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4.92 from 24 votes

Strawberry Shortcake Bars

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Divas Can Cook

Ingredients

  • BUTTER-VANILLA CAKE
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pint strawberries
  • CREAM LAYER
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz frozen whipped topping Cool Whip

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • 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.
  • Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  • Pour batter evenly into the dish.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Do not overbake. The cake will be flat and light in color.
  • Let cool completely. Set aside.
  • Dice up strawberries. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together cream cheese, powdered sugar, and frozen whipped topping.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture evenly on top of cooled cake.
  • Top with fresh, diced strawberries.
  • Refrigerate for 3 hours.
  • Store in the refrigerator.
  • Enjoy.

Notes

~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.