Birthday Cake Lush Bars are a dreamy combination of birthday cake flavored cookie crust, a cream cheese layer, a pudding layer, and whipped cream, all topped with sprinkles!
It’s that time of year where no-bake recipe desserts are in high demand, and do I have the recipe for you! Birthday Cake Lush Bars aren't technically no-bake, as you do have to bake one pan of cookies, but the rest is simply whipped up and layered together. If you’re not familiar, lush desserts are a layered dessert, typically a combination of cream cheese, whipped cream, and pudding. They are sweet, creamy, and absolutely luscious!
This birthday cake lush dessert has the flavor of birthday cake in a delicious layered dessert form. It is perfect for anyone who loves birthday cake or sprinkles! The funfetti flavor comes from using refrigerated funfetti sugar cookie dough for the crust. The cookies are baked, crumbled and then mixed with butter and pressed into the bottom of a baking pan.
There is also funfetti flavor in the cream cheese layer, with the addition of vanilla extract and cake batter extract, which gives the dessert that distinct birthday cake flavor. If you can’t find cake batter extract, simply use ½ teaspoon of almond extract instead. It is equally delicious!
To start with this recipe, you'll need to bake the refrigerated cookies according to the package directions. Usually this includes placing them on a baking sheet and baking them for 8-10 minutes. Once they are baked, cook them completely, and then crush all but 2 of the cookies in a food processor until they resemble crumbs.
Mix the cookie crumbs with some melted butter and then press into a greased 9x13" baking dish. Next, beat the cream cheese until creamy and then add in the powdered sugar, cake batter extract, and vanilla extract and beat until well combined. Stir in one container of Cool Whip and the sprinkles and then spread this mixture onto the crust.
Next, mix together the milk and pudding mix, let it set up for a few minutes, and then spread over the cream cheese layer. Last, spread the second container of Cool Whip on top of the pudding layer and then top with more sprinkles. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours to let the bars set up. Cut into slices and enjoy! Also, if they don't cut into perfect slices - that's okay! You can scoop them out, too.
Birthday Cake Lush Bars are a perfect birthday dessert for someone who likes something other than cake, or a summer BBQ or potluck dessert. It has been a hit every time I have made it!