Funfetti Gooey Bars

These Funfetti Gooey Bars are the best gooey bars ever! Made with a cake mix and a few simple ingredients, they are gooey to the max!

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I don’t make the same thing twice very often. Almost never, in fact. I mean, when you’re surrounded by sugar all day every day, most of it new recipes that you can post, the last thing you need (or want) is to make another batch of cookies. Some of my favorite repeats that I’ve posted on this blog (and boy, do I need to update some of these photos!) are:

Crumb Apple Pie

Zucchini Brownies

Peanut Butter Cookies (in some variation)

Banana Bread (in some variation)

Cinnamon Rolls (again, I never make the same version twice…)

Coffee Cake (the base is my mom’s recipe)

Fudgy Brownies (often with a new frosting flavor)

So see…even if I do make something twice…it’s often with a new variation. A new frosting flavor, or a new filling.

I have issues, and my daughter often asks for “plain cinnamon rolls” or “just a chocolate chip cookie” and my eyes cross.

I have one more recipe to add to this list: Funfetti Gooey Bars.

I made them twice. In ONE WEEK. That’s how good they were.

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I made the first version and never even photographed them. They came out of the oven and we were super busy that afternoon, and by the next day the pan looked like a fork had attacked it.


So I remade them again. Because I had to share them with you.

These are my favorite gooey (cake) bars ever. They’re actually the first ones I made, before the Healthier Chocolate Gooey Cake Bars. But my friend Heather at Heather’s French Press made some Cake Batter Gooey Bars the same week I made mine. Hers were so fabulous, I had to wait to post a little while. Then I forgot.

Story of my life.

These bars start with a yellow cake mix. You mix that with an egg and some butter. The batter is layered with white chocolate chips, sprinkles, and half a can of sweetened condensed milk. If you use a whole can they are too gooey…hence the fork in the first batch.

These are funfetti to the extreme. Cake batter gooeyness. I need to make them again. YOU need to make them.

I’ve also made a lemon version. I didn’t photograph them. I guess those are going on the remake list too!

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Aren’t you lucky to have found me? ;)

Funfetti Gooey Cake Bars

Funfetti Gooey Cake Bars

These Funfetti Gooey Bars are the best gooey bars ever! Made with a cake mix and a few simple ingredients, they are gooey to the max!


  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup sprinkles, divided
  • 1/2 cup (from a 14 ounce can) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray liberally with cooking spray.
  2. Add cake mix, butter, and egg to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix until a thick dough forms. Add 1/3 cup sprinkles and stir until incorporated.
  3. Press about 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Sprinkle with white chocolate chips and remaining 1/3 cup sprinkles. Pour sweetened condensed milk over the top. Separate remaining dough into small balls and evenly space over the top of the bars. Press down to flatten.
  4. Bake bars for about 30 minutes, or until they just begin to brown. Cool completely before slicing, otherwise the mixture will be too gooey to cut. Optional: eat straight from pan with a fork.
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Caramel Pretzel Ooey Gooey Bars by Something Swanky


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  1. OMG – you are crazy girl! your bars kick my bars sorry little behinds…no doubt.
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  2. I would make these bars everyday of the week if my pants didn’t hate me.
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  3. You had me at “funfetti”.

  4. These are just screaming my name! Super fun!
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  5. These look crazy good! I am the same way with dinner. I have a handful of things I make over and over, but other than that I am always experimenting.
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  6. Oh. My. Goodness!! I would definitely make these two, three, four times even! These look amazingly good :)
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  7. Thanks for sharing my Espresso Cookie Dough bars!
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  8. Mmmmm I definitely could see this as a multiple-bake recipe. YUM! That gooey center looks heavenly!
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  9. Funfetti, gooey, and cake/cookie bars. And white chocolate! I’m in heaven.
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  10. Bars are my favorite thing to make, and these look scrumptiously fun! I hear you about the “plain” request, get that from my family too — can’t believe that!!!
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  11. oh my. with the cake batter ice cream i made last week for national ice cream day I have fallen in love with funfetti and cake batter food. These bars look so amazing. And I can’t even imagine how good they are with sweetened condensed milk in them!
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  12. So fun! I love using sweetened condensed milk to make gooey bars. I actually just made 2 bars recipes using it. So good! These sound and look incredible!

  13. I have some Funfetti blondies on my site I made over Xmas and I loved those things. Just this week Funfetti cookies – and the minute I saw these on the BHG board, repinned! They look soooo good! Sweet cond milk & cake mix were my blog for like most of 2010 :) I will always love it :)

