Missouri Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

This beloved dessert is a true regional specialty that has captured the hearts of locals and visitors alike. With its irresistible combination of a buttery cake base and a gooey, sweet filling, Missouri Gooey Butter Cake is the epitome of indulgence. Sink your teeth into a slice of this delectable treat and experience the melt-in-your-mouth texture and delightful sweetness that will transport you to the heartland of America. Join us as we guide you through the steps to create this mouthwatering Missouri Gooey Butter Cake, a dessert that celebrates the flavors of the Midwest.


For the cake base:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the gooey filling:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, granulated sugar, softened butter, eggs, and vanilla extract for the cake base. Mix until well combined and the mixture forms a soft dough.
  3. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan, creating a smooth and even layer.
  4. In another mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract for the gooey filling, and continue to beat until well blended.
  5. Pour the gooey filling mixture over the cake base, spreading it out into an even layer.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the center is set but still slightly jiggly.
  7. Remove from the oven and let the cake cool completely in the pan before slicing and serving.
  8. Cut into squares and dust with powdered sugar for an extra touch of sweetness.

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