Gooey Butter Cake

This recipe was given to us by our dear friend, Allison Pautler. Allison and Whitney are childhood friends, and this recipe was one that they would make together at sleepovers. Yes, it’s that easy. A St. Louis tradition, Gooey Butter Cake is typically served for breakfast, but really… it’s good any time of day, and also doubles as a great dessert!



1 package plain yellow cake mix
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg


8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
3 3/4 cups confectioner’s sugar


Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare crust first. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, egg, and melted butter with a wooden spoon until moist. Transfer to a 13″x9″ ungreased baking pan, and spread evenly over the bottom of the pan. Set aside.

Next, prepare the filling. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla, and melted butter, and continue to mix. Next, add the confectioners sugar one cup at a time until all sugar is mixed in. Pour filling over the crust, and spread evenly with a spatula.

Bake gooey butter cake for 40-45 minutes until it is browned, but the center is still jiggles with the pan is shook. (*Update: Check it at 35 min. In our new oven, it was done at 35!*) Cool for 30 min. Sprinkle with additional confectioner’s sugar and serve.

Comments (7)
  1. Mmm I saw this on tasty kitchen and came straight for the original recipe! This looks awesome.

  2. The Gooey Butter Cake is new fave. I will make it to give it to my new neighbors! Thanks, Whit!

  3. This cake is awesome! :)

  4. Thank you GOD! I had this recipe 30 years ago – was still living at home – went to look for it and my “CLEANS-OUT-EVERYTHING-Mother” had tossed it. Looked everywhere for it and FINALLY! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

  5. I had this at a restaurant but it was like a mini butter cake, and it was so good! And I love making this recipe esp. With homemade raspberry sauce! Do you think it would work if I tried to make a mini version, as well?

    • Hey Leah! Making mini gooey butter cakes is SUCH a good idea. I would just reduce the baking time and watch them closely. Yum. Let me know how they turn out!

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