Layered Peppermint Gooey Butter Cake


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 lbs or 3 1/3 cups unsifted powdered sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • red food coloring


  • Pre heat oven to 300 degrees. Mix the cake mix, melted butter and one egg until you get a soft cookie dough consistency. I used my electric hand mixer.
  • Press this mix into a well greased 9x13 baking dish.
  • Mix the remaining ingredients expect for the food coloring with the electric hand mixer until a smooth consistency. Pour half of the mix over the cake mix in the pan. Try and spread this out as evenly as possible with the back of a spoon.
  • Now, using a few drops at a time of the food coloring, dye the rest of the cream cheese mixture to the color you want. I used about 9 drops for this pink. Spread this over the top of the white mixture.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes or until a slightly golden crust is formed on top. Let this cool completely on top of a wire rack. You MUST let this set for at least 4 hours or so. Otherwise the cream cheese mix on top will be all oozey and won't cut into bars just right. TRUST ME.
  • After they have set, cut into small bars. They are extremely rich, serve with a glass of milk!