Paula Deen’s Gooey Butter Cake

Paula Deen’s Gooey Butter Cake

If you’ve ever heard of Paula Deen, chances are you’ve also heard of her gooey butter cake. It’s a recipe I’ve put on the back burner for a few years, but I finally tried it this weekend.

     The recipe itself is almost embarrassingly simple. Beat together a yellow cake mix (I used butter yellow) with an egg and some melted butter, pat it in a cake pan, and top with a mixture of cream cheese, eggs, vanilla, butter, and powdered sugar. The key to this recipe is in the baking. You want the center to be a little giggly when you pull it out of the oven (that’s why it’s called “gooey” butter cake).
     Now, I read a lot of blogs on how to serve the cake. Some swear by cold, some warm from the oven. The first night my family and I ate it chilled out of the refrigerator. It tasted really good, but we all agreed we’ve had better cakes. The second night I heated each piece up in the microwave for 20 seconds…what a difference! The filling was warm and oozing with goodness; definitely a five star rating.
     Whatever way you choose to eat it, just remember that it is very rich and extremely filling. (But that doesn’t mean I didn’t go back for a second piece)!
The base mixture
The base mixture, patted into the prepared cake pan
The filling, nice and smooth with no lumps
The filling poured over the base mixture
Nice and warm out of the oven
Paula Deen's Gooey Butter Cake
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • Base:
  • 1 18.25 oz. box yellow cake mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 stick butter, melted
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  • Filling:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened (1 block)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 16 oz. box powdered sugar (4 cups)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9"x13" cake pan.
  2. Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric beater. Pat the mixture onto the bottom of the prepared cake pan.
  3. To make filling, beat the cream cheese until smooth.Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter. Beat together. Beat in the powdered sugar until smooth. Pour over base layer.
  4. Bake for 40-50 minutes.
Notes
* Make sure not to over-bake because the center should be gooey. (It took 40 minutes to bake in my oven).
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