Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

Do I even need to say any more? I mean seriously… pumpkin… gooey… butter…. and cake? Delicious times four!  Oh yeah… and Paula Dean.  I love her.  She’s my mentor.

We’ve been making this amazing bars for years and I had no idea these were a Paula Dean recipe.  But now it all falls into place.  They are that good.  You have to try them!  They are pumpkin pie-ish and cheesecake-y and the crust is more of a cookie than a pie crust.

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cakes
Adapted from Paula Dean (need I say more???)

* 1 box packaged yellow cake mix
* 1 egg
* 1 stick (8 Tbsp.) butter, melter

* 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
* 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
* 3 eggs
* 1 tsp. vanilla
* 1 stick (8 Tbsp.) butter, melted
* 1 (16 ounce) box powdered sugar
* 1 tsp. cinnamon
* 1 tsp. nutmeg

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Combine the cake mix, egg and butter and mix well with an electric mixer.  Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 x 9 inch pan.

To make the filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth.  Add the eggs, vanilla and butter and beat well.  Next add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and mix well.  Spread the pumpkin mixture over the crust and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.  Make sure not to over bake.  The center should be a little gooey.

Having a little helper definitely makes cooking more fun! =o)

Let cool and enjoy!

I thought it needed something a little more =o) so I added a drizzle of cream cheese frosting.  Doesn’t cream cheese frosting make everything better?

Store in the refrigerator (if it lasts that long.)

Improv Challenge

A huge thank you to Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker for taking over the Improv Cooking Challenge.  Not sure what this is?  Check it out here.

Now check out all these amazing recipes with the two key ingredients in them: pumpkin and cream cheese. I know right?! It’s like asking for heaven with a little more heaven!

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  1. These look moist and delicious! I hope you will link this post to my Thanksgiving Traditions link up!

  2. Been thinking about making these. Glad you tried them first and can vouch for them 🙂 Gonna add them to my list.

  3. Yum! I’m up for anything that has “gooey” in the title! 🙂

  4. This looks so moist and delicious. I would love to give this a try sometime soon. Yummy!

  5. I just printed this recipe from Paula Deen’s site the other day and I am DYING to make these! I love your addition of the cream cheese icing. I absolutely agree with you…I love Paula Deen and cream cheese icing makes everything better 🙂

  6. Yum! I love gooey butter cake, and this pumpkin version sounds delightful!

  7. oh man that looks absolutely amazing!!

  8. I had pumpkin gooey butter cake as my dessert when my husband and I visited The Lady & Sons a couple of years ago. I’ve been smitten with gooey butter cakes ever since! And it always reminds me of that trip!

  9. I haven’t used pumpkin in much of my baking..but the texture of this sounds delicious! Cheesecake-y definitely gets me excited

  10. I love gooey cake and I bet it was totally delish with pumpkin. Adorable helper you have there too.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Improv Cooking Challenge recipe: Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  11. This looks so yummy! Love it! I love the picks of your little helper too 🙂 I’ve have picks of mine on my “about me” page

  12. “gooey” desserts are the best kinds! Stopping by from the Improv Challenge. Looks delicious!

  13. Mmmmmmmm….I haven’t made these in ages, so it’s time! Gorgeous bars…and perfect entry for this month’s Improv Challenge 🙂

  14. Paula’s recipes are always SO good. I love the idea of adding pumpkin to a gooey butter cake. Sheer Heaven!!

  15. So glad I found your blog on “Sweet as Sugar!” (your top picture alone of the milk jugs made me smile:) but umm…butter cake??? Well, now I might just smile for days:) hahahahahh

  16. Let’s see~pumpkin, butter cake, gooey, cream cheese. Is there anything better! Looks wonderful!

  17. Hey! Great Thanksgiving treat!
    Come to A Themed Baker’s Sunday where this week’s theme is Thanksgiving treats. Be sure to vote on the side bar for next week’s theme as well! Happy Holidays!

    Cupcake Apothecary


  18. You had me sold at butter cake 🙂 And I love me some Paula Deen too!!


  19. You can’t go wrong with Paula Deen or pumpkin! This looks so good 🙂 Can’t wait to try it out!

    Stopping by from Tues Talent Show

  20. Looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Friday. We hope you’ll join us again today!!

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  22. rebeccabasset says:

    Ohhh this sounds scrumptious! I love anything that even smells like Pumpkin! I have sent a copy of this to my E-Mail and cannot wait to try it!

    Thanks for the awesome recipe!