  14. Gooey is ALWAYS the best! I can’t imagine having brownies or bars any other way. Love the way the sprinkles turned out — they’re so bright and cute! (And nothing wrong with a fork attack… I do it all the time! ;) )
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  15. I have to try these – between cake batter and white chocolate, what could go wrong?
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  16. Fun! These would be a great treat school once it starts!
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  17. I could make these several times a week!! I can’t get enough Funfetti food!
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  18. I have a well documented obsession with Funfetti! I will definitely be making these! YUM! Pinned!
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  19. What fun colorful bars! Perfect for kids!
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  20. These look o fun! Would love to try the lemon version as well :)
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  21. OMG! Love these bars Dorothy – colorful and delicious!
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  22. I completely understand the fork attack to these bars! Gooey cake bars do me in every single time too. Love the funfetti version here!!!
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  23. Funfetti has to be like THE best invention ever! Can’t get enough of it. I’m pinning these to make pronto!
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  24. um wow these look amazing! and they are so colorful! I think I’ll have to make these for my little girls birthday party!
    thanks for sharing :D
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  25. Haha plain cookies, definitely problems for the child of a food blogger! If I ever have children I hope they are like my nephew and will eat anything.
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  26. Life of a food blogger and their problems! I can’t wait to have my daughter ask me for regular stuff haha! I need to go back and repeat recipes and re do a lot of the pics in the worst way ever. These look yummy and easy!
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  27. These look so yum! Your pictures are really fabulous too! Can’t wait to see the lemon version :)
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  28. So lucky to have found you ;) Now if only I wasn’t going on holiday on two weeks I would make these 2 times too!!
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  29. oh it’s a party in a bar! i’m sooo making these :)
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  30. I can’t wait to show my boys these!!!! Gooey and yummy! Love the colors too!
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  31. Sweetened condensed milk in bars is always a good thing! :) These funfetti gooey bars are so fun!
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  32. Gooey is GOOD! :)
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  33. I’m the same way! Even when I love something, I rarely remake it, because there are only so many hours in the day and the blog monster only likes new food. :) But I feel like this recipe might be one I’d repeat over and over again!

  34. These have my name written all over them. ;)

  35. I can see why you made these twice in one week – holy cow, they are gorgeous!

  36. Oh yum! These sound and look delicious! I can see why you made them twice in one week ;)
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  37. LOVE these!! Definitely will be making them soon :)

  38. I made these last night. They are yummy but don’t look anything like they should. It hasn’t risen quite the same (they sunk when they came out of the oven) and the colours of the sprinkles seem to have melded and looks a little messy.
    Any idea what I have done wrong?

    • I’m sorry! The sinking…I’m not sure about. We’re in a pretty dry area, so are you somewhere more humid? Could be something with the cake mix too. With the sprinkles, I always use jimmies (the long thin kind) because they don’t melt like some other kinds do (like nonpareils and such). I use the tub you find at Walmart for the most part. Possibly all sprinkles aren’t created equal in that way? I hope they tasted good anyway! In a pinch you can cover them with fresh sprinkles…no one will notice the defaults!

  39. These are so cute and they do look pretty amazingly gooey. I’d love to try them. I, also, hardly ever make the same thing twice. There are just too many amazing recipes to try. This one is going on my ridiculously long list.
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  40. These look great!

  41. These look so wonderfully yummy Dorothy! Pinned and featuring on Wednesday!
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  42. I made these today & they were fantastic!!!!

  43. I am going to make this Sunday and hopefully share them with my co-workers on Monday. Do you think any adjustments would be needed for high altitude? I haven’t done any baking since I’ve been back in a high elevation.

  44. I just made these for my sister’s birthday. So delicious!
    My sister is like obsessed with Cliff Bars, so I broke one up and added the pieces to the top. They baked in really nicely and it turned out to be an awesome treat!

  45. These look great! Can you double the recipe for a 9×13 pan or is it better to make two batches?

    • I’ve never doubled it, but you probably could! Theoretically, you could make it with one cake mix and use a 9×13″ pan, but they’d be thinner. Let me know what you end up doing and how they turn out!

  46. First time making a dessert from your site! Using peanut butter chips and chocolate cake mix, yum. Thanks for the creative inspirations. Love your recipes!!! :)

  47. Do you think just using funfetti mix would work too and not add the extra sprinkles? They sounds amazing! I love confetti!

  48. Just made these tonight and added mini marshmallows with the white chocolate chips…love the addition of marshmallows. The bars are very sweet…but delicious!

  49. Apparently I am REALLY bad at reading directions! I made this (currently baking) in a 9×13 pan and accidently added the sweetened condensed milk last! Hopefully they turn out okay. If not I will be making these again :)

  50. Made several versions of these (PB, chocolate, funfetti) and found that parchment paper works better than aluminum foil sprayed. Very yummy! I think I like Chocolate>PB>Funfetti!

    • I need to get in the habit of using parchment to line my pans. I’m just so used to foil, but I bet the parchment would be even better. I usually spray the heck out of my foil with Pam so that they don’t stick! And I just bought a huge two-pack of parchment at Costco. Thanks for the tip!

  51. Hey there! Thanks so much for delicious recipie! Do leftovers need to be refrigerated?

  52. Dorothy, YOU ARE MY INSPIRATION!!! When I feel sad or blue I can count on you to cheer me up!
    The holidays are hard fir me….we wont go there, but you do lift my spirits. I believe if someone helps you and you don’t make them aware its a wasted feeling for them. I am not in great health but you just keep my smiling with your chocolates and peanut butter until my last day here on Earth! And Jesus will be waiting to me for me to tell all you stories.
    I cherish you recipes and you stories!
    Your friend Terrie

    • Thank you Terrie! That means so much to me, really. Half the time I feel like I’m just writing and putting stuff out there and have no idea if it even matters. This tells me it does. ((hugs)) and thanks!

