Gooey Butter Cake

Gooey butter cake is a simple and amazingly delicious dessert with a cake batter crust and soft, gooey cream cheese top that makes it addicting!

This really is a simple cake with not many ingredients, and just two gooey layers. If you like this recipe, be sure to try the strawberry version!

Three slices of gooey butter cake on a white plate

Go-To Cake Recipe

Do you have “go to” recipes you use all the time? This next one is one of those. I almost always have Cream Cheese and Cake Mix on hand, and I know this next dessert is good and easy, so it’s one I turn to often in time of need.

It’s called Gooey Butter Cake. It is so easy to make and always gets devoured, so I make it quite often. I will admit that everyone thinks that are lemon bars at first, but these are more cake batter flavored and so irresistible.

What’s great about them is they can be made with any cake mix, which totally changes up the flavor!

Ooey gooey butter cake crust in a glass baking dish

how to make Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

PREP. Grease a 9×13 pan and turn oven to 350.

CRUST. Blend cake mix, 1 egg and butter until smooth. Press into your greased 9×13 pan.

TOPPING. Blend cream cheese, 2 eggs, vanilla and powdered sugar until creamy and smooth. Spread over your the first mixture in your pan.

BAKE. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until edges are golden brown (middle may sink in a bit).

TOP. Top with powdered sugar and ENJOY!

To neatly cut the cake: Make sure your butter cake has cooled completely before cutting it into squares. To prevent your cake from sticking to your knife, spray it with a little cooking spray and then wipe it clean with a towel. Cut slowly and carefully.

Adding gooey cream cheese layer on top of crust

How to Store

STORE at room temperature in an airtight container. It should last for 2-3 days.

FREEZE your gooey butter cake to eat at a later time by first wrapping it tightly with plastic wrap. Then keep it in a freeze safe container or bag. It should last for 4-5 months in the freezer.

This is also a good make-ahead option. Just thaw completely when you’re ready to serve and eat it.

Gooey butter cake recipe in a glass baking dish

More cake mix goodies

It’s so hard NOT to love goodies with cake mix (they’re always yummy and so easy!) Here are some of our other favorites:

A slice of ooey gooey butter cake on a white plate

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Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

4.99 from 84 votes
Gooey butter cake is a simple and amazingly delicious dessert with a cake batter crust and soft, gooey cream cheese top that makes it addicting!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 384 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

Instructions
 

  • Grease a 9×13 pan and turn oven to 350.
  • Blend cake mix, 1 egg and butter until smooth. Press into your greased 9×13 pan.
  • Blend cream cheese, 2 eggs, vanilla and powdered sugar until creamy and smooth. Spread over your the first mixture in your pan.
  • Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until edges are golden brown (middle may sink in a bit).
  • Top with powdered sugar and ENJOY!

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. Wow, those butter bars look divine. Thanks a lot for giving me something else to do today! (Maybe after the kids are in bed I’ll treat myself). Your photos are fantastic as well. Thanks for the inspiration. Heidi

  2. These look sooooo delicious! I love a good recipe that’s also simple! Can’t wait to try them out!

  3. I enjoyed your site and especially your presentation pics…. but i noticed the gooey butter bars topping. only calling for 2 cps powdered sugar instead of the traditional 1 lb. Is this correct or did you mean a 1lb box which equals = 3 3/4 cps. ? Thank you soo very kindly. 🙂

    1. It’s just two cups and then I put a little more into the sifter and sprinkled some on. 🙂

  4. This was so simple and fast to prepare! Everyone enjoyed them, thanks so much! I can’t wait to try making the Ooey Gooey Chocolate Rolo Cookies next!

    1. Thanks, Monica! So glad you liked them. You definitely need to try the cookies next – they are DELISH!

  5. Made them yesterday and shared them with my colleagues. Damn these are a piece of heaven in your mouth. Soooo good. Definitely going to make these again.
    Thx

  6. 5 stars
    Hi, Kristyn, I love the recipe and have made the bars several times but I can’t seem to cut them as beautifully as you do. Would you mind sharing your secret for cutting the bars? AND even if i cut them well, I can’t seem to get them cut into equal sizes. Ive tried rulers, it makes it worse, for me… Any help would be super appreciated.

  7. 5 stars
    I have made this cake so many times!! It’s a hit every time!! My family and friends love it!! A wonderful simple recipe !!! Thanks so much!!

  8. 5 stars
    Sometimes Less is more. It is not the most fancy cake, but it is absolutely delicious and tastes great with a cold glass of milk or a cup of hot chocolate.

  9. 4 stars
    I’ve made these many times, and they’re often called “blonde brownies.” Excellent recipe adaptable to other variations like red velvet or devils food cake mixes. Like a cake that frosts itself during baking.

