Gooey Butter Cake

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Gooey Butter Cake Gooey Butter Cake

Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1 18 1/4-ounce package yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tablespoons butter, melted

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 16-ounce box powdered sugar





Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the cake mix, egg, and 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 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.

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By Shadericka willams on April 13, 2014



By TINA WRIHT on April 10, 2014


I've seen Paula make her Gooey Butter Cake many times and said to myself that sure does look good. Well, I had some Gooey Butter Cake today (I got it from the Walmart Bakery) and I just want to say that that was the best thing I have ever had. So I went to my compute to get Paula's recipe for the Gooey. I'm gonna make it tomorrow and I'll let you know how it comes out. Love you Paula.

By Sandi on April 08, 2014


Bought one of these in a bakery and fell in head first love it !!!! Made your recipe and love it more thanks Scott and Ree..Rose

By Sheridan Rose on April 05, 2014


Love this recipe made it and we cant get enough ..

By Anonymous on April 05, 2014


How do you revise this recipe to make the salted caramel gooey butter cake?

By Anonymous on April 04, 2014


It's supposed to be "not done". It's called gooey for that reason.

By Anonymous on February 25, 2014


I can not find a box of cake mix 18 ozs only 15 or 16 ozs Can this recipe for gooey butter cake be done with a smaller box and how do I change the it.

By Margie on February 09, 2014


Can anyone tell me why is the centre inside of the cake is not cooked although I put a stick to try it and it comes out clean

By Anonymous on February 04, 2014


I thought when I went to a stage show in Indpls. she made the butter cake and it was just the cake and had holes in the cake after baking and poured butter over the top. Looking for that recipe. Thankyou.

By Anonymous on February 03, 2014


Lol so yummy

By Yo mamma on January 21, 2014


Paula Dean , I think you are great, love your recipes and also lighter recipes, thanks

By Earlene Schaffer on January 20, 2014


Our family loves Paula Deen. We're from the Savannah area, and when we're visiting "home", my son always wants to eat at The Lady and Sons. I made this recipe tonight for dinner and the whole family loved it. The only thing I did differently was only add about 3/4 of the box of sugar. The whole 16oz. box seemed to be a little too much.

By Kimberly R. on January 18, 2014


I love your who Olly gooey butter cake I will like to find it in stores Walmart was carrying I would love to still buy your product....

By Neffertiti Daniels on January 06, 2014


This is Chess Squares! I make it every year for Christmas. For a little extra YUM try browning your butter. Slowly melt it on the stovetop until it turns a delicate golden brown. Definitely worth the extra effort.

By Beverly on December 27, 2013


This recipe is WONDERFUL!!!!!! I made it for my office potluck. They argued over who was going to take the leftovers home. Now, the only dish I am allowed to bring to the office potluck is this dessert. Tonight, Christmas Eve 2013, my husband wanted some so bad he volunteered to make them. So, I'm in the recliner giving instruction to him as he prepares them. FANTABULOUS!!!!

By Donna Huskey on December 24, 2013


I tried the pumpkin one yr it did not turn out. My family likes the choc with peanut butter topping.

By pat on December 24, 2013


My boss just made this for a dinner at work the other day and it was AWESOME!!! I commented to her and a few other co-workers that "if my momma was here I would slap her!!!" Haha

By Jill Eaddy on December 23, 2013


Love the chocolate one too! So easy.

By Jo-Anne on December 21, 2013


made the chocolate too. love these cakes. so easy!

By joanne on December 21, 2013

I am sure this is a lot less calories BUT this version is for a 9x9 dish and serves 16. Paula’s is in a 13x9 and serves 6-8 hmmmm

By KK on November 10, 2010

Yes I think you should do a cookbook with these lighter recipes….Yum! And I too like Julia from Florida City,FL, want to know how to make Pumpkin and the other variations of this recipe!
Love all the Deens!!!!!

