Strawberry Butter Cake

Easy layered Strawberry Gooey Butter Cake whips up with only 5 minutes of prep. It’s a family favorite that can be enjoyed all year long!

Cakes and Bars come in so many different flavor combinations, there is always something new to try. Strawberry Gooey Butter Cake is bright and fresh and perfect for a summer treat!

Powder sugar dusted slice of strawberry gooey butter cake on a white plate

Summer must-make

In the summertime, I am always craving fruits and anything fruity. My favorite fruit of all would have to be STRAWBERRIES. They are just so sweet and juicy I’m not sure how anyone couldn’t like them. With it being summer and me craving some strawberries, I’ve concocted a few Strawberry sweets I will be sharing with you over the next few days. The first one is today’s Strawberry Gooey Butter Cake (or bars)!!

I’ve made these “gooey” recipes a ton in the past but had never tried a strawberry version. With some cream cheese and strawberry cake mix, these bars turned out so delicious and were so easy to make. Really, with all the different cake mixes there are, there are endless gooey recipes you can make!

We love how these bars turned out!! You can even leave the strawberries off if you want them less fruity. It’s not very often that you can put together such a delicious dessert in about 5 minutes. But with just a little bit of prep you will be enjoying this cake in no time!

Ingredients for the strawberry gooey butter cake

Easy Strawberry Gooey Butter Cake

PREP. Grease a 9×13 pan and turn oven to 325.

CAKE LAYER. Blend cake mix, 1 egg and butter until smooth. Press into your greased 9×13 pan.

CREAM CHEESE LAYER. Blend cream cheese, 2 eggs, and powdered sugar until creamy and smooth. Spread over the first mixture in your pan.

BAKE + SERVE. Bake at 325 for 40-45 minutes or until edges are golden brown (middle may sink in a bit). Top with powdered sugar and sliced strawberries.

Cake base for the strawberry gooey butter cake in a glass pan

Recipe Tips

When you are ready to cut this cake make sure it is completely cooled first. To keep the cake from sticking to your knife you can spray the knife with a little bit of cooking spray and then wipe it off with a paper towel before cutting.

For best results wait to dust your cake with powdered sugar until right before you serve it regardless of which way you store it.

For red-er color: Mixing in some strawberry kool-aid can give it that vibrant red color just like the flag and the color of strawberries. You can also mix in red food coloring. 

Recipe Notes:

  • The cream cheese and eggs should be room temperature so they are easier to mix. 
  • Be sure that you only use the dry cake mix. Do not use the other ingredients listed on the back of the box.
  • You can easily use another flavor of cake mix to change up the recipe.

Best topping: If you mix the sliced strawberries with some sweetener or sugar and let them sit for a little while they will become softer and sweeter. YOu can also use other fruit such as sliced bananas, raspberries and blueberries.Wait to add the fruit until right before serving.

Clean Cuts: To make this cake easier to cut be sure that it has cooled off. Spray a sharp knife with cooking spray to help it slice right through. Wipe the blade after each cut. Apply more cooking spray when needed. Lining the pan with parchment paper will also help.

Layered Strawberry Gooey Butter Cake in a glass baking dish

Storing Info

STORE leftover cake in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days, or you can stick them in the fridge for 5-7 days.

For long term storage they can be frozen for 3-4 months. FREEZE the cake in a large block or after cutting it. 

  • Large block: Warp the entire block with plastic wrap and again with foil. Label and freeze.
  • Individual pieces: Wrap each piece with plastic wrap or with a fold top sandwich bag. I like to then stick them together in a Freezer Ziploc, but you can wrap each piece with foil as well.
  • Note: Do not store cake with fresh fruit on top. 

Strawberry Gooey Butter Cake slice served on a white plate with fresh strawberries.

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Strawberry Butter Cake Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Easy layered Strawberry Butter Cake whips up with only 5 minutes of prep. It's a family favorite that can be enjoyed all year long!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 565 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 box strawberry cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 8 oz PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • sliced strawberries


  • Grease a 9x13 pan and turn oven to 325°F.
  • Blend cake mix, 1 egg and butter until smooth. Press into your greased 9x13 pan.
  • Blend cream cheese, 2 eggs, and powdered sugar until creamy and smooth. Spread over your the first mixture in your pan.
  • Bake at 325 for 40-45 minutes or until edges are golden brown (middle may sink in a bit).
  • Top with powdered sugar and sliced strawberries.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. MMM love this version of butter bars!! And you are so right who does not like strawberries?! Crazies! 😉

    1. Hi Liz. I haven’t keep them refrigerated before but I’m sure you could. My kids love them soft and gooey so we keep them out. And usually they’re gone pretty quick so there’s no need to store, lol. 😉

  2. These sound amazing!! I want to make them for work for Valentine’s day. I was thinking of putting fresh strawberries between the layers and then baking it. Any thoughts on that?

  3. Wow, this looks really good and delicious. I hope i would have time to make this strawberry bars this week.

  4. Just love the recipe’s you are sharing with me. Have a smile on my face when I turn on my computer and see your name. Thank you so much.

  5. I just took mine out of the oven, but it is for my husband’s birthday celebration tomorrow. I see you said you keep yours on the counter. Should I warm up the cake, before serving, to make it gooey or is this not advised?
    Can’t wait to taste it tomorrow. It smells yummy

    1. Nope, you bake it all at the same time. Layer the crust first, then the filling and bake the whole thing for 40-45 minutes at 325.