Strawberry Shortcake Bars

If summer was a dessert, it would definitely be strawberry shortcake in this house. I love strawberry shortcake! It’s such a light, refreshing end to a grilled summer dinner or even brunch. Whenever I throw a cookout you can bet that you will find these strawberry shortcake bars and snickers ice cream sandwich cake on the dessert table. They are true summer staples around here and easy to make.

strawberry shortcake bars recipe

Hit up your local farmers market for some really big, fresh, sweet and juicy strawberries and you’re in for a treat honey!

The cake layer of these strawberry shortcake bars is not your typical angel food cake. It’s more like a fluffy vanilla-butter pound cake in taste. Dense enough to handle that  cream cheese layer and strawberries, yet tender enough to melt in your mouth. It’s the perfect trio of flavors and textures.

Watch me make these strawberry shortcake bars from start to finish!


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Strawberry Shortcake Bars
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  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ - ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip)
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together sugar and butter until creamy.
  3. Mix in eggs, baking powder and salt.
  4. Alternate between adding in the flour and milk, beating after each addition.
  5. Beat until all ingredients are combined.
  6. Stir in vanilla extract.
  7. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  8. Pour batter evenly into the dish.
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Do not over bake. Cake will be flat and light in color.
  10. Let cool completely. Set aside.
  11. Dice up strawberries. Set aside.
  12. In a large bowl, cream together cream cheese, powdered sugar and frozen whipped topping.
  13. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly on top of cooled cake.
  14. Top with fresh, diced strawberries.
  15. Refrigerate for 3 hours.
  16. Store in the refrigerator.
  17. Enjoy.
~TIPS~ Make it colorful! I love using a mixture of fresh diced peaches, strawberries, kiwi, and pineapples on top. Very pretty! Feeling lazy and don't want to make the homemade cake? It's ok. I've been there. Use a boxed butter flavored pound cake mix and prepare it in a 9 x 13 inch pan.



  1. Lisa says

    Made this for our Mother’s Day cookout/potluck. It was the star of the dessert table. Everyone loved it. I even had someone tell, “You put your foot all in it, didn’t you?!!!” (For those of you from the south, you’ll will recognize that as extremely high praise for a dish done well.) Thanks for sharing Monique!

  2. Devoria says

    I just watched your video for this strawberry bar recipe. Will definitely make for Easter. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. says

    i am into baking but i have not done it for years now..i was inspired by this recipe as i have a nephew (my cousin’s son) who is obsessed with strawberries :) i think i’ll have to try this one of these days :) thank you for this amazing recipe :) God bless you..

    • syeda quamrunnahar says

      I also want to that oil is substitute of my asian country butter is so expensive…

  4. Aran says

    Hi, I’m from uk and we don’t really use cup as our measurements, are you able to translate the cup measurements into ounces or grams for me please, as I would love to make this recipe… Thanks

  5. Desean says

    Ok so I told you on the strawberry cobbler review
    that your site is my new favorite site,…so,when something is new&exciting to you,you just can’t get enough!:),cutting to the chase,I was so excited to make this,I made it around 3 a.m.!&was very pleased with the outcome,so yummy,my kids wanted this for breakfast(&don’t tell anyone but I gave in! :-)…thanks again,keep up the great work!!

  6. Kim says

    This was my first cake from scratch…I made this for Father’s Day and decided to make this a double layer cake. WOW is a understatement. My dad especially said it was truly the right balance of sweetness. My family was pleasantly surprised. I will have to reveal my secret one day…;-) Thanks Monique.

  7. Kelly says

    I made this and took it to work and everyone loved it … everyone thought it would be perfect for a family barbeque. Can’t wait for the local berries to be ready.
    Diva is 3 for 3 at my house!

  8. LMoore says

    Mo this was absolutely delicious! I’ll be making this for the next family get together for sure! The only thing is I wish the cake was a little more moist. Any recommendations for next time?

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