Go Back
+ servings
gooey butter cake in a baking dish cut into slices.
Print Recipe Add to Collection
4.5 from 16 votes

Gooey Butter Cake

This Ooey Gooey Butter Cake is a sweet, melt in your mouth, velvety cake. It's an American classic and loved by kids of all ages. It pairs fabulously well with a nice hot piping cup of tea or coffee.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gooey butter cake, gooey butter cake recipe
Servings: 12
Calories: 517kcal


Cake layer

Cream cheese layer

  • 8 ounce cream cheese Philadelphia, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan really well on all sides.
  • Mix the base cake layer: In a large bowl mix the yellow cake mix with eggs and butter. Press this into the prepared pan, use your hands or a spatula to spread it over the entire surface.
  • Mix the cheesecake layer: In another bowl, mix together the cream cheese, eggs, vanilla, butter, salt until smooth. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar. Pour over the cake layer in the pan.
  • Bake: Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until edges are golden brown. The middle may sink a bit.
  • Finish and serve: Top with additional powdered sugar. Cut into squares and serve.


  1. Make sure to grease your pan well to ensure the cake doesn't stick. Alternatively, you could line your pan with parchment paper.
  2. Your ingredients should always be at room temperature, especially the cream cheese, otherwise you'll find it difficult to mix.
  3. The cream cheese layer should be thoroughly mixed until smooth, at least for 3 minutes.
  4. Store this gooey butter cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  5. To freeze, tightly wrap any leftover cake with plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag or airtight container for 4-5 months.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 517kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 449mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 738IU | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 1mg