Gooey Butter Cake

READY IN: 3hrs 20mins
Recipe by Schnookie Wookums

The gooey part kind of tastes like cookie dough. So good and gooey and rich. Great for dessert, snack, or a very indulgent breakfast. This can be made in 2 9-inch round pans, or one 10-inch springform pan.

Top Review by chefmick

I grew up in the St Louis, MO area so was raised on the original. This one is spot on. Great job schnookie.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare dough:.
  2. Thoroughly grease 2 9x9x2 in square pans.
  3. Dissolve yeast in warm milk; set aside.
  4. Mix sugar with shortening and salt.
  5. Add egg and beat with mixer 1 minute until well blended.
  6. Add flour, then milk-yeast mixture and vanilla to sugar mixture.
  7. Mix 3 minutes with mixer (use dough hook if possible).
  8. Turn dough on floured surface and knead for 1 minute.
  9. Put in lightly greased bowl, cover with towel and set in warm area to rise for 1 hour.
  10. Divide dough into 2 equal parts and place each in pan.
  11. Crimp dough halfway up sides, so gooey butter does not run underneath.
  12. Poke holes in dough with fork so it won't bubble when baking.
  13. Make gooey butter filling by:.
  14. Combining sugar, butter and salt.
  15. Add egg and corn syrup.
  16. Mix just enough to incorporate.
  17. Add flour, water and vanilla.
  18. Divide butter into two parts and spread over dough.
  19. Let cakes stand for 20 minutes.
  20. In the meantime preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  21. Bake 20 minutes, but DO NOT overbake, or topping will not be gooey.
  22. Cool cakes completely, then sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.
  23. ** If using 10-inch springform pan, it makes one cake. Let the cake cool and then release sides.
  24. **Serve at room temperature, but store in the fridge.

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