Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake Recipe

This Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake is easy to make and absolutely perfect for fall! These moist cake bars are a great Thanksgiving dessert recipe!

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Moist Pumpkin Butter Cake Recipe

Like I have said a million times before I am not a huge pumpkin fan.

I love pumpkin spice…but pumpkin itself…well…it’s not the love of my life.

BUT finding new and over the top ways to use pumpkin in dessert is like the most basic fall pastime ever. And since I am the most basic of all, sign me up.

And really can you believe that October is like halfway over? So we are on the downside of the pumpkin mountain…only a little bit of time left to stuff our sweet faces with orange goopiness. Aren’t you sad?

 

This Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake recipe is SUPER easy…and it starts with a Spice Cake Mix to make things interesting.

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake...made with a Spice Cake Mix as the crust

How to Make Pumpkin Butter Cake Bars

All you do is mix the cake mix with an egg and a stick of melted butter and press it into a pan to create the crust…

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Then grab you some pumpkin…and also some cream cheese, eggs and more butter. Yeah, this ain’t health food, friends.

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And have your son pour it into the crust slowly so you can take a good pour shot. Please ignore his pajama bottoms.

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When it’s baked it will look like this…you want the edges to be set, but the center not quite, but almost set. It’s supposed to be gooey, after all.

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Then dust it with powdered sugar.

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And let them cool and cut them into squares!

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake.. super easy and even better than pumpkin pie!!

A little goes a long way with this dessert, I promise. So easy and you’re friends and family will love it!

 

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Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake Recipe

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield Yield: 12 cake bars 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American

Description:

This Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake is easy to make and absolutely perfect for fall! These moist cake bars are a great Thanksgiving dessert recipe!


Ingredients:

Base

  • 1 box Spice Cake Mix (16.5 oz box)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg

Filling

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°

Base

  1. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In bowl combine dry cake mix, melted butter and egg. Mixture will be stiff. Press into prepared pan. Set aside.

Filling

  1. In bowl of stand mixer, beat cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Mix in vanilla, eggs, cinnamon and butter.
  2. Finally sift powdered sugar into mix. Don’t skip the sifting, as you will have powdered sugar lumps if you don’t.
  3. Pour mixture into the prepared base. Bake for 45 minutes until edges are set and middle is still slightly gooey.
  4. Sprinkle with a little more powdered sugar if desired.
  5. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes:

recipe lightly adapted from Paula Deen

Keywords:: pumpkin cake recipe, pumpkin cake, butter cake, butter cake recipe, cake bars, pumpkin bars, thanksgiving dessert, thanksgiving dessert recipe, pumpkin dessert recipe

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Sherrie
October 5, 2016 6:40 am

Hi just wondering if I can half the powdered sugar and substitute unsalted butter I think that should be fine. What do you think? 4 cups seems like a lot of sugar. I was thinking of making this for Thanksgiving and am really happy I saw this on FB.

October 30, 2014 3:17 pm

OMG. These look so delicious. I have a can of pumpkin in my pantry just waiting to be used!

October 18, 2014 10:23 pm

I grew up on gooey cake so this makes me so excited. I love seeing new twists on the classic.

October 16, 2014 9:30 am

I am OBSESSED with butter cake! I love the idea of a pumpkin version…perfect for fall! I can’t wait to try this!

October 15, 2014 10:50 am

Gooey cakes are my favorite!! Adding pumpkin makes it even better! Mmm!

October 14, 2014 2:28 pm

So glad you haven’t given up on posting pumpkin recipes even though you’re not the biggest fan of pumpkin! You have sacrificed for us all! 😉 Love this cake!

October 14, 2014 9:19 am

Pumpkin, spice cake crust, and lots of butter…yup, totally my kind of dessert! I can’t believe pumpkin season is headed out!

October 14, 2014 7:22 am

I can see this happening on Thanksgiving this year. YUMMY!!

October 13, 2014 11:13 pm

This buttery cake looks delicious! Love the perfect layers!

October 13, 2014 8:20 pm

Yum!!! I wish pumpkin season was longer…I’m already running out of time to make all of the pumpkin recipes I want to make!

Cat
October 13, 2014 7:06 pm

If baked ahead of time or if there are leftovers, is it OK to store this at room temp or should it be refrigerated, like pumpkin pie?

Dianna
October 13, 2014 2:42 pm

Hey, it’s not over yet…Pumpkin works equally well for November and Thanksgiving!!!

Tara Hester
October 13, 2014 2:41 pm

so, yummy and so easy!!! I make this every single year….I had to do it in 3 batches last week! I actually reserve some of the crust mixture and sprinkle it over the top and then pour some sweetened condensed milk on top of it and bake! omgosh!!! it gets a little crunchy and it really does make a difference. (I have to use a smaller pan though, but then the bars are a bit thicker) No complaints so far!!! I am also not a huge pumpkin lover, but I love to make my peeps happy, so it is full… Read more »

October 13, 2014 2:25 pm

Pretty!!! Did you get your hubby to dust powdered sugar?! I love that picture by the way!

October 13, 2014 12:18 pm

How fun is this?!? Looks awesome!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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