Malted Gooey Cake Bars

I could eat a whole bag of Robin Eggs in one sitting. I’ve been known to polish off whole boxes of Whoppers.

As a kid I was addicted to Ovaltine.

These Malted Gooey Cake Bars marry both of those addictions!

These Malted Gooey Cake Bars are so easy and will satisfy your Robin Egg and Ovaltine craving!

So… I’m writing this on Sunday morning. We had a long night. The yucky kind.

Now, I’m sitting here envisioning everything I need to do this week: writing, photographing, baking, editing my book, re-taking some of those photos, scheduling social media…

And I’m trying to do them all in the next few hours. Because I can see my future, and it ain’t pretty.

What is pretty? These Malted Gooey Bars. If you can’t stop buying bags of Robin Eggs this time of year, these bars are for you! They’re the perfect Easter treat.

These Malted Gooey Cake Bars are so easy and will satisfy your Robin Egg and Ovaltine craving!

The idea for these bars came from my BFF Lisa over at Wine & Glue. Last week she made Robin Egg Magic Bars. And instantly I thought…GOOEY BARS!

I’m nothing if not predictable.

These bars are so pretty for Easter. And they’re super easy to make. And they’re filled with Robin Eggs and malted flavor!

The bar is a basic yellow cake mix that’s been jazzed up with some Ovaltine (malted milk powder). I’m sure there are other brands, but Ovaltine is what I grew up on and still use.

Gooey cake bars are made by mixing the cake mix with a stick of butter and an egg. You don’t use the ingredients on the box. I added some Ovaltine and a little milk to my normal recipe. You press about 1/2 the mixture in the bottom of a 9×9 inch square pan.

The middle (gooey) layer is made with sweetened condensed milk that’s been mixed with more Ovaltine. Then you sprinkle on some crushed Robin Eggs. The rest of the dough gets pressed on the top.

These bake up with the texture of a bar but they taste like a malted cake with a gooey center. I think these are my favorite version so far. And I have a lot of versions.

If you’re reading this and it’s not Spring, don’t worry. Use Whoppers instead! Robin Eggs and Whoppers are pretty much the same thing and using those little round chocolate balls would make this a year-round treat.

Which is good because I have an addiction to feed.

These Malted Gooey Cake Bars are so easy and will satisfy your Robin Egg and Ovaltine craving!

A gooey bar and a Whopper/Robin Egg addiction!

Malted Gooey Cake Bars

Yield: 16 bars

Malted Gooey Cake Bars

Gooey cake bars are the easiest dessert you'll ever make. Add some Ovaltine and Whoppers or Robin Eggs and you have a malted version! These are perfect for a potluck because everyone will love them.

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon nonfat milk
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons Ovaltine (malted milk powder), divided
  • 1/2 cup (from a 14 ounce can) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/4 cups malted milk balls (Whoppers) or mini Robin Eggs, lightly crushed, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray liberally with cooking spray so that the bars don’t stick.
  2. Add cake mix, butter, egg, milk, and 1/4 cup Ovaltine to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix until a thick dough forms. Note: you can do this with a hand mixer but it will take a long time for the dough to come together, so just be prepared.
  3. Press about 1/2 of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Stir 3 tablespoons of Ovaltine into the sweetened condensed milk and pour over the top of the base. Sprinkle 1 cup of the crushed malted candy over the top.
  4. Separate remaining dough into small balls and evenly space over the top of the bars. Press down to flatten. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of malted candy and press lightly to stick.
  5. Bake bars for about 25-30 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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Comments

  1. Amazing! I love whoppers and robin’s eggs so I have to make these!
    Chloe @ foodlikecake recently posted..Chocolate Peanut Butter CakeMy Profile

  2. Awww, thanks for the shout out! I love all your gooey bar creations! And I can’t believe with all you have going on that you had the type of night we all know you had . . . when it rains it pours.
    Lisa @ Wine & Glue recently posted..Easter Egg Cookie Dough TrufflesMy Profile

  3. Love these…so fun & looks so good!!
    Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons recently posted..Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Sunflower PopsMy Profile

  4. Oh my gosh I love Ovaltine!! I haven’t had it for years. Definitely need to change that and buy some. What a fun idea to put that powder into these gooey bars! Good luck with everything you need to get done Dorothy!
    Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron recently posted..Arugula and Brussels Sprouts Salad with a Creamy Lemon DressingMy Profile

  5. Robins Eggs, besides Reese’s eggs and cadbury eggs (!!) are my favorite Easter candy. It’s hard to choose! I would love these gooey bars Dorothy!
    sally @ sallys baking addiction recently posted..Sunshine Smoothie.My Profile

  6. These look so, so good Dorothy! I love the fudgy centre!
    whatjessicabakednext recently posted..Lemon Drizzle Iced Poppyseed CakesMy Profile

  7. Robin Eggs are one of my favorite Easter candies! Love that you put them in these gooey cake bars. I bet they’re awesome with the malted milk powder too! I would love to stuff my fave with a couple of these right now. :)
    Beth @ bethcakes recently posted..Stuff and Thangs to Eat During The Walking Dead Season FinaleMy Profile

  8. Malt is a totally under appreciated flavor, so I love that you gave ‘em the spotlight! Robins eggs and mini cadbury eggs are two of my Easter downfalls!
    Erin | The Law Student’s Wife recently posted..Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake {+ 2-year wedding anniversary + giveaway}My Profile

  9. My next cookie recipe uses malted milk balls. But they’re not the adorable pastels like yours! These would be inhaled by me! :)
    Averie @ Averie Cooks recently posted..Cheese Lover’s Fontina and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese SandwichMy Profile

  10. When I was a kid I used to drink Ovaltine for breakfast every day. It was magical! I’ve missed it so much. This recipe is so inspiring! I’ll have to go to the grocery store today and get all the ingredients so I can recapture my lost childhood.

