Gooey Butter Recipes from the Simple to the Sublime

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Old Fashioned Gooey Butter Cake


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 extra large egg


  • 8-oz package cream cheese
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 16 ounces confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Heat over to 3350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan

For the cake, combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. In another mixing bowl whisk together the sugar, melted butter and egg. Add in flour mixture then spread on bottom of the baking dish.

For the topping, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Reserve two tablespoons of confectioners sugar for finishing. Add remaining confectioners sugar to cream cheese mixture along with melted butter. Pour over top of cake dough, spreading evenly over the entire surface of cake. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until top is set and obtains a golden brown crust but is still gooey and soft. Remove from the oven and cool. Sprinkle top of cake with reserved confectioners sugar. Cut cake into 16 squares. 

Simple Gooey Butter Cake

  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar

Heat over to 350 degrees. Mix cake mix, melted butter, vanilla and 2 eggs together. Pat mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 9x13-inch baking pan.

Using an electric mixer blend together the cream cheese, remaining eggs, vanilla and confectioner’s sugar. Pour over cake layer and bake 40 –45 minutes. Cool. Dust top with confectioner’s sugar, if desired. Makes one cake – about 16-18 servings.

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix, your choice
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla, divided
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 8–ounce package cream cheese
  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

Heat over to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x23-inch baking pan. In a large mixing bowl beat together the cake mix, melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 eggs and walnuts.  Pat the dough into bottom of the baking pan.

Using the same bowl used for dough, mix together the eggs, vanilla, cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar. Pour filling over cake and bake 40 –45 minutes. Cool. Cut into squares. Cake can be garnished with a sprinkle of confectioners sugar or a drizzle of chocolate icing. Makes one cake.


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