Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Ultimate Recipe Swap: Jen's Easy Gooey Butter Cake

I'm not sure how it is in other parts of the country, but sadly, around here (Philadelphia, Jersey shore) little bakeries are few and far between. I remember being a little girl and visiting my Gram at her house down the shore, eating Butter Cake for breakfast. MMmmm!

Many, many years later I found a small bakery near the flower shop where I worked at the time. Occasionally, on Saturday mornings, I would stop at the bakery on my way to work (thanks, Mom!) and pick up a Butter Cake to share with the other poor souls at the shop that were stuck working on a Saturday!

After a while, it became less and less convenient to get to this bakery. So, it became a very rare treat. And now, since we've moved from Philly, we don't get there at all and haven't found a small bakery in or near our new town.

A few years ago, we had a lovely picnic hosted by my parents. It was a chance for us to get together with another family that my parents have known all MY life. (They met shortly before I was born.) We've all seen each other through the years, but not all together at the same time. So it was a really great day!

We all brought something to contribute to the day's meal. I took a salad and a couple of pudding pies. But the best thing of all of the food served that day was the Butter Cake that my sister-in-law, Jen baked!

She gave me the recipe at the time, telling me that it was one of the recipes in her grandmother's recipe box. I never got around to making it and I lost the recipe card in the move (still in boxes in the basement I'm sure) Now that I have the recipe again, I'll be sure to make it soon! I'm drooling right now as I type about it!

Now, I'm sure there are other variations of this recipe to be found on the internet. But since I've only ever eaten this when she made it, I'm calling it Jen's Easy Gooey Butter Cake.

Here' the recipe:

Jen's Easy Gooey Butter Cake

Ingredients for Cake:

  • 1 pkg. yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg

Ingredients for topping:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lb. confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add 1 of the eggs and the butter to the powdered cake mix. Stir (or use hand mixer) until well blended.
  • Spread mixture onto an UNgreased 9x13 pan or baking dish.
  • In a bowl, combine all ingredients for the topping, mixing well.
  • Pour over the cake mixture, spreading to the edges.
  • Bake for 35 minutes.

Got a sweet tooth? If so, head over to Life As Mom's weekly Ultimate Recipe Swap. This week's theme is Baked Goods! Mmmmm!


  1. don't you just hate when you misplace a favorite recipe?? :) I once misplaced my husbands favorite "no-bake" cookies recipe - and I was so worried! thanks for sharing!

  2. Sorry I took so long to get over here for a visit...

    This sounds delightful, and it's nice to hear your story behind it. We all have treasured foods from our childhoods. I've never heard of Butter cake... I missed out!

    e-Mom @ Susannah's Aprons

  3. I think this is it--THE cake I love at every.single potluck I attend. I've never found out who has made it, so I've never gotten the recipe. Thanks!

  4. I love this type of cake and the recipe looks so easy thanks for sharing

  5. call me easy, but I'm hooked....I will defenately be back!

  6. Hmmm not exactly the style we used to buy at our local backery but I bet it's still good.

  7. Oooo, I have an awful sweet tooth, and this sounds DIVINE!!! Thanks for the recipe! Hope you can check out my blog soon, the first of the many interior shots of the house now that I'm having better luck with my camera. The first of the series is up now!

  8. Ann Marie, losing or misplacing recipes is awful. I am currently looking for a pound cake recipe that is around here somewhere.

    e-Mom, thanks for visiting. No butter cake? You were missing out! Try this recipe, it's not exactly the same...but close.

    Phoebe, Great!!! Now you don't have to wait until the next pot luck to eat it!

    Shopannies, My sister in law assures me it's easy! It's the only way she cooks!

    Esther, thanks for stopping by! Glad to see you here. I love your blog, don't get over there too often, but I try to read a handful of entries every so often!

    Lisa, No it's not exact. But a good substitute. Better than going without it altogether! Which has been the case and will be until I get a chance to make it!

    Niartist, thanks for stopping by again. I checked out your blog but just didn't get a chance to comment yet. Sorry. Saw your table set up for your soup party. Loved all the soup tureens. I currently don't have one, but think I am soon going to have 2 of them from someone very special!

  9. that recipe sounds amazing! have you ever been to Butter Crumps on 202? it's right across the street from the antique store you had asked about.

  10. Ohhh, I wonder if its my favorite pound cake recipe of yours you are looking for? :-)

  11. jaditekate, after seeing pictures of the inside of that antique store on your blog, I'm going to have to get my butt over there SOON! At least to browse, since new (old) stuff isn't really in the budget right now. :( But a sweet from the bakery can be squeezed into the budget! haha! I'll have to make a trip to see both!

    Lisa, Yep! That's the one. But I found it when I was looking for my potato soup recipe. I'll be posting it later today along with the frosting recipe that goes with it. I already posted the potato soup. I see you posted one as well!