Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake & A Giveaway!

I have to say, nine months ago I had to idea what my little family blog would turn into.  I started it as a quick and easy way to share recipes within my rather large extended family, but my has it grown!  Last month, I had readers from Germany, Australia, Spain, Brazil and India – just to name a few…I hope you are all enjoying what you find here at Lemon-Sugar.com and I hope you’ll continue to come back for a long time.  I’m humbled by your nice comments, feedback and encouragement – I couldn’t do this without you all and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!  Yesterday, I reached a goal I set for myself – 500 fans on my Facebook page - so today we’re going to celebrate! And what better way to celebrate than a fabulous dessert and a chance to win some free stuff? 
Since the fall season is rapidly approaching, I thought it time to break out an old standby – Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake.  The recipe is super simple and it’s amazing.  You might never go back to pumpkin pie after you try this.  If you’ve had PD’s regular Gooey Butter Cake and loved it – you just can’t pass up this version.  Try it. 
Like I said, the recipe is pretty straightforward.  The only real advice I can offer is that it can be hard to judge when it’s done.  You want the middle to be gooey, but not runny. And if you bake it too long, the crust will burn and you’ll lose the “goo-factor” which is really what makes it so wonderful in the first place.  Just keep an eye on it and if the middle isn’t done but the crust is getting dark, just cover it with foil until it’s ready to come out of the oven.
As promised, my way of saying thank you to all my readers is to finally offer an amazing giveaway.  One reader will win an awesome fall-themed cupcake pack from Bake It Pretty.  I buy a lot of my fun baking accessories from this site and I’m more than happy to share the love!  First, you’ll receive two packages of cupcake liners (theirs are awesome, grease-proof and super sturdy).  I’ll also throw in a package of chocolate brown jimmies and some orange candy beads, perfect for Thanksgiving or Halloween cupcakes!


Finally, and the best part:  you’ll also win this completely awesome cupcake icing kit – which includes five tips and a 16-inch pastry bag.  These are the only tips I use anymore for all of my cupcake decorating!  Awesome. 

So, how do you win?  Easy.  You can enter as many times as you want, but you have to do one of the following things each time you enter:

1) Go to a recipe on my blog (any recipe) and leave a comment.  The comment can be anything (be nice, please) but I’m looking for feedback – what you like about it, if you’ve made it, if you plan to make it.  Then come back here and leave a comment stating you did so.  That’s one entry.
2) Pin one of my blog images on Pinterest.com.  Then come back here and leave a comment stating you did so.  For each picture you pin, leave a comment here and earn another entry!
3) Suggest my Facebook page to your friends on Facebook.  Then, come back here and leave a comment stating you did so.  That’s another entry!

So – there you go.  Three ways to enter, and you can enter as many times as you want.  Just be sure to leave a comment on this post (below) stating what you did to enter.  And be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you.  The winner will be selected by random.org and the winners action’s will be verified. 

The giveaway opens now, and will remain open until Friday 9/9/11 at 12:00pm CST.  The winner will be announced Friday afternoon.


Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake
Yield:  6 to 8 servings

Crust Ingredients:
1 package yellow cake mix
1 egg
1 stick (8 Tablespoons) melted butter

Cake Ingredients:
15 oz canned pumpkin
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1 stick (8 Tablespoons) melted butter
1 pound (16 oz)  powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine cake mix, 1 egg and 1 stick of butter.  Pat the mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 cake pan.  (I used my springform pan instead.)  Make sure you allow some crust to inch up the side of the pan .

In the same bowl, combine pumpkin and softened cream cheese until creamy.  Add eggs, powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and spices and combine until well mixed.  Pour mixture over the crust.  (I didn’t use all of it for my springform pan, I had some leftover…)

Bake for 40-50 minutes.  Do not overbake, the middle should still be “gooey.”  (For the springform pan, I baked it for 65 minutes, covering the top with foil in the last 15 minutes of baking.)

Enjoy!

Source:  Paula Deen

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Hi-Hat Cupcakes
  • Anonymous

    I have made this befor but will add a handfull of ground pecans to the crust. Then a dusting of the ground pecans on the top. Ohhh so good!

    Diana

  • Lynsey James

    I posted a comment on the Lemon Vanilla Sugar Cookies and shared your FB page on my wall. Best of luck on continued growth for your blog!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12693020680303909151 dmacke

    Such a great idea!! I’m in charge of Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving and plan to bake the Gooey Pumpkin recipe instead – odds are I won’t bake this particular recipe until the end of November… However, that’s not to say I won’t try any of your other fantastic recipes!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04767349484149756778 larasursa

    I posted on FB and commented on the vanilla. I want those cool toys! Now if I could only bake like you and still fit into my pants. Will there be a give away for that soon??? :)

  • Lou Ann Walker

    I posted on your Lemon Cupcakes…

  • Lou Ann Walker

    I also posted on your Vanilla recipe and shared your link on my facebook page…. love your website!!!

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    I posted on the Hi Hats Cupcakes!

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    I pinned your Pretzel Bites! http://pinterest.com/pin/56247844/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06061208538689914487 Annika

    And your hi-hat cupcakes.

    http://pinterest.com/pin/172782168/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06061208538689914487 Annika

    And of course the cream cheese lemon bars!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/172786107/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06061208538689914487 Annika

    And I am going to comment on this recipe, as I love pumpkin pie, but have never had a pumpkin cake. Unfortunately, canned pumpkin is not really easy to get in the UK.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06061208538689914487 Annika

    And it’s another pin for this one: http://pinterest.com/pin/172799733/. Great giveaway, by the way, thank you very much!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09307606271629505833 Kitten

    I pinned your hi-hat cupcakes!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09307606271629505833 Kitten

    and I commented on the hi-hat cupcakes, too!

