Gay Farrar Recipe


By Gay Farrar Ivorytickler

Recipe Rating:
 4 Ratings

Gay's Story

If you like gooey butter cake, this is a great variation!


pkg plain yellow cake mix
1 stick
butter, room temperature
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large lemons
pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, room temperature
large eggs
1 stick
butter, melted
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2 Tbsp
white or yellow cornmeal
3-3/4 c
confectioners sugar, sifted

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350.
For the crust, place the cake mix, melted butter and egg in a large mixing bowl. Blend with mixer on low for 2 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. With your fingertips, pat the batter evenly over the bottom of the 13 x 9 pan, smoothing it out with your fingers until the top is smooth. Set aside.
For the filling, grate the zest from the lemons and set aside (you should have about 2 tsp.). Cut the lemons in half and squeeze the juice into a small bowl (you should have about 6 tbsp.) Set this aside.
Place the cream cheese in the same mixing bowl that was used to make the crust and with the same beaters (no need to clean either) blend on low speed until fluffy. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, eggs, melted butter and cornmeal. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Add the confectioners sugar and beat until well incorporated, about 1 minute more.
Pour the filling onto the crust and spread with spatula so that the filling covers the entire surface and reaches the sides of the pan. Bake for approximately 45-47 minutes until it is well browned but the center still jiggles. Place on a wire rack to cool, 30 minutes.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

  • Comments

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    Virginia Bailey Mudhut - Sep 6, 2010
    Oh my
    gosh this sounds just perfect for my husband! He loves lemon any thing! thank you I will try this one.
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    Nancy J. Patrykus Finnjin - Nov 6, 2011
    YUM!..I am dying to try your recipe.
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    Judy Sadler Bloome - Dec 8, 2011
    Thanks, was so hoping to find a lemon version of the gooey butter cake~~~~can't wait to try it!!!
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    Nancy J. Patrykus Finnjin - Dec 8, 2011
    I hope to make this today....
    Thanks for the recipe
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    Jean Campbell gwashington1961 - Dec 13, 2011
    Dear Gay, this recipe has such a 'southern cook's' sound to it! The lemon and cornmeal are the clues to a Chess Pie taste to me. I was so proud to make this recipe for my family! The vote was well received by each and everyone who tasted the lemon-chess gooey butter cake. I am keeping this recipe to serve again and again. Thank you for sharing it with us.