Paula Deen's Ooey Gooey Butter Cake & Variations
These little sweeties actually resemble a bar-type dessert instead of what we know as a traditional cake. Recipe also includes some fun and tasty variations!
- 10 mins
- 50 mins
- 1 (18.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 (16-ounce) box confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 cup (1-stick) butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the cake mix, egg, and butter; mix well. Pat mixture into the bottom of prepared pan and set aside.
Still using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth; add eggs and vanilla. Dump in confectioners' sugar and beat well. Reduce speed of mixer and slowly pour in butter; mix well. Pour the filling onto cake mixture and spread evenly.
Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Don't be afraid to make a judgment call on the cooking time, because oven temperatures can vary. You want the center to be a little gooey, so don't bake it past that point!
This variation has to be at the top of my list, especially around Thanksgiving. For the cake part, I sometimes use a spice cake mix. I have even used a chocolate cake mix, but I think my favorite is the basic yellow cake mix. Follow the original recipe, adding a 15-ounce can of pumpkin pie filling and an extra egg to the cream cheese filling. Bake as usual, remove from oven, and allow to cool. Cut into squares and top each square with a pecan half. Serve with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. I promise you'll never want pumpkin pie again!
Add a 20-ounce can of drained crushed pineapple and an extra egg to the cream cheese filling. Proceed as directed above. You can also add coconut to cream cheese
Use a lemon cake mix in place of the yellow cake. Add the juice (approximately 1/4 cup) and zest of 2 lemons to the cream cheese filling. Proceed: as directed above.
Use a spice cake mix, and add 1 cup chopped nuts and 1 1/2 cup finely grated carrots to the cream cheese filling. Proceed as directed above.
Use a chocolate cake mix. Add 1 cup creamy peanut butter and an extra egg to cream cheese filling. You can sprinkle the top of batter with 1 cup chopped peanuts if you like. Proceed as directed above.
Use either yellow or chocolate cake mix. Sprinkle 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 cup chopped nuts on top of filling. Proceed as directed above.
Use a yellow cake mix. Prepare cream cheese filling as directed, beating in 2 ripe bananas and an extra egg. Proceed as directed above.
Nutty: Use a yellow cake mix, and add 1 cup chopped nuts to the cake mixture. Proceed as directed above.
Stir 1 cup white chocolate chips, peanut butter chocolate chips, butterscotch morsels, Heath Almond Toffee Bits or Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits into filling. Proceed as directed above.