Double Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake

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Double Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake Double Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake Recipe Courtesy of

Either I made this recipe famous, or it made me famous—either way, it tastes great!

Servings: 20-24 servings
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 50 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1   (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
3 to 4 tablespoon cocoa powder
1   egg, plus 2 eggs
1   (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1   (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
Butter, for greasing pan, plus 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts





Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Lightly grease a 13 by 9-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, 1 egg, and 8 tablespoons (1 stick) melted butter, and stir until well blended. Pat mixture into prepared pan and set aside. In a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the remaining 2 eggs, and the cocoa powder. Lower the speed of the mixer, and add the powdered sugar. Continue beating until ingredients are well mixed. Slowly add the remaining 8 tablespoons (1 stick) of melted butter, and the vanilla, continuing to beat the mixture until smooth. Stir in nuts with a rubber spatula. Spread filling over cake mixture in pan.

Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the cake; the center should still be a little gooey when finished baking. Let cake partially cool on a wire rack before cutting into pieces.

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Reader Comments:


We make this every thanksgiving! It's delicious and I only get it once a year! I can't wait till next year!

By Beverly on November 28, 2013


I was thinking of putting a raspberry preserve in between the cake layer and batter layer and eliminating the nuts, Can I get your opinion anyone?

By Dina on February 08, 2013


What other ingrediant can I put in this besides nuts? Anyone....can you help me?

By Dina on February 08, 2013


Paula, my husband loves your Gooey Cakes. So now lm making them, so thanks

By Benita Conley on August 25, 2012


Just finished making chocolate gooey cake. Am looking forward to eating this luscious dessert after dinner. Easy to make, get all ingredients prepared first as the recipe goes quickly.

By Helene on June 23, 2012


Just finished making chocolate gooey cake. Am looking forward to eating this luscious dessert after dinner. Easy to make, get all ingredients prepared first as the recipe goes quickly.

By Helene on June 23, 2012


I love this recipe. Has anyone ever tried to freeze it to use at a later date?

By Marcy Powers on June 15, 2012


I initially discovered the Chocolate gooey cake at Walmart. I was so disappointed when they discontinued carrying the cake so I was so glad the recipe was online. I love this cake.

By AC on May 06, 2012


Hear Paula Deen: I was up at 4:00 AM on Saturday April 14, 2012 and saw Michael Sayman doing his show ( Food Feuds) (and his episode) GOOEY BUTTER CAKES. My Mom, Dad And I...... have made your Gooey butter cake in the past and loved it. I lost your reciept for the basic receipt and I have tried to find it on the internet with no resolts. I have been sick with a fatial desease and my Mon and Dad have been geting throuth this. I know that I will be with them when I see them in heaven. I am asking If you could send me your basic Gooey Butter cake recipe so I could have a taste of heaven before I arrive there. Thank you; Mark Torowski Phone: 216-534-3387 (Cleveland, Ohio)

By Mark Torowski on April 14, 2012


I thought this was a little bland so I increased the butter to 4 sticks. WOW!!!!!! It was so good! I feel like a real baker now, thanks Paula!!! smile

By Type 2 on January 23, 2012


Hi Paula and sons, Sorry to hear about the diebetes, I also have it type 2 II watch you all the time and love all you. I've joined and love your recepies for us that have to take care of our selves. Im watching the new show tonite and to get the receipes that you all put out for us to have.. Good luck on all that you all do and you will make it. Oh yes the other man thats running his mouth about you, don't worry we all have your best interest and lots of luck.. P.S. your seasonings have real salt? Thank You Gail. Doll.

By Gail. Doll. on January 19, 2012


Yummy!!!! This is a great cake for all you chocolate lovers! On top of that, it is very easy to make. My daughter made this cake the first time we had it. Today is New Year's Eve and we are making two, one to take to our New Year's Eve Party, and one for home!

By Tammy Ray on December 31, 2011


Hi, Ms.Paula. I love your show and your recipes are to die for. I watch your show everyday. Your the only food network star website I would go on for new recipes. Your down to earth personality and southern style is right up my alley. I love you.

By Camelia Thomas on November 16, 2011


OMG!!! This was super easy to make and sooooo yummy!!!!! I love trying new recipes, especially when they are awesome! Paula, I can always trust your recipes!

By Sandy Freeman on October 04, 2011


this can be made with a gulten free cake mixx... Yumm Yumm

By eve remillard on September 13, 2011


everything you do is amazing, your receipes turn a meal into a banquet

By donna on September 13, 2011


I usually add an extra stick of butter and granulated sugar on top to make it extra gooey n delicious on the inside and crunchy on the outside! I love the way Paula makes me feel so comfortable with eating what I want. I am so tired of those other shows preaching about eating healthy. The guilt they push on us makes me feel like I´m at church or something. A little extra flavor never killed anyone, right? I love you Paula!!!

By Sarah Brodin on August 20, 2011


I need one of Paula's recipes for my 85 year old mother. She tells me it is a chocolate cake with holes poked into it and some kind of browwn sugar (we think) glaze poured into the holes. The cake also has a glaze or frosting???????????? can you please help us!!!!!!!!!!!!1

By Mary Lou Stumph on August 07, 2011


Paula made the double chocolate gooey butter cake this weekend but i used a dark chocolate cake mix, cause my husband loves dark chocolate and let me just say it was AWESOME!! Now i am going to make one version a week. Thanks for all the awesome recipes i love to cook and try new recipes.

By tessa tuegel on July 26, 2011


Paula I made the ooey gooey butter bars , well first of all i lost my mom little over a year ago while we were going thru the worst of it all my daughters best friend made these for us and brought them to us they were just great, last week i wanted some of them so bad i got on line looked it up and made them they were yummie, thanks so very much for such a great recipe. my whole family loved them thamks again Pula your the best.. hope to see you in tunica ms before long,,,

By janie champion on June 08, 2011

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