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Makeover Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

Makeover Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 210 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 258mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

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cdurocher User ID: 8058420 240366
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

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

LeolaC User ID: 5741859 104041
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2012

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

GWENRW User ID: 1375082 145699
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2012

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

maupinsgirl User ID: 4695741 127736
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."

Carol39110 User ID: 1932804 173661
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

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

Cindyrazz User ID: 6323432 169948
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2011

"Amazing! Everyone absolutely raved about this cake. Nice twist on the standard gooey butter cake if you like pumpkin. One suggestion, don't press the crust up on the sides of the 9x13 pan, just press flat and then pour filling mixture directly over the top, covering the whole crest. It bakes best this way. Enjoy!!"

topaz User ID: 3336848 173660
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"Delicious pumpkin flavor,easy to make and keeps well. We really enjoyed this holiday dessert. It's a KEEPER!"

lyns6011 User ID: 3416005 168537
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"I used a sugar free yellow cake mix for the "crust" and followed the rest of the recipe to the "t". This turned out wonderful and my family loved it! For those that are diabetic or watching carbs, this isn't going to be an "every day" treat, but this is scaled down from the original that calls for an ENTIRE box of powdered sugar."

laceyann3s User ID: 3650758 185420
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2011

"This was very simple to make and this was one of the BEST DESSERTS i have ever made and ate , My guests was so wowed over this they LOVED it"

dlpfaffly User ID: 5348249 187141
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

"I did make this dessert and it was awesome. My boyfriend is a very picky eater and he went on and on about how good it was. I do have to admit that I did not use the reduced fat butter or cream cheese as desserts are a treat for us, not an every day thing. I am going to make this in little tart pans to give for Thanksgiving to the mail-lady, trash guy, mechanic,etc.....with a thank you note."

violet7204 User ID: 4943414 185372
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

"Love this recipe...reminds me of a pumpkin cheesecake only better! Will definately make this recipe again!! Love yellow cake mix crust :P"

Netizen User ID: 4154355 188132
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"3 cups of sugar and diabetic friendly? Doubtful."

PatPowell User ID: 2486916 108461
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"I made this recipe for a party at work and they all loved it. I will make another one for Thanksgiving and take it with me to my mother-in-laws."

KristaDavis User ID: 3263681 188243
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"I made this over the weekend and it was an easy to make, and very delicious treat!! Definitely will make it again!!!"

bfincke User ID: 3035457 187138
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"Wow! Made this yesterday. Served slightly warm... Does not taste reduced fat at all! Sort of a pumpkin cheesecake dumpcake thing. I've read other gooey butter cake recipes before and was afraid they would be far too rich, this was perfect for a decadent dessert. Now if I can just limit the number of servings I eat!"

uulator1 User ID: 3375118 108460
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

" I agree that this is not a "healthy" recipe, but the makeover makes it slightly less egregious. If you don't want it...don't make it..quite simple!

I have made the original gooey butter cake from Paula Deen...quite good....but surely something that you would not indulge in very often."

kathleen ng User ID: 5858988 188239
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"If you want truly healthy, eat a piece of fruit! Taste Of Home is giving lighter alternatives."

CarinaD User ID: 3386287 104040
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"If you find it unhealthy then don't make it! But be constructive in the comments!!!! I want to read comments from people that made it and have some to say"

Jill Rose User ID: 3595168 118794
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"Would you that have tried this kindly tell us how it taste?"

SuzanneByrd User ID: 5389832 168535
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"I see all the negative reviews so far in that they are criticizing the fact that this is still not considered a healthy dessert....I commend taste of home for trying to make it more healthy....and think all the negative comments from viewers are over the top and too harsh....if they still think it is not healthy enough...they should not make it. I love Taste of Home..."

Pennsylvania Pattie User ID: 2061951 185369
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"I see the "unhealthy" comments about these recipes a lot. Whenever they use the word, "Makeover" in the recipe, that means it's lower in fat and calories (ie: healthier) than the original, and therefore they put it in the list of "healthy recipes." Taste of home is not known for whole foods recipes. If you really want natural, healthy recipes, I would avoid "makeovers." More often than not, you'll be disappointed."

heidimotsch User ID: 6151061 169935
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"How can a cup of butter, three eggs, three cups of sugar and a bar of cream cheese possibly be healthy?!?"

d56alpine User ID: 3409321 169934
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2010

"This tasted really good but the crust was very thick and cake-like. There was no "pouring" it in the pan. Did I do something wrong?"

specialtek User ID: 5229021 173659
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2010

"I love this recipe. I enjoy making it all the time"

Vicki Estes User ID: 3461542 145697
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

"This was delicious. I've made it twice, the first time w/ butter, the second w/ low fat butter, both turned out really good."

mrsdlo14 User ID: 995074 118792
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2009

"I made and shared this with my co-workers. I received rave reviews! I used regular butter because I couldn't find reduced fat butter. I also did not use 2 3/4 cups of sugar as it seemed like way too much. I just "eyeballed" it. Definitely will make again!"

JB1114 User ID: 3999823 187136
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2009

"It is delicious but I don't consider it healthy with 2 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar. I have to watch the amount of sugar I consume so I only had a taste. My husband loved it."

Juliadp User ID: 622462 173657
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2009

"This was a great way to use up 1 cup of pumpkin. I used regular butter, but cut back on fat and cholesterol a bit with reduced-fat cream cheese and egg whites, as suggested. People asked for the recipe when I brought bars to networking group! My nephew wouldn't give it a try until we renamed it "Pumpkin Cookies", though -- be warned."

paulapatkatesarah User ID: 2180773 187133
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2009

"Just like the name implies...Gooey. What a great change from the usual 'pumpkin pie'."

LegalSec User ID: 548619 185410
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2009

"I made this cake for the first time and brought to my co-workers. I got numerous compliments. The only thing I did different is that I used reduced fat imperial margarine and I baked for an additional ten minutes, the top did not seem set enough for me."

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