Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake

Gooey butter cake is always good.  This red velvet cake recipe makes it all so easy.

red velvet gooey butter cake on a white plate with a fork

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.

I enjoy red velvet quite a bit actually.  I have also made red velvet donuts and red velvet gooey butter cookies

Red velvet gooey butter cake recipe


Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy cake recipes, holiday recipes, Valentine's Day recipes
Calories: 518 kcal

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.


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


  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.
Nutrition Facts
Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 518 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 509mg22%
Potassium 162mg5%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Sugar 51g57%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 790IU16%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

adapted from Paula Deen