Sunday, November 21, 2010

Chocolate Chip (Ooey) Gooey Butter Cake!

                                                Happy Thankgiving!  
     Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorite holidays, because it starts with a time to reflect on the year and be so grateful to God for everything He has given us and then immediately begin to celebrate the birth of our Savior!!  It's such a wonderful Christ centered time of year, which I celebrate like I do any other joyous occasion-- with lots and lots of baking!  My kitchen becomes a cookie shop and sweet treats bakery until the New Year.  Let the flour dust fly and sugar buzz begin!

     We just had a couple of really great friends over for coffee and dessert fireside, and I decided to make these rich, gooey, buttery, sweet bars that are" best loved" in our household!  Just the name says it all: Chocolate Chip. Gooey. Butter (!) Cake.  Yowza!!  These yummy squares are so appropriate for Christmas because you will sing with the angels when you try them!  Yes, so I'm using a lot of explanation points (!!!) for this blog, but I'm so excited to share this recipe! Not only is this dessert a hit everytime, but it's incredibly easy to make!
     I would recommend using real butter for this recipe if you want a true buttery flavor.  You will use 2 sticks for this recipe.  Like my chocolate chip cookie recipe, this one has a lot of butter, and is worth every gram of fat. (I would also recommend a renewed gym membership post eating this.)  I used chocolate chip and chunks this time, but I've also made them without anything and they are absolutely amazing, too.  I wanted them to look a little extra decadent, so I drizzled  melted chocolate chips mixed with a bit of clear corn syrup (for shine) over the top after they had been out of the oven for about 20 minutes. When you first take the cake out it will be puffed up (shown in picture) like a cookie, and will then fall a bit.  This is a simple recipe that you will love to make and everybody will LOVE to eat! Please try this Gooey Butter Cake next time to satisfy your sweet tooth.  Enjoy your holiday baking!

Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake

1 box butter-recipe cake mix
1 egg
1/2 c (1 stick) butter, melted

1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 16 oz. box powdered sugar
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, melted
1 c. chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Light grease a 9x13 in. baking pan.
In a bowl, combine cake mix, egg, and butter with an electric mixer.  Mix well.  Pat into the bottom of prepared pan and set aside.  Still using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth; add eggs and vanilla.  Dump powdered sugar and beat very well.  Reduce the speed of mixer and slowly pour in melted butter.  Mix well.  Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour filling onto cake mixture and spread evenly.  Bake for 40-50  minutes (it took me closer to 50 minutes).  You want to center to be a little gooey, so don't bake it past that point!  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.  If you want to drizzle melted chocolate over the top allow it to cool for at least 15 minutes and then drizzle over.  Allow to cool for at least another hour and then cut into bars.  Enjoy!


faithecooper said...

So much cream cheese and kind of recipe! :)

The Cook said...

You would LOVE it, Faith!

Sarah said...

So yummy looking! I made pumpkin gooey butter cake for Thanksgiving. Just the right amount of creamy pumpkin and sweet buttery goodness!

The Cook said...

Yum, Sarah!!

Ali said...

Gooey cakes are the best! I am gonna add this to my recipe box for sure. Delicious pictures :D

LoveLauren said...

What kind of cake mix do you use?

Leslie said...

Hi there Love Lauren!:)
I think I usually use Duncan Hines for this recipe, but any butter recipe cake mix will work!

Thanks so much for visiting and I'm glad you're going to try out this delicious dessert!!


hayleysmom said...

Does this cake need to be refridgerated? I am running out of space in my fridge!!!!

Leslie said...

Hi there Hayley's mom!
I'm sorry to just now see your comment--Yes, I usually refridgerate this overnight to keep it fresh. I totally understand about running out of room!! Thanks for stopping by and trying this recipe out! :)

Rachel said...

Hi Leslie; this recipe looks amazing! And totally doable for a not-so-handy baker like me. :)
Thanks for posting (I happened across your post via a friend's pinterest page).

faithjourney said...

I would love to make this but am overseas and cake mixes are not available. Anyone have suggestions for making it all from scratch?

bryndansmom said...

Going to try this today as summer camp gift.... ;) faithjourney you can goggle 'cake mix from scratch' and find some really easy and versatile recipes to substitute for the mix.

Leslie said...

I hope you try this recipe out, Bryndsmom! It's a favorite of mine!! (Also, Thank you for responding to Faithjourney.)

Faithjourney, I'm very sorry...I don't know how I missed your lovely comment. I agree about googling for a cake substitution. I haven't tried this any other way. Good luck!


bryndansmom said...

holy cow Leslie, thanks so much for sharing!! I made this for the staff at my son's summer camp as thanks for a 'sweet' summer :) Chocolate chip, cinnamon and lemon. They were fabulous! This is my new favorite go to desert for sure!

