Strawberry Vanilla Cream Pie

This heavenly Strawberry Vanilla Cream Pie will have your Valentine’s heart swooning! Chock full of luscious, ripe berries nestled within a velvety vanilla, cream cheese and whipped cream filling!

Strawberry Vanilla Cream Pie | An exquisite strawberry and cream dessert!

Strawberry Vanilla Cream Pie for Your Sweetheart!

With Valentine’s Day approaching I’m testing out all sorts of marvelous sweets. I spied some spectacular, fragrant strawberries at the market and created this dreamy pie with a double dose of berries. We were going out to dinner with a group of friends, so I invited them back to our house for coffee and dessert. Light and delectable, we gathered in the kitchen and I sliced wedges for all. The plates were practically licked clean. If you have strawberry lovers in your family, this dessert will blow their minds. Wouldn’t it be the perfect holiday treat?

Strawberry Vanilla Cream Pie | An exquisite strawberry and cream dessert!

Almost No-Bake

The base of this dessert was a classic graham cracker crust. I baked mine, but you could easily just pat the crumbs into the springform pan and chill. Mashed strawberries were added to sweetened cream cheese, then whipped cream was folded in to lighten the mixture. Poured over the crust, the ungarnished pie went into the fridge. Before serving, I created a decorative pattern with sliced berries for a fancy schmancy presentation, but whole or halved berries would be just as lovely. This wasn’t the easiest pie to slice, but it was certainly one of the tastiest!

Welcome to #VanillaWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections. I am so excited about this week-long event. Red velvet and chocolate are everywhere this time of year, and the #VanillaWeek Bloggers have come together to focus on one of our favorite flavors – Vanilla. We hope you join us throughout the week where we will be sharing vanilla recipes from breakfasts, drinks, desserts and even savory dishes! Also, don’t forget to enter below for our big #VanillaWeek giveaway! 

Strawberry Vanilla Cream Pie | An exquisite strawberry and cream dessert!

Strawberry Vanilla Cream Pie
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This creamy vanilla pie is chock full of strawberry bits plus topped with a sunburst of strawberry slices
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10 servings
  • 1¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (I used Dixie Crystals)
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • 16 ounces (2 packages) cream cheese; at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar (I used Dixie Crystals)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (I used Nielsen-Massey Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract)
  • ½ teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 cups (plus more for topping) strawberries; sliced
  • 2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup sifted powdered sugar (I used Dixie Crystals)
  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Remove base from 9-inch springform pan and wrap with nonstick foil. Attach rim back onto base and set aside.
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter till well combined. Pat onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 8 minutes, then cool completely.
  3. Mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and lemon extract until well blended. Mash 2 cups strawberry slices, stir into cream cheese mixture. Whip cream with powdered sugar until stiff peaks form; fold into cream cheese mixture. Scrape onto cooled crust and smooth top with offset spatula. Chill several hours or overnight.
  4. Before serving, garnish with sliced strawberries as desired.

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More Terrific #VanillaWeek Recipes from My Blogger Friends:

Berry Vanilla and Yogurt Loaf Cake from Take A Bite Out of Boca.

Vanilla Glazed Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits from Frugal Foodie Mama.

I Love You Strawberry Cake from Hip Foodie Mom.

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole from It’s Yummi.

Strawberry Vanilla Cream Pie from That Skinny Chick Can Bake.

Vanilla Balsamic Roast Chicken Thighs from Pineapple and Coconuts.

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake No-Churn Ice Cream from Cupcakes & Kale Chips.

Vanilla Bean Cream Puffs from Taste Cook Sip.

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Fresh Strawberries from {i love} my disorganized life.

Vanilla Cinnamon Candied Pecans from Big Bear’s Wife.

Vanilla Macarons from Love and Confections.

White Chocolate Dipped Snickerdoodles from Life Tastes Good.Strawberry Vanilla Cream Pie | An exquisite strawberry and cream dessert!

The Giveaway!


 Nielsen-Massey graciously supplied us with a variety of their quality products to use in our recipes. I love the dropped jaws when my friends spot the 32 ounce container of their stellar vanilla extract in my pantry. Nielsen-Massey products can be purchased at Williams-Sonoma. All Nielsen-Massey products are gluten-free, allergen-free, GMO-free and Kosher. And if you prefer to go organic, Nielsen-Massey has you covered with a line of organic products. I used both Nielsen-Massey vanilla and Dixie Crystals sugar in my #VanillaWeek desserts. Thanks to Bob’s Red Mill, Silpat and Quirk Books for their generous gifts, too.

