My chocolate spin on St. Louis gooey butter cake. Dust top with powdered sugar if you like.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
45 mins
1 hr
1 9x13-inch cake


Original recipe yields 14 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

  • Mix cake mix, butter, 2 eggs, and vanilla extract in a bowl. Pat into the prepared pan.

  • Mix cream cheese, cocoa powder, and remaining eggs together in another bowl with an electric mixer. Beat in powdered sugar slowly. Pour over cake layer in the pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cool.

Cook's Note:

You can use any chocolate cake mix you prefer.

Nutrition Facts

401 calories; protein 4.9g; carbohydrates 62.5g; fat 31.8g; cholesterol 88.2mg; sodium 359.3mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
8.14.20 I’ve never had St. Louis gooey butter cake, but if it tastes anything like this, I know I’d love it. I don’t use cake mixes often, but the simplicity and few ingredients of this recipe are what sent me to the kitchen. In a word, we thought this was AWESOME! I scaled the recipe in half, weighed the cake mix, and obviously, baked in a much smaller dish. I’m glad that I have enough for a second cake, because I feel certain that’ll happen pretty soon. “Gooey” is a pretty good word to describe the texture which is somewhat similar to a brownie except much softer, and chewy would be another word. Follow the directions, and don't overbake. The chocolate flavor is bold, and yes, it is very rich (smaller servings in this house). Thanks for sharing, two thumbs up from the two of us. Read More