Easy Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

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Whip up a delicious pumpkin gooey butter cake with just a handful of ingredients, including a cake mix and cream cheese. It has all the ooey goodness of butter cake, but with pumpkin spice!

I spent my younger years in St. Louis, Missouri, and if you've ever been to St. Louis, you know that gooey butter cake is a St. Louis icon, staple, whatever you want to call it. Let's just say it was one of my favorite desserts from an early age.

There are a lot of St. Louis foods I love; in fact, you can find the best St. Louis gooey butter cake at Soulard Market.

However, my ooey gooey pumpkin cake is a fall/Thanksgiving twist to that favorite, iconic dessert. And man, is it ever delicious. You're going to love it!

Why This Recipe Works

  • There's just something really yummy about cream cheese mixed together with butter and powdered sugar.
  • And then, of course, there's the chewy crust and crackle-y top, probably my favorite things about gooey butter pumpkin cake.
  • It only takes a few ingredients to make this dessert.
  • And it can be made in a jiffy. Less than 20 minutes mix time from start to bake time.
pumpkin spice gooey butter cake ingredients on white marble countertop

Ingredient Notes

  • Yellow Cake Mix – You can use just a regular yellow cake mix or a gluten-free yellow cake mix. I like to make my pumpkin spice gooey butter cake gluten-free.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice Store bought works, but you can also make your own pumpkin pie spice; it's super easy to do.
  • Salted Butter – Be sure to use salted butter, so you're not missing out on flavor.
  • Cream Cheese – I prefer to use full fat cream cheese, but you can also use reduced fat or Neufchatel cream cheese, and your finished cake will still be really good.
  • Pumpkin Purée – I get a lot of questions about where to find pumpkin purée, and I'm gonna let you in on a little secret… It's just canned or mashed up pumpkin. You can use canned pumpkin straight from the can, or you can make homemade pumpkin purée, using your blender, from a pie pumpkin.

How to Make Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

First Make the Crust…

  1. Mix together the cake mix and pumpkin pie spice.
  2. Add the softened butter and 2 eggs, mixing everything together really well. It'll form a stiff, somewhat crumbly batter.
  3. Spread or pat the mixture into an un-greased 9×13 baking pan.
steps for how to make pumpkin gooey butter cake crust in stainless mixing bowl and spread in white baking dish

Then Make the Filling…

  1. In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the egg, softened cream cheese and butter, and pumpkin purée.
  2. Slowly and gradually add the powdered sugar to the mixture, mixing well between each addition.
  3. Spread the filling onto the crust as a second layer.
steps for how to make pumpkin gooey butter cake, with mixing ingredients in stainless mixing bowl and spreading batter in white baking dish
  1. Bake at 350° for about an hour, or until a toothpick comes out barely gooey. Once you remove it from the oven, allow it to cool for about 15 to 20 minutes; then sprinkle powdered sugar over the top.
sliced ooey gooey pumpkin cake, topped with powdered sugar, in blue and white baking dish

Expert Tips and Recipe FAQ's

Can you use winter squash instead of pumpkin?

Yes, you absolutely can; in fact, winter squash makes a fabulous pumpkin pie. You'd just need to roast the squash and purée enough of it (in a blender) to make this pumpkin gooey butter cake recipe.

Does it need to be refrigerated?

Because of the cream cheese in the cake, it does need to be covered and stored in the fridge. It should last at least 3 to 5 days (although probably not, if your house is like mine and filled with hungry, growing boys).

fork with bite and slice of gooey butter pumpkin cake topped with whipped cream on white plate

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Easy Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

Whip up a delicious pumpkin gooey butter cake with a cake mix and cream cheese. All the ooey goodness of butter cake, but with pumpkin spice!
4.39 from 13 votes
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Course: cakes, Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 512kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Crust –

Filling –

  • 1 large egg
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin*
  • 4 1/3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Crust –

  • Mix together the cake mix and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Add the softened butter and eggs, mixing everything together really well. It'll form a stiff, somewhat crumbly batter.
  • Spread or pat the mixture into an un-greased 9" x 13" baking pan.

Filling –

  • In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the egg, softened cream cheese and butter, and pumpkin purée.
  • Slowly and gradually add the powdered sugar to the mixture, mixing well between each addition.
  • Spread the filling onto the crust as a second layer.
  • Bake at 350° for about an hour, or until a toothpick comes out barely gooey. Once you remove it from the oven, allow it to cool for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Then sprinkle powdered sugar over the top and serve.

Notes

*I get a lot of questions about where to find pumpkin purée, and I'm gonna let you in on a little secret… It's just canned or mashed up pumpkin. You can use canned pumpkin straight from the can, or you can make homemade pumpkin purée, using your blender, from a pie pumpkin. You can also use winter squash instead of pumpkin. You just need to roast the squash and purée enough of it (in a blender) for the recipe.
Can I make this gluten-free?
Yes, you can. You can use a gluten-free yellow cake mix; and just be sure to check your other ingredient labels to make sure they're all gluten-free.
Does it need to be refrigerated?
Because of the cream cheese in the cake, it does need to be covered and stored in the fridge. It should last at least 3 to 5 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 493mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 1083IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 1mg
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22 thoughts on “Easy Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake”

    • Thanks, Rachel! The best way to store gooey butter cake is covered in either aluminum foil or plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 4 days or in the refrigerator for up to one week. You can also cover it in aluminum foil and freeze it for up to 6 months. If you freeze the cake, be sure to let it thaw in the refrigerator before eating. Enjoy!

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    • Mj, I think it’s just right with that amount, not too sweet but just sweet enough. I’m not so sure that I would reduce it in this recipe, as the sugar adds significantly to the texture as well as the flavor.

      Reply
  1. Can’t find pumpkin puree on the grocery stores around this area, all they have is canned pumpkin. Can you use this instead of puree? What is the difference?
    Thanks

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    • Hi Donna, the full recipe is in the printable recipe card toward the bottom of the post. You’ll use a package of cream cheese (8 ounces) and then all of the powdered sugar is mixed into the cake. You just sprinkle the top with a little extra after it’s baked.

      Reply
  2. Really easy and not too sweet if you choose not to sprinkle on the powdered sugar at the end. Perfect with coffee. This recipe is a keeper.

    Reply
  3. Pumpkin spice cakes are the perfect epitome for the fall and Halloween, but your recipe is something so very different and interesting with the gooey texture! I am in love with this, definitely making this for my own this weekend. I am so very thankful for your recipe. Please keep posting more, all the love from Nepal!xx

    Reply

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