Red Velvet Squares – Easy and Delicious Recipe

by Alli

Red Velvet is one of my family’s favorite flavors. I make delicious red velvet cupcakes and a scrumptious red velvet cake. I also make amazing lemon squares and several of my kids ask for these instead of a traditional cake when their birthday rolls around. What does lemon squares have to do with red velvet squares? Everything!

One day, I was thinking about how delicious lemon squares are and how easy they are to make. On the other hand, homemade red velvet cake is a little more detailed. Then it hit me! Why not make red velvet squares using my lemon squares recipe? Of course, I substituted the lemon cake mix with a red velvet mix (ain’t no shame in my cake mix game). The rest of the ingredients stay the same.

Delicious Red Velvet Squares

Don’t stop at red velvet. You can use this same recipe to make any flavor bars. If red velvet’s not your thing (gasp!), then use another flavor. It’s all good!

Red Velvet Squares

Mix cake mix, butter, and one egg together. I use my stand mixer and mix on low speed. Spread the mixture in an ungreased 9″ x 13″ pan.

First layer of Red Velvet Squares

Beat two eggs and softened cream cheese until smooth. Add a pinch of salt, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Spread over the cake mix layer.

2nd layer - Red Velvet Squares

Bake at 350º for 40-45 minutes. Cool slightly before cutting into squares.

Red Velvet Squares Finished

I could make this recipe in my sleep. I know all ovens are different, but my red velvet squares (and lemon squares) are perfectly cooked at exactly 40 minutes.

Red Velvet Squares - Cut into squares

Yield: 12

Red Velvet Squares

Red Velvet Squares - Cut into squares

Red Velvet Squares remind me of a slice of red velvet cake without all the work. These squares start with a cake mix and are topped with a cream cheese mixture.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 package red velvet cake mix
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • dash of salt
  • 1 box powdered sugar (16 oz.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Mix cake mix, butter and 1 egg together. Mix on low with electric mixer until smooth. Spread the mixture in an ungreased 9" x 13" pan.
  2. Cream two eggs and cream cheese together until well combined. Add salt, powdered sugar and vanilla. Spread over the cake mixture.
  3. Bake at 350º for 40-45 minutes. Cool slightly before cutting into squares.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 222Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 94mgSodium 177mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 0gSugar 13gProtein 3g

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My Red Velvet Squares are delicious any time of the year. They are perfect for a patriotic celebration, Christmas and/or Valentine’s Day. Actually, they are perfect any day of the week and they are so easy to make!


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Glenda Cates July 10, 2018 - 8:41 am

This dessert looks delish, and I think I will make it the first day of school for my son to bring to the Staff as they deserve a treat dealing with new students and getting everyone to settle down after being out of school all Summer

GiGi Eats July 10, 2018 - 9:45 am

I’ve never had red velvet anything before but hot damn does that sound and LOOK delicious!!!

Brit Strawbridge July 10, 2018 - 10:06 am

Mmm I love desserts with simple ingredients! These look delicious and fairly light! Will definitely save this recipe for later!

Jacky July 10, 2018 - 10:19 am

Oh mine!
These squares look to die for! Not only I love all the ingredients in it (I love anything with cream cheese, lol), but they look heavenly. I’m a very visual person, and to me, presentation goes hand to hand with taste. Love it!

Tasheena July 10, 2018 - 10:28 am

These squares look so yummy. I’m a huge fan of red velvet and I’ve always wanted to try a recipe like this.

candy July 10, 2018 - 11:42 am

Thinks meals should start with desserts especially if they look as good as your bars do. We will be making and trying this recipe out that is for sure.

Amber Myers July 10, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Yes please. I am a huge fan of Red Velvet anything. This would be the perfect dessert.

Karen Morse July 10, 2018 - 9:15 pm

That looks amazing and it would be a nice dessert during parties! People are going to love it! I think it’s awesome that it’s completely easy to make!

Anosa Malanga July 10, 2018 - 9:23 pm

I love red velvet too and I am planning to try out making one this time on my own. Glad I found this and stumble upon your website. Definitely no excuse for me trying to make this time. Thank you!

Marysa July 10, 2018 - 9:45 pm

It’s nice to find some new twists on recipes to try out. I know my kids would love these, and love making them too. Thanks for sharing your recipe, it sounds so good!

Liz Cochico July 10, 2018 - 10:29 pm

I’m so weak to say no to sweets. These red velvet squares look amazing. Can’t wait to try the recipe.

Maddy Gutierrez July 10, 2018 - 10:48 pm

omg. These look like red velvet cake and cheesecake had a brownie baby that became an angle. I need to make these ASAP!

Heather July 10, 2018 - 11:30 pm

My husband is a huge red velvet lover! I’ll have to try to make this for him.

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Sara-Jayne Jones July 11, 2018 - 3:43 am

I’ve never tried red velvet and I so want to – I’ve wanted to ever since I saw Steel Magnolias! Haha. Your squares look so delicious!

Chubskulit Rose July 11, 2018 - 5:59 am

Your family is so blessed to have you, such great treats! This one looks so yummy!

Shoshana Sue July 11, 2018 - 6:30 am

So here is the thing, this post looks like it was tailored for me and my daughters. I love lemon squares while my girls love love love red velvet anything! I am saving this for later.

Bernetta July 11, 2018 - 1:06 pm

OK! Can you message me your address, because I need to come and try these. However, this might be a great mommy and me experience I can do with my daughter who loves to bake. Thank ya!

Amy H July 11, 2018 - 9:25 pm

Oh my gosh! These look so delicious! I have never made anything Red Velvet, but I think I will have to try this recipe.

Michelle June 15, 2019 - 1:13 pm

Making this! How much is a box of powdered sugar?

Alli June 15, 2019 - 3:09 pm

16 oz.


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