Gooey Butter Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling


16 servings

Updated: Nov. 27, 2023
A friend gave me a quick version of this gooey butter cake recipe using a cake mix, but I prefer baking from scratch, so I came up with my own. My family can't get enough! The middle will sink a little; this is normal. This dessert is delicious served warm or cold. —Cheri Foster, Vail, Arizona


  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 large eggs, beaten, room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk together melted butter, egg and vanilla; add to flour mixture and stir to combine. Press onto bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  2. For topping, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and eggs until smooth. Add confectioners' sugar and stir to combine. Pour over crust. Bake until center is almost set and edges start to brown, 40-45 minutes. Cool 1 hour on a wire rack. Sprinkle with additional confectioners' sugar if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 381 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 299mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.