Gooey Butter Cake

I was watching Watch What Happens Live and Andy’s guest bartender, was his cousin Josh Allen, from St. Louis, who owns the bakery Companion.  They mentioned a Gooey Butter Cake, a St. Louis speciality.  At that moment I knew I had to find a recipe and give it a try.

St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

 I have never heard of Gooey Butter Cake, so I went to Pinterest in hopes I would find a recipe.

Well, I found hundreds, which one to choose?

Some are made with yeast, and some are made with cake mix.

 I closed my eyes, landed my mouse on one, and hoped for the best.

I got lucky, really lucky.  I landed here (I adapted it just a bit).  I can’t imagine this Gooey Butter Cake could taste any better.  It is sweet but, not too sweet.  A perfect dessert for after a meal.  I even made a second one and brought it to a Christmas Luncheon with friends.  I knew these ladies would give me an honest opinion.

They loved it!

I even got several calls after the luncheon asking for the recipe {that when you know it’s a hit}.

Gooey Butter Cake. A St. Louis Speciality.

Gooey Butter Cake


2 cup All purpose flour
2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/8 teaspoon Salt
3/4 cup Sugar
1 cup Butter, melted
3 Large eggs
8 oz Cream cheese
2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
16 oz Powdered Sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, mix together sugar, melted butter, and  1 egg. Add flour mixture and combine until dough is moist and crumbly. Spread dough evenly in prepared pan.
2. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in remaining 2 eggs and vanilla. Reserve 2 Tbsp. of the confectioners’ sugar. Mix remaining powdered sugar into cream cheese mixture. Add butter, combine completely.
3. Pour topping over dough and spread it evenly with a rubber spatula. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is set with a nicely golden crust, but inside is still slightly gooey and soft. Remove from oven and cool completely. Cut into squares. Just before serving, sprinkle with reserved powdered sugar.
Gooey Butter Cake


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