• Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

    filed under: Cakes on January 20, 2018

    Ooey Gooey Butter Cake is almost an American classic! Since the 50’s moms and grandmas have been making Ooey-Gooey Cakes for all to enjoy. You may be surprised by the ingredients!

    Classic Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

    Butter Cake

    Before making this I studied a lot of Ooey-Gooey Cake recipes. One comment was very, very common: “It’s very sweet”.

    But I can handle sweet. I mean, I have made this. And this. And this. I think I can handle sweetGooey Butter Cake on Plate Sliced

    Silly me. I am not kidding, I got a toothache after I had one bite. It’s that sweet.


    Slice of Butter Cake with powdered sugarI mean, I am not one of those people who regularly uses those words: ‘too sweet,’ ‘too rich,’ ‘too chocolatey.’ I kind think those can be a bit of an oxymoron.

    But, in this case?  It applies.   Fork in slice of gooey butter cake I wonder if there are any from scratch ooey-gooey cakes?  I might be interested in trying one! I used this recipe from allrecipes.com.

    Ooey Gooey Bars

    Although this is called ooey gooey butter cake, it is technically a bar. Most recipes are made in a 9×13 pan and then cut into bar shape, so when you make an ooey gooey butter cake you are technically making a bar! I chose to make mine in a 9×3 round cake pan just because I love round cakes, but if you choose to make yours in a 9×13 pan keep an eye on cooking times. The rest of the recipe is the same!

    Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

    These ooey gooey bars are beyond sweet!

    • Prep Time:15m
    • Cook Time:45m
    • Total Time:1h
    • Serves: 12



    • 1 pkg yellow cake mix
    • 2 eggs, room temperature
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup, 113g), melted


    • 1 eight ounce (8ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup, 113g), melted
    • 4 c powdered sugar


    1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. (I set my convection oven to 325°F)
    2. In a bowl, combine cake mix, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla and melted butter. Mash together with a fork until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
    3. Spray 9-inch by 3-inch round cake pan or a 9x13 pan with baking spray or use a piece of parchment in the bottom of the pan.
    4. Press cake mixture into bottom of prepared pan and get as flat as possible.
    5. Place cream cheese, remaining eggs, vanilla and melted butter in stand mixer and beat on medium speed until creamy.
    6. Add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time (and on low speed) until all sugar has been added.
    7. Pour cream cheese mixture over cake mixture.
    8. Bake for 35-45 minutes. I moved mine from the oven when the edges were brown, but the center was still a bit giggly. You do not want to over cook.
    9. Allow to cool before serving.

    Gooey Butter Cake BarsAnd this is about how much I could eat in one sitting.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, it tastes great!  Like, really, really great.  Fantastic!  AMAZING!  It is just one of those dishes best served with a cup of black coffee and your dentist’s business card.

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    All of these look great. Can’t wait to make a lot of these, & eat them up.

    I would love to make the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, and would appreciate is very much if you could email me the recipe please.

    Every recipe I have tried has been delicious and easy to follow! Our favorite is the Ooey gooey butter cake. Yummy 😊

    Loves this recipe. 2 Grand sons request this on there birthdays, just for them….

    I don’t have a stand mixer. Will utilizing an old fashioned hand mixer yield the same results for the filling?

    I believe this originated in St. Louis and it can be made from scratch. Forgot the original name – found it a few years ago, but his recipe is easier. I do make this in a 9 X 13 pan and cut into bars. Very rich.

    I have done similar recipe in a 13/9 pan chess bars.
    Very good
    Looking forward to doing the cake.
    Thanks for sharing

    Good desert

    Try the gooey butter cake with Chocolate Fudge Cake mix then add about 4-6 tablespoons of cocoa powder (more cocoa, less sweet) and a cup of chopped pecans to filling. My grown son has asked for this as a birthday cake since high school.

    How do i get a copy of this recipe

    As a home economist I am fearless about adapting recipes. Reading comments indicating the cake was too sweet, I reduced the powdered sugar from 4 to 3 cups. I also used a chocolate or devil’s food cake mix plus 3 TBSP cocoa for the crumb mixture. Chocolate plus cream chees so good. I also opted to bake in recycled aluminum pie pans (3 smaller size) so that I have two to gift to a couple of older shut in friends. (Always remember to present food gifts in containers that do not need to be returned.) The bake time was reduced to about 30 minutes because of less volume in pan!

    It’s a good recipe but use 1 less egg for the crust or else your going to get cake batter.

    Looks like a good, simple yummy dessert. Cannot wait to try!

    Love this Oooey Gooey Butter Cake my mom used to make this. Would loved to have been able to print this recipe out for use around the holidays but the print would not work.
    I don’t understand why people share these delicious recipes and then you can’t print them out.

    So I mixed all ingredients for the crust exactly how the recipe ready, and it is not “pressable,” but it is more like cake batter.

    I can’t wait to bake this Ooey Gooey Cake.. looks delicious!!!!

    My foster mom used to make this for me every year for my
    birthday! I sure love this cake and sure do miss her. She could cook like no one else! 💖

    I love to make this. It’s my favorite desert.

    Almost sounds like a butter Kuka which is great

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