Gooey Toffee Butter Cake

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Gooey Toffee Butter Cake Gooey Toffee Butter Cake Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 20-24 squares
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 50 min
Difficulty: Moderate

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1 18.25-ounce box yellow cake mix
1 egg
1 stick butter, melted

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 16-ounce box confectioners’ sugar
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup almond toffee bits or chocolate toffee bits





Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well.  Pat into the bottom of prepared pan and set aside.

Still using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth; add eggs, butter and vanilla.  Dump in confectioners’ sugar and beat well.  Reduce speed of mixer and slowly pour in butter.  Mix well. Fold in toffee bits.

Pour filling onto cake mixture and spread evenly.  Bake for 40 to 50 minutes.  Don’t be afraid to make a judgment call on the cooking time, because oven temperatures can vary.  You want the center to be a little gooey, so don’t bake it past that point!

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.  Cut into squares.  Just remember that these wonderful cakes are very, very rich, and a little will go a long way.

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Now that Wal-Mart won't be selling these delicious little cakes anymore I'll have to start making them on my own! Me and my mother agree this is one of the best recipes of all time. She even credits you as being a genius! I still love you Paula and I support you fully! You made a mistake years and years ago but you were honest about it and you apologized for it. As far as I am concerned that's real character right there. I plan on raising my children to act the same way you've been acting when they make a mistake. We're all human beings so it's inevitable that we will all mess up! But you have been so humble and gracious... you are truly and inspiration. I also plan on letting the companies that dropped you know that I think they made an error in judgment.

By Erin Coleman on June 27, 2013


Paula, Love to watch your shows on TV. I have always been a big fan of yours and love to watch and try the meals you prepare.You are awesome, LoveYa, Joanna

By Joanna Davis on April 24, 2013


I made these for a church reception and everyone asked for the recipe. This is a great hit, Miss Paula

By Nancy on October 11, 2012


Gooey butter cake is like crack for my fiance!!! She absolutely loves it! I've been making it for a while now and I like to make little changes..... I tried adding some butterscotch chips along with the toffee and it was a big hit!! Thanks for the great recipe Paula!

By Paul on September 16, 2012


Paula, I just LOVE your show AND your recipes. In fact, I've created my own recipe box that's just full of ALL your recipes. Of course I've saved EVERYTHING FRIED; AND, I've saved ALL your desserts (especially the ones that contain berries. Thanks so much for your show and cooking ideas. Dawn Ellen

By Dawn Ellen on May 21, 2012


I don't know what to do! There apparently is more butter. The filling says to cream the cream cheese, eggs, butter and vanilla.......later on it tells you to add the melted butter slowly......apparently there was more butter than listed on the ingredients. I added the melted butter already! Ugh! Hope it doesn't matter the order and I am guess a stick of butter?

By Kelly on May 11, 2012


Awesome!!!!! This was very easy to make and it came out perfect. Nice and moist and the middle oh so go gooey. I baked it @ 300 for about 1 hr 10 min instead of 350 40-50 min. This was a wonderful treat for my family. I will make this again

By Olivia on January 19, 2012


In one word...yummy!!!!! Paula makes me laugh!!

By Laura on January 13, 2012


I made these for a family function and they turned out relatively well, and were pretty good. They weren't "like crack" like some of the other reviews insinuated, and I don't know if I would make them again. I did appreciate how moist and flavorful they were, but they were extraordinary like some of the other recipes Paula has like her heavenly red velvet.

By Casey on November 20, 2011


Made the Gooey Toffee Butter Cake for the first time this weekend. We loved it. What a rich desert!

By laurie on November 16, 2011


Love Paula and the Dean boys, Michael is cute with Paula, i'm so happy for them. Keep the receipes coming I record your shows, its wonderful!!!!

By sheila anderson on November 04, 2011


Thank you Ashley. This recipe has been updated.

By Jonathan Able on September 28, 2011


Any one else notice that for the filling, it lists a stick of butter, but down in the directions, it doesn't tell you when to add it? I just about forgot to add it because I was reading as I went. Might want to update the recipe. Thanks, Ashley

By Ashley Bush on September 23, 2011


i have just seen gooey butter cake on TV here in the UK. it looks fantastic but every recipe i have found uses a cake mix. I am guessing that this is a packet cake mix. I never use this short cut as i prefer to bake my own. is i were to make this what texture should the cake be - is it a pastry texture or a sponge mixture. also how much does a stick of butter weigh. we have butter pats which are 8ounces 200gms

By tina on August 08, 2011


My sister-in-law was watching a little 4 year old girl the other day and she was letting her play cook with condiments in the refrigerater. She ask the little girl how she learned to cook and she said "Susie, I watch Paula Dean every day" So cute

By julia lanning on May 31, 2011


Dear Paula, My husband asked me to email you to tell you that since we have started watching Foodnetwork & especially your shows, he is getting alot more "goodies" that I am trying out from your recipes. Thank you so much, I am "addicted" to your Party shows!!Would we be able to buy your recipe books anywhere & also your Kiddies recipes in South Africa? I would love to get my grandchildren involved in the kitchen with your recipes! You are an absolute inspiration to us all & just love you to bits!! A true & committed fan!

By Jody McCallum on May 12, 2011


You and Bobby made the gooey butter cake a few weeks back on your show. I taped the show to make sure I got the recipe right. You said to bake it 30 to 40 min. and do not over bake. I made it for Easter. After 40 min. I took it out and the center was still a bit giggily! And now I see itr says here 40 to 50 min. I will bake it a bit longer next time. FYI....I have your red and black speckeled square non-stick skillet and love it. Does it have a lid? Also, the round metal measuring cups you use on your you cell those???? A true fan April 24, 11

By Rebecca Childress on April 24, 2011


This is an amazing recipe I have ever made- I serve it hot and top it with caremel ice cream dulche de leche ben and jerrys

By Anonymous on July 05, 2010


My son's elementary school was having a bake-off contest. No one would volunteer to bake anything so I finally agreed to bake something and had heard rave reviews of Paula's Gooey Butter Cakes (but never tasted one). This cake isn't that much to look at and really didn't measure up against the other "pretty" cakes. To my surprise I won first place. I guess looks don't always matter. Everyone raved about how good the Toffee cake tasted. Thanks Paula. My son's class thinks I am the bomb!

By Anonymous on April 19, 2010


great even in northern minnesota!!!

By Anonymous on April 03, 2010

I made the pumpkin gooey cake for Thanksgiving. Instead of the yellow cake mix,I used the spice cake mix. Got alot of raves. Love to watch Paula make her recipes

By Opal Wallin on December 09, 2010

Should this be stored in the refrigerator?

By Missy on July 30, 2010

oh my gosh! mrs.paula. your gooey butter cake is awsome. my grandmother lillian, used to bake one like it but we called it yumyum cake. i had tears in my eyes at the first bite of yours because it tasted so much like hers. im sorry did i forget to tell you my name is savannah. oh yeah and i love your hair style and color. love you. hope to hear from you

By savannah fontenot connerd on April 11, 2010

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