The Best Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Nov 18, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Aug 16, 2011 | By: Julie Blanner
The best Gooey Butter Cake recipe, a sweet and rich breakfast danish. It’s quick, it only needs 10 minutes prep to make, and can be prepared ahead of time. You are going to love this traditional and authentic St.Louis cake! Perfect for breakfast, dessert, brunch or a mid afternoon treat!
 
Amazing gooey butter cake recipe - a beautiful brunch recipe
 
St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake has been served for years both as a breakfast danish and as dessert. Sweet, rich and oh so good! It can be made from scratch or with a box of yellow cake mix.
 
It is a flat and dense cake made that is dusted with powdered sugar. The bottom layer is made from cake batter and the top is made from a mixture of eggs and cream cheese.

To Make Gooey Butter Cake You Will Need!

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

  • Yellow cake mix
  • Butter
  • Eggs: Free run / organic and fresh is preferable
  • Cream cheese
  • Powdered sugar: Also known as confectioners sugar or icing sugar

How To Make This Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9×12″ pan.
  2. Mix cake mix, butter and eggs until thick and smooth.
  3. Creating a slight wall, spread mixture in pan {best with your hands}.
  4. Mix the remaining ingredients on low until smooth. Pour over cake mixture. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top to garnish.
  5. Bake 45 minutes, leaving it slightly gooey.
  6. Garnish with sprinkles of powdered sugar, cool and serve.
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The History Of The Gooey Butter Cake

Gooey Butter Cake may have been made famous by Paula Dean, but it originated in St. Louis. It was first made in the 1930’s in error by a baker who reversed the proportions of butter and flour. Gooey butter, intended for danishes and stollens was smeared on top. It instantly became a hit.

How Long Does The Cake Keep?

I enjoy serving this cake for out of town guests because it’s quick and easy to make and can be prepared in advance. The cake will last between for 1-2 days in an airtight container in the fridge. You can also freeze the cake for up to a month by wrapping it in plastic wrap or in a large freezer bag.

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Recipe Variations

While the traditional gooey butter is our family favorite, we also really love the Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake, Brown Butter Gooey Butter Cake and Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake as well.
 
We St. Louisans even make Gooey Butter Cookies and Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cookies. All things Gooey Butter are a staple at any bakery in this city and there’s good reason for it – it’s ridiculously good!

Top Tips To Make This Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

  • Be sure to grease your pan so that the cake doesn’t stick.
  • Bake the cake in a pre-heated oven for the best results.
  • Once baked, the cake should remain slightly gooey.

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Amazing gooey butter cake recipe - a beautiful brunch recipe

Gooey Butter Cake

The best Gooey Butter Cake recipe, a sweet and rich breakfast danish.
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Course: Brunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings (hover to scale): 15
Calories: 369.86kcal

Ingredients

Layer 1

  • 1 Golden Butter Recipe Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 eggs

Layer 2

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 c powdered sugar (1 pound)
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9x12" pan.
  • Mix cake mix, butter and eggs until thick and smooth.
  • Spread and press mixture in pan (with the back of a spatula or your hands).
  • Mix the remaining ingredients on low until smooth. Pour over cake mixture. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top to garnish.
  • Bake 45 minutes, leaving it slightly gooey. You'll notice a slight crust on top rather than a jelly texture.
  • Garnish with sprinkles of powdered sugar, cool and serve.

Notes

You can adjust bake time to fit whatever pan size you have 9x13, 8x11, etc

Nutrition

Calories: 369.86kcal | Carbohydrates: 61.01g | Protein: 3.34g | Fat: 13.11g | Saturated Fat: 7.64g | Cholesterol: 65.64mg | Sodium: 366.61mg | Potassium: 49.21mg | Fiber: 0.41g | Sugar: 46.74g | Vitamin A: 439.67IU | Calcium: 94.29mg | Iron: 0.95mg
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