Lemon Lavender Gooey Butter Cake

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Lemon Lavender Gooey Butter Cake Lemon Lavender Gooey Butter Cake Recipe Courtesy of

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

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1 (18 1/4 oz.) package yellow cake mix

1 egg

8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted
2 teaspoons pulverized culinary lavender


1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened 

2 eggs 

2 large lemons, juice and zest
1 teaspoon vanilla 

8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted 

1 (16 oz.) box powdered sugar





Preheat oven to 350º F.

Combine the cake mix, egg, butter and lavender 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, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla, and butter and beat together. Add the powdered sugar and mix well. Spread mixture over the cake batter and bake until lightly browned on top and set but still jiggly, about 45 minutes. Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.

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Dear Paula, This cake is amazing! I love all of your recipes. You are a culinary genius! I really hope that you are ok. Everyone in my family is so worried about you! My seven year old said, "please tell Ms. Paula to move over to TLC or the History Channel"! I must say that I think thats a great idea! I have not watched the Food Network or purchased a Smithfield Ham and I won't! Please let your fans know how we can help you. You have a huge fan support waiting to help! I wish you and your family all the best!! Jennifer August 9, 2013

By Jennifer on August 09, 2013


This dessert has the equivalent of 189 teaspoons of sugar. It would take you 50 hours of walking to burn that amount of energy.

By Michael Rowley on July 29, 2013


I was fortunate to try these today. They were PHENOMENAL!!!!!

By Chad Bailey on July 25, 2013


Yum,Yum,Yum this stuff is great, I didn't taste the lavender at all, but I did feel the pounds piling on as I reached for the second or maybe the third piece. Smile

By Ann on December 28, 2012


wanda - You can find culinary lavender at Williams Sonoma or online. Just make sure you are buying CULINARY lavender. I pulverized it myself at home...with a hammer. No kidding. LOL. I put the lavender in a ziplock baggie and hammered at it with a hammer wink

By Lisa on August 31, 2012


Gosh, all these recipes look great, but I have a question. I don't know what, pulverized culinary lavender is, or where to find it.

By wanda on March 05, 2012


This will be my next gooey butter cake project but I have one question...Do I use dried lavender or fresh? I just need to know whether to shop the grocery store or health food store. Thanks

By Angela J. on November 30, 2011


Thank you, thank you Paula. I've been making your Ooey Gooey Butter Cakes for years ever since I found it in one of your cookbooks and like you have experimented with different flavors having my friends challenge me with a flavor they like to be made into the OGBC. I have a secret ingredient in my cabinet that I sneak into my stews, pot roasts, soups and steak rubs and have been trying to figure out how to put it into the OGBC - I didn't think about pulverizing my lavender. I can't wait to try it. You are very right about the health conscious friends they have a very hard time turning these cakes down, complaining they can feel the pounds piling on and their arteries clogging as they reach for a second piece or wrap one up to take home for later.

By Paula Bankester on October 15, 2011



By Anonymous on September 25, 2011


DELICIOUS! Though, to be honest, the lavender isn't a necessary ingredient. I couln't taste it at all. Still, this cake tastes like lemon bars...only better. I will definitely be making this again!

By Lisa on September 02, 2011

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