By Linda - Florida on November 02, 2010

Hello, I love Paula Deen recipes but I am trying to lose weight and I thank you Paula for allowing your son Bobby to Lighten up your recipes! I also have a question for Bobby on your caramel and red velvet cake the picture shows 3 layers or more and according to your recipe it looks like your only mentioning using on cake pan so how do you get 3 or 4 layers out of one cake? thank you so very Much for your kindness ! Sincerely Jill Smith

By Jill Smith on September 16, 2010

Greek yogurt can be replaced with sour cream—it is very similar in taste and texture.  Fage is my favorite brand of Greek yogurt.

By karen on June 25, 2010

these recipes are amazing!!!! Paula’s food, which is absolutely incredibly good.. with a few dozen less calories.. how perfect!!!
Any chance Bobby will publish a cookbook????

By Ilene Weiser on May 29, 2010

I have bought Greek yogurt at Wal Mart.

By Rebecca on May 26, 2010

To Mary A.G. (re:  greek yogurt)  I just asked my coworkers the same thing, and was told it’s Activia!  LOVE just about anything Paula and Sons make - and have been to the restaurant as well.  Best iced tea I’ve ever had!

By Margaret on May 26, 2010

Bobby,  thank you so much for lighter recipes.  My whole family is trying to drop some weight and I had a gastric sleeve surgery and cannot eat some of the wonderful recipes your mama came up with (very sad).  I would love to host your family to my lighter Mexican food (no lard ever).  If you are ever in the southwest contact me and your family and my family will eat together, I hope!  Give mama a kiss from this mama.

By Patty Welsh on May 25, 2010

I have tried almost every flavor cake mix for this and eac time it was a hit, now that I have your version of it, I will definitely have to try it. No offense Paula, I still love you

By Kris Fredlaw on May 25, 2010

my family and I simply adore paula’s recipes! Actually all of the dean family recipes.  can’t wait to try this light gooey butter cake… so tell me…is ther a light version to her cheesy mac??

By Debbie Davis on May 25, 2010

Uh-oh, move over, Mom!  I love my gooey butter cake, but I will try your recipe, Bobby. And I think you should get started on your lightened-up cookbook and magazine!!  Thank you.  A great combination of your mom’s great recipes and health.

By Carol O'Brocki on May 25, 2010

Where in the world do you find Greek Yogurt?  Is there anything can be substituted if we can’t find Greek yogurt??
Thank you.

By Mary A. G. on May 10, 2010

This whole idea is a dream come true! I am printing out recipes right now and cannot wait to try them! Bobby, you rock!

By Eileen on April 29, 2010

Hi I love that you are lightening up your Mama’s wonderful recipes.. Just wondering if you can use a sugar substitute in this recipe.. Love the gooey butter cake but am pre diabetic and trying to really watch carbs.
Also how do you make it with Pumpkin and other flavors?
Thank you so much,

By Julia Graff on March 20, 2010

Thank you so much for the “Lighten Up” recipes!! I also appreciate the nutrional information. It makes following my Weight Watchers a lot easier with some great food. The recipes also help me figure out how to lighten my own recipes. Thanks so much!

By Rebecca on March 04, 2010

Thank so much Bobby for your “Lightening Up” I am a Diabetic and am so thankful for your version of your mama’s fabulous family receipes. Your mama is an inspiration to all. You and your whole family are the best, keep your versions coming. Thank you!

By Barbara on February 27, 2010

Finally some of my favorite recipes with calorie counts!  Thanks!  Greatly appreciated! You made my weekend!

By Glynis Maruk on February 25, 2010

Made this cake last night and it was fabulous.  We ate it when it was still slightly warm.  My hubby could have eaten the whole dish.  Thank you for a wonderful lighter version of Paula’s cake.

By Jean Ealm on February 04, 2010

I am all for lightening up recipes…but messing with the gooey butter cake???  Blasphemy…lol…just kidding!

By Denise on February 04, 2010

Thanks for great ideas. At almost 70 yrs.old I can’t always eat Paula’s food-BUT oh how I love it, her and your whole family.  You are all such blessings.

By Margaret Wisler on January 30, 2010

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