Gooey Butter Cake

Did you know that gooey butter cake became a thing when someone messed up making a cake one time back in the day? We all are very appreciative of the person who made this wonderful baking mistake, which turned into the most glorious sweet treat you ever will taste. 

This is purely a St. Louis thing, and most people don't even know what the heck a gooey butter cake is, but once you make this, you will forever be a G.B.C. convert. 

My family has a "Birthday Breakfast" tradition where we cook the birthday boy or girl their favorite breakfast of choice on the morning of their birthday. And i think you probably know where I'm going with this...I would ALWAYS ask for scrambled eggs and gooey butter cake! It's been my favorite thing for as long as I can remember. 

Please do yourself a favor, and make this for you and/or your family ASAP.


Bottom layer:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix (any kind will do, I used Betty Crocker)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick butter, preferably unsalted, softened

Top layer:

  • 2 eggs
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 box powdered sugar, separate 1/4 cup


  1. Preheat oven to 35°F.
  2. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with nonstick baking spray. 
  3. In a large bowl, with a hand mixer, combine the cake mix, softened butter, and egg. Pour into a pan and spread out evenly. Place in the freezer while you make the top layer.
  4. In the same big bowl, mix together the eggs, cream cheese, and powdered sugar until well combined and creamy. Pour onto the bottom layer in the pan and spread evenly. 
  5. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until the top is turning a light golden brown.
  6. Enjoy this heavenly St. Louis gooey butter cake experience. It's bomb man. Good luck making this last 3 days.