Mom's Gooey Butter Cake

Shelly Pruett Recipe

By Shelly Pruett shellyp09

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My Mom made this for years and has shared the recipe with many people, including my aunt, who gave it to her children, who modified the recipe and have opened a Gooey Butter Cake Bakery!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
The buttery flavor of this cake is so good that I just couldn't stop going back for more!


4 large
1 stick
1 box
yellow cake mix
8 oz
cream cheese, room temperature
2 c
or 1 box powdered sugar

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350F.
Mix together dry cake mix, butter, and 2 eggs and press into a greased 9" x 13" cake pan, pushing the sides up slightly to hold the filling.
For filling: Mix cream cheese, remaining 2 eggs, and powdered sugar, till smooth.
Pour filling into crust and bake for 35 minutes.
Let cool. Serve at room temperature. Store in refrigerator.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American

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Carli Bittle Carli97420
May 7, 2015
Wow!!! This seems to be one of the most popular recipes on this site. I wanted to ask a question. Can you put apple pie filling on top of the filling before baking? Or after? And... I read about making it in cupcake tins, and it mentioned the paper liners. How could you press the base into the liners? Or would the cakes come out of the tins easily with a knife used along the edge? Woops, I guess that was TWO questions.. I LOVE rum cake, so thought I would try my next cake using concentrated rum extract in the filling. Has anyone tried that? Thanks for info.. Happy Baking.
Betty Lou Cattelona Lizcatt
May 7, 2015
This recipe I believe left out the butter that goes with the cream cheese filling, I made it as the recipe says, but while searching more recipes for gooey butter cakes there is definitely another stick of butter with the cream cheese. Paula Deen's being one of them, but others as well. We through it out, it was horrible. I'll make it again, but the butter goes into the cream cheese and powdered sugar.
May 7, 2015 - Holly Price shared this recipe with discussion group: CountryLady Cooks.
Roda Laser Roda
Mar 2, 2015
Wow, this cake sounds GREAT! I will be trying this one.
Bonnie Simmons Bonnie_Simmons
Jan 25, 2015
I made this and it was delicious. I made mine with a little less cream cheese and added 1/2 cup sour cream. Added 1/2 bag chocolate chips on top of the crust and 1/2 bag chocolate chips chopped in food processer and add to the filling. Reminds me of a coffee cake and cream cheese cake together.