Chocolate Ooey Gooey Cake

filed under: Cakes on May 16, 2014

Enjoying a rich, chocolate, ooey-gooey cake has never been easier! This semi-homemade recipe was handed down from a very wise & frugal Grandma! (Yes, seriously, grandma’s use cake mix too!) If you love this cake don’t miss my Best Chocolate Cake (from scratch), Cream Cheese Pound Cake, or 50 Best Cake Recipes!

Chocolate Ooey Gooey Cake

Chocolate Ooey Gooey Cake

I just posted the buttery Ooey Gooey Butter Cake a couple of days ago.  The recipe was so fascinating to me that I immediately had to make it in chocolate!

Chocolate Ooey Gooey Cake

Ooey Gooey Cake Recipe

One thing I do absolutely love about this dessert is the texture.  The thin top layer of delicate chocolate flakiness resting precariously over the ooey gooey molten cocoa-flavored lava lusciousness is pretty darn amazing. They battle it out in your mouth, the sweet rich velvet-like cake and the crispy top layer of crust.  Just to be clear, there are no losers in that battle.  If you like this cake, then you must try my other ooey-gooey cakes:

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake

Pumpkin Ooey Gooey Cake


Chocolate Ooey Gooey Butter Cake #chocolate #cake


5 Unwritten Rules for Ooey Gooey Cake Success:

Make sure you prepare your pan correctly. I use GOOP {Homemade Baker’s Spray} and think it’s far superior to any product you can buy at the store. If you don’t want to make GOOP, grease your pan then line with parchment paper.

Use room temperature ingredients is a good idea. Set your butter and cream cheese out a few hours before you plan on making this amazing cake.

Don’t undermix ingredients. Whip the cream cheese until it is light and fluffy, at least 3 minutes.

Pan size matters. Or does it? It just depends on your preference for the final product! I baked mine in a 9×3 round cake pan or 9×3 springform pan because I like ooey gooey cakes to have a very gooey center and thicker edges. However, you can absolutely bake this recipe in a 9×13 pan! It will just be much thinner than my pictures show. You can also use a 9×9 or 8×8 square pan. Just make sure your oven is properly calibrated as you don’t want hot spots that will cause uneven baking. (Hint: Use bake strips around your pan!)

Ooey Gooey Cake Modifications

You are not limited by the flavors in the recipe! Try adapting the Ooey Gooey cake recipe to create any flavor combination. Use vanilla cake in the base and lemon extract for the cream cheese topping. How about coffee extract in the base and cherry flavoring in the cream cheese layer? Or lemon in the base and lemon zest in the topping. Or strawberry in the base and vanilla topping. Try adding fruit to the top which can help cut the sweetness. Try adding chocolate chips to the base and/or the cream cheese layer. Add chopped pecans to the base layer. The possibilities are endless!

Did you know the “magic” version of this recipe? You simply mix all the ingredients in one bowl and then bake. There is no layer separation, but the flavor and texture are still amazing!


Amazing Chocolate Ooey Gooey Cake!

This cake is very rich and a little will go a long way. Try serving with a vanilla ice cream to cut the sweetness.

I just want you to know, I am willing to sacrifice time and resources to sample every single one of them.  I do it all for you. 😉

5 from 7 votes
Amazing Chocolate Ooey Gooey Cake!
Chocolate Ooey Gooey Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

Enjoying a rich, chocolate, ooey-gooey cake has never been easier! This semi-homemade recipe was handed down from a very wise & frugal Grandma!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Ooey Gooey Cake
Servings: 12
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 2 sticks (226g) butter, melted
  • 1 package chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs, one egg for bottom cake layer THEN two eggs for filling layer
  • 1 package (8-ounce) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup (31g) cocoa powder
  • 16 ounces confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees (325 convection) and prepare and 9-inch by 3-inch round cake pan OR 9-inch x13-inch dish. (I have heard bundt pans work as well!)

  2. Combine the cake mix, 1 egg (you will use the other two eggs elsewhere), and 1 stick melted butter (1/2 cup or 113g), and stir until well blended.
  3. Pat the mixture into prepared pan and set aside.
  4. In a stand mixer on medium speed (or using a hand-held mixer), beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the remaining 2 eggs and the cocoa powder.
  5. Lower the speed of the mixer and add the powdered sugar. Slowly add the remaining 1 stick (1/2 cup) of melted butter. Add vanilla and continue to beat the mixture until smooth.
  6. Pour filling over cake mixture in pan. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. (check at 30 minutes with 9x13) Be careful not to overcook the cake; the center should still be a little gooey when finished baking. Let cake partially cool on a wire rack before cutting into pieces.


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  • Gerrie says:

    I asked and I received ( or else I just didn’t see the “PRINT” sign)…never the less…this will be made for next Sunday’s dinner…Thank You…I can’t wait!


    I like to learn,please!!

  • Diane Chambers says:

    can you add LESS powdered sugar to cut the sweetness?

  • Cindy says:

    Love your site! I would love to know…of all your chocolate cake recipes…which one is your favorite? I love chocolate and would love to know. Thanks!

  • Valyncia says:

    Hey love cake Chocolate cake Bonnie

  • Dee Gehrand says:

    I cooked the cake for 50 min and it was runny in the center. I am making another one and it has been in for an hour and still not done. What am I doing wrong?

  • Manda says:

    Have you tried this with a Gluten free cake mix?

  • Jan says:

    LOVE your site. Can’t wait to try some of your recipes.

  • Betty says:

    Love that chocolate.

  • Sylvia S. Cada says:

    Pls. Teach me how to make choco icing

  • Jen says:

    I made this ooey gooey cake for tonight and it was awesome, I will definitely make again…

  • Deborah Chokkalingam says:

    I’m a great cook & can tell by reading that these are GREAT sure to please recipes. Thank you Amanda ! Keep the recipes coming 🤓

  • Cathy says:

    I wish there was a way to print your recipes!

    • Amanda says:

      Yup, just click the PRINT button. 🙂

    • Sherry says:

      Print button doesn’t work on iPhone,, but it does work on computer.

  • LaJuana Dorris says:

    How about with vanilla cake and apple and pecans and a streusel brown sugar glaze

  • DAWN WRIGHT says:

    Looks yummy,can’t wait to try

  • Marilyn Ralston says:

    Looks so good!

  • Margaret peveto says:

    I just made theoogeygooey chocolate cake looks wonderful.thank you will try other ones too.

  • Carolyn Broom says:

    Can not wait to make the chocolate ooey gooey cake.

  • margaret says:

    Love your recip’s!!!

  • NanaSharon says:

    Making this tonight! Yum!!

  • Cindee. Nelson says:

    Looks fabulous. Always looking for chocolate receipe s.

  • Diane says:

    Cakes and brownies look wonderfull

  • Kathy says:

    WOW!!! I’m wondering about about a lemon version. I think that I might make this tomorrow night to take when I go visit friends on Saturday.

  • Vicki says:

    Love these recipes!!

  • Chris says:

    Holy WOW!! Just made this and have had a slice…too rich to have more then one slice but tastes an absolute treat! Love it

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