    1. Yes, that’s such a fun idea to switch up the recipe using different flavor cake mixes!

  10. I add 1/4 cup of lemon juice to the cream cheese mixture. My family loves it this way. We call them lemon bars😊

  11. 5 stars
    I don’t care for strawberry cake mix, but I think this one would be awesome made as is and have sliced strawberries on top with whipped cream. Oh goodness, my diet!!! lol

    1. Ooh that does sound amazing with the toppings! I might just have to try that variation! 😉

  12. My husband and mother-law-loved it. It reminded them of a bakery in Levittown,Pa.
    Very easy recipe but I only baked it for 35 minutes. I shared it with friends and they loved the recipe too.

    1. Oh that makes me so happy to hear! Thank you for sharing!! I’m glad that everyone enjoyed the recipe.

  13. 5 stars
    These are delicious, and so are the coconut version with the crumb style topping. I can’t seem to find that recipe on the site anymore. My family LOVES it!!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the butter cake! You are correct – we do not have the coconut version with the crumb style topping on the site anymore. But we do have a coconut cake if you’d like to give that a try – Coconut Cake.

  14. 5 stars
    Thank you so much ! My friend called me and asked me to bake this cake for her. she is in her 80’s and I will be 80 in July. So I didn’t want to put this off another time.( Real Friends don’t at least I don’t.) Again and again. Thank you so much.

  15. 5 stars
    The most decadent, Indulgent, buttery, soft desert I’ve ever made! So easy to make I encourage you to make two at a time because you will want to keep one for yourself!

  16. What a waste of ingredients. It tastes like a warmed over brownie. Too sweet, too nothing.
    We tried it and threw out the rest. I’m not getting it.

  17. 5 stars
    My friend made this gooey butter cake. I thought she bought it at the store. When I asked her where she bought it, she laughed. It was this recipe. Best gooey butter cake I ever had. YUMMY!!

  18. 5 stars
    Do you use salted or unsalted butter in this recipe? The only modification I make is to use 1/2 vanilla and 1/2 almond extract. Yum! Thanks for posting!

    1. I typically use unsalted butter because then I can control the amount of salt in my baked goods. But either probably could work. Hope you enjoy the cake!

    1. Just the plain cake mix (dry mix). You won’t need to follow any of the instructions on the cake mix box… just the recipe here.

      1. No idea what I did wrong but couldn’t get top batter creamy at all any suggestions what I did wrong

        1. Hmmm… I haven’t had that problem before. Maybe your cream cheese needs to be softened a bit more? Or you could try mixing it longer until it becomes creamy. I use a hand mixer to help cream it all together. Not sure if you used a mixer or not? That will definitely make a difference. Hope some of these tips help!

          1. How creamy should the middle be after it’s baked? Mine seems a little runny.?.?. Lol

          2. The cake will definitely set a bit as it cools down. Hope it turned out well and that you enjoyed it!

  19. 5 stars
    Looks good and it’s in the oven now. But prep time 7 minutes!! It took me 7 minutes to find the vanilla flavoring!!! I chose this recipe because I thought it would be quick to throw together. I sure hope it’s good.

  20. I always use gooey cake for my strawberry shortcake …So yummy, and I always get asked for recipe!

    1. Mmmm that sounds delicious!! So glad you the cake is a hit (as strawberry shortcake too!)

  21. 5 stars
    I made this last weekend and we’re still talking about how good it was! This will be my go-to recipe now for Gooey Butter cake. I live in St. Louis where Gooey Butter cake originated – this tastes just like it should. I made the recipe as-is! Thank you for a delicious recipe!

  22. 5 stars
    I’ve never had gooey butter cake before so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but we loved this! Making it again tonight! Thanks!

  23. Not sure what i did wrong but my cake mix was very sticky, not doughy like yours. I was unable to press it into the pan.

  24. I’ve made this twice. The second time my bottom layer didn’t turn out as smooth and the result was a layer that was done faster than the top and the top pooled in the middle. I think next time if it’s not smooth I will add either some more melted butter or water. Also any tips for making this to where you can cut into bars?

    1. I’ve used an almost identical recipe for 30 years but mine has always called for 2 eggs 1 stick melted butter and 1 box cake mix (I like to use French Vanilla Cake Mix)

  25. Has anyone used a different flavor cake mix (besides lemon)? I’m sure lemon is delicious but was wondering if anyone has tried maybe chocolate cake mix?

    1. Yes! Chocolate is delicious! I love that this recipe is so versatile and the flavors can be changed easily. Chocolate is a good one!

  26. I have made this cake a couple of times and every time the cake part is a little dry, I followed the recipe so what is wrong?

    1. I’ve used an almost identical recipe for 30 years but mine has always called for 2 eggs 1 stick melted butter and 1 box cake mix (I like to use French Vanilla Cake Mix)

  27. 5 stars
    Living in St. Louis (the lou), gooey butter cake is a “staple” dessert. I had never had it had before moving here, and I am not a fan. However my wife (a Lou native) loves them and I have made at least a dozen with your recipe and my wife raves about them. I switched with the last one and used my mother-in-law’s recipe. She hated it and asked what I did. Just told her it was her mom’s recipe. Gave that one to my neighbors and made one with your’s. Happy wife is your gooey butter cake recipe. 5+ rating