Make a simple and easy St. Louis style gooey butter cake using a cake mix. Ooey gooey recipe for the best dessert you'll ever have!
Growing up in St. Louis, gooey butter cake was a pretty popular dessert. My mom made it every once in awhile, and it was always so good.
St. Louis gooey butter cake is the perfect mix of ooey gooey, chewy, cream cheese deliciousness. With a chewy edge, crackling top, and soft gooey middle, it's the best of the best when it comes to dessert recipes.
The original butter cake recipe comes from a school cookbook (from my elementary school), but I kinda changed it up just a little bit.
If you love this gooey butter cake, you'll love my pumpkin gooey butter cake too.
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ST. LOUIS GOOEY BUTTER CAKE
Gooey butter cake was a staple growing up in St. Louis. St. Louis foods are the best!
I know right where you can find the best gooey butter cake in that wonderful city too. In fact, this yummy dessert is one of my 5 reasons why you should visit Soulard Market!
WHY USE A CAKE MIX?
Back in the day, cake mix recipes were pretty popular. We'd make all kinds of easy cake mix desserts, like cake mix cookies and cake mix cakes.
My favorite lemon poke cake with lemon glaze uses a box cake mix.
The recipes were easy, simple, and always delicious. And back then box cake mix hardly cost anything, definitely less than a dollar.
This recipe comes from those bygone days. And while I plan on developing an actual gooey butter cake from scratch, as in no cake mix, I'm not sure it can beat this family favorite recipe.
CAN I FREEZE GOOEY BUTTER CAKE?
While I've never needed to freeze it, I see no reason why you can't freeze this cake. Just make sure it's covered well so it doesn't get freezer burn.
Also, allow enough time for it to thaw once you're ready to get it out and serve it.
TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE AN OOEY GOOEY BUTTER CAKE
First up, the crust…
Start by melting the butter. Then beat 2 eggs and mix together with the butter.
And here's where the cake mix comes in… You'll need to mix that butter and egg mixture together with the cake mix. Then spread the mixture in an un-greased 9″x13″ cake pan.
Next up, the filling…
Mix together the other 2 eggs, cream cheese, and powdered sugar.
Then spread it over the crust as a second layer to the cake.
And that's it! You'll bake it for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out barely gooey.
After it's cooled for about 10 to 15 minutes, you can dust it with powdered sugar.
IF YOU LOVE THIS RECIPE, HERE ARE A FEW MORE CAKE MIX RECIPES YOU WILL LOVE:
KITCHEN TOOLS YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE GOOEY BUTTER CAKE
Powder Shaker – Such a nifty tool for dusting powdered sugar on your cake evenly; and it comes with stencil designs you can use for other sweet recipes.
GOOEY BUTTER CAKE RECIPE
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Gooey Butter Cake
- Pre-heat the oven to 350° F.
- Beat 2 of the eggs together with the melted butter.
- Add the cake mix to the butter mixture, and mix well.
- Spread the mixture in an un-greased 9"x13" cake pan.
- Mix together the remaining 2 eggs, the cream cheese, and the powdered sugar.
- Spread the mixture onto the crust as a second layer to the cake.
- Bake at 350° F for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out barely gooey.
- Once the cake is fully cooked, remove it from the oven, and allow it to cool for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Then using a shaker, lightly sprinkle powdered sugar over the entire cake.
- Allow the cake to cool and serve.