This cake was passed on to my mother by my grandmother. It is one of my personal favorites. I hope it becomes one of yours.

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Ingredients

14
Original recipe yields 14 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Grease and flour one 13x9 inch pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Mix together cake mix, melted butter, and 1 egg. Press into prepared pan.

  • In separate bowl mix cream cheese, 2 eggs, and confectioners' sugar. Pour over first layer.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

415 calories; 17.6 g total fat; 76 mg cholesterol; 353 mg sodium. 61.4 g carbohydrates; 4.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (41)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2004
I send in breakfast goodies on the weekends that my husband works and this was today's fare. I changed the recipe to make it a little more "breakfasty" and the staff said this might have been the best thing I sent in during the 6 years that he has worked there!! The changes I made were: putting a layer of blueberry pie filling between the cake layer and the cheese filling and I decreased the sugar (based on other reviews) to 2/3 cup white sugar. I also added about 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice to the cheese filling and garnished it with lemon zest. I wish I could have tried a piece but my husband said it was awesome! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/19/2010
Not like a cake and not ooey goey. It turned out like a thin bar cookie with a sugar cookie like taste. Not sure how it could be served for breakfast as some have said? It would be the equivalent of eating a very sugary cookie. And I followed the recipe exactly. Expected something very different. The cream cheese which was why I made it was invisible visually and in taste. I saw some in the store and they looked just like mine so I must have done it right. There is cake mix in the recipe and cream cheese but this recipe makes nothing more than a plain crispy very sugary cookie bar. If that is what you are looking for then you might like this. Read More
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59 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 40
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2004
I send in breakfast goodies on the weekends that my husband works and this was today's fare. I changed the recipe to make it a little more "breakfasty" and the staff said this might have been the best thing I sent in during the 6 years that he has worked there!! The changes I made were: putting a layer of blueberry pie filling between the cake layer and the cheese filling and I decreased the sugar (based on other reviews) to 2/3 cup white sugar. I also added about 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice to the cheese filling and garnished it with lemon zest. I wish I could have tried a piece but my husband said it was awesome! Read More
(48)
Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2004
I send in breakfast goodies on the weekends that my husband works and this was today's fare. I changed the recipe to make it a little more "breakfasty" and the staff said this might have been the best thing I sent in during the 6 years that he has worked there!! The changes I made were: putting a layer of blueberry pie filling between the cake layer and the cheese filling and I decreased the sugar (based on other reviews) to 2/3 cup white sugar. I also added about 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice to the cheese filling and garnished it with lemon zest. I wish I could have tried a piece but my husband said it was awesome! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2007
Sometimes called "Gooey Butter Cake". It is really sweet so skip this if you don't care for sweet desserts. But it wasn't as heavy as I thought it might be considering the ingredients. It also doesn't have that "cake mix" taste which surprised me. Paula Deen suggests some interesting variations on this recipe with pumpkin pie filling added to the cream cheese or crushed pineapple or lemon or chocolate or mashed bananas. You can doctor up the cream cheese layer many many ways. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2007
Ok these are great tasting bars! I did cut back on the powdered sugar like the other reviews said to about 2 1/4 cups and added 2 Tbls of lemon juice the fam loved them! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/04/2003
This cake is so good it never lasts long. I used this recipe to make cookies and the where gone the same day. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2003
Yum! And sooooooo easy! My husband and kids gobbled this up like it was their last day on earth. I'm dressing it up by using chocolate cake mix and topping it with vanilla ice cream and a homemade hot fudge sauce for a dinner party tonight! One note - mine took longer to bake than the recipe said. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2010
Made this twice. First I followed recipe exactly and second time made changes. 4 Stars as written but 5 stars with these changes: Reduce sugar to 2 cups and add 2 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice to cream cheese mixture for a "cheesecake like taste" Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/19/2010
Not like a cake and not ooey goey. It turned out like a thin bar cookie with a sugar cookie like taste. Not sure how it could be served for breakfast as some have said? It would be the equivalent of eating a very sugary cookie. And I followed the recipe exactly. Expected something very different. The cream cheese which was why I made it was invisible visually and in taste. I saw some in the store and they looked just like mine so I must have done it right. There is cake mix in the recipe and cream cheese but this recipe makes nothing more than a plain crispy very sugary cookie bar. If that is what you are looking for then you might like this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2010
I made this dessert three times in two days so that should say just how much of a hit it was. The first day I cooked it as directed and it came out much "gooier". The second day I let it cook longer than the listed time and it firmed a bit more. I think I liked it better firmer. I did make two changes to the recipe. I added a pinch of lemon extract(very very minute amount) and I also mixed in chopped pecans into the cake batter mixture. This is by far my favorite "cake" dessert ever!! It is going into my recipe binder for sure! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2004
Last Halloween I went to a party and my friend's mother made this. She called it "That" cake because her kids always said "I want some of that." I have been looking for the recipe and here it is. I also discovered that it is also called Texas Gold Bars. Yummy. Everyone needs to have this recipe in their files. Read More
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