St Louis Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

I have not made a St Louis Gooey Butter Cake in AGES!  I highly recommend this dessert/breakfast..  It’s VERY easy to make – and it disappears as soon as you cut it.  I made up fun recipe cards for a friend’s daughter’s wedding – for all the out of town guests – mentioning that gooey butter cake is a ST LOUIS SPECIALTY!  🙂

Gooey Butter Cake Recipe


  • 1⁄2 cup REAL butter (no substitutes)
  • 18 ounces (1 box) yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (8 ounce) package softened cream cheese (cut into small pieces)
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease a 9x13 pan – one with minimum 3” sides.
  3. Melt butter.
  4. Pour cake mix into bowl.
  5. Stir melted butter, along with one egg, into the cake mix - this will be a very thick dough.
  6. PRESS mixture into pan and up the sides. I always use clean hands for this – the dough sticks to any sort of tool and you end up making a mess!
  7. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, vanilla, powdered sugar and the remaining two eggs.
  8. Beat for three minutes with an electric mixer set on medium high speed, or until smooth with no lumps.
  9. Pour evenly over top of the cake mixture in the pan.
  10. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes until golden brown on top but watch closely –do not overbake! The top will form a ‘sugar crust’ while baking which is the top layer of sugar hardening and turning golden brown.
  11. Cool cake completely. The cake will sink - this is normal! You can refrigerate if desired.
  12. Dust the top with powdered sugar.
  13. Cut cake into small pieces and serve.
  14. Watch it disappear!
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As always – ENJOY!!

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