Recipe for Gooey Butter Cake – A St. Louis Tradition!

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Our family has moved around A LOT. We have moved 5 times (each time to a different state!) in the last 9 years, and we have had 4 babies along the way! The first time we moved, it was from Mathews, Virginia to St. Louis, Missouri. One thing that I quickly discovered after moving to St. Louis was Gooey Butter Cake. You can find this amazing St. Louis creation all over the place, and it is easy to see why. We have since moved back to the St. Louis area, and I have fallen in love with this delicious treat all over again! Check out my Recipe for Gooey Butter Cake below!

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Here are some tips for making my Recipe for Gooey Butter Cake:

  • This cake can really be made with any flavor cake mix you would like. Try out chocolate, lemon (my favorite!), red velvet or really whatever you want!
  • Although this is called Gooey Butter “Cake”, it is actually a bar recipe. Cut these into squares for the perfect party serving.

These are the ingredients you will need for this recipe for Ooey Gooey Butter Cake:

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Recipe for Gooey Butter Cake

This classic St. Louis recipe for Gooey Butter Cake is so good that it is easy to see why it has been around for so long. Try this out today, you won't regret it!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake, dessert, gooey butter cake
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 156kcal


  • 1 18.25oz box yellow cake mix
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract divided
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 4 eggs divided
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350° and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, melted butter and 2 eggs. Press this mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  • Using your mixer, beat together the softened cream cheese, 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Slowly add in the confectioners sugar with the mixer speed on low. Once the sugar is mixed in, pour this mixture over the crust in the baking dish.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the edges just start to brown. The center should still be "gooey". Allow to cool and enjoy!


Sodium: 42mg | Calcium: 15mg | Vitamin A: 285IU | Sugar: 20g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 25mg | Cholesterol: 48mg | Calories: 156kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Fat: 8g | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 20g | Iron: 1mg

If you like this recipe, you may also like my Butter Pecan Poke Cake, Easy Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars or my Air Fryer Cheesecake Chimichangas.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Please stay a while and check out some of my other recipes. I hope you come back soon! – Regan

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