Good Eats and Sweet Treats from My Small Boston Kitchen

Homemade Gooey Butter Cake

Until a couple of months ago, I’d never so much as heard of Gooey Butter Cake. Apparently I was living under a rock because this cake is nothing new, but I’m SO glad to have finally jumped on the bandwagon. I’ve never met a dessert so appropriately named as this one, it tastes exactly as you’d imagine a gooey butter cake would taste, and then about 100 times better than that. I have a serious sweet tooth, but this cake tested my strength! It is so good you never want to stop eating it, but it’s so rich I started to feel a little guilty after a couple of pieces. But only a little guilty… Kevin didn’t seem to have much trouble helping me polish off the half pan I didn’t bring to my coworkers. He’s so reliable in that way!

This cake tastes like it’s made only of sugar and butter, baked until tender and golden. When you slice it, the gooey-butterness oozes just slightly, and it’s impossible not to devour a whole slice right then and there. Or maybe two or three… I certainly wouldn’t judge. It keeps well stored in an airtight container for a few days, but don’t count on it to last that long!

Gooey Butter Cake

(adapted from Gingerbread Bagels and Paula Deen)

Bottom Layer
2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 large egg, at room temperature
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 Tablespoons whole milk

Top Layer
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
16 ounce box of powdered sugar

1) Sift together the cake flour, sugar, baking powder and kosher salt into a large mixing bowl. Mix together with the paddle attachment (or a handheld mixer works fine).

2) Add the egg, melted unsalted butter and milk. Mix to combine completely. Press the dough evenly in the bottom of a lightly greased 9 by 13 baking pan. Set aside.

3) In a large mixing bowl with the paddle attachment (a handheld mixer works too) mix the cream cheese until it’s smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and melted unsalted butter. Mix on medium speed until the batter is combined. Then add in the powdered sugar and mix until the batter is completely combined and smooth. If there are some lumps, it’s ok. Pour the batter on top of the bottom layer. Spread it out evenly.

4) Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Be careful not to overbake the Gooey Butter Cake – it needs to stay gooey! It might not look done after 40 minutes, but just trust that it is and you’ll be happy later 🙂

Cut into pieces and enjoy!

10 Responses to “Homemade Gooey Butter Cake”

  1. Yum, that looks so good! I’ve always wondered what a gooey butter cake tastes like – I guess I need to make one, huh?

  2. ButterYum says:

    I’ve been hearing about gooey butter cakes ever since I started watching Paula Deen, but I’ve never actually made one because the only recipes I’ve seen up to this point have started with a box of cake mix. This scratch recipe sounds so intriguing… I think it would be a great addition to the items I’m bringing to a picnic this weekend (better to not have the whole thing here for me to eat – yikes).


  3. my edges were toguh, but the rest was delic

  4. BakerBoyT says:

    Hey this looks Iike a great recipe gonna try this tonight

  5. Donna Cole says:

    This is such an easy yummy recipe!! My family and I make this a lot. It is a winner in our home. Thanks you sharing.

  6. Keiko says:

    So I just made a half batch of this because I figured there had to be a good recipe that didn’t call for cake mix. I didn’t even have to go to the grocery store! I baked it in an 8×8 pan for 40 minutes at 350 and it came out great. I think next time I’ll do 30. It didn’t collapse as much as I’d want it to coming out of the oven, but the taste and texture are still awesome! Delicious, and it came together so quickly!

    Aside from making a half batch, I mixed it all by hand with no issues and didn’t have enough powdered sugar for the top layer so I just used regular.

    • Taryn says:

      So glad to hear that this turned out well for you! I was also in search of a Gooey Butter Cake recipe that didn’t use boxed cake mix when I tried this one, and am so happy to have it in my arsenal. Thanks for the feedback, and thanks for reading! Happy baking 🙂


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