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Paula Deen’s Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

If you have a case of the blues, Paula Deen’s ooey gooey butter cake recipe is your rainy-day cure.

With plenty of butter and ample cream cheese in the batter, you know this cake is downright delightful.

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake
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The crumb is so moist, you can eat this butter cake with a spoon just like ice cream! It wouldn’t be a bad idea to scoop some on top either.

So, add Paula Deen’s ooey gooey butter cake to your list of recipes to try. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

Paula Deen’s Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

You don’t have to be a master baker to produce a master dish. It’s one of those simple recipes that lets the butter do the talking.

Paula Deen has a reputation for butter and this dish proves it. This recipe is heavy on it, and I couldn’t be happier.

Prepare it a la mode or topped with jam, or serve it plain after a weeknight pot roast.

There’s no wrong way to serve this sinfully buttery cake.

Either way, this ooey gooey butter cake is sure to please your friends and family.


For a cake this good, the ingredient list is relatively short. That means you probably already have all of the necessities on hand.

Here’s everything you’ll need.

  • Butter. It wouldn’t be a butter cake without this namesake ingredient. Be sure to use real butter, not margarine, and use unsalted.
  • Eggs. Let us thank our poultry friends for the texture of this cake. If butter brings the ooey, the eggs bring the gooey.
  • Yellow cake mix. This ingredient cuts out the measuring of dry ingredients. Some may consider this cheating, but baking is all about working smarter, not harder.
  • Cream cheese. I have never met a recipe that called for cream cheese that I didn’t like. This ingredient is the holy grail of moist cake batters, and your final product is better off for it.
  • Vanilla. What’s a dessert without a little vanilla flavoring? The better the quality, the better it tastes, so don’t skimp on your extracts this time around.
  • Powdered sugar. If love is the sweetness of life, powdered sugar is the sweetness of this cake. Use the scoop and sweep measuring method to be sure you add the perfect amount.

Tips for Making the Best Butter Cake

I have to be honest- it’s hard to mess up this recipe. It’s that easy! But for good measure, here are a few tips and tricks to ensure your buttery cake is perfect.

  • Use quality butter. Now is not the time to skimp on cheap butter. It’s the star of the show, after all. Higher-quality butter yields a better-tasting cake.
  • Avoid opening the oven. This cake is temperamental. If you open the oven door prematurely, it causes the cake to sink in the middle.
  • Test for doneness. Sadly, the toothpick test doesn’t work in this insanely moist cake. Instead, give it a jiggle test! A perfectly done cake has a set edge and jiggly center.
  • Use room temperature ingredients. Room temperature ingredients blend easier into the cake batter. Let the butter, cream cheese, and eggs hang out on the counter for 30 minutes before adding them to the bowl.
  • Add powdered sugar last. Be sure to add in the powdered sugar very last. This ensures a silky-smooth consistency.
Homemade Butter Cake

Butter Cake Vs. Pound Cake

These two cake terms are often used interchangeably, which can be misleading.

Both recipes call for similar ingredients, but the resulting taste and texture are different.

This is because the ratios for the two cakes are different. Pound cake uses a 1:1 ratio, while butter cake has more butter than any other ingredient.

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Variations of Paula Deen’s Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

You can switch up the flavor of your butter cake simply by changing the flavor of the cake mix you use. Easy peasy.

Here are a few boxed cake mix suggestions to take the flavors over the top.

  • Chocolate
  • Lemon
  • Strawberry
  • Pumpkin
  • Butter pecan
  • Blueberry
  • Orange

Make your butter cake match the season by changing up the base flavor being used in the cake.

Paula Deen’s Ooey Gooey Butter Cake



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This ooey gooey butter cake is the pinnacle of sinful desserts. It’s so rich and buttery it melts in your mouth.


  • 1 (18 1/4 oz) package yellow cake mix

  • 1 egg

  • 16 tablespoons melted, divided butter

  • 1 (8 oz) package softened cream cheese

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 (16 oz) box powdered sugar


  • Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine one egg, cake mix, and 8 tablespoons of butter.
  • Pat this mixture into the bottom of your greased baking dish.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese until it is smooth.
  • Add in the remaining two eggs, vanilla, and butter.
  • Mix in the powdered sugar.
  • Spread this mixture on top of the crust mixture.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes
  • Enjoy this deliciously gooey butter cake.
Paula Deen’s Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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