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Strawberry Bars

When it comes to delicious desserts, strawberry flavor is the best! That’s why we love these strawberry bars so much! With fresh strawberries baked into the bars, this easy dessert recipe is packed with flavor. And since there’s no messy icing or pie filling on top, they’re easy to eat. That makes them perfect for a party or a quick after school snack.
Strawberry Upside Down Bars on a white plate.

When it comes to delicious desserts, strawberry flavor is the best! That’s why we love these strawberry bars so much! With fresh strawberries baked into the bars, this easy dessert recipe is packed with flavor. And since there’s no messy icing or pie filling on top, they’re easy to eat. That makes them perfect for a party or a quick after school snack.

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What Do I Need to Make Strawberry Bars?

Since this simple dessert is made with a handful of common baking ingredients, you probably already have everything you need in your kitchen right now. To make this strawberry bars recipe, you’ll need:

  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Sliced strawberries
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Eggs 
  • Vanilla extract

Ingredients for Strawberry Upside Down Bars

How Do I Make Strawberry Bars?

Since these bars feature fresh strawberries baked right into the top, they couldn’t be easier to make! Just follow these five steps to prepare your own strawberry bars at home right now.

Step One: Add the Strawberries

This simple dessert is prepared like an upside down cake, so the first step to making your strawberry bars is to add the strawberry layer. Start by lining a baking dish with parchment paper and grease the paper with butter. Then, sprinkle the brown sugar over the top of the butter, spreading the sugar in an even layer over the bottom of the pan. After that, arrange the strawberries in even rows across the top of the sugar, overlapping the edges of the strawberries as you line them up. Continue adding strawberry slices until the bottom of the pan is covered.

Strawberry Bars Process

Step Two: Prepare the batter

To make the batter for the dessert bars, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Using a stand mixer, beat together the melted butter and remaining brown sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Turn the mixing speed down to low and add the eggs and vanilla extract. Slowly add the flour mixture to the bowl and mix until fully combined.

Batter in a stainless stel bowl

Step Three: Add the batter to the pan

Carefully spoon the batter over the top of the strawberries, making sure not to disturb the rows. Once all the batter has been added to the pan, spread it into an even layer. Make sure to use short strokes as you spread the batter to avoid disturbing the strawberries underneath.

Batter on top of sliced strawberries

Step Four: Bake the Strawberry Bars

Place the strawberry bars in the oven and bake them at 350 degrees for around one hour. You’ll know your bars are finished cooking when a toothpick inserted into the center of the dessert comes out clean.

Step Five: Cool the Bars Completely

When the bars are finished baking, remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire cooling rack to cool. Make sure the strawberry bars are completely cool, then place a cutting board on top of the pan. Quickly flip the pan over and lightly tap on the bottom to release the bars. Peel the parchment paper off the top of the bars and cut into 12 even pieces. Dust the top of the bars with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.

Strawberry Upside Down Bars turned out on parchment paper.

Do Strawberry Upside Down Cake Bars Need to Be Refrigerated?

Since these strawberry bars are made with fresh fruit, it’s a good idea to store leftovers in the refrigerator. Transfer the cooled bars to an airtight container, then store them in the fridge. Your bars will stay good for up to one week when stored properly.

Cut strawberry upside down bars.

How Do I Keep Upside Down Cake from Sticking?

There’s nothing worse than flipping your upside down cake over and seeing that it’s stuck to the pan! Try using these tips to keep your upside down cake bars from sticking.

  • Use parchment paper. To help free your cake bars from the pan after they’re finished baking, parchment paper is essential. The paper will provide a barrier between the strawberries and the pan, making it simple to flip your cake over when it’s finished cooling.
  • Grease the pan. In addition to parchment paper, you’ll also need butter to help keep the bars from sticking. Use a liberal amount of butter on the bottom and sides of the pan to prevent sticking.
  • Tap and shake the pan. If the bars remain stuck in the pan, lightly tap the bottom of the pan with the handle of a wooden spoon to help loosen it. Lightly shaking the pan while it’s flipped over will also help the bars come free.

Strawberry bars with a fork on parchment paper.

Strawberry Bars Recipe Ideas

By baking these dessert bars with the strawberries on the bottom, you remove the need for toppings on your cake! That makes this easy recipe perfect for a quick dessert. And with these simple recipe ideas, you can whip up a delicious treat for any occasion.

  • Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Add even more sweetness to your upside down bars with the help of a frozen topping. When serving your strawberry bars, add a dollop of fresh whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
  • Try different fruit toppings. The strawberries in this easy recipe can be substituted with different fruits to create a totally new recipe! Try replacing the strawberry slices with pineapples, peaches, pears, or apples for different variations on this easy recipe.
  • Drizzle with chocolate. Chocolate and strawberry is a classic flavor combination, which means a chocolate topping would make the perfect addition to this recipe! Drizzle melted chocolate or chocolate syrup over the top of your bars before serving to add even more flavor to your freshly baked treat.

Strawberry Upside Down Cake Bars plated.

Strawberry Upside Down Bars on a white plate.

Strawberry Bars

When it comes to delicious desserts, strawberry flavor is the best! That’s why we love these strawberry bars so much! With fresh strawberries baked into the bars, this easy dessert recipe is packed with flavor. And since there’s no messy icing or pie filling on top, they’re easy to eat. That makes them perfect for a party or a quick after school snack.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Strawberry Bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 266kcal

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Line an 8X8 baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Grease the paper with 1 Tablespoon softened butter and sprinkle with 3 Tablespoons of brown sugar. Spread into an even layer.
  • Line the bottom of the pan with overlapping lines of sliced strawberries, making sure to cover the entire bottom. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together melted butter and remaining brown sugar.
  • Turn mixer speed to low and add eggs and vanilla.
  • Carefully mix in flour mixture until fully combined.
  • Drop spoonfuls of batter over the strawberries in the prepared pan. Carefully spread batter into an even layer. Mixture will be thick, so use short strokes so as not to disturb the strawberries below.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • COOL COMPLETELY BEFORE TURNING OUT OF THE DISH.
  • Place a cutting board over the top of the baking dish and invert to remove the bars. Carefully peel back the parchment paper.
  • Slice into 12 squares and dust with powdered sugar if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 397IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg
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