Gluten Free Ooey Gooey Cake Bars

Cut into this slice of heaven and brace your taste buds for a journey into the realm of pure indulgence! 

This enchanting gooey cake bar recipe is a delightful treat that combines the perfect balance of rich, creamy, and utterly decadent flavors. Each bite is an explosion of sweet, velvety goodness that will leave you craving for more! 


Although Paula Deen is often credited for the recipe, its origins can actually be traced back to St. Louis, Missouri, where it was enjoyed as a beloved local specialty for decades. 

Its unique name speaks to its luscious consistency – a soft cake base topped with an irresistibly gooey mixture. It’s a harmonious blend of contrasting textures that will make your taste buds dance with delight!

Gooey Cake Bar Slice
How to customize

The original recipe uses a short list of ingredients: yellow cake mix, butter, egg, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.  

To tailor this recipe, I swapped out the yellow cake mix for a gluten free variation, which can be found at a variety of grocery stores. To lower the dairy content, I used ghee in place of regular butter and lactose free cream cheese. 

You can also make this vegan by using a plant-based cream cheese and a vegan egg substitute. 

If you’re feeling creative, you can try this recipe with different variations – like chocolate, lemon zest, pumpkin spice, or red velvet. The possibilities are endless!

Yield: 9 Servings

Gooey Cake Bars (Gluten Free)

Gooey Cake Bar Thumb

Cut into this slice of heaven and brace your taste buds for a journey into the realm of pure indulgence!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


Cake Base


  • 4oz lactose-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (+ more for dusting if desired)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Make the cake layer: in a large bowl, combine the cake mix, ghee, and eggs using an electric mixer.
  3. Press the mixture into the bottom of a greased baking pan in a flat, even layer.
  4. Make the filling: clean the bowl and add the cream cheese. Beat with the electric mixture until smooth.
  5. Add the egg and mix until combined.
  6. Add the vanilla and blend.
  7. Now add the powdered sugar (1/2 cup at a time) and blend until just combined.
  8. Pour the filling over the cake layer in a baking dish. Be sure not to mix the layers.
  9. Bake for 30 mins or until the edges are golden brown and the center is still a little jiggly.
  10. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top and allow to cool completely before cutting into.

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