Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake

filed under: Cakes on February 13, 2015

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake takes the already sweet Ooey Gooey Butter Cake and makes it even sweeter (and more colorful) by substituting a red velvet cake for the vanilla. There are two distinct layers in an ooey gooey cake. This one is a red velvet cake on the bottom and a cream cheese layer on top. The bottom layer should be a bit firm, but the top layer is melt-in-your-mouth velvety perfection.

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake

We have discussed these Gooey Butter Cakes before. They are, well, sweet. Actually sweet is an understatement. They are seriously sweet. I am not kidding, every time I try one my teeth actually hurt. This is the one dessert (ever) that I have said, “One bite is enough.” I mean, granted it’s like a super huge bite and everything…but, these rich and moist butter cakes are such a classic recipe that it is fun to play around with flavors.

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake!

Red Velvet Ooey Butter Cake Recipe

This dessert is so easy to make, especially when a box mix is in the recipe. I used a red velvet cake mix, but if you are feeling motivated, I do have a red velvet cake recipe you can try with it. There are two parts to this recipe–the red velvet cake and the filling.

Cake Ingredients (full recipe below)

  • Red velvet cake mix
  • Eggs
  • Butter

Filling Ingredients

  • Cream cheese
  • Eggs
  • Confectioners’ sugar

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake!

How to Make Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake is so simple to make that you could have it anytime you need to satisfy your sweet tooth! And, as mentioned, this cake will do it!

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. Here are some other tips to keep in mind when making this cake.

  • Use room temperature ingredients. Set your butter and cream cheese out a couple of hours before you plan on making this amazing cake.  You will not regret it!
  • Don’t undermix ingredients. Whip the cream cheese until it is light and fluffy, at least 3 minutes.
  • 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!

Confession time: I really like this cake a bit under-done. As in, that center layer is almost running out over the sides it’s so gooey. It is almost reminiscent of a creme brulee in that a really delicate layer of crust develops over a river of sweetened cream cheese running beneath.

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake!

Red Velvet Gooey Bars

Although this is called Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake, it is technically a bar. Most recipes are made in a 9×13 pan and then cut into a bar shape, so when you make an ooey gooey butter cake you are technically making a bar! For pictures, I let the cake cool, but they are best served when warm and you get that ooey-gooey goodness in every bite!

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake!

Looking for More Ooey Gooey Desserts?

Lemon Raspberry Ooey Gooey Cake

Ooey Gooey Pecan Pie Brownies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ooey Gooey Cake

Strawberry Ooey Gooey Cake

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Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake!
Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Give your ooey gooey butter cake a colorful twist by making it with a red velvet cake!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 454 kcal
Author: Amanda
  • 1 package (15.25 ounce) red velvet cake mix
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) butter, melted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 4 cups (500g) confectioners' sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. In a bowl, combine cake mix, 2 eggs, and the melted butter. Mash together with a fork until all ingredients are fully incorporated.

  3. Spray a 9x13-inch 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 it as flat as possible.

  5. Place cream cheese and remaining eggs in a stand mixer and beat on medium speed until creamy.

  6. Add in confectioners 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 in the preheated oven until sides of cake are pulled away from dish and browned (25-35 minutes).

  9. Cool cake completely.

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  • kristin says:

    Now don’t shriek……I don’t think I have EVER had red velvet cake before. And I am picking up that “goey butter cake” involves dumping a bunch of confectioners sugar in? I would be afraid to eat it I think, but I will have to try. I can always send the rest to work with my husband. I would hate to have my teeth hurt. 🙂 Beautiful photos.

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    Yep, definite must make. I neeeeeeeed these.

  • Amanda | The Cinnamon Scrolls says:

    I love the look of these. They look more like a chewy, fudgy, red velvet brownie bar than a cake. And that appeals to me. Very much. I shall be pinning these for future reference. (As in, next time I get to grocery store and can get my hands on a boxed mix!)

    • Amanda says:

      haha! Love it Amanda!

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says:

    That gooeyness. Oh my word! Love!

  • CakeSpy says:

    If this cake ran for president, it would definitely be elected.

  • Jenny Flake says:

    I am drooling over this cake! Amazing 😀

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Jenny!

  • Kelly says:

    Wow! These look ooey gooey incredible!The color is just gorgeous!

  • Beth says:

    What is that yummy looking frosting?

  • zamzam says:

    i live in Bangladesh , we wont find (15.25 ounce) package red velvet cake mix here in local store , can you share an alternate advise how to make at home red velvet cake mix ? 🙁

  • Marilyn says:

    Love red velvet and this looks so tasty!

  • Sonja says:

    I have made the butter ooey gooey cake for bout 2yrs now, it don’t last long in my house or around the neighbors.. I was just trying to figure out if I can make a red velvet one.. & since I have been watching your videos & following you. I see it can be done.. Thanks for all the awesome recipes.. I have tried your ding dong cake, marry me cookies etc.I love to bake with my 8yr old. Who always do a awesome job.. Thanks

  • Sandy Russell says:

    Always wonderful

  • Karina Hansen says:

    I wanna try the receipe with your red velvet cake receipe, not box. Would I then just have to do the cake-part as descriped in the cake-receipe or would you add another 2 eggs, and the butter?

    Thanks in advance

  • Janet says:

    I’m going to try these for Christmas dessert. Will let you know how they turned out. Thks for sharing.

  • Jillian Bragg says:

    OMG! This is definitely on my list of “Must Make Recipes for 2021”!!!! I love the reg ooey gooey cake, but it’s not made very often in my household (I have diabetes), and when it is made, my 13×9” recipe is usually cut in half. I’m sure there are diabetes friendly versions of this recipe, but when it comes to baking and desserts, I will NOT settle for anything less than AMAZING!! This looks amazing…as soon as i make it, i will definitely post pics and let you know how it turned out!!

  • Waty Khalid says:

    Can I lessen the icing sugar, will it affect the taste?