Gooey Butter Cake without a Cake Mix

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  • 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!

    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!

    Gooey Butter Cake Without a Cake Mix

    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.

    I Just Want To See The Gooey Butter Cake Recipe Already

    I know that sometimes we don’t all have time to spend scrolling through a whole post so, if you think you can go without my tips and tricks, essential baking info and similar recipe ideas, you can go straight to my delectable gooey butter cake without a cake mix recipe. Simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

    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.

    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!

    easy gooey butter cake recipe without a mix

    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.

    Toasted Ravioli

    Gooey Browned Butter Cake

    Easy Crock Pot BBQ Ribs

    Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

    St. Louis Style Pizza

    Roasted Brown Sugar Peach Frozen Custard

    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!

    I can’t wait to hear about your experience both making and eating my favorite dessert recipe! Be sure to leave a comment at the bottom of the post!

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    Gooey Butter Cake without a Cake Mix

    Course Dessert
    Servings 9


    • Bottom Layer:
    • 6 Tbsp butter melted
    • 1/2 c sugar
    • 1/2 c brown sugar packed
    • 2 eggs
    • 3/4 tsp salt
    • 1 1/2 c flour
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • Topping:
    • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
    • 6 Tbsp brown sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 Tbsp vanilla
    • 3 1/2 c powdered sugar + extra to dust


    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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