those brownies everywhere and need to try them. LMK how the fudge turns out!

  21. Holy crap I’m so obsessed with your indulgent, rich, multi-layered bars. At Christmas my sister made several Nutella-swirl pound cakes that probably weighed about ten pounds per loaf… these remind me of those. Of course she was the reason I gained 5 pounds… Great photography and baking :)

    1. Multi-layered bars are the only way to go…you get like 2-3+ desserts in one that way :) The textures, the flavors, I need that all going on. Your sister’s ten-pound poundcakes sound about perfect!

  22. Just wanted to say that I just about died when I saw the first pic to this recipe. Only these bars would have resuscitated me!

    (P.S. *LOVE* recipes that include boxed cake. Creative!)

    1. These are your kind of dessert I think…not super sweet and full of dark chocolatey-ness :)

  23. White chocolate will forever be the best chocolate there has ever been or ever will be. I want some now! ;)

  24. Another fabulous recipe from Averie! You are going to be the hit at Skyler’s school! All of these desserts are perfect for classroom parties etc. I use to make a big batch of cookies for the class parties, but making 25 cookies is a pain. I’ve now realized it’s much easier to make a big pan of something and then divide it up!

    1. If I brought these to her school, they wouldn’t let me out of the parking lot. They have a STRICT no sugary treats rule, period. Even on bdays. You can bring carrot and veggie sticks with dip, a healthy muffin, or popsicles. No cake, no cookies, nothing even the least bit treat-like. It’s a bit overkill for me personally but I guess the other parents must like it.

    1. Thanks, Shelly. You seriously make the BEST desserts ever and I want to repin everything of yours I see!

    1. Thanks so much, Kristen, and thanks for the pin. The desserts you make always have me drooling!

  25. There is certainly no joke about these! They look incredible! So gooey and delicious!

  26. these are amazing Averie! Beautiful photos as always and I can just picture how gooey these would be. Delicious and making me want sweets on this Monday morning!

  27. Hubba hubba! These looks like they would be stuck in my teeth for a long time and in a very good way. You are officially, in my book, the queen of outrageous desserts!

    1. Thank you for pinning so many of my recipes, too. You are SUCH a sweetheart! I still have your perfect (easy) cupcakes on my radar screen to make one of these days, too!

  28. Wow, these bars are PACKED with tons of fun goodies! I’m seriously at a loss for words. All I know is that I want one now, at 1:06AM! :)

  29. YES!! Another awesome bar recipe! I do like chocolate: white being the fav. I have all these ingredients…think the boys would love these for a snack tomorrow? I am thinking….YES!! :-)

  30. These sound simply amazing dessert queen! And who doesn’t like chocolate? April Fool’s Day is only fun on a weekday at work for me because of the idiocy that goes on, it’s kind of lame on a weekend when I’m not pranking anyone. But I’ve been having fun checking out online pranks.

  31. Anything with sweetened condensed milk has my heart – these look incredible! I love dark chocolate, and only really like nuts in desserts if I’m eating chocolate covered almonds :) I’m so not a fan of April Fool’s pranks, or really pranks in general…although I won’t deny participating in my fair share in elementary and high school :P

  32. Oh man, my mouth is watering. I told my husband about your newest creation and he said can you make it for me. I guess I know what I’ll be making this week! This looks so good!!!!

  33. i hate april’s fools jokes! i’m so gullible that someone gets me every time. on another note…. i think i just became more obsessed with your dessert recipe collection, averie. these look AMAZING! i love short cuts, especially when i can use cake mix :)

    1. Some people call it a shortcut, I call it a way of life :) I mean, who has time to make a chocolate cake from scratch, only to use it IN a (homemade) dessert recipe. Most people just buy a box of donuts from Dunkin’ if that’s the case :)

  34. You keep coming up with the greatest layered bars–I love the white and dark contrast!! I’ve never met any chocolate I didn’t like but the darker the better for me. The sea bass was wonderful, especially with the relish! I would never have thought to put dill in with oranges but I’m glad I tried it. That will go into the fish rotation!

  35. I was drooling over this post, it so good! I fell in love with Nutella (dangerous!), after about I’d say 5 years of Nutella-free home, I got one jar for my husband as he is getting ready for 18 hours test: 2 days, 9 hours each day, 1 minute per question. Can you imagine what is going on in his head?! So I got him the Nutella, and we all ate it in two days, mostly me and teenager…:)

    1. Well good luck to him and I fell in love with Nutella when I was 10 years old at camp and a girl had it. Life’s never been the same since!

