Original Gooey Butter Cake Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Easy

Time: 55 MINUTES

25 ratings


  • 1 (18 1/4 oz) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 16 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 (16 oz) box powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350°.


Combine the cake mix, egg and 8 tablespoons butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.


In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla and 8 tablespoons butter and beat together.


Next, add the powdered sugar and mix well. Spread over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.

Gooey Butter Cake


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25 Reviews

Elizabeth 5/21/2017
My Aunt made thi

My Aunt made this for family dinner. I asked for the recipe. And she gave me this recipe. Hands down the best cake ever.

Anna 5/18/2017
I love this reci

I love this recipe, I just have one question. Where do you find a 181/4 oz. cake mix? I've looked everywhere and the most I could find was a 161/4 size, that's what I used because that's all I could find, it was still delicious but, I was just curious about where and what brand I could find this size in.

Tammera 3/10/2017
I have made this

I have made this recipe for many years my mama's great great grand mama made this recipe when my mama was a girl back in the 1950"s grams said it was given to her by her mama here in the north western part of MO . I love this one it is quick and easy makes a great dessert for when company shows up and you haven't got any thing ready made.

Selina 12/10/2016
Absolutely wonde

Absolutely wonderful

jenny 12/10/2016
I have made Paul

I have made Paula Deen's recipe for St. Louis' original Gooey Butter Cake for years now. This is by far the best recipe around. Thanks Paula Deen!

Miranda 11/19/2016
This has been my

This has been my first recipe I used from Paula. I have stuck by her and loved using her recipes ever since. She is my fave and I just love all the new healthier as well as the tried and true recipes as well.

Miranda Ann

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JOY 7/14/2016
The BEST of the

The BEST of the gooey cakes; been making & eating it ever since I tasted it 30 years ago!

Kathy 6/22/2016
Absolutely delic

Absolutely delicious!

Tina 5/13/2016
My husband adore

My husband adores this cake. He asks for it at least once a month! Easy, rich, and goes quickly.

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