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Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake {My all time favorite pumpkin dessert}

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake, pie and cheesecake come together to make the ultimate fall dessert, decadent in all its glory!

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

Thanksgiving is soon approaching.  It is less than a month away, can you believe it?  The turkeys are starting to fill up in the freezer sections in our grocery stores here in East Texas, and not to mention the holiday baking items that are displayed in the center isles.

In the coming weeks, I plan to focus my blog post on our traditional Thanksgiving menu that we have each year.  My Grandchildren, especially Gabriel, is already getting in the mood for all our favorites we make every year.   He said he was ready for some Turkey and Dressing, Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows, and a Relish Tray with Ham Rolls, and don't forget the German Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Cream Pie that set on our dessert  table.  He is such a him!

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake
Talking about favorites, this Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake is my all time favorite pumpkin dessert. I have made pumpkin desserts through out all the years I have been baking, but this one is tops. The bottom is a cookie texture and the filling  poured on top and baked giving it the richness of a cheesecake texture.   Oh so goooood!

The gooey butter cakes have been around for years, with the most popular one when I was growing up, the Neiman Marcus Cake that has been varied over the years into some scrumptious desserts.

This particular gooey butter cake recipe is from Paula Deen who is the queen of Gooey Butter Cakes.  She brought them to a new level using every flavor imaginable to make them into delectable desserts!

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake
Recipe Source:  Paula Deen
  • Ingredients: Cake
  • 1 (18 1/4 oz.) yellow cake mix (I used a Pillsbury Golden Butter Cake Mix)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 egg

  • Ingredients: Filling
  • 1 (15 oz.) canned pumpkin puree (or homemade)
  • 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
Directions: Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To make the cake, combine all of the ingredients and mix well.  Pat the mixture into a lightly greased 13x9-inch baking pan; set aside.

Directions: Filling
In a bowl to an electric stand mixer using the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth.  Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter and beat together.

Next, add the powdered sugar, pumpkin spice, and mix well.

Spread pumpkin mixture over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.  Make sure not to overbake as the center should be a little gooey.

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  1. Yummy! I think I'm gonna love this dessert too! Thank you for the recipe, I just copied it. Have a happy week.

  2. Oh Kay - I smiled from ear to ear when I read the title of this post! This is just about MY favorite holiday dessert too - always a hit with my family! I need to make it again soon so I can update my old photo. Yours look great! MM good.

    1. Awe...thank you Marsha! Made it and had to send half of it to the grandchildren house...could eat the whole thing... ha ha!

  3. Oh yum, yum, YUM! This looks and sounds amazing! I was going to make something pumpkin for our Harvest Festival on Wednesday and I think I shall make this :) Thanks for sharing! Visiting from Make It Pretty Monday. Have a lovely day.


  4. Boy, that Paula Deen recipe gets around...I just posted a nutella version of the gooey cake :-)But I love all things pumpkin so this may be dessert for our next Sabbath meal!

  5. Oooooo - this sounds delish, but how I wish my restricted diet would allow it! Gone to no-low sugar, dairy free, gluten free treats these days and taste-bud adjusting. But, I remember when . . .
    Visiting from Make it Pretty Monday!
    Miss Kathy from The Writer's Reverie

  6. It looks wonderful and sounds fantastic :)
    Definitely something I should try

  7. Hey Miss K...I have made this recipe for several years now ever since I saw it in her book a while ago. My grandmother gave me an old church cookbook that had a recipe in it called a Neiman Marcus cake which I later discovered was called a Gooey Butter Cake....I loove it. I also love your blog, I too write down and plan on leaving my daughter and sons a cookbook full of my "famous" recipes to have in their kitchens. I am also an East Texas girl myself. My hubby and I grew up in Longview,Tx and still call it home, our families still live there and we hope to settle somewhere in that area once he retires from the Navy!! Be Blessed and I look forward to many more of your post..

    1. Hi Kesha ~ love that you stopped by to let me know you grew up in Longview! I grew up in Longview and graduated from Pine Tree High School....blessings, K

  8. this looks like it would be a wonderful addition to thanksgiving this year! thanks for posting. would you come share it and another recipe to our recipe linky party? i'd be so honored if you would! ~~katie

    1. Just came from your lovely blog...following you on RSS feed...see you next friday!!

  9. Hi Kay, I found you through the Texas bloggers link up list and I'm so glad I did! This sounds so good and I'm going to give it a try. We must be near each other as I'm in Region 3 also. I'd love for you to come share at Totally Transformed Tuesday a party for anything you have transformed. I'm a new follower. Hope to see you there. Hugs Peggy

  10. I've died and gone to heaven! Thanks for sharing this on Southern Sundays. Can't wait to sink my teeth into this dish. Hope to see you again soon!

  11. I knew it...your wonderful recipe is being featured today on Southern Sundays. It's sure was a favorite. Congrats!

  12. I'm so happy you reposted this delish cake for Fall, now that I can pin it!
    Thanks again for sharing.
    Happy Fall