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Gooey Butter Cake - With a Cake Mix

easy gooey butter cake bars made with a yellow cake mix base
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, cake bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Refrigerate Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • teaspoon nutmeg optional

Top Layer:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16 ounces powdered sugar

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, egg, melted butter, and nutmeg (if using).
  • In a 7x9 baking pan lined with parchment paper, press the batter in an even layer.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the softened cream cheese, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  • Stir in the powdered sugar.
  • Pour this frosting batter over the top of the cake batter layer.
  • Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes. The edges will puff slightly and turn golden brown, while the center will remain very jiggly.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the cake to cool.
  • Refrigerate for at least two hours (covered) or overnight before cutting into bars.

Notes

The 7x9 baking pan I used is Staub brand, and although not necessarily a standard size (9x13 being more common), it is a common pan. However, you could use a 9x13 pan instead and reduce the baking time to 35-38 minutes.