Bobby’s Lighter Gooey Butter Cake

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Bobby’s Lighter Gooey Butter Cake Bobby’s Lighter Gooey Butter Cake Recipe Courtesy of

665 Fewer Calories
90g Less Carbohydrates
71g Less Sugar

Servings: 16 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

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1 (18 1/4-ounce) package yellow cake mix
1/2 cup reduced-fat buttermilk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon canola oil

1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup plain low-fat (2%) Greek-style yogurt
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon melted butter





Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9 x 9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

Place the cake mix in a large bowl. Whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and oil in a small bowl until blended. Add the buttermilk mixture to the cake mix, stirring just until blended. Pour the mixture into the baking dish.

Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the sugar, yogurt, egg, vanilla, and butter. Spread over the cake mixture. Bake 40 – 50 minutes. You want the center to be a little gooey, so do not over bake.

Original Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

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Nutritional Information: Per Serving: 279 Cal; 4 g Protein; 9 g Tot Fat; 4 g Sat Fat; 2 g Mono Fat; 47 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 28 g Sugar; 106 mg Calcium; 0 mg Iron; 406 mg Sodium; 12 mg Cholesterol

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Samantha, nit wit, this is Paula's Recipe! And it is awesome !Anyone's that doesn't, di it wrong. And over cooked it!!!!!

By Anonymous on October 22, 2013


Can't wait to try it. I'm diabetic and I love what you did to help your Mom!

By Roxanne on September 27, 2013


Paula..I love you and your style of cooking...everybody says I make the best dressing and yams ever!...I wish you could taste them too...I give you a run for your money..LOL...Thank you for bringing a little joy to my palate.

By CAROLYN MATHIS on January 06, 2013


I Just like to say I love all of Paula Deans food

By Ronda Brown on January 02, 2013


the gooey butter cake pictured here looks disgusting. why is it not baked all the way? gooey butter cake should not "ooze."

By Samantha on July 23, 2012


I love that you have both "Bad" but taste sooo good receipes and a lighter version of the same! I think most people love fatty comfort food and its ok once in a while but the rest of the time have to eat a little lighter.Good JOB! Keep up the good work!

By Tammy on July 01, 2012


On the show, Bobby makes a point of telling Paula that his recipe only uses one egg for the whole dessert. This recipe uses 2. Which is right?

By Cookin'Kim on March 30, 2012


You have the best dishes I just love them

By Anonymous on March 02, 2012


OK.. i'm going to try it next time I need a cake. it comes out to be 7 points+ for WW. Would cooking it in a water bath help even out the cooking? Thanks Meg

By Meg Magruder on February 16, 2012


Okay, so my friend and I have made this cake twice and both times it did not come out right. The first time we baked it 45 minutes and the center was too done. It was good, just not gooey. The second time we made it, we baked it for 35 minutes and the cake under the center was under done. We put it back into the oven and baked it another 5 minutes but the cake was still undercooked. At 45 minutes, it is no longer gooey. Any suggestions? The cake still comes out great but just not gooey.

By Cori on November 21, 2011


I would love a recipe for Coconut Gooey Butter Cake,and have looked forever for a soft Oatmeal - Raisin Cookie. Thanks for all you do............I am a seasoned cook, but O so tired of cooking, but it's a necessity, so I love new and encouraging recipes. Thanks again, and Blessings.

By Anne Cox on September 26, 2011


Thank you Paula and Bobby. I am also diabetic, i'd like to see more recipes lightened Bobby. It sure helps for 1 such as me, and others out there. I did a peanut butter pie and i made it with splenda and cornstarch for the powdered sugar. Not the same but was still good!! I want to thank each of you for the recipes and information that i get from you. I'm trying to stay within my eating habits, it's been a battle. At first i was o.k. But Thank You Both and God Bless You!!!

By Joe Ann Strachan on September 13, 2011


Thank you so much Paula and Bobby. I am dietbic and trying to change some of my receipes so that I can still treat my self once in a while. I enjoy the foodnetwork it has helped me a lot. I wish their was a cooking show for dietbics I think it would be a big hit. Thank you again and have a great 4th of July weekend. Donna

By Donna on July 03, 2011


I tried this cake (I bought slices at Walmart) and it is delicious! I am hooked and I need more than a slice or two at a time.

By Billie Jones on June 06, 2011


I am making this & adding strawberries to the filling! Can't wait!!! Thanks Bobby for helping us to all eat healthier!!!

By Carroll on April 09, 2011


This is really good. My kids aren't big cake eaters, but they absolutely loved this! I will definitely make it again.

By Rebecca on March 29, 2011


Yum this is so good... i think you could add some lemon zest to either of the batters to give it a good zing...

By Michelle on February 27, 2011


Tried the lighter version. Used a chocolate cake mix and added some cocoa for a "double chocolate" version. It was just "OK" to us. It was dry, not nearly the texture of a true "gooey" of which I am quite familiar as I make them often for special occasions. In a pinch this would work .. not something I would substitute for the "real thing".

By Julie Williamson on February 21, 2011


You will slap your mama,We went back too walmart three times in one day.

By BARBARA FLORIDA on January 22, 2011


OMG...I've got to tell ya..My daughter-in-law and I were in Walmarts looking at some of your cakes. I bought one for our bible study and it was just wonderful. Well, she found your gooey butter cake on the clearance rack and bought it. OMG OMG OMG........I seriously thought I died and went to heaven.....OMG...I don't like it...I LOVE IT......Love it.....Love it........ Of course, we ate it in one sitting. I went the next day to buy another one and they did not have one... Well, I have been looking every time I go there and just found one a couple of days ago and I am telling ya....This is my all time favorite dessert. I can't put it down and I do not want to share it with anyone. I will not look at the calories as I know that anything this good has to have a million calories in it but I am beside myself with this one. I don't LOVE alot of foods but everytime I see you on TV, I KNOW that I love everthing that you make as I LOVE butter.... I am going to TRY Bobby's lighter version of this cake but I am just sure as can be it is not going to be as good and I am going to have to live at Walmarts from now on. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.................. No, seriously, I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Sharman on January 17, 2011

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