Nielsen-Massey has been crafting world-class vanillas and flavors since 1907. It is still a family owned business today and focuses on quality and its customers. Nielsen-Massey uses a cold extraction process for making its vanillas, which preserves more than 300 distinctive flavor compounds present in vanilla beans. Nielsen-Massey product can be purchased at Williams-Sonoma and all of their products are gluten-free, allergen-free, GMO-free and Kosher. Nielsen-Massey also has a line of organic vanillas available as well. Nielsen-Massey is generously giving a bottle of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Extract, Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Paste and Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract for each of the prize packs.

Nielsen-Massey products can be purchased at Williams-Sonoma. All Nielsen-Massey products are gluten-free, allergen-free, GMO-free and Kosher. Additionally, the company has a line of organic vanillas.

Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract: Taking premium, hand-selected beans cultivated on the Bourbon Island of Madagascar, Nielsen-Massey uses a proprietary cold extraction process to gently draw out and preserve the vanilla’s over 300 flavor compounds. The result is a sweet, creamy, mellow flavor with velvety after-tones, perfect for cooking and baking both sweet and savory dishes. An exceptional “all-purpose” vanilla.

Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste: Nielsen-Massey crafts its Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste using its famous Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and real seeds from the vanilla pod. Due to its thick consistency, similar to molasses, this culinary paste enables you to add more delicious vanilla flavor without thinning out your batters or sauces. It’s also ideal for recipes, such as crème brûlée and ice cream, in which you want to add the enticing visual flair of vanilla seeds.

To replace vanilla extract in a recipe, simply measure the same amount of our Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste and add. Or, replace one tablespoon of paste for every one whole vanilla bean.

Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract: A favorite of pastry chefs around the world, Tahitian vanilla features a floral, fruity, cherry-like flavor. This vanilla is very susceptible to heat, making our exclusive cold extraction process a necessity in preserving its more than 300 flavor compounds. Use Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract to effortlessly add delicious, delicate vanilla flavor to such cold dishes as refrigerated and frozen desserts, pastry creams, fruit pies and sauces, smoothies, shakes, puddings and custards.

Bob’s Red Mill does not rush quality, and that sets them apart from other companies. Bob’s Red Mill is providing Super Fine Cake Flour and Sparkling Sugar for each of the three prize packages. The Cake Flour is carefully milled and sifted to fine texture and is never cut with cornstarch, like other brands. This Cake Flour is ideal for all kinds of cakes, cupcakes, pancakes, biscuits and pie crusts. The Sparkling sugar is perfect as a topping for all your baked goods. It is a large cane sugar crystal that has a great sparkle. It can also by easily dyed with your favorite food coloring to create a festive topping.

Silpat is the original non-stick baking mat since 1965. Silpat products never need greasing and replace parchment paper, which saves time, money and reduces waste. They are perfect for sticky materials including batter, caramels, doughs and everything in between. Silpat has baking mats that include jelly roll pan size, macaron mat, cookie mat, and pretzel mat, among other types. Silpat will be providing a baking mat for each of the prize packs

Dixie Crystals is synonymous with high quality sugar products that are all natural and non-GMO. Dixie Crystals products are not just for adults in the kitchen. In addition to having edible art projects, kid craft ideas, sugar scrubs, sweet science experiments, and homemade gifts available on their website, they just launched a new cookbook too. The 2015 edition of My First Cookbook has 28 easy and delicious kid-friendly recipes designed for children 6-12. They even have a sugar craft section in the cookbook that helps teach concepts like science, chemistry and math.

Quirk Books is generously providing a copy of Shauna Sever’s Pure Vanilla cookbook for each of the prize packages. Pure Vanilla shares a history of vanilla from orchid to extract and information on the different varieties and flavors of vanilla. It also contains recipes for cakes, cookies, custards and creams. Glazed Vanilla Bean Doughnuts, Vanilla Cloud Cake, Vanilla Bean Meringue Kisses and Sea Salt Caramels, Homemade Vanilla Extract, Vanilla Sugar and Vanilla-Infused Liquors are just a sampling of the recipes available in the book.

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Disclosure: Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Bob’s Red Mill, Silpat, Quirk Books and Dixie Crystals/Imperial Sugar are providing the prizes free of charge. These companies are also providing the bloggers with samples and product to use for #VanillaWeek. All opinions stated are my own.


  1. Liz, this strawberry vanilla cream pie is to die for. I’m in love with the texture and how you dress your pie. So fancy looking!

  2. Your vanilla cream pie is a sweet dream of a dessert, Liz! Yes, it would make a lovely holiday dessert…But the luscious pie would be a wonderful way to celebrate Monday!

