Momofuku Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Bars with Blueberries

There was some dispute amongst me and my friends as to where these ooey gooey bars actually orginated, but wherever they did,  Momofuku’s Milk Bar definitely mainstreamed it. So for all their popularity and for a person who adds 20 sugar packets to a Venti Starbucks, I have to admit when I first had these bars I found them way too sweet.

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Momofuku Gooey Butter Cake Bars

I know – contradiction, but lets not talk about my shifting logic. Lets talk about finding a balance that keeps the richness of the original recipe while toning down the sweetness of it.


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The recipe  I used, as the title suggests is adapted from Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar. I got busy and made one batch after another, and I ate and I ate-okay, I ate  alot.  A few pounds heavier, I’ve now found my go-to version of the ooey gooey butter cake bars.

A few notes:

  • For the adaptations, I added lemon zest to the cake base for a slight bite of acidity and blueberries to the ooey gooey layer to balance out the sweetness with some tartness.
  • I prefer my bars on the firmer side, so I baked the bars for 40 minutes. For a more gooey center  and to stay closer to the original recipe bake the bars for only 30 minutes.

Momofuku Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Bars with Blueberries

Makes one 8×8 pan | Preparation: Line pan with enough parchment to create a 1 inch over hang on each side. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.


  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 4 ounces butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 10 oz. blueberries
  • 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 lemon zest  in a bowl and mix until well blended. Press mixture into parchment-lined 8×8-inch pan. Sprinkle blueberries on top. Set aside.
  2. Place the cream cheese, remaining 2 eggs, sugar, vanilla and mix until well blended. Pour cream cheese mixture on top of blueberries and spread mixture all the way to the edges. Bake for at 350 degrees F for 30 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, cut while cold, and transfer to mini-cupcake linersto serve.

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  1. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    I am all about!!! adapting C.Tosi recipes because although I love her creativity, her recipes have 3 or 4 recipes within a recipe! I love using boxed cake mix and an egg for the base layer of my bars and topping with cream cheese is a winner! These look awesome!!!

  2. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    They looks delicious and so inviting! Even fresh re currants may add tartness to balance the sweet side! I will try them!

  3. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    Momofuku is definitely a place I want to visit! Love that i can make these bars and get a sneak preview of their food!

  4. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonBrian @ A Thought For Food says

    I’m officially in love. I am marking this one down for Eric’s birthday weekend. We will be having people on the Cape and would love to serve these bars!

  5. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    I’m craving these now! They look so easy to make and really yummy. I’m going to make these for my co-workers this upcoming weekend. 😀

  6. Avatar for Naomi Robinsondiane says

    I’ve been making these bars for 20years +….I got the recipe from my husbands Grandmother, she was from Missouri & I know that she made them for years……..

    • Avatar for Naomi Robinson

      Naomi replied: — June 1st, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

      Diane – I’ve been hearing that from a few a people – that is, the recipe has been around for a quite a while. One of my friends actually gave me this recipe over a year ago, and same thing, it’s been floating around her family for years too and that it went back to relatives from long ago as well.

  7. Avatar for Naomi Robinsonjane says

    I have now tried this recipe twice and the last time baked it for 53 minutes, it was still too gooey to eat. I have no idea what went wrong!! I would love them to look like your picture. Any thoughts?

  8. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonNadja says


    Stumbled over your website and love your recipes. But – as I’m living in Holland, I’m wondering: what’s a ‘yellow cake mix’? We have cake mix of course, too. But I have no idea about sizes etc.

    But regardless: great recipes.

    Greetings from Holland.

  9. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonMegan says

    Idk whats up with this recipe. I baked them for 30 minutes and came out liquidy. Used 3/4 lb sugar and was still TOO sweet.

  10. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonDiane Cassidy says

    Same problem. It’s been over 40 minutes and still liquid in the middle. Giving it 10 more minutes. Hope it works cause it looks yummy!

  11. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonA Levine says

    Made these tonight! Delicious but per other comments…cook for 45 minutes then turn off the oven and let the pan continue to bake for another hour or close. You’ll get the firmer texture you need.

  12. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonJulie says

    I have been making gooey butter cake my whole life. It originated in St. Louis. For those saying that they are way too gooey…I use these exact same quantities for a 13 x 9 pan not an 8 x 8 and always bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Let it cool completely in the pan before eating. I know it is hard to resist but it always tastes better the 2nd day. Also, I’m a purist. No lemon zest or blueberries for me. Try the original before you tweek it. You won’t regret it!

  13. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonMichelle says

    Not sure, but mines turned out way different than the picture :( If I make it next time I would definitely use a bigger pan and cut the sugar buy least half

  14. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonKat says

    I had the same problem as others. 8″x 8″ pan is way too small, and even with much longer baking, they never fully cooked. That said, the taste was delicious. I will make them again, in a 9″x 13″ pan. Don’t know why an 8″ x8″ was ever written for this recipe.