Ooey Gooey Bars




  • 1 box vanilla or white cake mix
  • 2 sticks butter (melted and divided)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 block (8 oz) cream cheese
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Optional toppings: powdered sugar, whipped cream, chocolate sauce


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray or butter.
  2. Prepare Cake Base:
    • In a large mixing bowl or using a mixer, combine the vanilla or white cake mix, 1 egg, and 1 stick of melted butter.
    • Mix until thoroughly combined.
    • Press this mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  3. Prepare Cream Cheese Layer:
    • In the same bowl (no need to clean it), add the cream cheese and mix until smooth.
    • Add the remaining 2 eggs and vanilla extract, mixing until well combined.
    • Gradually add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition.
  4. Assemble and Bake:
    • Pour the cream cheese mixture over the cake base in the pan.
    • Spread it evenly with a spatula.
  5. Bake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 45 minutes.
    • The cake should be set around the edges but still slightly “jiggly” in the center. It will continue to set as it cools.
  6. Cooling:
    • Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan. It’s important to resist the temptation to cut into it while warm.
  7. Cutting into Bars:
    • Once completely cooled, cut the cake into small bars.
    • Due to its richness, smaller portions are recommended.
  8. Optional Toppings and Serving:
    • Feel free to get creative with toppings like a dusting of powdered sugar, a dollop of whipped cream, or a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
    • Serve and enjoy these delicious Ooey Gooey Bars with your favorite toppings, and savor the rich, gooey texture!

Note: The inside of the bars will have a gooey, almost raw appearance, but that’s part of the charm of this dessert. Trust the process, and you’ll be rewarded with a decadent treat!