Gooey Butter Cake

I’ve been wanting to make Paula Deen’s Gooey Butter Cake for ages.  I never have cake mix in the house so I’ve never been able to do it.  Tonight is a birthday potluck so I decided to give it a whirl.  I’m serving it with Caramel Sea Salt gelato.  I can’t wait!  (In fact I didn’t wait.  I cut a small corner out and ate it while the cake was still warm.  I know, it’s the tackiest thing ever, but it was so good)!

Gooey Butter Cake Butter Cake slice

This really could hardly be easier.  You turn the cake mix into a kind of dough and top it with a cream cheese, egg, butter and sugar mixture that puffs up.  You do have to remember to set the cream cheese out to soften, but you get to melt the butter so you don’t have to worry about setting that out.  I only used half of the powdered sugar called for in the original recipe and that’s plenty.  I was a little concerned it might mess up the texture, but it didn’t.  The topping is creamy and awesome.

The cake ends up incredibly rich and yet pretty light and airy.  And the topping is pure decadence – sweet, smooth, buttery.  Yum.  You can search and find several variations on this cake.  If you have the Lady and Sons Cookbook you’ll find a few more.  You can make them chocolate, peanut butter, toffee, pumpkin, banana, etc.  Lots of options.  I plan to check out a few more for future dinners with friends.

These are so rich you’ll want to cut them small and eat two.  Hope the birthday girl enjoys these!

Good?  How could it not be?
Easy? Absolutely.
Good for company? You’ll be the most popular person in the neighborhood.
Special shopping? Nope. You may have all this in the house at any given time.

Gooey Butter Cake


Vegetable oil cooking spray
1 (18.2- ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 large egg
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (1 pound) box confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking pan with vegetable oil cooking spray.

In the bowl of an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well. Pat evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan and set aside.

In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, eggs, vanilla extract, confectioners’ sugar and butter. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Pour the filling over the cake mixture and spread it evenly.

Bake until the center is just a little bit gooey, about 40 to 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into pieces and serve.


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