Thursday, August 21, 2008

Gooey Butter Cake

A week or so ago, I promised John (FD5) that I would send Bridget this cake recipe. Well, I kept forgetting and finally remembered last night and mentioned it while I was in the RV chat room. Several others voiced that they too would like to have it. So, my job today was to get it posted in my blog so everyone could share in this delicious cake.

First for a little background in this recipe. I had something very similar to it years back. It was known as the Neiman Marcus cake. I am sure it has been called a lot of different names, but this time around it is the "Gooey Butter Cake". When we were in Savannah earlier this year, we ate at Paula Deen's, THE LADY AND SONS. This cake was Mark's choice for desert. I barely got a bite. Of, course that cake prompted a trip next door to her shop to find the recipe.

This is in Savannah. It was about 8:45 a.m. and we are in line waiting to make reservations for lunch at THE LADY AND SONS.

It is now about 10:15 a.m. and we are still in line, but making progress, but at least you can see the sign for the restrurant and store. By the way, we did get lunch reservations for a 1:30 seating. Some of these people were trying to make dinner reservations. I am glad we opted for lunch.

This is where you can get all sorts of goodies from recipe books and cookware to prepackaged foods to clothing! It was great. It only cost me 2 cookbooks.


1 box yellow cake mix
1 egg
1 stick of melted butter

Mix the above ingredients and pat into a 9x13 pan (lightly sprayed with Pam)


1 8oz. pkg of softened cream cheese
2 eggs
1 stick of melted butter
1 tsp. of vanilla
1 16oz. box of powered sugar

With a mixer blend the cream cheese until smooth, add the eggs and mix. Add the butter and vanilla and mix. Add the powered sugar 1/3 at a time until all is mixed well and creamy. Pour the filling over the cake and bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. DO NOT over bake, you want it to be gooey in the middle.

Now for the good variations:

1. Use a strawberry cake mix, and the basic filling

2. Use a carrot cake mix, add 1/4 cup shredded carrots and 1/4 cup chopped walnuts to the filling

3. Use a lemon cake mix, substitute lemon extract for the vanilla in the filling

4. Use a chocolate cake mix, add peanut butter to the filling

5. Use a pineapple cake mix, add 1 small can of crushed pineapple (well drained to the filling)

6. Use a red velvet cake mix, use the basic filling

7. Use your imagination and then share with us.

I hope you enjoy this cake as much as we do. So far our favorites have been strawberry and carrot.

I am going to leave you with this thought, if you have any question about watching calories, then this recipe is not for you! LOL Enjoy


  1. Dortha, you know how I love to eat but I don't think I could stand in line that long for lunch, lol, Thanks for the recipe, hope to make it Sunday.

    Have a great time in Vegas.

    Stay Safe
    John and Bridget

  2. Well, I would have been alone in that line. Kevin would never do it.
    The cake sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Wow. I was curious about the calorie count. I started with the butter and didn't go any further. 1 cup of butter (2 sticks) has 1,627.5 calories! Never mind the cake mix, cream cheese and sugar. It must be good!

    Thanks for sharing.


  4. Love the new blog look and thanks for the recipe! We love most anything Paula Deen creates!
    Butter, sugar, chocolate and cheese, are after all, the four main food groups, right??
    M and B