Maple Gooey Butter Cake: rich, buttery, and full of warm maple flavor. Made completely from scratch, no cake mix required!

Maple Gooey Butter Cake: no cake mix required!  This tasted like a cake version of pancakes with butter & syrup.  food desserts cake

Every once in a while, something awesome happens. Somebody who I’m friends with (outside of the baking/blogging world) shares something so special with me, something really personal that relates in the most beautiful way to what I do here. And then I can share it with you!

A couple of weeks ago, my son got together with a friend from school. I happen to really like the mom of this friend. The two boys had a great time together, and when the mom dropped my son off at home, she brought along a jar of the most incredible maple syrup.

Maple Gooey Butter Cake: no cake mix required!  This tasted like a cake version of pancakes with butter & syrup.  food desserts cake

This mom is originally from Canada, and all her family is still there. Every fall when she goes up to visit, her dad gives her a few gallons of real maple syrup. He taps the maple trees and makes the syrup himself! Can you believe that?

So it’s super small-batch, super high-quality, and super personal. I knew the minute she handed over the jar, that I would have to make something really special, to do it justice.

Behold! Maple gooey butter cake.

Maple Gooey Butter Cake: no cake mix required!  This tasted like a cake version of pancakes with butter & syrup.  food desserts cake

This cake is the perfect vehicle for that sweet, warm, fall flavor. It starts with a moist maple cake on the bottom. This cake layer is a little sturdier and less sponge-y or airy. It’s the kind of cake you can really sink your teeth into. Know what I mean?

And it’s topped with the most incredible gooey, butter-y layer of maple goodness. It smells simply incredible as it’s baking! Like a big stack of buttery pancakes with plenty of real maple syrup.

I first discovered the gooey butter cake about 15 years ago. It was popularized by a Food Network celebrity chef. Her version started with a boxed cake mix, and had a healthy dose of cream cheese in the gooey topping. Then, I discovered the more authentic St. Louis version of gooey butter cake, which has a sweet yeast dough as the base.

Both are incredible, but what I was really after here was a non-yeast, cake version, but without the cake mix. So, voila! I’m so happy to share this, in my mind it’s the best of all possible worlds. And such a great way to get your maple on!

Maple Gooey Butter Cake: no cake mix required!  This tasted like a cake version of pancakes with butter & syrup.  food desserts cake

More great Fall recipes on my “Seasonal Recipes: Fall & Winter” Pinterest board!


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Maple Gooey Butter Cake
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Maple Gooey Butter Cake: rich, buttery, and full of warm maple flavor. Made completely from scratch, no cake mix required!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: maple gooey butter cake
Servings: 20
Calories: 258 kcal
Ingredients
For the cake layer
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the gooey butter topping
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • powdered sugar (optional for garnish)
Instructions
To make the cake layer:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, mist a 9×13-inch baking pan with non-stick spray, and line it with parchment.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the softened butter, and mix on medium-low speed until the mixture resembles damp sand (about 3 minutes).
  5. In a large liquid measuring cup, whisk together the eggs, maple syrup, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), milk, and vanilla.
  6. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients, and stir together on medium speed for about a minute to a minute and a half.
  7. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, spreading it into an even layer.
To make the gooey butter topping:
  1. Place the soft butter, maple syrup, flour, egg, vanilla, and salt in a small bowl and whisk together until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture over the unbaked cake layer.
  3. Bake for 28 to 32 minutes, or until set underneath but still a little jiggly towards the very center of the cake.
  4. Cool completely, cut into bars, and dust with powdered sugar for garnish.
Nutrition Facts
Maple Gooey Butter Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 258 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 159mg 7%
Potassium 120mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Sugars 17g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 7.8%
Calcium 5.4%
Iron 5.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.