Lemon White Chocolate Bars

Believe it or not, it’s really quite complicated to take awesome, detailed, and appetizing food pictures.


I have a nice camera–a five year old Canon Powershot A540. It takes nice pictures that I can’t complain about. And I enjoy my photo-editing program that came gratis with the camera. (Photoshop? Who needs it when you have HP Imaging Software? Hell yeah.)

But in all honesty, I want an upgrade. I need one. It’s like me and the Powershot have grown apart. It’s a sad time in my life, watching the flash delay and seeing the lens lose its focus when I’m trying to take those super artsy shots of cupcakes. Actually, it’s quite annoying.

Know what else is annoying? The camera I want–a Canon Rebel–is $500. Ouch.

I’m a college student working part-time at a cupcake factory. I don’t make much moolah, and when I do, I promptly spend it on necessary things like fancy sushi and clothes and getting my roots touched up by my awesome hair stylist. May seem frivolous to you, but a girl’s gotta be well-fed, well-dressed, and well-bleached.

Therefore, I don’t have an extra $500 laying around to spend on a rockin’ camera. Though I wish I did. So now, I’ve resorted to being extra sweet to my boyfriend in hopes he’ll maybe buy me one. He doesn’t have that kinda money either, but maybe if I’m super nice he’ll decide I’m worth it.

Or maybe if I fed him these lemon white chocolate bars, he’d definitely know I was worth it.

Bribery is totally okay, especially within relationships.

And had I given him some of these things, I’m sure it would have worked. Thankfully they’re good enough to repeat… and next time, maybe their delicious powers will work in favor of a brand new camera. Or maybe not. Just make them, anyway.

*Recipe adapted from Stephanie Ashcraft’s 101 Things to Do with A Cake Mix. –great book!

Lemon White Chocolate Bars

1 box lemon cake mix (I love Duncan Hines)
2 eggs
1/3 c oil
1/2 c white chocolate chips
Powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13×9 inch baking pan. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, and oil. Dough will be stiff; you can add a small splash of extra oil if necessary. Once combined, press into the prepared pan, smoothing dough down in an even layer. Sprinkle top of dough with chocolate chips. Using a rubber spatula (or your hands, I won’t tell) gently press white chocolate chips into the dough. Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly golden and bars have set. Cool completely, then lightly dust with powdered sugar before cutting into bars.

SO ridiculously yummy. I would fall for the bribe if someone made me these. But that’s only because I’m partial to lemon-flavored anything. And delicious things.

xo, Hayley

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