Cream Cheese Filled Red Velvet Cake Bars

Delicious red velvet cake bars with a creamy, gooey, cream cheese filling!
Slices of Cream Cheese Filled Red Velvet Cake Bars in a White Square Plate. A Jar with milk at the back
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Slices of Cream Cheese Filled Red Velvet Cake Bars in a White Square Plate. A Jar with milk at the back

More and more I find myself playing around with cake mixes, not only because I’m heartened by how many of you I am getting into the kitchen by posting these recipes, but I’ve also realized how much fun they can be! As much as I love a good complex dessert, there is a time and a place for a fast and dirty dessert.

I’ve made a few different versions of these cake bars lately and the first one I want to introduce you to is my Red Velvet Cake Bars. I didn’t want to only make a cake bar, that’s boring, I wanted to give it an ooey, gooey filling as well!

Nothing pairs up with Red Velvet like cream cheese does, the tart and sweet flavors of both complement each other so perfectly.

Just look at that gorgeous filling!

Close up of Cream Cheese Filled Red Velvet Cake Bars in a White Square Plate

These are a mere five ingredients and take minutes to prep! Winner winner dessert for dinner! Or is it just me that wants to eat dessert for dinner? Come on, there’s a glass of milk involved. That means it’s dinner!


Keep these beauties in your back pocket for when you need a really fast and delicious dessert! The kids and Mike loved them, of course, and even I had to admit that for the cake mix, they were pretty darn good!

Happy Baking Everyone!

Love you more than chocolate,


Cream Cheese Filled Red Velvet Cake Bars

Delicious red velvet cake bars with a creamy, gooey, cream cheese filling!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 large egg
  • red velvet cake mix
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup condensed milk


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Line a 9×9 baking pan with foil then spray with cooking spray.
  • Mix butter with a mixer until smooth.
  • Mix in cake mix and egg; beat until combined. This can take quite a while depending on your mixer, but it WILL combine nicely!
  • Press 1/2 of the cake mixture in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Combine the cream cheese with the condensed milk until smooth.
  • Pour onto the cake mix.
  • Crumble the remaining dough over the top of the bars, making sure there are no gaps in the top.
  • Bake for 25-28 minutes until the top is completely baked.
  • Cool before slicing.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 109kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 89mg, Potassium: 49mg, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 315IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 0.1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Jillian says

    I am so proud of myself for baking this! I’m such a beginner and this was so easy to follow and after a few blunders of mine own (that were my bad, not measuring things properly (oops)) I finally got a pretty damn good pan of some delicious Cream Cheese Filled Red Velvet Cake Bars. I have yet to find a recipe on this website that I don’t like. Thanks Karlynn, you are SLOWLY bringing me into the kitchen. I really don’t like cooking, I like baking much much more, but I’m trying to push myself. Sorry, this cake was so delicious, my kids INHALED them and my husband liked them as well, which in and of itself a miracle lol.

  2. TS says

    The Duncan Hines cake mix I got says to add water, should I do that or follow your recipe as is? Also, I’m doubling this recipe what pan size I should use?

  3. Li says

    Can the recipient be doubled, and if so, what size pan should I use?

  4. Sonja says

    Hi! Would just like to know if it is sweetened condensed milk or evaporated milk that you need for this recipe?

  5. Mary P Hoffman says

    My blood sugar is spiking just thinking about them…Yum!

  6. foolofasuf says

    This looks mighty simple! But of course I couldn’t deal with anything simple, so I must make my own Red Velvet cake batter (the ready mix is not easily available around here). How do I go about it in that case? 

  7. Sabrina says

    Which kind of condensed milk is needed? Is it sweetened condensed milk.? Thanks for answering!

  8. Noob Baker says

    Excuse my nephew lol but mines was fluffy and ok but I really wanted mines to look more like yours. The batter was more liquidy than crumbly. It wasn’t dry even for me to press it down, I just had to use a spatula since it was sticky. What size cake mix did you use?

  9. Meagan says

    How long do the bars last? And can they be shipped?

  10. sammy812 says

    dumb question, do I have to make the cake batter first or just use the powder mix with the one egg and butter??

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      sammy812 No such thing as a dumb question! You just  use the powder mix!

  11. CyeTeach says

    If the cake was ‘gross’ then you made it wrong. I made my own red velvet cake batter and par baked it as well as a small sheet tray for topping. I also added white chocolate

    to the cream cheese. Came out beautifully, great recipe.

    • foolofasuf says

      CyeTeach Hey, so how did it turn out eventually? I’m wondering if: making your own cake batter and par-baking it, then continuing with this recipe, wouldn’t that sort of make this a standard red velvet cake?

  12. Leah Saltoun says

    Turns out no velvet cake mix is needed, because the cake is gross. 1/10 wouldn’t do again.

  13. Leah Saltoun says

    How much red velvet cake mix is needed? Leah

5 from 4 votes (4 ratings without comment)

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