Gooey Butter Cake

Today’s entry into the Out of the Box series is a personal favorite of mine. Gooey Butter Cake.  I have been making this recipe for the last decade, and I can never get enough of it.  My middle child recently told me that she even wanted it for her birthday cake this year.  
Everyone that tries it goes on & on about it – and then are just so amazed by how simple the recipe is.  All the ingredients are common, simple items – so there is certainly no excuse not to make this today. 


There are 2 parts to making this.  First, the crust.  

Mix all the ingredients together & spread in a greased baking pan.


Now, time for the gooey topping.

Mix all of those ingredients together until smooth & creamy.  Spread on top of the cake batter layer.


Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.
I went ahead and made a second cake using chocolate cake mix, just to see how it turned out.  Not as good as the traditonal yellow cake mix one, but still really good!  (Picture of the completed chocolate one further down!)

Let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.  Then dust with powdered sugar.  It will sink a little as it cools further.






Gooey Butter Cake

Author Mrs Happy Homemaker


  • For the crust:
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • For the gooey topping:
  • 1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix cake mix, melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, & 2 eggs together. Pat into a greased 9x13 baker.
  • Beat cream cheese, 2 eggs, & 2 teaspoons vanilla extract together until smooth & creamy. Spread on top of cake batter crust.
  • Bake for 40 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes on a wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cake will sink a little as it cools.