Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

Do you have stories in your family that get told over and over again and become a family classic?  We certainly do!  We especially loved the stories that our mom and dad told about how the world was when they were growing up.  Our Dad had some classic stories about the antics he and his buddies pulled in an effort to have some fun while livinging on a farm. But that is a story for another time.

Today’s story is about butter.  I can never think of butter without remembering one of my mother’s experiences about butter. It was during World War II and my mother lived in a project. She remembers getting rations during the war and one of the things that was in scarce supply was butter. She told us that it used to come as white butter with a little packet of yellow dye. To make your butter yellow, you took the packet and mixed it into the butter.

Well, one time her older brother decided to have some fun with their butter. Along with the yellow packet of coloring that came with the butter, he thought it would be funny to add a few drops of blue, thus making a lovely green butter. Their mother (my grandmother) was furious because they wouldn’t be getting any more butter any time soon. They had to use what they had and so they had to spread green butter on everything.

Luckily butter now comes in a soft, creamy yellow and we can make this cake so it will look like this:


Paula Deen's Ooey Gooey Butter Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
  • Cake:
  • 1 18¼-ounce package yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Filling:
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 16-ounce box powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat together.
  4. Next, add the powdered sugar and mix well. Spread over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.

I must issue a warning here if you haven’t already figured it out on your own. This cake is super rich and a little goes a long way. When I made this for my family, I cut the pieces as big as a regular piece of cake and no one was able to finish it. However, every one of them LOVED the cake.

The verdict from my family? Paula Deen’s Ooey Gooey Butter Cake ROCKS!

Do not try to make your butter green at home. Leave this up to the professionals!



  1. Beverly Powers says:

    How much butter is put into the filling says add butter but no amount showing for filling. Also how much vanilla.

    • Hi Bev! I have corrected the recipe to read 1 tsp of vanilla and there is no butter in the filling. Thanks for the catch!

  2. shirley a says:

    the butter & vanilla amount is missing in the filling!

    • Hi Shirley! Well I must have typed this late at night! So sorry for the error. There is 1 tsp of vanilla but no butter in the filling. Thanks so much for the heads up!

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