This is one of my all time favourite recipes to make. This Gooey Butter Cake is a cake like layer covered in a soft buttery vanilla cheesecake-like topping. Soft, creamy and a mixture of chewy and gooey!
**Original posted 2016. Photos and post updated 2020**
Until a few years ago, I didn’t even realise a gooey butter cake was even a “thing”. I had never seen nor heard of this dessert and I have never seen it made or sold in New Zealand.
After seeing a butter cake being made on a TV show, and doing a bit of research I found that it is definitely an American dessert. One that doesn’t seem to have taken off here in little ole’ New Zealand. (Perhaps I will be the one to start this phenomenon, who knows?!)
It was around four years ago that I discovered this dessert and I am still none the wiser of what it actually is. Is it a cake as the name suggests? Is it a slice? Is it a cheesecake?… American friends, comment below if you know the answer. In the meantime I call it a slice.
Defining these aren’t the only trouble they have posed for me.
Actually finding a recipe was quite a struggle.
There are a lot of different variations but almost all of these use a boxed cake mix for the base and I didn’t want that. I felt like I was cheating. So I persisted in searching and experimenting and my persistence paid off. I found a base recipe and from there I made a few changes and the butter cake was born. (My version of it anyway).
If the name didn’t already give this away, this recipe contains butter. I would say quite a bit of butter but not over the top amounts. The original recipe contained quite a lot but I changed mine and managed to bring down the amount of butter without any flavour or texture sacrifice. The top part of the butter cake or as I call it, the cheesecake layer, contains melted butter which I had never seen used before in a “cheesecake” type mixture. All I’m saying about that is that it is awesome.
I hope you enjoy this Gooey Butter Cake and I truly hope you give this recipe a go and remember to rate and report back your results in the comments below. I love reading your comments! Also #lightscamerabake on Instagram for a chance to be featured and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel for fun baking videos!
Cake like layer covered in a soft buttery cheesecake.
- 3/4 Cup Sugar
- 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 100 g Butter, Melted (1/2 Cup)
- 1 Large Egg
- 2 Tbsp. Milk
- 250 g Cream Cheese
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 100 g Butter, Melted (1/2 Cup)
- 2 Large Eggs
- 2 Cups Icing Sugar
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and line a 9"x13" pan with baking paper.
Place the sugar, flour and baking powder in a bowl.
Mix in the butter, egg and milk.
Spread evenly in the pan and set to the side.
Beat the cream cheese, eggs, vanilla and butter together until smooth and creamy.
With the beater on, add the icing sugar and beat until all incorporated and pour over the cake layer.
Place in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes until the top is lightly golden but the middle is still slightly wobbly.
Allow it to cool completely and I recommend allowing it to set in the fridge before slicing.
If you don't mind it being a bit gooey, just let it come to room temperature before serving