Low-FODMAP Gooey Butter Cake; Gluten-free

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I first encountered Gooey Butter Cake when I moved to St. Louis, Missouri for my residency training.  This rich, sweet and delicious dessert is super popular all over the MidWest, and has become a regular order at my favorite steakhouses. While some call it ‘chess bars’, and others ‘butter pie’, it is pretty much the same dessert.

When I realized I could make a shortcut recipe for low-FODMAP Gooey Butter Cake using my low-FODMAP Happy Baking Vanilla Cake mix, I was all-in!

This is a simple, delicious and dazzling low-FODMAP Gooey Butter Cake. You will want this dessert for every occasion.

But be aware, it is VERY sweet and VERY buttery.  A small piece goes a long way 🙂

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Rachel Pauls, MD

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Although this recipe has not been tested, a single serving should be low-FODMAP based on the ingredients

Serves 24

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 70 minutes (as ovens vary, your may need more/less time)

Equipment: 13 by 9 inch baking pan

Modified from versions by Paula Deen and aspicyperspective.com


  • 1 box (26 ounces) low-FODMAP Certified Happy Baking Vanilla Cake Mix
    • Be aware that other GF vanilla cake mixes may not work out the same
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature; divided
  • 12 tablespoons (1 & 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter, melted
    • If you don’t have salted butter, then use unsalted and add 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 8 oz (16 tablespoons) package of lactose-free cream cheese, or regular cream cheese, softened
    • If you tolerate lactose, then 2 tablespoons of regular cream cheese is one low-FODMAP serving
  • 16 oz (1 box) confectioner’s sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • Baking spray


  • Preheat your oven to 350º F and spray your pan with baking spray. Place rack in center of oven
  • Combine the entire contents of your box of low-FODMAP Happy Baking Cake mix, 2 eggs and 12 tablespoons melted unsalted butter in a large bowl of an electric mixer and mix well on medium speed
    • It will seem crumbly at first, but then will come together like a cookie dough
  • Lightly pat the mixture into the bottom of your 13 by 9-inch baking pan
  • In a second large bowl using your mixer, beat the lactose-free cream cheese until smooth
  • Add 3 eggs and vanilla (and optional almond extract) then melted salted butter and beat together
  • Next, add the powdered sugar and mix well until combined (slowly as it makes a mess!)
  • Spread cream cheese mixture over the cake batter and bake for about 60 minutes
    • Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey, with some jiggle in it (similar to cheesecake)
    • Ovens vary, yours may need more or less time
  • Serve warm, dusted with confectioner’s sugar

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