Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

So, anyone who knows me will tell you that I love to cook and bake, especially for my family and friends. I think that preparing food for others is one of the most wonderful ways to express love for them. It’s a lesson that has been passed down in my family for generations, just like my recipe for ooey gooey butter cake.

Growing up, my mother had some specialties, such as ooey gooey butter cake. This sweet, creamy, and tangy cake has always been a favorite of my sisters and me. It was often the cake of choice for birthdays and special occasions. In my naïveté, I assumed that everyone knew about this cake and loved it as much as I do. Imagine my surprise when I made this family classic for a get-together with my wife’s family. They had never heard of it, much less tasted it. I was shocked. Of course, they loved it. But then something happened; someone asked for ice cream to put on it.

At this point, the party came to a full stop, as I had to explain that one does not eat ice cream on ooey gooey butter cake.

I’m not a different-food-touching-each-other kind of person, so the thought of cake and ice cream mingling on a plate doesn’t really ring my bell. Contrary to my advice they put the ice cream right on top. Not beside, but literally on top of the cake. They loved it, of course.

Once I started listening to Disney podcasts, I heard about Ample Hills Creamery and their gooey butter cake ice cream. I was intrigued. Not only do they make gooey butter cake sundaes, but they also offer gooey butter cake ice cream, which is vanilla ice cream with bits of gooey butter cake in it. I don’t know if I will like it, but I’m willing to try some, you know, for research. My plan is to have my mom with me, as an impartial (yeah, right) judge.

In my listening, I learned that gooey butter cake is apparently a St. Louis thing. Who knew? I feel sorry for the people who grew up not knowing about this cake. So I guess that is all the world except St. Louis and my house in West Virginia. Kind of like how pepperoni rolls are a West Virginia thing. I assumed everyone knew about them, too.

So, I hope you are able to make this tasty treat, and if you have sampled the wares at Ample Hills Creamery, I hope this brings back some fond memories for you. I hope to try their Gooey Butter Cake on my next trip, you know, for research.


Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

Recipe courtesy of my mama
A rich and creamy dessert with layers of cake and cream cheese filling.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15


  • 9x13 cake pan


  • 1 box pound cake mix (or yellow cake mix)
  • 2 sticks butter softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 16 ounce box 10-X or powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Reserve one tablespoon of powdered sugar for decoration.
  • Mix cake mix, two sticks of butter, and one egg. Mixture will be thick. Press mixture into the bottom of the pan.
  • Mix cream cheese, two eggs, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth (i use the same bowl from the cake mixture). Pour over cake mixture.
  • Bake or 40 minutes, or until the top starts to brown and crinkle. Cream cheese mixture WILL NOT be set.
  • Allow to cool, and sprinkle reserved powdered sugar over the top of the cake for decoration.

My official Ooey Gooey Butter Cake pan!

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

4 thoughts on “Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

  1. Hello! Thanks for the recipe.

    I don’t see in the instructions where we should be adding the powdered sugar (other than the bit we saved for last.

    1. Oops! I’m sorry! The powdered sugar is added with the cream cheese in step 4. Thanks for catching my mistake, and I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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