The Best Gooey Butter Cake Recipe (From Scratch)

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Sticky-sweet ooey gooey butter cake… Ever tried it?

If not, you have been missing out!

Gooey butter cake is a simple two-layered snack cake with a soft sumptuous top layer and a tender crumbly almost shortbread-like layer on the bottom. It originated in St. Louis, Missouri nearly a century ago, and is similar to other regional treats like southern Chess Squares and Philadelphia Style Cake.

I like gooey butter cake the most, if only for its name.

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There are countless recipes on the web for semi-homemade and made-from-scratch Gooey Butter Cake, Chess Squares, and Philadelphia Style Cake.

I’ve tried many of them. So many of them.

In fact, when I decided to make my own Gooey Butter Cake Recipe, I tested the cake-mix version, the scratch-made yeast version, cream cheese and non cream cheese versions, and nut versions… All in the same week.

You could say I get a little obsessive at times.

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Honestly, they were all pretty good. However the cake-mix version was definitely missing something, while the scratch-made yeast versions were just too darn lengthy to make.

In the end, I took what I felt were the best elements of each recipe and created my own.

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So here it is, The Best Gooey Butter Cake Recipe (From Scratch) we’ve ever tried or made. I’m confident you will think so too.

Our Best Gooey Butter Cake Recipe is the perfect dessert for holiday season. Decadent hand-held treats with massive homey appeal!

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Serve at Halloween, Thanksgiving, and/or Christmas Dinner. Take them to parties. Wrap and mail as holiday gifts. Mix things up your holiday cookie exchange. The possibilities are endless.

One thing is for sure, no one can resist the Best Gooey Butter Cake Recipe.

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14 comments on “The Best Gooey Butter Cake Recipe (From Scratch)

  1. Judyposted October 24, 2016 at 8:46 am Reply

    LUV gooey butter cake and have used Duncan Hines chocolate mix for years. I’ve also used spice cake mix and my uncle’s all time favorite lemon. I add lemon zest and juice of one lemon cuz he LUVS tart lemon things. I look forward to making it from scratch, I’ll slowly add cocoa til it looks chocolatey enough and taste to make sure there’s enough sugar. Could the dry ingredients be made in bulk and stored in zippy bags in the freezer or the pantry? ~Add instructions and the wet ingredients list on a note card with the dry ingredients.

  2. Jenny Flakeposted October 24, 2016 at 9:09 am Reply

    Ahhhh, butter cake is the best!  So dangerous, lol!!

  3. Maria Lichtyposted October 24, 2016 at 9:45 am Reply

    This looks gooey and delicious!

  4. Heather Christoposted October 24, 2016 at 9:58 am Reply

    Um, yesssss. this looks awesome.

  5. nicolthepickleposted October 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm Reply

    Sad this this is US only not for Canada too, because it’s gorgeous. But oh, that butter cake……PERFECTION!

  6. Emily @ Life on Foodposted October 24, 2016 at 3:22 pm Reply

    Why oh why haven’t I tired this before? Drooling over here.

  7. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted October 24, 2016 at 7:52 pm Reply

    This gooey butter cake looks soo good!

  8. Rebecca {foodie with family}posted October 25, 2016 at 9:07 am Reply

    Oh WOW does this cake look decadent and amazing!

  9. Marla Meridithposted October 25, 2016 at 9:10 pm Reply

    OMG ~ can’t take how amazing this looks!!

  10. Amy Lposted November 3, 2016 at 10:06 am Reply

    The pie in the picture above looks yummy! What kind is it, and is there a recipe link?

    • Sommerposted November 9, 2016 at 6:21 pm Reply

      Hi Amy,

      Sharp Eye… That is Cinnamon Pie and the recipe will be posted next week. :)

  11. Genevieveposted November 22, 2016 at 2:39 am Reply

    Hi Sommer
    Just wondering if six cups of powdered sugar would make the top layer too sweet

    • Sommerposted November 23, 2016 at 7:03 pm Reply

      HI Genevieve,

      These bars are definitely sweet, but we love them! You could add a little less sugar if you like, but may need to bake them a few minutes longer.