Ooey Gooey Butter Cake


Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake
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45 Min

What's ooey and gooey and full of creamy, buttery flavor? Our Ooey Gooey Butter Cake recipe, of course! This gooey butter cake recipe is drop-everything delicious: when they see you set this butter cake out, they're going to drop everything and run for a piece! And the best part? You don't have to make this gooey butter cake from scratch, because our recipe comes with a shortcut! Who knew you could make such a delicious version of Missouri gooey butter cake right in your own kitchen?

What You'll Need

  • 1 (16.5-ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, melted, divided
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (16-ounce) package confectioners' sugar

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat cake mix, 1/2 cup butter, and 1 egg. Lightly press mixture into baking dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, the remaining eggs, the vanilla, and remaining butter. Slowly beat in confectioners' sugar until thoroughly mixed. Spread mixture over batter.
  4. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until golden on top. Make sure not to overbake; center should be a little gooey.

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  • We've made this Ooey Gooey Butter Cake simple as can be with the addition of cake mix! And we've got tons more cake mix recipes in our free recipe collection of 33 To-Die-For Recipes with Cake Mix.

  • Wanna have a simple buttery treat on hand? Whip up a batch of our Butter Cookies for your cookie jar. Or try out our Butter Pecan Cake!

  • Did You Know? Gooey butter cake is a true St. Louis, Missouri tradition! According to legend, the first gooey butter cake came from a German baker in the 1930's who had a bit of a mix-up with how much of each ingredient to use. Well, you can call it a happy accident! Good thing for us, 'cause this delicious and rich-tasting cake managed to make its way to St. Louis in the 1940's. Nowadays, it's almost a sin to visit St. Louis without getting a taste of their gooey butter cake, and many places have even started to serve other tasty variations of this cake. Luckily, you don't have to wait until your next trip to get a taste, 'cause our recipe is just as good! And we've even got a yummy variation for you to try. Our Maple-Bacon Ooey Gooey Butter Cake is fantastic!

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 15

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 401
  • Calories from Fat 171
  • Total Fat 19g 29 %
  • Saturated Fat 9.6g 48 %
  • Trans Fat 0.4g 0 %
  • Protein 3.6g 7 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 79mg 26 %
  • Sodium 349mg 15 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 55g 18 %
  • Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1 %
  • Sugars 44g 0 %

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My book club LOVED it!

Leave a comment...My family loves this cake, but it is very sweet. I leave half the confectioner's sugar out

The recipe calls for a 16.5 oz box of yellow cake mix but the only boxes I've seen are 15.25 oz. Does the recipe need to be adjusted in any way?

Hi there! No adjustments needed for this recipe, a 15.25 oz box will work fine. Enjoy!

I made this for a summer family gathering. Everyone loved it. Of course, it is sweet, and it is rich. It has lots of sugar and lots of butter. It's hard to have just one piece, so take it to an event so you have to share! Make sure to have coffee or milk to drink with it. It is an amazing dessert!

I made this for a pot luck at work and got raves for a week afterward. I would definitely recommend this to anyone. I did modify it by adding 4 oz more cream cheese.

I am trying this tomorrow. I only have about 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar though. Am using lemon cake mix, adding 1 box vanilla pudding mix along with the cream cheese. Should bake the same amount of time, no?

Hi there! While the Test Kitchen has not made this recipe with these adjustments, we believe that they should work for this recipe and that the baking time does not need to be adjusted. Enjoy!

Super easy and it was a big hit at Coffee Hour after services last Sunday

Grand daughter made this and it turned out great. Some thought it was to sweet but i dont think there is any such thing! 5 stars!

mine didnt turn out and did just as it said to do -(

I would like to make this from scratch and not a cake mix. Any ideas

I added a can of drained crushed pineapple in with cream cheese mixture. Everyone loved it.

Oh this is a keeper for sure! so good!!

I have not tried this one but am looking forword to trying it this weekend.

This has become the new dish everyone requests for gatherings, not to mention the recipe requests. Can't wait to try some of my own twists on this one!


Much requested dessert to bring to family functions. Very addictive and couldn't be any easier.

i like your recipes but I can not prepare most of them as they need ready mix which is not available in our market. is it possible to certain recipe which i can prepare from A to Z thanks

I'm going to try this, however being who I am and have to CHANGE something in every recipe, I am cutting the confectioners sugar in half as suggested by another commenter. I am going to mix 1/3 cup granulated sugar with 1 TBLSP cinnamon and sprinkle this on top before baking......shades of snickerdoodles!!

Does this cake need to be refrigerated?

Hello! Yes, you should refrigerate this cake. Enjoy!

I leave it out. It never lasts more than a day or two anyway.

I am wondering if you could use other kinds of cake mixes like strawberry or chocolate?

Yes, you can most definitely use other flavors of cake mix!

I have three things to say...DEE LISH US! When I was introduced to this quick and easy cake it was life changing. I have since made it multiple times for friends and family who rave about it too. If you are watching your sugar numbers, then I recommend using only 8 ounces of confectioners sugar. It should be just as good. Warning this cake is highly addictive. hoorayforbuttercake


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