Gooey Butter Cake 3.18.13

Butter CakeI’ve been wanting to make this recipe for some time now.  I first saw it pinned throughout Pinterest and it looked so good!  So I finally decided to make it over the weekend and found the recipe here:

http://www.pauladeen.com/recipes/view2/gooey_butter_cake.

I must say, I was quite disappointed.  I read rave reviews about this recipe but they must have been eating something different because I sure didn’t love it.  For one thing, I think the cook time is a bit long, at least for my oven.  I put it in for 40 minutes but the bottom got a bit burned and nobody likes a burned bottom hehe.  I must admit, I did forget to check on it though.  I got too caught up watching Biggest Loser while baking this.  I know I know, who makes butter cake while watching a show about weight loss right?  Apparently the message of the show was lost on me this weekend.  I just felt that even if I hadn’t burned the bottom, the cake didn’t have a lot of flavor.  It tasted exactly like what it’s called, butter cake.  I have seen other recipes where they add strawberry cake or chocolate chips, so maybe that would make it better.  Or maybe serve it with fresh berries and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream?  But by itself, I’m not a fan.  I did enjoy the texture of this cake though, nice and moist.  Overall, there’s a lack of flavor and it’s just not worth the calories.  So if asked to bake it or leave it?  I say LEAVE IT!

Servings: 8

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 40 min

Difficulty: EASY

Ingredients:

Cake:

1 pkg yellow cake mix (I used butter yellow)

1 egg

8 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling: 

1 8-ounce pkg cream cheese, softened

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

8 tablespoons butter, melted

1 16-ounce box powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Combine cake mix, egg, butter and mix using an electric mixer.  Press the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 x 9 pan.

Beat the cream cheese until smooth in a large bowl.  Add eggs, vanilla, butter and mix together.

Add the powdered sugar and mix well.  Spread over the cake batter in the pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.  You want the center to be gooey.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

Calories: 731

Carbs: 104

Fat: 33

Protein: 5

Sodium: 534

Sugar: 80

*Courtesy of MyFitnessPal recipe calculator

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