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Have you ever tried Funfetti gooey butter cake? If not, you’re missing out on a delightful dessert experience! This cake is sure to bring a smile to your face with its colorful sprinkles and irresistibly gooey texture. Trust me, this cake is worth the calories! Who’s up for a slice?

Close up of two pieces of funfetti chess bars with a sprinkle filled cake style crust and gooey cheesecake layer topped with more colorful sprinkles.

How do you make gooey butter cake even more fun? Add sprinkles, of course! These sprinkle filled gooey butter bars are sure to become a new favorite.

It is perfect as a birthday treat for people who don’t like traditional birthday cakes. Or make it for a party.

You can change up the colors of sprinkles to match the theme or even use holiday colored sprinkles for Christmas, 4th of July, and more.

Ingredients including cake mix, sprinkles, butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and eggs.

This cake can really be made with any flavor cake mix you would like. Of course, starting with a funfetti or confetti style cake mix makes it easier.

You can also use a while or yellow cake mix and add some sprinkles. Or try out chocolate, lemon, strawberry, or really whatever you want!

What is Gooey Butter Cake?

Gooey butter cake is a yummy dessert that originated in St Louis, MO around the 1930s.

There’s a cake layer on the bottom and a soft cream cheese layer on top that earns it the gooey name. So you get the effect of a soft crust topped with a cheesecake like topping.

They’re traditionally vanilla flavored, but there are so many tasty ways to switch it up. Usually we play with the flavors, but today we are adding sprinkles to make the traditional vanilla version more fun!

Making Gooey Butter Cake

Gooey butter cakes are so easy to make.  Just mix the cake mix with butter and eggs.

Press it into a greased 9×13-inch pan to form a crust. It should take a few minutes to make the crust from start to finish.  

Then, stir together vanilla, cream cheese, eggs, and powdered sugar. Pour over the crust and spread to make an even layer.

Add more sprinkles, then just a few more for good measure. Then bake it up.

Let it cool, the refrigerate it to let it finish setting up. Cut into squares and enjoy.

Lifting piece of baked confetti gooey butter cake out of the pan.

You will get the best looking pieces if you cut them cold, but they will be gooier if you enjoy them at room temperature.

My little sister Chloe is the master of warming microwave desserts in the  microwave.  She warms them all up before eating it.

I wasn’t sure about warm ooey gooey cake, but it was pretty darn good.  So feel free to warm a piece to try… or use this as a license to not let your cake cool completely before you dig in.  I’m not judging!

Pieces of gooey butter cake on a cutting board.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Know When A Gooey Butter Cake Is Done?

The gooey butter cake is done when the very center isn’t jiggly anymore. Just open the oven and give the pan a little shake. If the center is mostly set, it’s time to take it out of the oven.

How Long Is Gooey Butter Cake Good For?

Gooey butter bars stay good at room temperature for up to 4 days, or a week in the refrigerator. Make sure to cover it tightly to keep it from drying out.

Can You Freeze Gooey Butter Cake?

Gooey butter cake can be frozen for up to 3 months. Freeze individual slices if you don’t want to have to defrost the whole thing later.

Hand holding funfetti gooey butter cake showing crust topped by soft cream cheese layer and lots of sprinkles.

More fun recipes twists on gooey butter cake:

Two pieces of funfetti gooey cake bars stacked in front of pan with remaining cake inside.

If you love sprinkles, you will like funfetti birthday cookies as well. They feature lots of sprinkles and white chocolate chips in a chewy cookie base.

Did you make this great recipe? Please leave a review in the recipe card below!

Close up of two pieces of funfetti chess bars with a sprinkle filled cake style crust and gooey cheesecake layer topped with more colorful sprinkles.

Funfetti Gooey Butter Cake

Servings: 15 Servings
Author: Carlee
If you want to make gooey butter cake even more fun, add sprinkles! This easy recipe starts with a cake like crust that is topped with a gooey cheesecake style layer. Top it off with extra sprinkles for a colorful and delicious dessert.
4.89 from 18 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients
 

Crust

  • 1 box cake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 2 Tablespoons Jimmies or large sprinkles

Filling

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 large eggs divided
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup jimmies or large sprinkles
Makes: 9 x 13inch rectangle

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Stir together cake mix, eggs, and melted butter. Fold in sprinkles until evenly distributed. Press into a 9×13-inch cake pan.
    1 box cake mix, 2 large eggs, ½ cup butter, 2 Tablespoons Jimmies or large sprinkles
  • In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
    8 oz cream cheese
  • Add eggs, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Spread over crust in pan.
    2 large eggs, 2½ cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Distribute sprinkles over the filling.
    ⅓ cup jimmies or large sprinkles
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until set. Let cool before serving.

Notes

You can use a funfetti cake mix for the most sprinkles. Or use a white, or yellow cake mix. You can also experiment with other flavors if you would like.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 339kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 347mgSugar: 35g

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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4.89 from 18 votes (18 ratings without comment)
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Esther

Monday 9th of May 2016

The whole world is in on the PARTY secret that there is something incredibly sweet about you. Happy Birthday.

Unknown

Wednesday 20th of January 2016

It certainly does look ooey-gooey, I can see why it is a family favourite! Thanks for sharing with the Blog Fair.

Lazy Gastronome

Wednesday 13th of January 2016

Butter cake - oh yum! Thanks for sharing on What's for Dinner!

Carlee

Wednesday 13th of January 2016

It's always been one of my favorites.

Simply Suzannes at Home

Tuesday 12th of January 2016

Gooey Butter Cakes ROCK! I love this birthday version! How fun! I think my girls would love to celebrate with something like this :0) Thanks for the inspiration! Suzanne

Carlee

Tuesday 12th of January 2016

Don't they?! Thank you so much, I hope the girls love it!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen

Tuesday 12th of January 2016

What a happy cake with all the sprinkles, Carlee! I'm sure your family loves when you makes this. Thanks for your visit to my blog. I usually respond my email, but you're a noreply comment blogger, so I can't do that. However, I appreciate you stopping by.

Carlee

Tuesday 12th of January 2016

It is a fun one, that is for sure. Something about sprinkles just makes me smile! I have heard that I am a noreply blogger. I need to see if there is something I am doing to make it that way or if there is a setting I can change. Thanks, Kitty!