Cherry & Lime Ooey Gooey Butter Bars

The other day, someone asked me what happened to all the crack food and the creative nuggets? I’m not sure, because isn’t everything here crack food and a creative nugget? I am being facetious of course.

Cherry & Lime Ooey Gooey Butter Bars via Bakers Royale copy

Here I am trying to figure out what that question could possibly mean and then it led me down the rabbit hole. And damn – that set off a creeping of self doubt. Did I lose my style, my voice, what is it? I lost something?

Cherry & Lime Ooey Gooey Butter Bars from Bakers Royale

Maybe it’s a creative slump—maybe it’s nothing—but all I can do is keep pushing ahead. With that, I hope the dear question-asker likes this twist on the Momofuku Ooey Gooey Butter Bars.

(and btw- apprarently, I couldn’t decide what was the better picture, so I threw them both in – see what I mean about self-doubt?)

Cherry Lime Ooey Gooey Butter Bars from Bakers Royale 210x260

this recipe

Cherry & Lime Gooey Butter Bars


Recipe adapted from here Momofuku



  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 4 ounces butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest


  • 10 oz. cherries, seeded pureed
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract



  1. Place the dry cake mix, butter, 1 egg and 1 tablespoon lime zest  in a bowl and mix until well blended. Press mixture into parchment-lined 9x13-inch pan; set aside.
  2. Place the cream cheese, pureed cherries, lime zest, 2 eggs, vanilla and mix until well blended. Pour cream cheese mixture on top of crust. Bake for at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes, or until the edges are a light golden brown, and the center slightly jiggles when pan is tapped.
  3. Cool completely in pan. Turn out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch-squares. For nice clean edges place pan in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until firm, then cut while cold.

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  1. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonCatherine says

    when do you add the powdered sugar?

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      Meg replied: — August 8th, 2013 @ 8:53 am

      Add with the cherry mixture. I’m baking these right now–they smell awesome!

  2. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonSteph says

    No need for self doubt, your awesome! Not that I haven’t felt that myself : )

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      Steph replied: — November 6th, 2014 @ 4:08 pm

      you’re awesome I ment : )