      1. Thank you Averie, he needs it. We had to cut on all sweets, including Nutella, about 5 years ago when we started to gain weight. For husband it was a little easier, well, it looked that way to me: he was able to get to his normal weight through portion control and food. For me it is still a journey, I did loose a lot, and for that I had to change my lifestyle, which I enjoy. Took me some time though…:) I don’t know how you can stay so slim with all those goodies around you?! Do you have a secret?! :)

  36. 1. These look beyond amazing.
    2. Can I just come live with you? I’ll do all the dishes. I promise.
    3. I love love LOVE that your photography has such an amazing and unique feel. It’s stunning, but there is something else, the way you work with light – and I love that when I’m on Pinterest or Google Images, when I see your photos, I know they are your work instantly. Kuddos, you have some mad photography skills girlfriend and we all know that is not easy. Keep up the amazing work. :)
    4. Have a great week!

    1. Seriously, this comment made my DAY!!! Christi, you are too kind!

      You don’t have to do the dishes, just come to San Diego and give me a tutorial on how you frost your cupcakes so PERFECTLY. I need major help with piping bags. Seriously, I am just all thumbs with them!

      And your compliments re my photography are seriously too kind. I am glad I have a signature “look”. I don’t know if I always like it…lol. There are a few people who’s “look” I covet and no matter how I try to get their look, I guess I have created my own. I guess I should embrace that…it’s like wanting someone else’s hair. You always want what is elusive!

      Love ya hon!

  37. Seriously, these are the most tempting photos Ive seen in a long time, I could barely make it through the end of the post!

    1. Sue I fell in love with your site and recipes and photography today. I added you to my reader so I can keep up with your goodies because you are one to watch! :)

  38. I’m not a chocolate fan (but I like white chocolate)
    I played a “joke” on my husband today but it was harmless I put blue food coloring in his milk (I drink almond he drinks cow) he was like what the ____ and then giggled

  39. Believe it or not, I have no sweet tooth but if I was going to eat chocolate, it would be dark.
    My college roommates played a joke on me on April Fools and I was not amused at the time. I did a very harmless prank on my b-f today. We got a chuckle out of it!

  40. wow – so rich and decadent looking!!

    so glad i won your giveaway!! :) thanks again for hosting it!

  41. I love nuts by themselves, but not in desserts …

    I do not like April Fool’s jokes … just heard my daughter’s friend as they left for spring break thinking to play a real cruel joke on her parents … the only funny thing of the whole story is that the parents present (myself and another dad), yelled in unison … don’t do THAT!

    I was never a lover and will never be a lover of jokes … I love laughter that comes spontaneously … no planning needed.

    on another note … these bars look amazing … I need to get my act together and hop into the kitchen! Have a great Sunday Averie!

    1. I know a woman who tells her mother every year she’s pregnant! Her justification is that her mom should know it’s coming by now because she does it every year. Whoa.

  42. omg awesome! Just pinned these! Hope you had a good weekend! I worked all weekend UGHHH

  43. Averie you come up with THE BEST desserts!! And I love how you use simple, non-intimidating ingredients. I am definitely keeping these bars bookmarked for my next party or social gathering!

    1. Thank you! That is my GOAL. To make it do-able and easy for the average person…most people don’t want to buy exotic ingredients and slave over things. They want mainstream and easy :) These are that!

  44. mMmm. i could use a nice big bite of that cake bar :p cream cheese + chocolate is one of my favorite combos.
    I’m right there with ya! – until the day where our skies are not blue, i’m a chocolate lover. the darker the chocolate the better! but i won’t be picky..

  45. I have fallen for them….but I try my hardest not to! These bars look FABULOUS. I don’t like nuts in baked goods at all! I need to get more of those TJs chocolate chips

  46. What? No nuts in chocolate or desserts? I actually love nuts in just about anything. One of my fave treats is white chocolate bark with almonds and cranberries. Maybe it’s a texture thing for me.

    1. Nuts in cookies, cake, brownies…no way. In barks, or in certain kind of no-bake truffle balls…it’s a case by case basis.