SUPER Easy St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

I have a much longer version of this recipe that requires way more work than I was willing to put into a cake last night after supper.  A supper I didn’t have to cook.  But being under the weather I was looking for something quick, easy and yummy.  This was all three of those things!  The hardest part is waiting until it is cool enough to eat.


I know it may not look like much.  But trust me.  It is to die for!  Rich, gooey (as the recipe indicates), buttery (again…good call!) and easy peasy!  I usually have a cake mix or two on hand for a bundt cake recipe we LOVE that is sooo easy.  And honestly, I don’t know where I saw this recipe or what made me think of it last night.  Maybe the fever talking??  Whatever the reason, I am so glad I did.  And after I went and crawled back in the bed after supper, Hannah came to my door and said “Mommy??? You awake?  THANK YOU for making this cake…nom nom nom!”  So here you go.  Give it a stir!

1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1/2 c. butter
1 egg


1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 lb. box confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix together cake mix (just the mix, not the other ingredients called for on the box) with butter and 1 egg. Pat into an ungreased 9 x 13 inch cake pan. Cream together cream cheese, 2 eggs, powdered sugar and vanilla. Pour over bottom crust. Spreading to the edges. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

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Oh my heavens…this looks delish! Have you submitted this for a cookbook yet? 😉


This is the cake my family calls “chess bars”. My son’s very favorite dessert! And you’re right—so easy! Makes me hungry!


Oooooh! I love this cake! My family calls it Ooey Gooey Cake! Haven’t made it in years!

Susan…Looks really good…like comfort food…feel better beautiful lady…and thank you for this recipe!

Hugs and well wishes,
Victoria in Houston

i can’t believe it!! i was just looking for my gooey butter cake recipe last weekend!! i’ll have to give yours a try! 🙂

I made one of these a few weeks ago! Sooooooooo goooood!!!!

aww sorry you have been sick. I’ve been getting over a bug that I had for nearly 6 weeks:( Finally …finally doing so much better.
Hope you are better real soon friend. This cake sounds good.