Strawberry Shortcake Bars

Strawberry Shortcake Bars - super soft cake like crust perfectly combines with a light layer of cream cheese and whipped cream, topped with fresh cold strawberries.

Is your family like us in that we never need an excuse to make dessert? 😉 It might be a little worrisome, but it’s pretty upsetting to the kids if there isn’t a dessert after dinner. And I’m not talking about OUR kids. I’m talking about my parents’ kids… The ADULTS! It’s no secret that we have dessert after every wonderful Sunday meal… and weekday meals… and Friday night for funsies (we’re awesome like that!) Often, we have a birthday (or five), to celebrate that month, so we feel a little more justified in our sugar overloads (like we really need justification?)

May happens to be Carpenters month! My son was born in May so we celebrate with cake or cupcakes. But he was born on our anniversary, so we have to celebrate the day after with cookies or cake. A few days later is my birthday, so we do more celebrating with more treats, or in this case, scrumptious Strawberry Shortcake Bars (there may have been pazookie in there too)!

These Strawberry Shortcake Bars from Divas Can Cook are now a favorite among the adults. The super soft cake like crust perfectly combines with a light layer of cream cheese and whipped cream, topped with fresh cold strawberries. It’s heavenly! If that doesn’t sing “Happy Birthday to you”, I don’t know what does!

Strawberry Shortcake Bars - super soft cake like crust perfectly combines with a light layer of cream cheese and whipped cream, topped with fresh cold strawberries.Strawberry Shortcake Bars - super soft cake like crust perfectly combines with a light layer of cream cheese and whipped cream, topped with fresh cold strawberries.

Strawberry Shortcake Bars - super soft cake like crust perfectly combines with a light layer of cream cheese and whipped cream, topped with fresh cold strawberries.

If you’re a fruit lover, I’m certain you will LOVE this simple but perfectly sweet Shortcake Bar recipe. See for yourself!

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Strawberry Shortcake Bars:

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Strawberry Shortcake Bars
 
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Ingredients
Butter Vanilla Cake:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pint strawberries
Frosting:
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ - ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz frozen Cool Whip
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, beat together sugar and butter until creamy. Mix in eggs, baking powder and salt. Alternate between adding in the flour and milk, beating after each addition. Beat until all ingredients are combined. Stir in vanilla extract.
  2. Pour batter evenly into a greased and floured a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  3. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. We sure not to over bake. Cake should be flat and light in color. Let cool completely. Set aside.
  4. Dice up strawberries and set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, cream together cream cheese, powdered sugar and frozen whipped topping. Evenly spread cream cheese mixture over top of cooled cake. Top with diced strawberries.
  6. Refrigerate for 3 hours.

Recipe from Divas Can Cook.

TRIED & TRUE FINDINGS:

  • DIFFICULTY: Simple
  • HOW MANY DOES IT FEED: 12-16
  • ANY CHANGES MADE: none. This was just too simple to change up, and we’re glad we didn’t.
  • ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR NEXT TIME: None.

This is another fruity dessert we love to enjoy in the summer:

Blueberry Crumb Delight

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And for even more fruity treats, check out:

ENJOY!

Strawberry Shortcake Bars - super soft cake like crust perfectly combines with a light layer of cream cheese and whipped cream, topped with fresh cold strawberries.

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  1. 1

    Yum! You have some of the best recipes! I’m excited to try this one!
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  2. 3

    I made these over the Memorial Day weekend to take to a barbecue and they were a huge hit! Easy and delicious and I will definitely make them again!

  3. 5

    I’m planning on making these this week for a party. Could I make the day before and just put the strawberries on the day of?

    • 6

      Yes, I would put the strawberries on last, as well as the cream layer. Unless, you can stick it in your fridge, since it has cream cheese and cool whip:) Hope they’re a hit!!

  4. 7
    Lisa Gruich :

    I made these for a party and they were a hit. I’m going to make it again for 4th of July at our camper and decorate it like a flag with blueberries and strawberries. 🙂 Great recipe. Thank you.

  5. 9
    Charlotte Moore :

    This looks so good, but looks like there are lots more berries than a pint on top.

    • 10

      There might have been more. The recipe just calls for that, but may have added more for the picture 🙂 You can always add more or less! Thanks so much!

  6. 11

    I have made this several (4-5) times since I discovered this recipe. It is wonderful and easy to make. My only comment is my cake takes longer than 20 minutes to bake every time I have made this by at least 10 minutes. It could just be my oven. I just moved and I am trying it in the oven that was already in the house.

  7. 13

    I have made this recipe several times. It has turned out perfect every time, and is always a huge hit! Highly recommend adding this to your recipe box!

  8. 15

    Could you use a jelly roll pan for this?

  9. 17

    Made this for some ladies at church and was a big hit!

  10. 19

    Would like to make this,but wanted to ask. I have whipping cream to use up. Do you think real whipped cream would work in it?

  11. 21

    I am not a fan of the traditional strawberry shortcake, but this recipe for the Strawberry Shortcake Bars was excellent. I followed the exact recipe. At our family Easter gathering it was a huge hit.

  12. 25

    Am I understanding correcty, the cool whip is not thawed but left frozen? I ask because this is the first time I’ve ever seen a recipe that called for frozen cool whip. Thank you.

  13. 27
    Alyson Ewald :

    Can you cut the recipe in half?

  14. 29

    You mention a pint of strawberries in the cake mix. Was that an error? Why would you put strawberries in the cake? The pictures dont look like you have added strawberries inside the actual cake just on the top.

  15. 31

    Your video shows one cup of butter, but the written recipe says 1/2 cup. Which one is correct?
    Thanks!