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I haven't made one of these yet, but a woman I work with made some (She made enough for each of us other women to bring home with us) for our company Thanksgiving Dinner and it was delicious. I did not realize the same recipe was on here until after I had asked her for it. Hers does have some notes on variations that I thought some of you might be interested in: 1. Pineapple Gooey Butter Cake - Substitute one 20 oz can of crushed pineapple, drained thoroughly, to the cream cheese filling & proceed as directed. 2. Banana Gooey Butter Cake: Prepare cream cheese filling as directed, beating in 2 ripe bananas instead of pumpkin. Proceed as directed. 3. Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake: Use a chocolate cake mis for the crust. Add 2 cup creamy peanut butter to the cream cheese filling instead of pumpkin. Proceed as directed above. Thanks Yooper for entering this recipe on Za'ar.

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NoCookDonna November 30, 2005

Paula Deen may have appropriated this recipe, but it's not hers. This is a common take on the gooey butter cakes that have been passed around the mid-west for years. Needless to say, it's a great take on a good recipe. The BASIC recipe has the same 'cake' part, but the top is 1lb powdered sugar, 2 eggs, 8 oz cream cheese, & 1t vanilla mixed on high (with hand mixer or blender) for 3 minutes, then poured over the top. With this 'basic' formula you can make no end of modifications: add chocolate chips or chopped candy bars or firm fruit (blueberries, strawberries, apples-but add spices with this one) or whatever else your heart desires!

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Ann the eclectic September 07, 2009

This cake was wonderful. We liked it much better than pumpkin pie. The bottom turned out chewy like a brownie and the top was creamy. The cake had a slight butterscotch flavor to it. I used pumpkin pie filling and omitted the nutmeg. The cake turned out a little too sweet for my taste but that's my fault because I didn't reduce the amount of powdered sugar to compensate for the sugar in the pumpkin pie filling. DH took some of this to work and his coworkers raved. Three people asked him for the recipe.

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beckas November 22, 2003

I made this for Christmas dinner and it was so incredibly good. I baked mine for 45 minutes and it was just right. Deliciously rich and gooey. There wasn't one crumb left by the end of the day. Thanks for posting, yooper.

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ratherbeswimmin' December 30, 2003

Made this twice so far and it is delicious. I only bake 40 minutes second time and it was better than when I did it the whole 50. More gooey and yummy. Had to pass this one on 3 times already.

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chilepepper1231 November 28, 2003

This was tasty stuff. I made it for a work potluck but missed out on the party because I was working in a different building at the time (boo!) so I brought it back home to snack on. I LOVE the texture, but I think I somehow didn't add enough sugar because it wasn't as sweet as a typical gooey butter cake. Still super tasty and I will certainly make this again, possibly with a little extra sugar or a brown sugar-pecan glaze on top.

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cannonmonkey October 31, 2012

I made this once for Thanksgiving and it was such a hit that I gotta make it every year for Christmas too! Super easy and delicious!

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becclark_9797851 July 12, 2012

Who knew you could use a blender to transform granulated sugar and cornstarch (1 cup/1 tsp) into powdered sugar? (Thanks, Google!) haha I had already begun to make this when I realized I didn't have powdered sugar. I also used about 4 oz of veg oil because I didn't have enough butter. That being said, this recipe is a yummy alternative to pumpkin pie. Mmmmm. Thanks!

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Lemon Drop November 04, 2011

Wanted to leave my two cents after having made this for Turkey Day with my new in-laws. :) Actually, I found this recipe a few years back (this exact one ;)) and made this for TD back then. It gained me HUGE culinary props from the family, as it was their favorite dessert that year. Decided to make it this year, not really going for the "Wow" factor, but simply wanted it. LOL. Turns out, I am now the "Gooey-Butter Cake Guru" and have been told I'm not allowed to bring anything BUT this for holidays from now on. The only thing I did differently was I only used about a quarter of the box (16oz) of powdered sugar just because that's MY particular taste. And honestly, it turned out just as perfect as the very first time I made it. Fantastic Gooey Cake! Thank you for sharing!! :)

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I am his Jenni December 03, 2009

This recipe is from a very recent episode of Paula Deen's show on Food Network. She has a basic recipe for Butter Gooey Cakes, and this is one of the variations. I made it the week it aired - I believe it was her Halloween show and it truly is a 5 star recipe. Very, very rich.

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Bogey'sMom November 15, 2003
Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake (Paula Deen)