Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

LAST UPDATED: Nov 19, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Nov 19, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

This pumpkin gooey butter cake is the definition of fall decadence. Ooey Gooey pumpkin cake is moist, rich, and creamy, with a buttery crust. Make these incredible gooey pumpkin bars in just 10 minutes hands on time.

A white plate with a slice of gooey pumpkin butter bars, a white pumpkin beside the plate.

Today is the day! I’m kicking off fall baking week. Sure, it may just be to satisfy my own cravings, but I have a feeling you’ll enjoy them!

Sometimes, embracing the flavors of the seasons simply means substituting a few ingredients in a favorite recipe. Gooey Butter cake happens to be one of ours! Every now and then, I love treating my husband to one of these classic St. Louis favorites.

Small white plate with a single slice of gooey pumpkin butter cake.

For fall, I mixed it up a bit, creating a pumpkin gooey butter cake. It’s yet another flavor you can find at Park Avenue Coffee in St. Louis. Still, some locals haven’t tried it, and I’m always shocked when I hear that someone from my hometown hasn’t tried this incredible treat.

It’s a pumpkin lover’s delight and an easy fall dessert you can prepare in under 10 minutes. I love sharing pumpkin flavors with you, including my incredible pumpkin cake, and these delicious pumpkin bars too! 

This recipe was originally published September 29, 2014, and updated November 18, 2019.

A single slice of pumpkin gooey butter cake on a white plate, gold fork in foreground.

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake Ingredients

It’s a simple and delicious combination of ingredients to create a decadent, unforgettable treat.

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

close up of a slice of pumpkin gooey butter cake sprinkled with powder sugar.

How To Make This Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

Small white plate with a single slice of gooey pumpkin butter cake.

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

These decadent pumpkin gooey cake bars are an easy fall treat that everyone will love. A St. Louis classic, ooey gooey butter cake get a seasonal spin with the addition of pumpkin.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings (hover to scale): 12
Calories: 334kcal
Cost: $10

Ingredients

CRUST

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • golden butter recipe cake mix

GOOEY FILLING

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pound powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x12 baking dish.
  • In a mixing bowl/mixer, combine crust ingredients: butter, eggs & cake mix. Spoon into your dish and with a spatula, firmly press down into the base of the dish to create a thin crust & along the edges.
  • Mix the second set of ingredients & pour into your crust. Garnish with powdered sugar & optional cinnamon.
  • Bake 40 minutes & allow to cool before serving.

Notes

I tend to make my gooey butter cakes a little differently from many of the recipes you'll find online - it all comes down to the perfect crust.
  • I like to create a slight wall along the edge of my baking dish with the first mixture, creating a crust that compliments the gooey interior!
  • Adding the sprinkling of cinnamon at the end really creates the classic pumpkin flavor we crave. Nutmeg would also be delicious, or try my pumpkin pie spice mix
 

Nutrition

Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 699IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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