Strawberry Ooey Gooey Cake

filed under: Cakes on April 7, 2019

Enjoying a rich ooey-gooey cake has never been easier! This semi-homemade recipe was handed down from a very wise & frugal Grandma! You may also enjoy my world famous Cream Cheese Pound Cake or Strawberry Cheesecake!

Ooey Gooey Cake

Strawberry Ooey Gooey Cake

I posted the buttery Ooey Gooey Butter Cake a while ago.  Then I made a Chocolate Ooey Gooey Cake. The recipe is so fascinating to me that I knew had to make it strawberry!

Why fascinating? You can basically choose any cake flavor to create this ooey gooey cake! We have the trifecta here with vanilla, chocolate, and now strawberry. But you could also do spice cake, red velvet, or even sprinkles cake!


Strawberry Ooey Gooey Cake

One thing I do absolutely love about this dessert is the texture.  The thin top layer of delicate flakiness resting precariously over the ooey gooey strawberry 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.

Easy Strawberry Ooey Gooey 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.

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!)

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. 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!

Strawberry 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. 😉


4.7 from 10 votes
Strawberry Ooey Gooey Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
48 mins
Resting Time
15 mins
Total Time
58 mins

Enjoying a rich strawberry 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: ooey gooey cake, strawberry cake
Servings: 8
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 package strawberry cake mix
  • 1/2 cup (113g) butter, melted
  • 4 large eggs, divided
  • 1 package (8-ounce) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • confectioners' sugar for dusting
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Lightly grease a 9x3-inch round springform baking pan. (can also use a 9x13 pan)
  3. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, butter, and 1 egg.
  4. Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan.
  5. In a separate large bowl, beat cream cheese and 3 eggs at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
  6. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until combined.
  7. Stir in strawberries.
  8. Pour mixture over cake mixture; bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is just about set. (It should still be jiggly. An inserted toothpick should appear wet.)

  9. Cool before cutting.
  10. Garnish with a dusting of confectioners' sugar.

Recipe Video


Like Ooey Gooey Cakes? This one is a reader favorite! Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

I made this for a bake sale and it sold out by 9:30am!

You may also like my Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake!

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake!

If you would like to try a cake that is JUST as amazing but made FROM-SCRATCH check out my Perfect Chocolate Cake!

Ding Dong Cake

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  • Carissa Nelson says:

    Love this strawberry twist on the butter cake! This looks so fresh and summery!

  • Chrissy says:

    My mind goes wild with flavor combinations. Chocolate base with coconut in the gooey. YUMMM!

  • Linda Motes says:

    all of your recipes look so good. I wish I could keep them when you are you are doing them.

  • Daisy Masminster says:

    If I use a Gluten Free Cake Mix would the recipie change for the cake layer? I must be Gluten Free and I would love to make some of these recipies but am afraid I don’t know how to ajust the mixture.

  • heena says:

    i love this butter cake,really looks so yummy and delicious

  • Angie says:

    This is like the St. Louis gooey butter cake. Never thought about mixing the flavors up. Can’t wait to try it with strawberry. Sounds so yummy!

  • Laura H. says:

    18 ounce package of cream cheese? I only see 8 ounce packages for sale…are you using two plus part of a third? Having partial leftover packages makes my small fridge cry!

    • Linda says:

      Laura H.
      Recipe calls for 1- (one) 8 ounce package of cream cheese.
      Hope this helps.

  • Betty says:

    I would love to have your recipe for your ooey gooey chocolate cake. I will definitely make the strawberry cake for my husband, but we both love chocolate. Thanks for sharing.

  • Janice Richmond says:

    Looks very good! I will make this. Thank you for sharing.

  • Val Jamison says:

    These recipes sound delicious!

  • JoAnne Fletcher says:

    I’m going to try this, but use the white cake mix, since that’s what I have and fresh strawberries. I like it makes one single layer since it’s just my husband and I.

  • Sheila Hale says:

    I tried the Strawberry Ooey Gooey Cake this weekend. I must say that it was delicious. Thank you. I love trying your recipes.

  • Becky Joyce says:

    Going to make this at the weekend. I am thinking a chocolate cake as I don’t think we can get strawberry cake mixes in the UK. Sounds amazing. x

  • Andrea Marsh says:

    I love your recipe. Thank you

  • Jennifer McHugh says:

    Have made okey gooey butter cake for years. Have always split my eggs 2 and 2 though. Tried with strawberry cake mix and berries. LOVED it. I am dying to try the chocolate version

  • Dennis says:

    I wonder how it would turn out with rhubarb instead of strawberries?

  • Frank H says:

    Are you using unsalted butter?

  • Julie says:

    I made the ooey gooey cake and it was great. I will be making it again.

  • Wyoma Clouss says:

    I’m making the ooey gooey Chockolate Cake…. after it is done, cool on a rack… In the pan? (Using a sspringform) or out of the pan??

  • Frances says:

    If you wouldn’t have a spring form pan what type of pan could you use.

  • Pat Smith says:

    Love anything with strawberries

  • Christy says:

    OMGOSH, I can’t wait to try this!!! Why is there such a big difference in the amount of powdered sugar in this one and the Ooey Gooey Butter?

  • Carla says:

    Does this cake need to be refrigerated?

  • Leena says:

    I am very conscious of food poisoning which may be a result of undercooked eggs. Would the cake be undercooked if the tester is still wet when cake is removed from the oven?

  • Marilyn Petitto says:

    i have made your Perfect Chocolate Cake before and it is wonderful. Everyone loves Chocolate.