Gooey Butter Cake Without a Cake Mix

LAST UPDATED: Oct 29, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Feb 28, 2017 | By: Julie Blanner

Learn how to make gooey butter cake without a cake mix. This easy made from scratch gooey butter cake recipe will leave you craving more! This recipe is always a hit with the whole family!

Learn how to make gooey butter cake without a cake mix. This easy made from scratch gooey butter cake recipe will leave you craving more!

First off, I LOVE gooey butter cake – being raised in St. Louis a love for gooey butter has been engrained in me. Here we eat it for breakfast and dessert, because why not?

It’s something we’ve always made when hosting out-of-town guests and is always a crowd pleaser. Christina, from Dessert for Two mixed it up and made gooey butter without a cake mix, and I know you’re going to love it, so I’m sharing it with you today! For more of her effortless and delicious recipes, you can find her cookbook here.

To Make This Gooey Butter Cake Recipe, You Will Need:

This cake comes together with just a few simple ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Sugar: Brown and white
  • Eggs: Fresh, free run / organic if possible
  • Salt, flour, baking powder
  • For the topping: Cream cheese, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, powdered sugar
 
 

How To Make A Gooey Butter Cake Without A Cake Mix

Making a gooey butter cake without a cake mix is actually a lot easier than you might think, and its so worth it! The only difference is that for the bottom layer, you’re going to mix together the dry ingredients yourself in a mixing bowl instead of just adding butter and eggs to a cake mix. This way you know all the ingredients are fresh, and you’re getting the best quality flavors possible.

Once you have the bottom layer mixed up, the rest is smooth sailing! Simply mix together the topping with a stand or hand mixer and pour it on top of the bottom layer, throw it in the oven and wait for your gooey perfection to be ready to enjoy!

If you’re loving this gooey butter cake, you have to try my gooey peanut butter cake too! It’s a peanut butter lover’s dream! For bite sized treats make my Gooey Butter Cookies.

how to make gooey butter cake without a cake mix - so easy and always a crowd pleaser

What is Gooey Butter Cake?

Gooey Butter Cake is a St.louis staple that goes back to the 1930s. It’s said that the dessert was created when a German baker made a mistake while trying to make a coffee cake. The mistake in ingredients left time with a cake that was completely gooey. To the satisfaction of many, it was a happy accident that left everyone with an amazing new treat.

Ever since then the recipe has traveled from house to house of St.Louis families everywhere. Gooey butter cake really got it’s time to shine when Paula Dean made her own gooey butter cake. Now the dessert is widely known from those all over the country to enjoy as much as us St. Louisans.

A Perfect Gooey Butter Cake Without A Cake Mix

There’s honestly nothing to hate about this recipe because it’s just that amazing! Don’t be deterred by the multiple layers, it’s an easy enough recipe for any beginner baker! Once you make this for the first time it won’t be long before you have family and friends begging you for the recipe!

Make A Cake From Scratch!

Using a store bought cake mix is often seen as a short cut, but in all honesty, it really doesn’t take much longer to make this gooey cake from scratch. This recipe doesn’t call for any ingredients out of the norm, and I promise you, you’ll be making it again!

easy gooey butter cake recipe without a mix

Top Tips To Make Gooey Butter Cake Without a Cake Mix

  • Be sure to line your baking pan with parchment for easy removal.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven for the best results.
  • Don’t be deterred by the multiple layers, it’s an easy enough recipe for any beginner baker! 

Check Out More St.Louis Favorites

St. Louis isn’t just known for the start of gooey butter cake, the gateway city has a plethora of foods locals live for. Check out some of these other St.Louis favorites and eat like a local for a night. From frozen custard to toasted ravioli, you’re in for a real treat with these 6 recipes.

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Gooey Butter Cake without a Cake Mix

Learn how to make gooey butter cake without a cake mix. This easy made from scratch gooey butter cake recipe will leave you craving more!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 564kcal

Ingredients

Bottom Layer:

  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

Topping:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar plus extra to dust

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper
  • Combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, salt, flour and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Pour into prepared baking dish.
  • Combine cream cheese, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and powdered sugar and pour onto bottom layer.
  • Bake 55-60 minutes until it jiggles just slightly. Allow to cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Notes

  • Be sure to line your baking pan with parchment for easy removal.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven for the best results.
  • Don’t be deterred by the multiple layers, it’s an easy enough recipe for any beginner baker! 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 564kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 378mg | Potassium: 223mg | Sugar: 77g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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