  3. Strawberry pie.. looks so tempting and beautiful!

  4. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Spectacular presentation! Your pie is gorgeous Liz, I’m sure everyone was thrilled! Thanks for the amazing give-away too:@)

  5. Liz, such a stunning and beautiful strawberry vanilla cream pie!!! love love love all the fresh strawberries on top!! so beautiful! so happy to be doing Vanilla week with you this week! Bill is going to be one happy camper this week, huh?!

  6. Liz,
    Your pie looks spectacular, and I love vanilla and strawberries in any form. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Your cream pie looks amazing!! Not sure I entered for the contest properly but there sure are some great give-aways there! Thanks for this fabulous recipe – you always make everything look so beautiful and delicious.

  8. I love the design on top of your cake. You are so artistic, just like a bakery. Valentines Day will be much more special with this cake on my kitchen table.

  9. Yahoo…Vanilla Week!!! 🙂 I never knew about Vanilla Week, always always here about chocolate everything, so really fun to hear about Vanilla Week. (Non-chocolate lover that I am and all.) Your dessert looks stunningly beautiful. Strawberries have to be one of my very favorites, and what else would one expect from the girl from Strawberry Point! 🙂

  10. It’s so beautiful, is like heaven ! Your Valentine must be very happy 😉

  11. Those strawberries! So gorgeous! I’ve never made a dessert like this, it looks so good!

  12. Who wouldn’t fall in love with this – to look at as well as the recipe, with such a short and welcome bake time! Winner. I just wish we could get a hold of such lovely looking tasty berries like you have here. Absolutely stunning! With such gloomy weather here in Paris, warming vanilla is just the ticket…

  13. Hi there, YG stopping by to tell you that this is a most beautiful dessert that would look spectacular on ANY table! Thank you for submitting!

  14. That seriously looks amazing! I had to come over and check it out when I saw it on Facebook! Your presentation is stunning!

  15. Exquisite pie for sure! You are an artist 🙂

  16. Oh man, this pie looks amazing! I love vanilla, especially in ice cream and pudding. Even my favorite fragrances have vanilla as their base note.

  17. This is one gorgeous pie and that first pic? Those strawberries look like they are going to jump out of the screen!

  18. What an incredibly gorgeous pie, you have totally nailed that strawberry rose! I bet it tasted like strawberries too. We really need a dose of summer up here, we just got dumped with 20″ of snow. URGH!

  19. Stunning! Strawberries and vanilla together is such a delicious combo, and your pie looks creamy just the way I like it! Picking up berries at the produce stand soon!!

  20. It looks delicious, Liz, and my hubby would love it for Valentine’s Day, for sure. It’s pretty too!

  21. Lizzy this look beautiful!!! and I love vanilla :))

  22. Hi Liz!
    This may be our Valentine’s Day dessert!
    One request: could you put the chill time in your Total Time? Maybe instead of “38 mins”, put “38 mins + Chilling time of 8+ hours”.

    I tend to look at Total Time when making a recipe to see if it’s do-able for the same day. Knowing the time required at a glance is so helpful!

  23. Such a beautiful pie, wouldn’t this be perfect on any Valentines table or anytime of the year. It looks so fresh and lovely. Love the vanilla week.

  24. So beautiful with those spectacular strawberries on top! 🙂

  25. I love vanilla in just about all my desserts and I never measure-I just pour, pour, pour. 🙂

  26. Lizzy,
    You make such beautiful and elegant desserts, This is way better than red velvet anything.

  27. Liz, this pie is gorgeous – an edible work of art. I love the strawberry topping, it is absolutely perfect for the pie. Thanks for participating and can’t wait to see your other recipe!

  28. This strawberry cream pie is stunning, Liz! I love how elegant you arranged the strawberries, they look so pretty and festive!

  29. What a pretty pie, just perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  30. Strawberries and vanilla are an amazing combo, and your cake is beyond gorgeous, Lizzy!

  31. I have a similar dessert…only thing is mine was not anywhere near as pretty. You are SO wonderfully artistic and make your desserts look so stunning. I should learn from you! 😉 Good job!!

  32. I’m all over anything with a graham cracker crust, especially when it has a filling as delicious and beautiful as this one! Yum!

  33. This is absolutely gorgeous! 🙂 I can’t believe that it is no-bake!

  34. Brenda Haines says:

    French Vanilla Cake is my absolute favorite! Thanks for the chance.

  35. Leah Alton says:

    I love all things vanilla! Vanilla bean ice cream being high in the ranks!!!

  36. Deanna Segrave-Daly says:

    Stunningly beautiful!! I’m usually an all out chocolate girl but I would not pass up this gorgeous pie 🙂

  37. Strawberries are the best ingredient, this cream pie looks delicious!

    Choc Chip Uru


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