Gooey Butter Cake

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Gooey Butter Cake – 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!

slice of gooey butter cake with blackberries on an ivory plate with fork

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.

I JUST WANT THE RECIPE! TAKE ME TO THE RECIPE FOR GOOEY BUTTER CAKE!

If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the scrumptious ooey gooey butter cake recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

gooey butter cake baked in blue baking dish and dusted with powdered sugar

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 cake recipe uses a box cake mix.

slice of gooey butter cake on ivory plate with blackberries

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.

mixing ingredients for cake mix gooey butter cake crust in blue mixing bowl with hand mixer

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.

unbaked gooey butter cake crust in blue baking dish ready to bake

Next up, the filling…

Mix together the other 2 eggs, cream cheese, and powdered sugar.

mixing ooey gooey butter cake filling in blue bowl with hand mixer

Then spread it over the crust as a second layer to the cake.

gooey butter cake filling topping the cake mix crust in a blue baking dish

And that’s it! You’ll bake it for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out barely gooey.

If you’re not sure, you can also check the internal temperature of the cake with a baking thermometer. According to The Kitchn, the internal temperature should reach 210°F.

baked gooey butter cake in blue baking dish

After it’s cooled for about 10 to 15 minutes, you can dust it with powdered sugar.

powdered sugar dusted gooey butter cake in baking dish

IF YOU LOVE THIS RECIPE, HERE ARE A FEW MORE CAKE MIX RECIPES YOU WILL LOVE:

Easy Lemon Cake

Pumpkin Spice Gooey Butter Cake

Strawberry Jello Cake Flag Cake

Grass Block Minecraft Cake

Raspberry Chocolate Cake in about a Minute

gooey butter cake made with butter cake recipe using box cake mix, sliced in baking dish

KITCHEN TOOLS YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE GOOEY BUTTER CAKE

Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer – You can definitely mix gooey butter cake by hand, but a mixer enables you to get a really smooth cake batter.

Measuring Cups

Spatula

9″ x 13″ Cake Pan

Cake Tester or Toothpicks

Baking Thermometer

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

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!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Dessert
Keyword butter cake recipe, cake mix recipe, cake recipes, easy dessert recipes, gooey butter cake, gooey butter cake recipe, ooey gooey butter cake, st. louis gooey butter cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 460 kcal
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°.

  2. Start by melting the butter for the crust.

  3. Beat 2 eggs and mix together with the melted butter.

  4. Mix the butter and egg mixture with the cake mix.

  5. Spread the mixture in an un-greased 9"x13" cake pan.

  6. Mix together the remaining 2 eggs, the cream cheese, and the powdered sugar.

  7. Spread the mixture onto the crust as a second layer to the cake.

  8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester comes out barely gooey.**

  9. Once the cake is fully cooked, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for about 10 to 15 minutes.

  10. Then using a powder shaker, sprinkle powdered sugar lightly over the entire cake.

  11. Allow the cake to cool completely before serving.

Recipe Notes

*You can also use a butter recipe yellow or white cake mix for this recipe.

**If you’re not sure if the cake is done, you can check the internal temperature of the cake with a baking thermometer (see above commentary for more).

Nutrition Facts
Gooey Butter Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 460 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 466mg 19%
Potassium 69mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 73g 24%
Sugars 56g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 11.6%
Calcium 12.1%
Iron 7.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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8 thoughts on “Gooey Butter Cake”

    • Rachel, it really is, especially up toward St. Louis where I used to live. If you like a sweet cream cheese dessert, you’d love it.:)

    • Mimi, I’m not sure it would need a frosting. It’s very, very rich and the top layer is pretty gooey. I mean, it’d probably taste really good with cream cheese frosting, but it might be too much. Not sure.

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