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Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake Bars Recipe

Indulge in the flavors of fall with Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake, a delicious twist on a classic recipe. This scrumptious treat is quick, easy to prepare, and a definite crowd-pleaser. Satisfy your sweet tooth this Thanksgiving with the season’s best dessert. Discover the recipe now!

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

Craving a taste of fall? Look no further than our favorite pumpkin dessert, Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake. 

This delicious fall dessert is the perfect combination of creamy, gooey, and oh-so-delicious.

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In fact, you could call it an ooey gooey pumpkin cake. 

It’s a seasonal twist on our classic Gooey Butter Cake recipe. 

With a buttery crust and a luscious pumpkin filling, it’s the ultimate indulgence for pumpkin lovers. 

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply treating yourself, this recipe will satisfy your autumn cravings in the most delightful way.

Fall is a time of cozy sweaters, crisp air, and of course, indulging in all things pumpkin. 

From pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin bread to traditional pumpkin pie, there’s no shortage of pumpkin-flavored treats to enjoy. 

But if you’re looking for something truly exceptional, Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake is the dessert that will take your taste buds on a joyride.

When the weather starts to get colder, I start to turn to baking all things pumpkin.

These Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake Bars are a delicious alternative to pumpkin bars or pumpkin cheesecake bars.

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Paula Deen Pumpkin Butter Gooey Cake

🔑 Key to Success #1 – Use Butter Recipe Cake Mix for the Crust

Using a Butter Recipe Cake mix is the first key to success in making this gooey butter cake.

It gives this dish a ton of buttery fall flavor.

You may use any brand of boxed cake mix that you like.

I like to use the Duncan Hines Golden Butter Recipe cake mix.

Any boxed yellow cake mix will work in this recipe if you can’t find the butter cake mix.

Or you can even use a spice cake mix if you really want to spice things up.

And white cake mix can be used in a pinch, but it does not really have that rich flavor that we’re looking for in a pumpkin season recipe.

Combine the dry cake mix, one egg, and a half cup of melted butter in a medium bowl to make the cake layer.

To create a thick dough for the bottom layer, combine the dry cake mix, butter, and egg using an electric mixer.

Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray then press the cake batter in an even layer into the pan.

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Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

🔑 Key to Success #2 – Start with Softened Cream Cheese

This Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake’s delectable filling is made of a combination of canned pumpkin puree, cream cheese, melted butter, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a little vanilla.

Yes, more butter. It’s not called a Butter Cake for nothing!

That’s one thing that makes these dessert bars out-of-this-world delicious. 

Ensure that you’re using pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling.

Before preparing the filling, be sure to give the cream cheese some time to soften on the countertop.

Give it at least 30 minutes to rest on the counter for best results.

Softened full fat cream cheese will create a filling that is extra rich and creamy.

It will allow the ingredients to blend smoothly without any lumps over overmixing. 

Since we used the hand mixer for the crust, be sure to give the bowl and beaters a quick wash before blending up the filling.

Next, pour the pumpkin mixture on top of the cake layer.

​Make sure the pumpkin filling completely covers the cake crust layer so that your gooey bars won’t have any dry spots.

Paula Deen Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake

🔑 Key to Success #3 – Bake Until Slightly Jiggly

To achieve the perfect texture and consistency for Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake, it’s essential to pay close attention to the baking process. 

Once you have combined all the ingredients and prepared the luscious filling, it’s time to let this great recipe bake until slightly jiggly. 

This is an important step that ensures the gooey cake retains its gooeyness while still maintaining a deliciously set center.

The magic of this particular cake lies in finding that delicate balance between a firm texture and a soft, velvety filling. 

Baking it until slightly jiggly allows the pumpkin gooey butter cake to retain that irresistibly gooey center while also ensuring it holds together when sliced and served.

We’ll bake this Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake for about 45-55 minutes.

After that timeframe, check the cake by gently shaking the pan.

The middle of the pumpkin layer should just jiggle slightly.

You don’t want the entire pan to jiggle and shake around like it’s unbaked.

Only the middle of the pan should be slightly jiggly so that the Gooey Butter Cake will be plenty ooey gooey.

If your pan is still too jiggly, bake for another 3-5 minutes then retest.

Once your Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake is baked, remove it from the oven and let the cake cool to room temperature.

You can, of course, eat it when it’s room temperature. 

But it will firm up if you allow it to chill in the refrigerator for a few hours before you slice it. 

Plus, it’s very delicious when it’s cold.

This rich dessert can be cut into small bars so it’ll serve your entire crowd.

Top it with fresh whipped cream or even Reddi-wip whipped cream.

Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake

📌 Get the Printable Recipe for Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

Save this Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake recipe to your favorite Autumn Desserts board or your Thanksgiving Desserts board.

Gooey Butter Pumpkin Cake
Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

Yield: 24 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake is a seasonal take on the classic butter cake recipe. This dessert is perfect for fall because it doesn't take long to prepare and it serves a crowd. Try it for Thanksgiving this year.


For the Crust

  • 1 box (15 oz) butter recipe cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

For the Filling

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl using a hand mixer, beat together cake mix, 1 egg, and 1/2 cup butter. Press the mixture into greased baking dish.
  3. Mix up the filling in a large bowl by blending together cream cheese and pumpkin puree until combined. Add 3 eggs, vanilla, and 1/2 cup melted butter then blend well. Add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Blend until the filling is completely smooth.
  4. Pour the filling over the crust. Bake uncovered for 45-55 minutes until the filling is mostly set.
  5. Cool completely. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving. Top with whipped cream or sprinkle with powdered sugar.


2 tsp pumpkin pie spice may be substituted for the cinnamon and nutmeg. 

Slightly Adapted from a Paula Deen recipe. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 263Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 262mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 0gSugar: 27gProtein: 3g

Nutrition Information Provided For Educational and Informational Purposes Only.

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