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Caamp, Christina and Gooey Butter Cake without a Cake Mix

the best cake ever - easy gooey butter cake recipe without a cake mix

I’ve been so caught up in my organization frenzy and kitchen renovation plans that I have shared a few of my favorite things with you – Caamp, Christina, and Gooey Butter Cake without a cake mix. Yes, life is good.

Our friends invited us to a private concert in December for one of their favorite bands. I love discovering new music, but am always a little hesitant because tastes vary and I wondered “could they be that good?” 60 seconds into their performance and my jaw dropped. They were everything Mark and Allyson had promised, but more. I had chills. Chris was stomping his feet, for a moment the craziness of December was a distant memory. We snuck back into the recording studio for a closer look. Their passion was exhilarating. Two kids from Ohio belting out songs with similarities to Dylan, a male Brandi Carlile and hints of Ray LaMontagne turned me from a skeptic to a fan. If you’re a fan of indie folk, you’ll love Caamp and can listen to their album free listen to their album free here {I Keep Going, Ohio and Iffy are just a few favorites}. If you become a semi-stalker like me, please encourage them to record my favorite song, 26. They’re torturing me!

In other news, when I moved to St. Louis two and half years ago, I stumbled into a few incredible friends and colleagues, including Christina, author of the blog and cookbooks Dessert for Two. She inspires me to be a better photographer, more social on social media and is always there when I need someone to bounce ideas off of or vent to on those days I really need dessert – for like 6. I’m proud to call her friend and am completely amazed at all of her accomplishments. I was excited to receive her latest cookbook Sweet and Simple, well, because those are two more of my favorite things. 

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

I also 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 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.

easy gooey butter cake recipe without a mix

Gooey Butter Cake without a Cake Mix

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 55 mins Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Yields 9


    Bottom Layer



    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper
    2. Combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, salt, flour and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Pour into prepared baking dish.
    3. Combine cream cheese, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and powdered sugar and pour onto bottom layer.
    4. Bake 55-60 minutes until it jiggles just slightly. Allow to cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.
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    3 comments on “Caamp, Christina and Gooey Butter Cake without a Cake Mix”

    1. Is the texture really chewy?

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