Gooey Butter Cake

Gooey Butter Cake

A St. Louis original, this gooey, flaky, buttery cake is easy to make and hard to resist! Decadent dishes like this are where Vital Farms Butter really shines.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Makes 20 squares


  • 9×13 baking dish
  • Electric mixer


Cake Layer

  • 15.25 oz yellow box cake mix (just the cake mix)
  • 1/2 cup Vital Farms Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 2 large Vital Farms Pasture-Raised Eggs

Filling Layer

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, plus more for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan with butter (making sure to get along the edges and in the corners.)
  • Make the cake layer: In a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine the cake mix, melted butter, and 2 eggs. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking pan in a flat even layer.
  • Make the filling layer: Wipe out the bowl and add in the cream cheese; beat with the electric mixer until smooth and no lumps remain. Reduce speed to low and add in one egg at a time until each one is fully incorporated. Blend in the vanilla, then blend in the powdered sugar about 1 cup at a time, until just combined.
  • Pour the filling layer over the cake layer in the baking dish (DO NOT mix the two layers.)
  • Bake on the middle/center rack for about 40 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the center is still a little jiggly (middle may sink a bit — that’s ok.) Be careful of over-baking! Check 5–10 minutes before it’s supposed to be done.
  • Dust with a little more powdered sugar. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.
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