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Apple Spice Gooey Butter Cake

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Apple spice gooey butter cake has all of the ooey gooey butter cake texture with spice cake and apple butter mixed in. It is a perfect fall treat that is easy to make and tastes unbelievable.

Piece of apple spice gooey butter cake with cakey crust and creamy filling.

Cinnamon and apples are a match made in heaven. With fall around the corner, it is time to break out all of the warm spicey apple treats and this is a fabulous addition to your autumnal repertoire.

Being from a smaller midwestern town not too far from St. Louis, gooey butter cake has always been a favorite in our family. Of course we love the original, but we also love fun twists on that idea.

Funfetti gooey butter cake is loaded with colorful sprinkles making it fun for birthdays. And pumpkin gooey butter cake has been a fall favorite for years and years.

As I was whipping up the pumpkin version last fall it occurred to me that an apple version would be amazing. I just knew apple butter would be a great addition to the cream cheese layer.

It occurred to me that using a spice cake mix for the base would be a great way to incorporate those yummy baking spices. I have been anxious to try it ever since.

Dusting powdered sugar over cooled apple gooey butter cake.

I am so glad to say it lived up to my expectations. This fun treat is packed full of flavor, texture and rich goodness.

Tips for making the cake

I used homemade apple butter for this cake. It is really easy to make, but of course you can pick up a jar at the store.

Otherwise this recipe is super simple to make. Ensuring your butter and cream cheese are at room temperature is really the biggest key to getting a smooth creamy filling.

Lifting piece of apple spice gooey butter cake out of pan.

Having the apple butter and eggs at room temperature also helps to make sure everything incorporates well. Other than that, it just takes a few minutes to put together.

You want to bake the cake until the edges are golden brown and the center still has some wabble. That it was makes the finished product ooey and gooey.

Piece of apple gooey butter cake on plate in front of pan.

Cool the cake to room temperature before serving. I like to chill it a bit before cutting it to make prettier pieces.

I like to eat gooey butter cake at room temperature. But my sister loves to microwave it for a few seconds to make it extra gooey.

Storing gooey butter cake

Conventional wisdom says that gooey butter cake can be stored at room temperature for several days. I like to keep mine refrigerated because the cream cheese, it lasts in the refrigerator for at least a week.

For longer storage put pieces in freezer safe containers and freeze for up to 5 months. Just defrost a piece or microwave it for a bit when you are ready to enjoy it.

Fork going into piece of apple spice gooey butter cake topped with whipped cream.

More great apple treats

Creamy apple butter pie is silky and delicious.  It has the texture of pumpkin pie, but with the flavor of apples and goodness of sweetened condensed milk instead!

If you love fried apples you are going to love yummy cinnamon spiced apples in the instant pot. They are so quick and easy to make and are sweet and tender.

A slice of warm delicious down home caramel apple upside down skillet cake is sure to bring a smile to your face.  Add a scoop of ice cream to this spiced cake for an extra special fall treat.

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Yield: 16 Servings

Apple Spice Gooey Butter Cake

Piece of apple spice gooey butter cake with cakey crust and creamy filling.

Apple spice gooey butter cake has all of the ooey gooey butter cake texture with spice cake and apple butter mixed in. It is a perfect fall treat that is easy to make and tastes unbelievable.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 spice cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Filling

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups apple butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9x13-inch pan.
  2. Stir together cake mix, egg and melted butter. Press into the bottom of prepared pan.
  3. Beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add apple butter, powdered sugar and eggs. Stir until combined, but try not to mix in a lot of air.
  5. Pour over crust.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes or until the edges are golden and the center is almost set. There should be a bit of wobble still in the filling.
  7. Allow to cool to room temperature, then chill if desired.
  8. Dust with powdered sugar, cut into pieces and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 433Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 398mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 1gSugar: 47gProtein: 4g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Apple spice gooey butter cake has all of the ooey gooey butter cake texture with spice cake and apple butter mixed in. It is a perfect fall treat that is easy to make and tastes unbelievable.

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Andrea Nine

Friday 27th of August 2021

Give me all the gooey and I am so ready for lots of Apple recipes so keep them coming girl!

Carlee

Friday 27th of August 2021

I am ready too! So don't worry, you'll be seeing plenty!!

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