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Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

Updated on October 2, 2014

When it comes to gooey desserts, perhaps the champion is the aptly named gooey butter cake, though, surprisingly, it is little known outside our region. I've had to ship out hundreds of these cakes all over the US for my family & friends, you'd think they could just learn to bake!

There's hardly a bakery in St. Louis or the surrounding region that doesn't offer a version of this tasty treat.

Gooey Butter Cake Ingredients

These are the items needed to prepare this Gooey Butter Cake Recipe


8 tablespoons butter, melted or softened

1 18 1/4-ounce package yellow cake mix (Any brand)

1 Lg egg


8 tablespoons butter, melted or softened

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 Lg eggs

1 16-ounce box powdered sugar

How to fix this Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.


Combine the cake mix, egg, & butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan. Next Prepare the Filling


In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, & butter and beat together. Next, add the powdered sugar & mix well. Spread over cake batter & bake for 40 to 50 minutes depending on your oven. Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.

Add a light sprinkling of powdered sugar or cinnamon to top it off, cut & serve.

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Gooey butter cake is a type of cake traditionally made in St. Louis, Missouri. It features a bottom layer of buttery yellow cake and a top layer of either egg and cream cheese, or butter and sugar. It is believed to have originated around 1943.

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Have you ever had a gooey butter cake?

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      8 years ago

      Yes I have! And my person was very angry...something about powdered sugar all over my face...I was pretty bad at hiding the evidence...

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      9 years ago

      you had me at GOOEY!

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      9 years ago

      Actually, using yellow cake is cheating. The original/correct gooey butter doesn't use yellow cake mix (and comes out much better tasting!)

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      9 years ago

      Its one of my favorites, but then, I am from St Louis originally. Thanks for the recipe. I will try it soon.

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      10 years ago from New York

      I have never heard of these cakes before, but they sound wonderful. Just have to be careful not to eat too much of it. Don't want to look like Paula Dean! Angel Blessed and link added to My Squid Angel Wings lens.

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      10 years ago

      It sounds to me like your Gooey Butter Cake is a slice of heaven....cream cheese and butter has to do the job!

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      10 years ago

      Nice recipe, waiting to try it in the coming weekend

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      capriliz lm 

      10 years ago

      This looks so good! I am going to have to try your recipe.

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      10 years ago

      omigosh ... this looks sooooo yummy! (Sugar Shock, but Yummy!!!)

    • Angelina Gherna profile image


      10 years ago from California

      I,ve seen Paula make these on TV...looks so good.

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      10 years ago from USA

      Yum...thanks for the introduction to this great cake!

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      10 years ago

      No, but I will try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      10 years ago

      Never. The cream cheese version sounds great. I need to try gooey butter cake.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      11 years ago from Canada

      I've never even heard of gooey butter cake. This recipe sounds good; welcome to Culinary Favorites from A to Z. The group would be grateful for a lensroll.

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      Dianne Loomos 

      11 years ago

      Never heard of this but it sounds wonderful!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      11 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I love gooey butter cake. I am featuring this on my new lens "chocolate gooey butter cookies" 5* and blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Sensitive Fern 

      11 years ago

      My mom grew up in St. Louis so every time we went to visit grandma she'd pick up a gooey butter cake from the bakery at the bottom of the hill where she lived (Cool Valley). I was indoctrinated early. :) 5*

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      11 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      11 years ago from Western Mass

      oh, this sounds so good! welcome to Comfort Food Headquarters

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      Bambi Watson 

      11 years ago

      Looks yummy!

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      The Party Animal 

      11 years ago from Partytown USA

      Now that is one yummy lens!!!

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      Susan Deppner 

      11 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Yummmm! I'm going to have to make this for sure, and Paula's cookie version, too! Oh, and the Batterfinger spatula is a great touch. Cute!


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