Gooey Butter Cake with Brown Butter (A Twist on the St. Louis Classic)

LAST UPDATED: Feb 04, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Nov 30, 2019 | By:

Classic St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake with a twist – this easy Gooey Butter Cake with Brown Butter has a deeper, richer flavor that you’ll crave again and again! 

gooey butter cake with brown butter in white baking dish

Yep! You read that right. I love everything browned butter and when we had guests coming over a couple weeks ago, I decided to adapt my traditional St. Louis gooey butter cake recipe.

While that version can be a breakfast danish or dessert, gooey browned butter cake makes an incredible dessert!

Serve it al a mode if you want to go all out! If you can find caramel ice cream – even better.

brown butter gooey butter cake garnished with powdered sugar

The last couple weeks, we’ve been celebrating with friends and saying goodbye as we are preparing to move to St. Louis. My girlfriends and I went to a new restaurant in Kansas City, Newport Grill.

When it was time for dessert, I immediately eliminated the browned butter cake from my options. I’m not a huge fan of traditional cake and certainly don’t want pass up an incredible dessert opportunity  for it.

When friend ordered it and I tasted it, I immediately knew it was not traditional cake.

crusty brown butter gooey butter in white baking dish

It was gooey browned butter cake and I had to have it for myself! 

Brown Butter is also known as beurre noisette – a warm sauce used in French cooking for vegetables, pasta, fish and chicken.

While it sounds and tastes “fancy” anyone can do it – in fact, you may have on accident without even realizing it!

brown butter gooey butter cake on blue napkin

It is the result of cooking butter until the milk solids turn brown and the water evaporates, resulting in a nutty aroma and flavor.

It tastes rich, like a hint of toasted nuts. Brown Butter enhances just about any baked good that calls for butter, giving it a deeper flavor.

Gooey Butter is a traditional St. Louis dessert that celebs like Paula Deen have recreated dubbing it Ooey Gooey Butter Cake. Whatever you call it, it’s amazing!

Over the years I’ve created a lot of variations to one of our favorite desserts! I don’t want to make the others jealous, but Brown Butter Gooey Butter Cake is my favorite! 

crust of gooey butter cake

It’s a layer of dense, moist cake topped with a sweet cream cheese mixture. The top forms into an amazing delicate crust for a beautiful crunch. It’s texture heaven!

gooey butter cake on a plate with a napkin

Brown Butter Gooey Butter Cake Ingredients

Simple pantry ingredients is all you will need to make this tasty treat!

top of a gooey butter cake

How To Make Gooey Butter Cake with Brown Butter

You can get the full printable recipe below – you’ll see, it’s so simple!

  1. Preheat oven.
  2. Brown Butter.
  3. Combine first layer.
  4. Spread mixture in pan.
  5. Combine second layer until smooth.
  6. Pour over cake mixture.
  7. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top to garnish.
  8. Bake (leaving it slightly gooey).
  9. Cool and serve.

You can learn more about how to brown butter with step by step photos and video here.

brown butter

Tips to Make Brown Butter Gooey Butter Cake

  • Use an 8×8, 8×8, 9×11 or 9×13 pan. Just adjust baking time.
  • This danish / dessert is best kept covered at room temperature up to 4 days. It does not freeze well (due to cream cheese).

sliced brown butter gooey butter cake with blue napkin on marble counter

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Gooey Butter Cake with Brown Butter

Author: Julie Blanner
Classic St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake with a twist - this easy Gooey Butter Cake with Brown Butter has a deeper, richer flavor that you'll crave again and again!
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9
Calories 629.53 kcal


  • 1 box golden butter recipe yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x9 pan.
  • In a small sauce pan over medium heat, watching carefully, brown the butter until it's a beautiful brown & has a nutty aroma. Allow to cool 5 minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine butter & cake mix. Add eggs.
  • Using a spatula, press dough into pan.
  • Combine cream cheese, sugars, vanilla and egg until smooth. Pour mixture into dough.
  • Garnish with powdered sugar and bake 40-45 minutes. You will a feel slight crust on top, won't be jelly.


Serve al a mode of you want to go all out!  
You can make this in an 8x8, 9x9 or 9x13 - it will determine the thickness and you will need to adjust bake time.


Calories:629.53kcalCarbohydrates:104.81gProtein:5.58gFat:21.85gSaturated Fat:12.73gCholesterol:109.39mgSodium:612.72mgPotassium:90.14mgFiber:0.69gSugar:81.02gVitamin A:732.78IUCalcium:162.22mgIron:1.62mg
5 from 11 votes
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Originally Published July 2014, updated November 2019