Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake

red velvet gooey butter cake

Valentine’s Day is coming. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been a big, huge fan of Valentine’s Day. I mean, yes, I love chocolate and all that, but it seems like such a throwaway holiday that I never get excited about it.

Then, I read a blog post by the fabulous Kristan (who happens to have a birthday today…hope it’s filled with lots of glitter, sparkles, and of course, every color of pink imaginable! Oh, and unicorns. It wouldn’t be a birthday without unicorns!) that if you treat Valentine’s Day like a real holiday, your husband is required to respect that and buy you lots of Valentine’s Day gifts.

Obviously, this changed my feelings.

I like gifts. Quite a lot, actually. In fact, I have a pin board devoted entirely to things that my husband should buy for me. He’s tried telling me that boys don’t “get” pinterest, but I’ve explained that I expect him to learn quickly. After all, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.

To prepare, I whipped up this Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake. Have y’all ever had regular Gooey Butter Cake? It’s pretty fabulous. Just a regular cake on the bottom, but the topping is just plain amazing. It’s gooey and buttery. I know. You never would have guessed that from the name if I hadn’t been here to tell you! It’s very rich, decadent, and pretty much perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake


    For the cake:
  • 1 box mix for red velvet cake
  • 1 egg
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
    For the filling:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 16 ounces (about 4 cups) powdered sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well. It will be thick and difficult to mix. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter and beat together. Add the powdered sugar and mix until completely combined.
  4. Spread the cream cheese mixture over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.
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adapted from Paula Deen