  53. Have you tried using the avocado in this recipe instead of the butter like you did in your Chocolate Gooey Cake Bars?

  54. These are AMAZING. I just discovered your website from Pinterest, and thank god for that. I’m always cooking dinner and baking (I went to school for it), but I love seeing and trying what other people come up with. These were easy, CHEAP, and seriously delicious.

  55. Dolores Jones says:

    Luv these, look too gud.

  56. I used fun fetti cake instead of just yellow…in the oven now. We’ll see how they turn out.

  57. Made them, ate them…

  58. I made these a couple days ago for a friend’s birthday and they turned out great! I followed the recipe exactly except I used half the amount of sprinkles. I think they taste like a funfetti flavored cookie – they are so good! Thank you so much for this recipe, this was made for a funfetti fanatic and she loved them. I will definitely make these again.

  59. Hi:) I was just wondering if I could substitute white cake mix instead of the yellow for this recipe. Thanks!

  60. Just curious …. are you supposed to make the cake mix like how it says on the box then and it in with the rest of the ingredients? I’m making theese as we speak and I just added the cake mix straight from the box.

    • You just use the powder from the cake mix and my ingredients! If you’re using a hand mixer, it will take a long time to incorporate everything, so use a stand mixer if you have one. The dough will be like very thick cookie dough!

  61. Ooooh you had me at gooey. Looks amazing :)
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  62. I made these for my office. One of my coworkers proclaimed that he wanted to marry me so I could bake these for him every day.
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  63. Kathleen M says:

    I stumbled upon your site and just had I add these to my list of desserts to make for Mother’s Day this year (even though it is quite full). Much of my family has celiac disease and this was so simple to adjust to be gluten free! Thank you so much! They just came out of the oven and I cannot wait to try them! Have you ever put them in the freezer to cool quicker? I’m not sure I can wait until Sunday to eat these!

    • I’m so glad they work gluten free! That’s one of the thing I love about mixes! Freezer, go for it. I have used it for blast cooling before, not with these, but with other things. :)

  64. I made these for my moms birthday a few weeks ago and I’m repeating them today for Mother’s Day! We LOVE them and now that I know the base recipe, there’s seriously SO many options! I have an 8×8 pan and I cooked them in that last time and they still turned out great! Just a little fatter :)

  65. Barbara says:

    Just made these for the first and probably last time. They did not come out like bars at all. More like blobs. I followed the recipe to a T to no avail. I even cooked them 5 minutes longer. The white chips haven’t even melted….

    • Hi Barbara, I’m sorry about that. The white chips aren’t supposed to melt (you can see them in the bar in the picture). Kind of like a chocolate chip cookie? The pan of bars when removed from the oven is quite gooey, and needs time to set (hence the chilling). Once they’re chilled and cut, they taste amazing, even if they aren’t beautiful!

  66. I made a variation of these with red velvet cake mix (with cubes of cream cheese mixed in after it’s blended) and white chocolate chips. O-M-G, it was almost better than S-E-X! Thanks for the recipe!

  67. I’ve made these twice so far, and I have to tell you that my husband LOVES them. “I’d do anything to get more” were his words to describe them. Ha! Thanks for the recipe!

  68. Zannella says:

    These look so yummy!
    I want them make them tonight. Are they ok to ship priority mail?

  69. Made my own version of these bars due to my mad love of rainbow chip cake mix and my complete inability to use a half of a can of sweetened condensed milk. Two rainbow chip cake mixes, two eggs, half cup each butter and plain yogut mixed to a thick batter. Two thirds spread in a parchment lined and sprayed 9 by 13 pan. Topped by two cups white chips and of course a whole can of sweetened condensed milk. Drop rest of batter by spoonfuls over top and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Cool.

    • LOVE IT! I know, I hate using half the can – but I’m usually making 100 other things, so it’s easy to use it. Using the whole can for a 9×13 is perfect!!

  70. So you can use a hand mixer?

  71. Maria G. says:

    I made the funfetti bars yesterday. My only note would be to use less or different sprinkles. I used Betty Crocker sprinkles and the colors blended together, it was messy and not as cute as the photos here. I followed the recipe exactly and it was very sweet.

    • I know, different sprinkles behave so differently! I use Cake Mate Sprinkles (I think they’re a product of BC, but not 100% sure) that come in a tub at some grocery stores and Walmart. Those always perform best for me!

  72. Oh my! The funfetti Gooey Cake Bars are devine! I made them on the 10th and couldn’t stop thinking about them long after they were gone! Tonight at the grocery store, my daughter asked to make them again! LOL….that’s my girl! :)
    We’ve already finished a row!! :)
    Then WOW, I saw the others in this post! I hadn’t looked beyond the Funfetti bars recipe!
    I have two more to try!


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