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Gooey brown butter cake

Brandy is the author of the food blog, Nutmeg Nanny. In her spare time she enjoys developing recipes, baking and cooking. She is a small town girl who left the corn fields of Ohio for the scenic beauty of the Hudson Valley region of New ...

Brown butter beauty!

Gooey butter cake is a classic Southern treat, but we vamped it up a little and made it with brown butter! All that toasted goodness baked into one decadent cake.

Brown butter beauty!

Prepare to be in heaven! This delicious and flavor-packed cake will be your new family favorite. This has a crunchy brown butter and cake flavored bottom topped with a sweet cream cheese mixture. Trust us, you will have a hard time stopping after one piece!

Gooey brown butter cake recipe

Yields one 9 x 13-inch pan


  • 1 (8 ounce) brick cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1  box yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg


  1. In a bowl of an electric mixer add cream cheese, 2 eggs and powdered sugar. Mix on medium speed until completely blended and smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized skillet melt 1 stick of butter over medium heat. The butter will start to bubble a little and soon you will notice a nutty smell and see small toasted bits inside the butter. Take it off the heat once it has reached this stage so it does not burn.
  3. In another mixing bowl add your dry cake mix, cooled brown butter and 1 egg. Mix until combined.
  4. Press into the bottom of a parchment-lined 9 x 13-inch pan and pour cream cheese mixture over the top.
  5. Bake for about 45 minutes until you notice the top is begining to brown. The middle might jiggle slightly but this is OK. It will set up while it cools.
  6. After the cake has completely cooled, sprinkle it with powdered sugar.

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