Bar #91: Sweet Tea

Being the Southern girl that I am…one of the very first things my mama taught me how to make was sweet tea (ladies, she puts a cup of sugar in it!).  Now, I actually prefer unsweetened tea as an adult, but I guarantee you that any time we have any get together on my side of the family, good old sweet tea is present.  
I only have 10 more bars left to make.  Ten!  And I thought in honor of my Texas roots, I would make us a Sweet Tea Bar (there is tea in the frosting!).  I was hoping these bars would be a hit…but really and truly, I think they might go down as a favorite among my taste testers.  My girlfriend Meagan has already texted me for the recipe early because she wants to make them for her family.
No matter where you’re from (or how you like your tea), I’m pretty positive that you’ll love these bars.
Happy Summer!
You only need a splash of tea in the frosting, so I bought a bottle of sweet tea but you can of course, brew your own.
Shopping List
1 box of white cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
the zest and juice of one lemon (about 2 tablespoons juice & 2 tablespoons zest)
1/2 cup of butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
about 2 tablespoons or so of sweet tea  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease (I use Pam) a 9×13 baking dish.  Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl combine cake mix, vegetable oil and eggs with an electric mixer.  Beat in lemon zest and lemon juice.  Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake about 14 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on the counter before frosting.
To make the frosting, beat the butter, powdered sugar and sweet tea with an electric mixer.  Add more powdered sugar if the frosting is too thin and more tea if it’s too thick. Frost the cooled bars.  Store in the fridge when not enjoying.

A little lemon in the batter goes with lemon in your tea and then believe it or not, just that small splash of tea in the frosting really does bring out the flavor.  Sweet Tea Bars on a warm evening…sounds like a great night to me.

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  • Meagan Ruse June 14, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Thank you! These were truly lovely.
    Love, your desperate for the recipe friend 🙂

  • Tal June 14, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Hi! I really want to make so many of your bars! The problem I have is that I think here in the UK the amount in a box of cake mix might be different, would you mind telling me how much is in the boxes you use so I can make sure I use the right amount of mix? Thank you so much for both your lovely blogs ☺️

  • Dawn June 14, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    My daughter is having a Fancy Nancy Tea Party theme for her 5th birthday this summer and these will be a perfect addition to our menu. Thank you! ?

  • Mix and Match Mama June 15, 2015 at 9:42 am

    They're 18 oz boxes :). Enjoy!

  • Angie June 15, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    I would love to see a "Mix and Match gone wrong" segment. Have you ever tried mixing and matching a recipe and have it just turn out horrible? Like you used the wrong amounts or the taste was less then steller?

  • Irene Tretiak August 14, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I live in a remote area, and never have cake mixes on hand. Booo, I plan to use a basic cake recipe and try some of these squares. Any suggestions welcome.

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