April Sansagraw said...


I didn't have a cake mix the other night, but wanted to try this. I used the same topping, but used the base of the mud hen bar recipe and it was fantastic. Just use the same oven temperature and time.

1/2 c. Butter, room temp
1 c. Sugar
3 Eggs (1 whole and 2 separated)
1 1/2 c. All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt

Beat together sugar and butter until creamy. Beat in one whole egg and two egg yolks. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix well.

April Sansagraw said...


I wanted to try this the other night, but didn't have a cake mix. I used the base of the mud hen bars and the topping for the chocolate gooey butter cake and it was fantastic.

Leslie said...

April, thanks for that great suggestion to Faithjourney! I love your idea! A cookie/shortbread base would work nicely.

Bryndansmom, I SO GLAD you liked the recipe!! If you're like me, it will show up at a lot of family gatherings!

Thank you for all of your comments!

Stephanie Quinn said...

I made this tonight for my family and it is fantastically delicious. Like I can't stop eating it. However, it doesn't look like yours at all. There isn't really a base to the cookies at all. Just ooey gooeyness. Any ideas??

Leslie said...

Stephanie, I'm so glad you made these and love them, too! This picture of the cut bars was actually taken the morning after I made them. There is a good chance that's why you can see the different layers here. Sometimes I'll do that will bars, take the pictures the next day for better light and because they are completely cool! If the next day they're still very gooey all the way through, maybe you didn't press the "crust" down enough before adding the filling? Also, with some recipes I find that sometimes the pan makes a little bit of difference. Either way, enjoy them, and I hope you'll make them again!
Please come back to visit! :)

jphillips237 said...

what do you mean by "press"? do i need to cook the cake first and then press it down and add the filling?

Leslie said...

Hi! There is no need to cook the crust. Just mix all of the ingredients of the crust together, pour that mixture into the pan, pat (or press) the mixture into the pan. Then you can pour the filling in and bake it altogether. I think the patting may help it form more of a crust distinction from the filling part. :) I hope this helps you!

Misty Humpert said...

I just popped these babies into the oven for a church Christmas party tomorrow night. I can't wait to taste them and see what everyone thinks of them...they look delicious!! Thanks for sharing!!

themommastephanie said...

I make these all the time, and I use butter cake mix. Not yellow cake, butter cake. The generic brand works great.

Leslie said...

The butter cake mix is wonderful, and I'm with you on the generic brand!! Thanks for sharing that, Stephanie and come back soon. :)

Jesica Foree said...

I wanted to make this and asked my husband to pick up a butter cake mix on his way home from work... He got white. I made it anyway following the direction and it turned out fine. I'm making it again now and all I had was a yellow cake mix. The batter tasted yummy and I'm sure the cake will too. Lol.

Fran Terhune said...

I woke up this morning rather blue but after reading through your blog I found my spirits lifted...WHY??? Your love of Jesus came through to me loud and clear...Thank you so much for sharing.

Renee Stiles said...

I just made this and added wallets and good.

Leslie said...

Renee, I'm so glad you made these, and your additions sound delicious! You really can't go wrong with these!! Thanks for letting me know:)

pdturner0929 said...

Thanks for the recipe!I have made this cake about 5 times within the last month and it is a Valentines Day request at my son high school tomorrow! The compliments keep rolling in and they have rated this a A+++++!!!! Thanks again!!!!

Pam T.

Leslie said...

Wow, thank you for telling me your family loves this cake so much!! It's delicious every time, isn't it?! I'm SO happy to hear that your enjoy it so much, that he requests it! :) Have a wonderful night!

Bridget Zamora said...

....try making these bars with a chocolate cake mix..... I put chocolate chips and pecans in the cream cheese mixture and they were a super success....

indyphilphan said...

A friend brought these to a boat trip we had this past weekend.. they were so good I had to have the recipe, she linked me here! My first thought was these would be great at Christmas time.. thanks for this recipe!

Leslie said...

Thanks for taking the time to come by for the recipe! I'm so glad you like the bars, but what isn't good to eat if you're on a boat?! How fun!! These are certainly great to make for Christmas, too! I hope you make them soon. :)
Blessings to you

Peggy Greiner said...

A friend made these this weekend for a wedding shower and they were amazing! I am making them for a family gathering this weekend. I have a few questions about some of the ingredients. Do you use salted or unsalted butter, also what type of chocolate chips; milk chocolate or semi sweet?