You Won’t Believe How Easy This Sinfully Delicious Dessert Is!

  • gooey butter cake

I bit into what had to be one of the most delicious desserts I had ever eaten. As I savored each and every bite until not a single crumb remained on my plate I wondered what ingredients went into such a perfect treat. And when my friend told me I couldn’t believe my ears.

Only five ingredients? A cake mix? Was that even possible? I took another piece and contemplated how such a decadent square of gooey cake goodness could be so easy to make. Never again will I question a semi-homemade recipe like this one. It turns out that in some cases they might even be BETTER than homemade!



1 box yellow cake mix
3 eggs
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
4 cups (1 lb) powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 300 and spray a 9×13 dish with cooking spray. Mix cake mix, melted butter and one egg to a soft dough. Press into the bottom of the pan. Mix powdered sugar, softened cream cheese and two remaining eggs until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Pour on top of crust. Bake at 300 for 40-50 minutes until top is golden brown.



Quick tip: Try this recipe with a different flavor cake mix—strawberry and red velvet make festive holiday options.

Photo attribution and recipe courtesy of: @ Home with the Ayres.

By | 2017-09-08T06:14:15+00:00 August 1st, 2017|002, Dessert, In Demand, Popular, Snacks|11 Comments


  1. PJ September 10, 2017 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Would certainly be nice if you posted the name of these and other delicious foods. You give the recipes, which are delightful, but for those who want to save for future use, please give them a name. Some it’s easy to figure out, like macaroni salad would be easy. But some such as this one, what in the world would you call it?

    • Aunt Betty's September 12, 2017 at 9:27 am - Reply

      Hi PJ! Thanks for your feedback! 🙂 As strange as it sounds, some dishes may not actually have a specific name. For example, this one I might call “The Yummy Bars” because they really are delicious! 🙂

  2. brenda September 12, 2017 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Would it work with a gluten free cake mix?

  3. Susie September 15, 2017 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Have you tried this with a lemon flavoring?

  4. Slava September 18, 2017 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    You must be crazy, 4 cups of icing sugar to 3 eggs, and the cake mix probably has sugar in it.

  5. Mama Tee January 13, 2018 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    I tried it with gluten-free cake mix. That part worked fine, However, I found the resulting bars WAY too sweet. I tried giving them away, and except for one 10-year-old who loved them, everyone who tried them found them way too sweet.

  6. Mary January 16, 2018 at 3:53 am - Reply

    Some of us like extra sweet treats

  7. Mary January 16, 2018 at 3:54 am - Reply

    Yummy !!

  8. Lisa Tunison February 19, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    This looks like the treat my neighbor makes and she calls it crack cake because it is addictive!

  9. Teri March 13, 2018 at 4:52 am - Reply

    It’s called a chess cake and I’ve made it for years. The family favorite is lemon.

  10. Eva Staton March 23, 2018 at 3:56 am - Reply

    I know these as Chess Bars and have made them quite a few times. Kroger cream cheese has had this recipe on it before and they were called gooey bars or gooey cake. I love them personally!.

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