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

Gooey Butter Cake without a Cake Mix

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!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 564kcal
Author Julie Blanner


Bottom Layer:

  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar plus extra to dust


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x9 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.


  • 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! 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 564kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 378mg | Potassium: 223mg | Sugar: 77g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 1.7mg