Chocolate Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

A coworker baked this for our office “tailgating” party last week. It was the kind of good that makes you feel like you’ve done something really dirty when you grab a second piece. I had to go home and try the recipe myself. So here we go, recipe #4 is Chocolate Ooey Gooey Butter Cake.



  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted, plus 8 more tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted, plus additional butter, for greasing pan
  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package chocolate cake mix
  • 1 egg, plus 2 eggs
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


 Heat oven to 350 degrees (325 convection) and prepare and 9-inch round cake pan.

  1. Combine the cake mix, 1 egg, and 1 stick melted butter, and stir until well blended. Pat the mixture into prepared cake pan and set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the remaining 2 eggs, and the cocoa powder.
  3. Lower the speed of the mixer and add the powdered sugar. Mix until everything is well combined. Slowly add the remaining 1 stick of melted butter and vanilla and continue to beat the mixture until smooth.
  4. Pour filling over cake mixture in pan. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the cake; the center should still be a little gooey when finished baking. Let cake partially cool on a wire rack before cutting into pieces.

So I had a bit of a technical fail with this one. First I didn’t have the right size pan which threw off the cooking time. Then I couldn’t figure when to take it out, since you can’t use the clean tooth pick test with this recipe: it’s supposed to be gooey. The edges were overcooked by the time the middle set, but it tasted great. I guess that’s all that matters, right?




About Julie

My name is Julieanna Bucior, but I go by Julie (unless I'm in trouble). I'm thirty one. I am a bookkeeper by day, rogue fashion designer/crafter/amateur baker by night. I spend most of my time feeling like a kindergartner trapped inside an adult's body. I love reading, hanging out with my crazy cats and being silly. I'm pretty much the girl next door, with a twist.