Introduction: Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

About: Hey y'all! My name is Lydia and I want to share my passion for cooking/baking with everyone!

This was the first time I made and had this classic from St. Louis Missouri because who can't resist a cake that has "Gooey" and "Butter" in the title? I knew I couldn't pass it up. I was pretty impressed by the results and the top layer is absolutely fantastic! It is both smooth and and cream cheesy while at the same time airy and fluffy. It's a hit in my book!

If you want to make this Gooey Butter Cake, then follow the step by step instructable below or watch my video tutorial here:


Step 1: Ingredients

For the Crust

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Filling

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar (and extra for sprinkling on top)

Step 2: Melt Butter

As alwyas, begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Then grease a 9"-x-13" baking pan with cooking spray.

Melt butter over medium heat or in a microwave.

Step 3: The Crust Layer

In a large mixing bowl, mix cake mix, melted butter, 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla with a spoon. Mix until it is all combined.

Step 4: Add to Baking Pan

Pat into greased baking pan. Because of the consistency, I had bit of a hard time trying to "unstick" this and flatten it out. I found the trick was to use a rubber spatula and spray a bit of cooking spray on it. Then it worked no problem and got nice and smooth :-)

Step 5: The Filling Layer

Mix cream cheese, 2 eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Step 6: Beat Together.

Beat the mixture with an electric mixer in a large bowl until it is completely smooth.

Step 7: Add Confectioner's Sugar

Slowly beat in confectioner's sugar (I used a rubber spatula to mix incorporate the sugar and then I use the electric mixer) beat until smooth.

Step 8: Pour

Pour over cake layer and smooth it out to completely cover the bottom layer.

Step 9: Bake

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. For even cooking, I spun the dish around for the last 5 minutes of baking.

Step 10: Remove and Cool.

Remove from the oven and allow the cake to cool completely. You can also serve warm.

Step 11: Powder and Slice!

Sprinkle with more powdered sugar and slice the cake!

Step 12: Enjoy!

Enjoy your Cake!

Step 13: Video Tutorial

If you prefer a video tutorial, you can watch it here!