Vanilla/Chocolate Cake Bars with Vanilla Buttercream

I was recently searching for unique cake-like recipes due to what I can only call a tub of leftover vanilla buttercream from a previous recipe, when this little gem of a recipe caught my eye.
The recipe, Bakingblonde’s grandmother’s own, sounded absolutely delicious, so I couldn’t wait to try out my own version of these yummy chocolate/vanilla marble cake bars and add my very own buttercream frosting!

Just like Bakingblonde writes, these bars are a mix between a brownie and cake.  These bars are moist and very dense.  Perfect for a sweet bite of vanilla/chocolate goodness.  And the the rich vanilla buttercream brings in the perfect amount of creamy texture to take this dessert to a whole new level.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
1/4 cup shortening (like Crisco)
3 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (melted)

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and lightly grease or spray a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.In a small bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar.

Add the vanilla and eggs until just combined (do not overbeat).  Add the flour mixture and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Spoon half of the batter into the baking pan and spread so it is even throughout.  Fold the melted chocolate into the remaining batter until incorporated, then spoon the batter evenly into the baking pan on top of the vanilla batter.  Swirl a greased knife throughout both layers to create a marble effect.

Bake for 20 – 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Ok, they could have been a little more swirled, but not bad for a first attempt!

Note ~ mine were done in 21 minutes.  It is important not to overbake, so I recommend you check after 20 minutes and then keep checking within a few minutes until done.

Cool completely in the pan.

While the bars are cooling, whip up the vanilla buttercream (you can find my recipe here).


Spread the buttercream on the completely cooled cake bars, and slice.

Delish!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15662771797432248886 Pamela

    Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04182242917293717163 TheTinyHeart

    Mmm, my mouth is officially watering! That frosting looks sooo good!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04144407258227608368 Helen at Goldilocks

    oh my lordy! They look so delicious. I wanted to bake something for my husband so will have to steal this recipe. Diet can be missed for one day for these ;) xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09841587775033446712 Nikki

    Girly girly girly those look delish!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08680731991228199836 Alyssa @ Sugar, Spice, and a Dash of Advice

    Oh my goodness. These are to die for.. I love anything with frosting on top of it! I’m going to have to try this recipe soon!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13681790957020143383 erica

    Yum! Looks amazing!!! xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10608031329007306654 Lauren

    YUM!!! I tried this recipe after seeing the pictures and I tried it and they are delicious!

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    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05441236138861964584 Evani Gatsby

    Yum! Love the recipes you share Niki, I always end up wanting to make them soon! :)

    Evani

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03367830728581524887 Beverly

    Seriously looks to die for srummy!! I loveee your silver mixing bowl!! It’s the deets I notice ;)

    Happy Monday! xo, Bev

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11051750124104755172 The Lacquer Factor

    Looks so good!!!

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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08742192061700692696 Blue Dog Belle

    YUM. Looks so good.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06424332953856143966 still being [molly]

    oh my gosh my golly that looks amazing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11422365462021152556 Stephanie @ bourbon and glitter

    Seriously looks so good!! I want one!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09665442112592203221 Joshua and Ashley

    Awesome I am definatly intrigued

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08972539554846154877 Jennifer Hanson

    This makes my mouth water just reading about it! Yummo!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17273380141600741492 Allyssa

    These look amazing! I can’t wait to make them!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07570334635177797725 andrea

    these look so great! i will have to give them a try :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15343933866101288659 Erin

    This just isn’t fair. Don’t show me these things.

    Or do, because it’s the reason I just started following you. Thank you for the soon to be added lbs girl.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10750453659942146834 Lissy Moore@Moorepinkplease.com

    yum these look amazing. Thanks for sharing

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08651656823283933690 THE mom

    YUMMY!! Get in my belly! LOL

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06485332619795051449 Georgie

    oh, that looks delicious! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04801943552027086154 Kim

    These look so awesome!!! I will have to try this recipe!! With fall on the horizon too I am getting the bug to just cake all day!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00236265683325007444 Laurie @ Rookiewife520.blogspot.com

    WOW. How amazing do these look? REALLY?! I may need to try this recipe!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09649823970920629253 Jenny

    Oh myyyyyy, those look delicious!

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