November 14th, 2011

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

This Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake is a quick and easy pumpkin dessert that my whole family loves. Even my my husband, who doesn’t typically like pumpkin desserts, likes this one.  I liked to eat it chilled, and once it’s cold, you can eat it with your hands, like a brownie.  Although it really is delicious with a big dollop of whipped cream, in which case, I recommend using a plate.

This is a great alternative to pumpkin pie, especially if you are serving a crowd. If you’d rather not use a boxed cake mix for the crust, a made-from-scratch shortbread base is also delicious.


Serves 16

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

15Prep Time

45Cook Time

60Total Time

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    Crust1 (18.25 oz) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Filling1 (15 oz.) can of pumpkin
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To make the crust, combine the cake mix, egg and 8 tablespoons of melted butter and mix well. Pat the mixture into a lightly greased 9×13-inch baking pan.
  3. Prepare the filling by beating the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter and mix together.
  4. Stir in the powdered sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spread the pumpkin mixture evenly over the crust.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Do not over bake, as the center should be a little gooey.

Who Dished It Up First: This is a Paula Deen recipe that I found over at Baked Perfection.



  1. Oh! I’m in love with your blog. I could get into some serious trouble here. This pumpkin bar looks delish and Mexican Rice is one of my daughter’s favorites so I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  2. YUM! I’m definitely gonna try this!!!

  3. this cake by Paula Dean looks amazing… and it’s on my todo baking things for this Thanksgiving! Can’t wait.

  4. Anything with pumpkin is something I want to eat. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It sounds delish.
    Galexi Cupcakes & Sweets

  5. Looks tasty!

  6. Normally, I want my cakes to be moist and creamy…But there are times when I crave for the gooey, buttery flavor. Exactly what this post has featured. Bookmarked! WIll try really soon…Thanks!

  7. I love gooey butter cakes and this pumpkin version of Paula Deen’s does not disappoint. I made it last Thanksgiving and it was gone within minutes.

  8. Okay, I want this right now. Like right this very instant!!

  9. I’ve made this and it’s dangerous!! So addicting.

  10. Do you know if you could make the cake with a gluten free yellow cake mix?


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