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Gooey Butter Cake for the Home Chef #SundaySupper

When I first moved to the St. Louis area, I was bombarded with, "have you had gooey butter cake yet?" over and over!  So when Bob and I had our first chance, we bought gooey butter cake from Prasino and loved it!  The recipe below mimicks the gooey butter cake, but I think I like it the best from professional bakers!

The story goes that a baker, not paying attention to his craft, reversed the amount of flour and butter.  Since it was the 1930's and no one wasted anything, the cake was baked up and sold.  It became a popular breakfast treat, not a dessert as we see it so often, now.
Here's my home version, which is sweet, but not too sweet, and perfect for breakfast or dessert.  I think that's the best anyway!

Gooey Butter Cake for the Home Chef

by Our Good Life
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Ingredients (12 servings)
  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 16 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 T lemon extract
  • 4 c powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine the cake mix, egg and 8 tablespoons butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla and 8 tablespoons butter and beat together.
Next, add the powdered sugar and mix well. Spread over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.
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  1. Good morning! I was a high school freshman when I took my first bite of a gooey butter cake! A bakery on the Illinois side of the river (Collinsville) specialized in creating them. I never lost my enthusiasm. I do make the homemade version, but also prefer the bakery variety. Have a great week.

  2. Ohh Now I want a slice of this!!

  3. I had to laugh at how this delight came about. I have made similar mistakes that didn't come out quite so yummy. I will have to try this one for sure.

  4. I've never added lemon extract---great idea!

  5. You've gotta love anything with the words "gooey" and "butter" in the title! :)

  6. Oh this looks delicious! I wish I had of seen this early this afternoon...we would have been enjoying that with our dinner tonight! This cake looks so delicious :)

  7. I have never heard of butter cake but I now see the recipes everywhere. I may have to make one for brunch sometime.

  8. Gooey butter cake! I have never heard of it! I love hearing stories like that - nothing wasted! I am excited to try it, and anything with fresh berries on the side is a must in my book! Pinned!

  9. OH my gosh this looks SO good!! I don't think I could stop at just one piece! ;)

  10. I would definitely love this for breakfast! I'd never hear of butter cake before!

  11. Jessica6:11 AM

    My mouth is watering. I am going to try this ASAP!

  12. Yum this looks and sounds wonderful. I would love to try this, never heard of butter cake before! - jeanine

  13. I can see myself enjoy this butter cake as breakfast, or in afterenoon tea time. So simple yet sound so delicious!

  14. I think cake for breakfast sounds like a marvelous idea! I might have to try that...

  15. Have you tried any butter substitutes? I wonder if it would still be good...

  16. I can't remember the last time I baked a cake. Maybe I will this weekend. I have an awesome gluten free chocolate cake to try.

  17. The name alone makes me want to try it!

  18. Why have I never heard or tried this - it looks incredible! Ah I need to make it now. Great recipe to :)

  19. I need to try this cake soon!

  20. Wow! This looks amazing. I'm all about anything with butter!!!!

  21. Gooey Butter Cake - yes please. I'm a fan of all those things.

  22. Yea, I could see the joy in starting a day with this for breakfast. Bring on the butter cake!

  23. Oh my gosh, yikes! I bet my father-in-law would love this cake!


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