Gooey Butter Cake
|Ingredients & Directions:|
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan. Prepare Filling
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter and beat together. Next, add the powdered sugar and mix well. Spread over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey. Cool completely before cutting.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen and Random House Publishing
Alternate Flavors for Gooey Butter Cake
Pumpkin Gooey: This variation has to be at the top of my list,
especially around Thanksgiving. For the cake part, I sometimes use a spice cake
mix. I have even used a chocolate cake mix, but I think my favorite is the basic
yellow cake mix. Follow the original recipe, adding a 15-ounce can of pumpkin
pie filling and an extra egg to the cream cheese filling. Bake as usual, remove
from oven, and allow to cool. Cut into squares and top each square with a pecan
half. Serve with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. I promise you'll never want
pumpkin pie again!
Pineapple Gooey: Add a 20-ounce can of drained crushed pineapple and an extra egg to the cream cheese filling. Proceed as directed above.
Lemon Gooey: Use a lemon cake mix in place of the yellow cake. Add the juice (approximately 1/4 cup) and zest of 2 lemons to the cream cheese filling. Proceed: as directed above.
Carrot Cake Gooey: Use a spice cake mix, and add 1 cup chopped nuts and 1 1/2 cup finely grated carrots to the cream cheese filling. Proceed as directed above.
Peanut Butter Gooey: Use a chocolate cake mix. Add 1 cup creamy peanut butter and an extra egg to cream cheese filling. You can sprinkle the top of batter with 1 cup chopped peanuts if you like. Proceed as directed above.
Chocolate Chip Gooey: Use either yellow or chocolate cake mix. Sprinkle 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 cup chopped nuts on top of filling. Proceed as directed above.
Banana Gooey: Use a yellow cake mix. Prepare cream cheese filling as directed, beating in 2 ripe bananas and an extra egg. Proceed as directed above.
Nutty Gooey: Use a yellow cake mix, and add 1 cup chopped nuts to the cake mixture. Proceed as directed above.
Chippy Gooey: Stir 1 cup white chocolate chips, peanut butter chocolate chips, butterscotch morsels, Heath Almond Toffee Bits or Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits into filling. Proceed as directed above.
Pină Colada Gooey: To the cake batter base add 1-2 teaspoons of Rum Extract (depending on personal taste.) To filling add: an additional egg and then stir in; 1- 20 ounce can, drained, crushed pineapple, 1 cup shredded coconut and may substitute 1-2 teaspoons of Rum Extract for vanilla (to taste.)