St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

Doesn’t this St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake look divine?!

St. Louis style Gooey Butter Cake via

I recently snuck away for a very brief visit with a local friend. We focused on food (mostly because I love to eat. a lot.)  My friend made me homemade mango salsa that was divine (Anna, I still need all your recipes!) as well as a vegetable hummus sideboard. We went from cute little Grandma’s Cookies, with their ice cream scoop shaped chocolate chip cookies (holy taste buds Batman, that was flavorful!) to the super trendy, (but I’ll take this trend any day!) eco-friendly, farm-to-table Prasino in St. Charles (complete with valet service); another important note: the reservation list was long, but they text you when the table is ready. We took that hour wait and ran to Costco (where I’m currently in love with these and these!)

St. Louis style Gooey Butter Cake recipe via

After being seated in a cozy room a vibrant atmosphere (there was a woman walking around carrying a bottle of wine in her purse), I started with the Skewers, polished off a Margerita flatbread (you can skip this, you won’t miss anything!) and finished by sharing a Raspberry Gooey Butter cake with my friend (and it was worth it, for once! and incidentally, the second time we’d eaten St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake that day,) I’d also recommend anything lamb, including the lamb burger – which my friend generously shared a portion of with me.  It was the closest authentic Mediterranean food I’ve tasted since I’ve been to the Mediteranean! 

St. Louis style Gooey Butter Cake recipe via

The next day I woke up knowing that my favorite Hostess-with-the-mostess would have something baked fresh and warm for me (I’m spoiled, and I love her for it!) I still need the recipe and I didn’t even ask what they were called because I was too busy shoveling the warm, sugary, melt-in-your-mouth muffins in my face. We spent the afternoon at a hole-in-the-wall Mexican cantina that was satisfying in the way that only burritos can do.  Next door was the local TJ Maxx, where I scored $3 Anthropologie latte bowls (on sale at Anthropologie for a limited time here,) before heading back home. 

St. Louis style Gooey Butter Cake recipe via

Within the coming days, we exchanged several conversations with mushy “I miss you alreadys” and promises to find the perfect Gooey Butter Cake recipe.  She made one shortly after those conversations, using one of the first (and most common) recipe for’s St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake.  She recommends cutting the powdered sugar in the custard in half – maybe two cups.  I googled researched the first page of recipes (I’m lazy) and took some inspiration from Paula Deen’s “let’s add anothuh pound of buttah!” Gooey Butter Cake Recipe, threw in an extra egg and gave a thumbs up to TidyMom, who simply says it’s easier to use a boxed cake mix and she basically gives zero craps about that (and has zero respect for the NY Times St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake.) I also can’t mention St. Louis without plugging for my other St. Louis friend, Julie Blanner, who classes it up a notch with browned butter. Without further ado, I give you my amateur version of St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake.

St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake
Serves 8
A delicious custard atop a crust of combined shortbread and cake
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
55 min
566 calories
82 g
136 g
24 g
8 g
10 g
154 g
558 g
30 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 566
Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g
Saturated Fat 10g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 136mg
Sodium 558mg
Total Carbohydrates 82g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 30g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the crust
  1. 1 Boxed Yellow Cake Mix (approx. 15 ounces)
  2. 8 T melted butter
  3. 2 Eggs
For the Custard
  1. 8 oz. softened cream cheese
  2. 1/2 tsp Almond Extract
  3. 2 Eggs
  4. 2 Cups powdered sugar
  1. For the crust, combine cake mix with eggs and melted butter.
  2. Press down into bottom of 9" round springform pan (you can butter and flour yours if you want, I don't bother!) and set aside.
  3. Cream softened cream cheese, beat in two eggs and extract and once fully combined, start slowly adding powdered sugar until thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour custard atop crust and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-35 minutes.
  5. The center will still look gooey, but it will be perfect once the cake has cooled and set.
  6. Let cool completely before serving.
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Since the amount in a boxed cake mix has changed, I decided to make mine in a 9′ springform pan (I love these three here, here and here); I love these shallow depth cooling racks and they don’t take up obnoxious space with dangling parts (lol.) Lastly, I finished off the cake with J. Gasco’s Limonata – made in Italy and the best combination of sweet and tart I’ve ever tasted! 

Leave me a comment and let me know about some of your favorite recipes!


  1. Anna wing says:

    Beautiful photos! Such a great read as always. Loved reliving the weekend 🙂

  2. Michael Blanford says:

    Wow, You have a Dishwasher…(WEG) ….I like the style here Your cake looks amazing! I will make one tonight. thank you.

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