Lauren’s Ooey Gooey Cake Recipe

Many of our clients know that Lauren was born in Philadelphia. Her family moved to North Carolina when she was in the fifth grade and she has adopted the South as her home. However, there are still several staples of the North that have remained strong in her family.

One of her brother’s favorite cakes was called Butter Cake and her mother would purchase it from the local baker in Philadelphia every year for his birthday. When the family made the move to Greensboro, Lauren’s mother faced difficulty finding the cake. When calling local bakeries she was met with silence on the other side of the phone followed by a dumbfounded statement of “Yes. We use butter in our cakes.”

Needless to say, there were a few disappointing birthdays for Lauren’s older brother. Luckily, Lauren’s Aunt found a recipe for this cake that she could make at home. Her family later found out that others have called it the “Ooey Gooey Cake” and Lauren quickly adopted that name as it sounded much better than Butter Cake.



Bottom Layer:
1 (18 1/4 oz) package yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tablespoons cubed butter, melted

Top Layer:
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (16 oz) box powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Prep the Bottom Layer. Combine the cake mix, egg and butter and mix well. I typically just use a large bowl and spoon. The mixture should still be fairly dry. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan with hands.
  3. Prep the Top Layer- In a large bowl, beat with mixer the cream cheese, eggs, vanilla. Add Powdered Sugar gradually and mix well until smooth. Spread over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes at 350°. Top should be golden brown. Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.
  4. Take out of oven and let cool. You may cut when close to room temperature for extremely ooey gooey cake. This cake is also good after being chilled and will be much easier to cut.


Please be advised, this cake is extremely sweet and those with a sweet tooth may not be able to contain themselves.