Gooey Butter Cake


Day 20 – Another gray day. At least it is slightly warmer today. The gray 30 degree days need to end, now. We are making dessert just about every day right now. We never used to have dessert before this shelter-in-place started. I think the whole emotional toll has made us crave carbs. Oh, wait. I think I see the sun! Seriously, I haven’t been this excited in so long!

Governor Whitmer announced that school buildings would not reopen this year. School will continue online in some form set up by district. Thankfully ours had been working toward this and we are a 1:1 district for computers from 6th grade up. I am sad for all the students but thankful that I don’t have to make the decision to send my children back to the petri dish of school germs this year. Being one of the people with a compromised immune system it makes me terrified of what they may bring home.

When they announced that shelter-in-place was lasting until April 30th I needed to make a cake. This is a super simple, super rich cake that everyone in my family loves. It is more a thick creamy bar than a cake but none the less is still very tasty.

Verdict:

This is so creamy and decadent. It is sweet but I love it with a glass of ice cold milk. There are many variations on this cake. This time I only had a Funfetti (white cake with sprinkles) cake mix so that is what I used. You can use just about any flavor cake mix you like but we prefer white or yellow cake mixes.

Tip: When cooking the cake it will be a bit soft in the center. Be careful not to overcook the bottom layer trying to get the top to set. It will continue to set as it cools. You want the edges and the bottom of the cake to be golden brown.

Gooey Butter Cake

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

Base:

  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping:

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Mix ingredients for the base in a bowl using a fork until well blended. Press the ingredients into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  3. Beat together cream cheese, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Slowly beat in butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Pour over base layer.
  4. Bake 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool before serving.

 

 

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Miriam says:

    Sounds so yummy and decadent!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! It is super rich!

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  2. I have a jar of homemade black raspberry sauce that would make the perfect topping. 🍃🌺

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Yum! A nice bit of bite against the sweetness.

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  3. Anya Abraham says:

    Yummm!
    Looks so good and hardly any ingredients!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Super simple to make but a ton of butter and sugar!

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      1. Anya Abraham says:

        Both of those are a hit at home

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        1. koolaidmoms says:

          Ours too!

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  4. Erika says:

    I think it is reasonable not to open the schools again this school year. That topping sounds like a great idea. What about some chocolate ice cream to go with? Just came to my mind.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      OOO, someone else recommended black raspberry too.

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      1. Erika says:

        Oh, yes, I could imagnine berries in general. Good idea!

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  5. This sounds very nice, Marci. How is your partner getting on. Still going to work or now working from home? It is tough working from home and also home schooling.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      She is working from home but we just found out she will be furloughed after next week. We are grateful she has a job to go back to and hopefully this is just a few short weeks.

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      1. I am sure it is stressful for you all. My husband and I are both still working but salary cuts are on the table and will probably be implemented in May. They will be 30% to 40%.

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        1. koolaidmoms says:

          Ugh. I am grateful we still have jobs but the cuts are difficult too.

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  6. CarolCooks2 says:

    This looks and sounds lovely, Marci with that crackly top …Why is it that she who doesn’t bake or eat cakes often is now baking as if it was her last cake…Must be a comfort thing…sigh..my waistline is growing Be well and stay safe xx

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Definitely comforting!

      Liked by 1 person

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