Gooey Butter Spice Cake

It all starts with a box of cake mix!

Gooey. Butter. Spice. Cake. There’s nothing about that name I don’t love. What’s even better, is that this dessert starts with a box cake mix! That’s right, nothing too fancy here, but the result is unlike anything you’ve ever made from a box before. The base of this cake consists of cake mix, butter, and an egg. While delicious, it’s not the star of the show.

The real kicker is the gooey, sweet, buttery topping. With cream cheese, vanilla extract, eggs, spices, and even more butter, this is one cake you won’t want to pass up. Check out the video below to see how all the flavors of fall come together for one sweet, over-the-top dessert!


Makes 10-12 servings
15m prep time
30m cook time
1h inactive


1 (15 oz) box spice cake mix
3 large eggs, divided
1 cup salted butter, divided
1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups powdered sugar
Extra powdered sugar, for sprinkling


Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9×13″ baking pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

Mix together cake mix, one egg, and one stick melted butter in a large bowl.

Press cake mixture into the bottom of prepared baking dish and slightly up the sides of the dish. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Then add remaining eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and remaining melted stick of butter. Beat until smooth.

Stir in powdered sugar and continue to mix until incorporated. Spread on top of the cake mix in the baking dish.

Bake for 30 minutes or until center is set but still gooey. Remove from oven and let cool for about an hour.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

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