Gooey Butter Cake

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Gooey Butter Cake is such a delicious and simple cake that’s so rich, sweet, and melty. Made just like Paula Deen’s classic dessert recipe!

Southern desserts are always so tasty and comforting and using cake mix makes things easy. For other simple cake mix recipes, check out Strawberry Cheesecake Poke Cake and 2 Ingredient Pineapple Cake.

Gooey Butter Cake Paula Dean pieces stacked

Gooey Butter Cake

Paula Deen is probably one of the most famous cooks in America thanks to all of her classic southern recipes. She’s made plenty of delicious dishes: meatloafs, gumbos, biscuits, and casseroles. However, her desserts seem to stand head and shoulders above a lot of her work. There’s one dessert recipe especially that she’s most well-known for- and for good reason too! Today, we’re making her famous Ooey Gooey Butter Cake.

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Ooey Gooey Butter Cake on a spatula

There’s plenty of debate about who invented Gooey Butter Cake- it probably came from St. Louis- but Paula Deen definitely helped make it popular. If you’ve never had some sort of Gooey Butter Cake before, you’re missing out. Butter Cakes are- obviously- cakes made with plenty of butter. Using so much butter might not be the best for your waistline but the finished product is so rich and sweet! The best part? Cook it just right, and you get a melty and gooey center to this cake- it’s so good!

Fork with piece of butter cake

This classic Paula Deen recipe is a must-make dessert. There’s plenty of other attempts at this classic dessert on the web but this Simple Butter Cake Recipe is definitely the best. Hope you all love it!

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Gooey Butter Cake Ingredients

  • Yellow Cake Mix – We like using this Duncan Hines Cake Mix for our Gooey Butter Cake.
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Cream Cheese – Softened.
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Confectioners / Powdered Sugar

Gooey Butter Cake Ingredients

How to make Butter Cake

Making this classic Ooey Gooey Butter Cake couldn’t be much easier. Here’s all we had to do:
  1. Beat together cake mix, egg, and some butter. Press batter into bottom of baking dish.
  2. Beat cream cheese until smooth then mix in eggs, vanilla extract, and remaining butter. Add in powdered sugar, mix well, then spread over cake batter.
  3. Bake cake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes, trying to leave the center of the cake gooey.

Eggs, cake mix, and butter in a bowl

The first part of this cake recipe is to make the cake. Beat the cake mix and the egg together until combined. Once mixed, add in some butter- softened or melted and cooled- and mix it all together again until a firm batter forms. Take that batter and press it into the bottom of a greased baking dish- a 9×13 works.

Cake batter in bottom of pan

Now for the cream cheese layer. Start by beating the cream cheese until smooth then add the eggs, remaining butter, and vanilla.

Cream cheese, eggs and butter in a bowl

Beat everything together…

Beaten cream cheese mixture for cake in a bowl

… until a smooth mixture forms.

Smooth cream cheese cake mixture

At this point, we’re going to sift in our powdered sugar- we’re sifting to make sure there’s no big clumps.

Sifting powder sugar into cream cheese

After adding the sugar, we’re going to stir it in with the cream cheese mixture.

Mixed cream cheese mixture

Now we can spread this over the top of our cake batter layer.

Cream cheese mixture added to the top of the cake

Time to bake! Send the cake into an awaiting 350 degree oven and let it bake for 40-50 minutes. Keep an eye on things: we want a nice, bronzed crust while the center stays melty and gooey.

Baked Paula Dean butter cake

Once baked, pull the Gooey Butter Cake from the oven and hit with a dusting of powdered sugar if you’d like. Serve while warm and melty and enjoy!

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake slice on a plate

How long is it good for?

Your Ooey Gooey Butter Cake will last quite a while- given you store right. Store leftovers in an air-tight container or wrap tightly in plastic wrap before moving to the fridge. Kept this way, your Butter Cake will last a good 7 days. You can also wrap in foil and keep in the freezer for around 4-6 months.

Gooey Cake on a fork

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Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

By: Jen CIncyshopper
Gooey Butter Cake is such a delicious and simple cake that’s so rich, sweet, and melty. Made just like Paula Deen’s classic dessert recipe!
Prep: 12 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour 2 minutes
Servings: 12 servings


  • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix, 18.25 oz
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • 2 sticks Butter, melted, divided
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 16 oz Powdered Sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Grease bootom of 9x13" pan. set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat together cake mix, 1 egg and 1 stick of melted butter (8 tablespoons).
  • Press the mixture into the bottom of prepared pan.
  • In another bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth.
  • Add the remaining 2 eggs, remaining butter and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  • Sift the powdered sugar into the mixture and stir until combined.
  • Spread mixture over the top of the cake batter.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes, until top is golden but center is a little gooey.
  • Dust with a little extra powdered sugar before serving.


Calories: 381kcal, Carbohydrates: 67g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 60mg, Sodium: 369mg, Potassium: 41mg, Sugar: 53g, Vitamin A: 313IU, Calcium: 67mg, Iron: 1mg
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Adapted from: Paula Deen!

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