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Chocolate chip gooey butter cake is easy to make but tastes amazing. It is the perfect mix of chocolaty base with a cream cheese filling and chocolate chips. The result is rich and ooey gooey goodness.

Hand holding gooey butter cake with chocolate base and cream cheese and chocolate chip filling.

If you are a fan of the St. Louis Classic Gooey Butter Cake, you are going to love the chocolate twist on that recipe. This easy recipe starts with a chocolate cake mix, butter, cream cheese and eggs and turns them into something magical.

Living not too far from the St. Louis area, gooey butter cake has been in my family for as long as I can remember. We love the original but we also love making fun twists on that idea.

Ingredients ready to be made into chocolate gooey butter cake.

For birthdays we make funfetti gooey butter cake or lemon gooey butter cake. During the fall we make pumpkin gooey butter cake and apple gooey butter cake as well.

But this time we were in the mood for a chocolate twist. So I used a chocolate cake mix and added chocolate chips and the results were delicious.

I am not exactly sure why some of the cake layer popped up during baking this recipe. It almost gave a marble effect.

You know what though? I kind of like the way it looked and of course it tasted amazing so I had to go ahead and share it with you.

Tips and Tricks

Lining the pan with aluminum foil is not at all necessary. It just makes lifting the bars out of the pan to cut nice pieces easier.

I normally don’t do that step unless I plan on taking pictures to share with you. If I am just making these tasty bars for my family, I bake them in the pan and don’t worry if the knife drags a bit as I cut them.

Gooey butter cake with chocolate base and cream cheese filling with chocolate chips, cut into pieces.

We normally serve them with a dusting of powdered sugar anyway, so that can cover any imperfections!

If you have having trouble getting the crust spread out in the bottom of the pan, moisten your fingertips a bit. When your fingers are damp, the dough is less likely to stick to them and it makes spreading it out easier.

To avoid getting lumps of cream cheese in your filling, make sure it is good and softened first. Beat it well before adding any other ingredients.

You can stir the chocolate chips into the cream cheese layer or sprinkle them over the top. Either way works, but sprinkling them over the top will ensure more even distribution. (I learned that after making the video!)

Cutting board filled with chocolate gooey butter cake bars, ready to serve.

These bars are meant to be a bit ooey gooey, so you want to pull them out of the oven when they are just done. The edges should be puffed up and the cake should look baked through, but the center of the cream cheese filling should still have a little bit of wobble.

While the gooey butter cake is delicious warm, it is extra gooey and hard to cut and serve. It is best to let it cool completely or even chill slightly before cutting.

Then serve the cake at room temperature or even warmed slightly in the microwave. Though really there is no wrong way to serve it!

How do you store gooey butter cake?

Gooey butter cake can be stored at room temperature for a couple of days or refrigerated for up to a week. For longer storage, but pieces in airtight containers and freeze for an easy treat later.

Pieces of chocolate chip gooey butter cake stacked on top of one another, ready to eat.

Well, there you have it! This is the perfect dessert for almost any occasion.

It is so easy to make, you can do it just because. But it is good enough to make to bring to carry-ins, birthdays, parties and more!

For another simple treat, try making old fashioned graham cookie bars. They only take 5 ingredients and a few minutes to put together and the result is like a cross between a chocolate chip cookie bar and a magic cookie bar.

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Hand holding gooey butter cake with chocolate base and cream cheese and chocolate chip filling.

Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake

Servings: 16 Servings
Author: Carlee
This is the gooey butter cake recipe for chocolate lovers. It uses a chocolate cake mix for the base layer and adds chocolate chips to the cream cheese layer for the perfect chocolaty twist on the St. Louis classic. It is easy to make and perfect for potlucks, bbqs, parties and more.
4.71 from 31 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 4 eggs divided
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
Makes: 9 x 13inch rectangle


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9×13-inch pan.
  • Stir together cake mix, 2 eggs and melted butter. Press into prepared pan.
    1 box chocolate cake mix, ½ cup butter
  • Beat cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add the two remaining eggs, powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until combined.
    8 oz. cream cheese, 2½ cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pour cream cheese mixture over the chocolate base. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
    ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes. The outer edge should be set with a slight wobble in the center.
  • Cool before cutting and serving. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar if desired.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 206kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 122mgSugar: 20g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Saturday 24th of June 2023

Ya, this was gross, no one liked it and it got tossed, definitely a miss for us. We baked it as described, with no changes, it came out fine, but it was not a good dessert.


Saturday 24th of June 2023

I'm sorry you didn't like it. It's always been a hit with our crew.

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 20th of July 2022

I will take 3 right now! YUM!


Wednesday 20th of July 2022

Sure thing!