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Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

Infamous Ooey Gooey Butter Cake is an American staple for Thanksgiving

Corinne du Mont, Staff Writer

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake 
Total time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Serves 12 people

When I think of the Thanksgiving season, I think of the time I spend with family and the warmth that comes from our oven as it churns out dish after dish, waiting for us to eat them. My favorite part of Thanksgiving food has always been the desserts, from pumpkin pie to ooey gooey butter cake, the array was always endless. Ooey Gooey butter cake is a dessert I have specifically become close with over the past year, being tasked with helping make and come up with flavors for this cake at the Cafe where I work. This cake is delicious and very filling, perfect for Thanksgiving. I love this cake and I know you will too!



1 15.2-oz. box yellow cake mix

1/2 c. unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly.

1 large egg, room temperature

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Nonstick baking spray


1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened

2 large eggs, room temperature

5 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

1 lb. powdered sugar, plus more for garnish if desired.



  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.

  2. Use a fork to stir together the cake mix, butter, egg, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice (if using), and salt in a large bowl until well combined. 

  3. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with nonstick baking spray. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan, evenly without lumps. Set aside for later.


  1. Beat the cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment on medium until smooth and creamy. This will take 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs, butter, vanilla, and salt and beat on medium until well combined and smooth, scrape sides of the bowl as needed. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating on medium-low until well mixed.

  2. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the cake mixture in the pan. Bake until the cake is just beginning to brown on the edges, but the center is still slightly liquid (28-30 minutes). Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely, for about 2 hours. 

  3. Dust with powdered sugar just before serving for the final touch.

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