Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake

by Erin

Meet gooey butter cake’s chocolate cousin. Perfect for chocolate lovers and as a decadent treat for Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake 2

Another blog post means another food holiday! I am continuing the food holiday recipe trend by joining in for #NationalChocolateCakeDay. It may not yet be February by Valentine’s Day is less than a month away so I decided to literally sprinkle my version of chocolate cake today with some love in the form of heart-shaped sprinkles. Two for one holidays!

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake 1

I love the funfetti version of gooey butter cake that I made so much that I finally decided to branch out and try another cake mix for the base, obviously chocolate. It ends up like a slightly less dense version of a brownie topped with chocolate cheesecake. I may not be a huge fan of traditional chocolate cake, but pretty much anything with cream cheese is going to please my taste buds.

P.S, In house news – we closed on Friday and have the keys! Now to finish up packing and move with temperatures in the teens. Ugh…

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake 5

Get even more chocolate cake from the other 10 bloggers participating below:

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake 4

Three years ago: Peach Cinnamon Rolls

Five years ago: Vanilla Sprinkle Cookies

Seven years ago: Banana Peanut Butter Cup Muffins

Eight years ago: Orange Strawberry Banana Smoothie


Makes 24 bars


1 box chocolate cake mix

4 eggs, room temperature

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted

1 tsp vanilla extract

8 oz. package cream cheese, room temperature

2-1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder

Festive sprinkles (optional)


  1. Place rack on the bottom third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan, line with parchment paper leaving overhang, and grease the parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, with a hand mixer on low speed mix together the cake mix, 2 of the eggs, butter, and vanilla until combined. Transfer mixture to the prepared pan and press evenly along the bottom of the pan and up the sides about 1/2 inch. Wipe off mixers and bowl.
  3. In the same bowl, on low speed mix together the cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and cocoa powder until smooth. Add the remaining 2 eggs and mix until smooth and creamy. Pour on top of the crust and spread evenly. Top with sprinkles, if desired.
  4. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until set. Allow to cool for two hours on a cooling rack before cutting and serving (speed up process by placing in the refrigerator once no longer oven-hot. Keep leftovers refrigerated.

Source: Adapted slightly from my Funfetti Gooey Butter Cake.

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Jaida ~ Sweet Beginnings January 28, 2019 - 3:29 pm

The cake looks delicious and I love those sprinkles!!

Camilla at Culinary Adventures January 27, 2019 - 11:09 pm

This looks SO festive and tasty. Thanks for joining in the fun.

Terri January 27, 2019 - 10:08 pm

I’m from St. Louis and I know my gooey butter cakes, but I love it when someone like you takes it up a notch or two!

spiffycookie January 28, 2019 - 8:30 am

Aw thank you I am glad you approve!

Cindy January 27, 2019 - 9:13 pm

The moister and gooieier the better! (is that a word? It should be!)

spiffycookie January 28, 2019 - 8:31 am

I should be because that’s what it is!

Wendy January 27, 2019 - 12:29 pm

Congratulations on the house. This is the perfect cake to celebrate with.

Lisa January 27, 2019 - 11:45 am

Totally would love anyone who would make this cake for me for Valentine’s Day…or any day!

spiffycookie January 27, 2019 - 11:53 am

Appropriate for all days of the year!

Susan January 27, 2019 - 10:44 am

This cake sounds absolutely yummy, even though I’m not much of a cake eater. The cream cheese really does make it desirable. Your temps may be in the teens, but you have the keys to your house!!!!! Cold isn’t fun, but a new house is. Hope the move goes well.

spiffycookie January 27, 2019 - 11:54 am

Thanks Susan! We panicked a little last night when we went by to check on some things because the power was cut off but we got it fixed. Time to buff the floors and paint before moving next weekeend!


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