Makeover Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake Recipe
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Makeover Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

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With all of the original's decadence, this ooey-gooey dessert trims 64 calories and 5 grams fat, making it a guilt-free holiday treat! April Taylor - Fort Riley, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat butter, melted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Additional confectioners' sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 210 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 258mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (24g sugars, trace fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 1 fat


  1. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, egg and butter on low speed until combined. Press into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  2. In a another large bowl, beat cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Add the butter, eggs, egg whites and vanilla; beat on low until combined. Add the confectioners' sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; mix well. Pour over crust.
  3. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack. Chill until serving. Sprinkle with additional confectioners' sugar if desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 24 servings.
Originally published as Makeover Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake in Healthy Cooking December/January 2010, p22

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Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

"Filling was wonderful! Crust could be better, perhaps a shortbread crust would do nicely"

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2012

"I just wasn't crazy about it. Didn't seem like it was worth the calories!"

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2012

"I make this all the time! Everyone loves it!"

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"First time I had this my mom had made it. It was amazing! The perfect amount of sweetness! Will be making this myself very soon."

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"Mine came out with the crust very dry and just not worth the makeover."

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