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! #buttercakerecipe #buttercake #pauladean #gooeybuttercake #vanillacheesecake
Gooey Butter Cake
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

Cake like layer covered in a soft buttery cheesecake.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Butter Cake, Gooey Bars, Gooey Butter Cake
Servings: 24 Pieces
Calories: 210 kcal
Author: Emma Burton
Cake Layer;
  • 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
Top Layer;
  • 250 g Cream Cheese
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 100 g Butter, Melted (1/2 Cup)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Cups Icing Sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and line a 9"x13" pan with baking paper.

Cake Layer;
  1. Place the sugar, flour and baking powder in a bowl.
  2. Mix in the butter, egg and milk.
  3. Spread evenly in the pan and set to the side.
Top Layer;
  1. Beat the cream cheese, eggs, vanilla and butter together until smooth and creamy.
  2. With the beater on, add the icing sugar and beat until all incorporated and pour over the cake layer.

  3. Place in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes until the top is lightly golden but the middle is still slightly wobbly.
  4. Allow it to cool completely and I recommend allowing it to set in the fridge before slicing.
  5. If you don't mind it being a bit gooey, just let it come to room temperature before serving