    Thanks, Dorothy!
    Mir recently posted..Twix Magic BarsMy Profile

  11. Robins Eggs are totally my favorite Easter candy! I’ve avoided buying them so far, but these bars are making me reconsider! Yum!
    Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar recently posted..Oatmeal Cream Pie Gooey BarsMy Profile

  12. I hear you about the malt thing…one of my favorites too! Have loved Ovaltine since I was a kid, and Whoppers — gotta have them! These bars look great — on my list to try! Ooey, gooey and filled with the best sweet stuff ever!
    Sheila @ Sweet Baked Life recently posted..Robin’s Nest Coconut Chocolate BitesMy Profile

  13. These are so pretty, Dorothy! I love the way the candy coating ran a little, making these bars extra colorful! Beautiful. And I bet they are tasty too. :)
    Julie @ This Gal Cooks recently posted..Fresh Fruit Salad and Lipton Pure Leaf Tea {on the go healthy snacking}My Profile

  14. Gooey bars with malted milk balls and Ovaltine?! I need to take a trip to the grocery store!
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction recently posted..Dark Chocolate Chip Graham Banana BreadMy Profile

  15. Oh wow, these look wonderful. I’m definitely going to have to make some gooey bars very soon!
    Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat. recently posted..Buttermilk BiscuitsMy Profile

  16. These are so bright and cute — total love at first sight! Honestly, I had never even heard of malted milk powder until you mentioned it in another Ovaltine recipes last summer. Where do I find it at the grocery store? Near the powdered/evaporated/condensed milk? I definitely want to get my hands on some; your gooey bars look too good to pass up!
    Amy @ Amy’s Healthy Baking recently posted..Strawberry Chocolate Chunk CookiesMy Profile

  17. I am LOVING these Gooey Bars! I can only image how good these must be!
    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting recently posted..Peeps Rice Krispie Treat S’moresMy Profile

  18. I’ve never had a robin egg- interesting they are just like whoppers!! Never enough gooey cake bars in the world!!
    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen recently posted..Vanilla Bean CheesecakeMy Profile

  19. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing :)
    Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent recently posted..Springtime GranolaMy Profile

  20. I love pretty Easter treats and these look adorable AND yummy!! I love how soft looking they are!!
    Renee @ Two in the Kitchen recently posted..Berries for Breakfast; Two WaysMy Profile

  21. Love these gooey bars, they are so pretty Dorothy! Robin Eggs are one of my favorite Easter candies and they sound awesome with the malted milk powder! These definitely would not last long at my house – yum!

  22. These look heavenly! Can you believe I’ve never tried Ovaltine? I remember the commercials though!

  23. we had the “yuck” last week, and now this week I have a terrible migraine -I feel your pain, and I wish I had a few of these bars to brighten this dreary day
    Heather @ French Press recently posted..Jacques Torres’ chocolate chip cookies {with tahitan vanilla sea salt caramels}My Profile

  24. Love these!! But I am in love with ALL of your Gooey bars :) Good luck with your book and all the work that is going into it, I know it’s going to be AMAZING!
    Serene@HouseofYumm recently posted..Root Beer Float Muddy BuddiesMy Profile

  25. I am a total fool for malted anything! These cake bars… I need!!!
    ashley – baker by nature recently posted..Greek Yogurt Blueberry Crumble MuffinsMy Profile

  26. Mmmm, malted gooey bars sound divine! I can’t get enough of those robins eggs lately!! Great pics, girl! :) Pinned!
    Jocelyn@Brucrewlife recently posted..Triple Peanut Butter Cookie PieMy Profile

  27. I always forget about robin’s eggs, but if I get my hands on them, I can’t stop eating them. I’d love to try these.
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  28. YUM! Thanks!

  29. These were great! I don’t remember having Ovaltine when I was younger, but it did sound like something I would like so I had to get some and try this recipe. Very glad I did. Robin Eggs are one of my favorite Easter candies, if I can even say I have a favorite, because nothing is coming to mind that I would turn away! I would hide the Reese’s for myself for sure and the Robin Eggs would be pushed in that direction also.

    This recipe turned out with a very nice flavor that was hard to describe. I made another bar recipe that used Robin Eggs also, and side by side this one was everyone’s favorite. The soft chewy texture of the bar was a very nice contrast to the bits of candy. Thanks for your constant creativity and amazing flavor combinations.

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