Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake

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Get ready for a slice of heaven with this amazing chocolate gooey butter cake recipe! Imagine a rich dark chocolate cake with a gooey cream cheese topping and a luxurious chocolate ganache. Each bite is like a taste of chocolate paradise!

Let me tell you why this cake is such a hit:

  • The bottom layer is a super moist and fudgy chocolate cake that practically melts in your mouth.
  • The creamy chocolate cream cheese layer adds a luxurious texture that’s simply irresistible.
  • And to top it all off, a smooth chocolate ganache adds an extra layer of decadence to each bite.

This cake is a total showstopper, whether you’re serving it for a special occasion or just indulging in a sweet treat. Plus, it’s best enjoyed at room temperature, so you can savor every gooey, chocolatey bite!

A little background: The original gooey butter cake recipe hails from St. Louis, made famous by Paula Deen. But this version takes it to a whole new level by adding rich chocolate flavor and making everything from scratch. Trust me, it’s a dessert you won’t soon forget!

Let’s get baking! Here’s what you’ll need:

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 8 slices


For the Gooey Chocolate Layer:

  • 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk at room temperature
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder

For the Chocolate Cake:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup buttermilk at room temperature
  • ¼ cup hot coffee

For the Chocolate Ganache:

  • 3 oz semi-sweet chocolate chopped
  • ½ cup heavy cream


For the Gooey Chocolate Layer:

  • Beat the cream cheese until smooth, then add the egg and egg yolk and mix until combined.
  • Sift in the powdered sugar and cocoa powder, mixing until smooth. Set aside.

For the Chocolate Cake:

  • Preheat the oven and prepare a springform pan.
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • Cream the sugar and butter, then add the eggs and vanilla.
  • Alternate adding the dry ingredients and buttermilk to the wet ingredients, then mix in the coffee.
  • Pour the batter into the pan, then spread the cream cheese filling over the top.
  • Bake and let cool before chilling in the fridge.

For the Chocolate Ganache:

  • Place the chocolate in a bowl.
  • Heat the cream until steaming, then pour it over the chocolate and mix until smooth.
  • Let the ganache cool slightly before pouring it over the cooled cake.


  • Once the cake has chilled, remove it from the pan and place it on a serving plate.
  • Pour the ganache over the top and spread it evenly.
  • Chill the cake to set the ganache, then sprinkle with chocolate shavings and sea salt before serving.

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