Gooey Butter Cake Without a Cake Mix

LAST UPDATED: Apr 08, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Feb 28, 2017 | By:

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!

While many classic gooey butter cake recipes start with a box of cake mix for the easiest shortcut, sometimes you want a cake without a trip to the store. Make one from scratch with very little effort and all the reward!

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 post was originally published February 28, 2017 and updated with new details April 8, 2021.

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.

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.

Why You’ll Love this Gooey Butter Cake

  • Pantry ingredients- it starts with a cake mix!
  • Decadent and sweet
  • Great for breakfast, brunch, parties and more
  • So easy to make
how to make gooey butter cake without a cake mix - so easy and always a crowd pleaser

Gooey Butter Cake Ingredients

  • Butter – Salted or unsalted, your preference
  • Sugar – white granulated
  • Eggs – size large
  • Salt
  • Flour – all purpose
  • Baking Powder
  • Cream Cheese – full fat cream cheese is best
  • Brown Sugar – light or dark
  • Vanilla – Learn how to make your own Homemade Vanilla Extract
  • Powdered Sugar – Also known as confectioners sugar or icing sugar, this gives the cake it’s amazing consistency and is perfect for sprinkling on top!

How To Make A Gooey Butter Cake Without A Cake Mix

  1. Prep – Preheat and grease a 9×12″ pan.
  2. Combine – Combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, salt, flour and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
  3. Spread mixture in pan.
  4. Combine the remaining ingredients on low until smooth. Pour over cake mixture.
  5. Garnish – Sprinkle powdered sugar on top to garnish.
  6. Bake, leaving it slightly gooey.
  7. Enjoy!
easy gooey butter cake recipe without a mix

Tips

  • 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! 

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – Store gooey butter cake covered in an air tight container for up to two days at room temp.
  • Refrigerate – The cake will last up to a week in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Freeze – You can also freeze the cake for up to a month by wrapping it in plastic wrap or in a large freezer bag.

Serving Suggestions

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 five recipes.

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A white baking dish full of sliced gooey butter cake without a cake mix.

Gooey Butter Cake without a Cake Mix

Author: 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!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9
Calories 564 kcal

Ingredients
  

Bottom Layer:

  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 cup white granulated 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 9×9 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:1gCalories:564kcalCarbohydrates:95gProtein:6gFat:18gSaturated Fat:10gCholesterol:120mgSodium:378mgPotassium:223mgSugar:77gVitamin A:680IUCalcium:106mgIron:1.7mg
5 from 6 votes
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