  • http://american-blondie.blogspot.com Amanda Brooke

    What a perfect fall recipe! Definitely going to give it a try very soon!

  • Jenny W.

    I love this recipe! It’s so super yummy and so perfect for the fall season…it’s one of my kids favorites…Thanks!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12858843727145404183 Elain Ponce De Leon

    i commented on your cinnamon roll recipe. definitely will be making soon!!

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    I commented on your baked potato in a bread bowl….can’t wait to try it!

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    I shared your page with my friend Mia =)

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    I have told all my FB friends about this wonderful giveaway

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10001512308169583489 Mrs. Schwartz

    Love your pictures!

  • Becke Barfield

    I pinned your pumpkin gooey butter cake, and I plan on making it!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17500913684395209404 Cat M.

    I commented on your hi-hats as well! I love those! Looking forward to reading the rest of your blog.:)

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  • Erin

    Hi Erin – I printed out your baked potato in a bread bowl recipe, made a comment, and will be making it tonight. I feel a carb overload coma coming on – and I can’t wait!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12858843727145404183 Elain Ponce De Leon

    pinned your hi-hat cupcakes!

  • Erin

    Hi again Erin – I suggested my friends on facebook review your page. I hope some of them following my recommendation. You have some fantastic recipes.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12858843727145404183 Elain Ponce De Leon

    pinned your soft garlic knots. those look so yummy… and the picture almost looks like you can smell the garlic!

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    I shared your FB page and your blog on my FB wall & I commented on your Whoopie Pie recipe! Im making some right now! :)

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  • Megan A

    I suggested my friends check out your facebook page! :)

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    I commented on the cookie dough cupcakes. YUMMY!

  • Alanna

    I pinned your bread bowl baked potato

  • http://www.poppylopparties.com Alanna

    I also pinned your pumpkin cake from this giveway.

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    i commented on TWO of your yummy posts: hi hat cuppies and the potato soup bread bowl. omgyum!!

    jpinnick86 (at) gmail (dot) com

  • stefanietweedy

    I just pinned two things to my dessert board. I can’t wait to make some of your recipes. I just have one suggestion….I would love to be able to see a photo next to the recipes. I’m such a visual person. I won’t even buy a cookbook unless they have a photo for every recipe. Ok so I’m alittle OCD about some things…hehe

  • Mikki

    I commented on your Hi-Hat cupcakes :)

  • Mikki

    I have pinned your hi-hat cupcakes :)
    coeur.de.verre(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

  • Mikki

    Can we comment on a post more than once and have it count as an entry? I just commented on your broccoli penne recipe as I did have a genuine question. if this doesnt also count as an entry, please just ignore this comment!

  • Mikki

    I pinned your Rigatoni with creamy marsala sauce. looks delicious. Glad to have come across the recipe.

  • terri coffin

    I posted to Facebook!

  • http://www.lemon-sugar.com Erin @ Lemon Sugar

    @Mikki

    To enter the contest, you have to do one of the above things, and then come to this page and tell me that you did it. So you can comment on 15 posts if you want, but you have to come here 15 times and tell me what you did to get 15 entries. Clear as mud?

    =)

  • terri coffin

    Making this for a church picnic this weekend!

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    I just shared your Facebook page with all of my friends!;~)

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    I posted a comment on tiramisu cupcakes

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    I commented on hi-hat cupcakes

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14527696096497742251 Susie

    I pinned hi-hat cupcakes, those might be next on my list to make..

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13550160128672213130 All Things Yummy

    The buffalo chicken bites look delicious. I plan to make them this weekend for football. yum!

  • Leslie Dohrn

    Hey Erin! I recommended your page to all my friends on Facebook (and told them a million times in person that you are amazing)! Thanks again for all your talent and sweetness:).

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    Hi, I commented on your high hats! :)

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    I pinned your cupcake apple pies! :)

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    I commented on the cinnamon rolls. I can’t wait to try this recipe and the pumpkin gooey butter cake. angeliquebazan@yahoo.com

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    Hi! I posted a commented on my favorite whoopee pie recipe. Yummy! Gigicuccaro02@yahoo.com

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    I commented on the cream cheese lemon bars. These look yummy!! I can’t wait to try them. angeliquebazan@yahoo.com

  • Deea

    I pinned your potato soup w/ bread bowls! :)

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    I commented on the sugar cookie bars.

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    And then I pinned those delicious looking bars to Pinterest!

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    I commented on your buffalo chicken bites. We love buffalo!However, your Fauxstess cupcakes sure look great.

  • Angelique

    I commented on the baked potato soup in a bread bowl. Yummo!!

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    I commented on the whoopie pies. angeliquebazan@yahoo.com

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    Commented on the ham and cheese sliders. angeliquebazan@yahoo.com

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    I commented on your Tiramisu Cupcake recipe. :)

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    I posted on Facebook.

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    I pinned your hi hat cupcakes. :)

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    I pinned your pretzels :)

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    PINNED IT ON PINTREST…GOOEY CAKE LOOKS AMAZING! YUM!! L10NESSA@CFL.RR.COM

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    I made a comment on your Cinnamon Roll Scones. I can’t wait to make them!

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    I suggested your FB page to all my friends!

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    I commented on your Jalapeño Cornbread recipe.

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    I shared your page with my friends on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/shanerussell/posts/111741605598788 and also on my cupcakes Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/shaneskillercupcakes/posts/280770928615378

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18377154919529056919 Tree

    Commented on those delish hi-hat cupcakes. I mean, seriously…woah. :)

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    commented on the sugar cookie bars!

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    comment on little coconut cream pies!

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    comment on lemon-vanilla sugar cookies!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00295635918782494860 Lauren

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    comment on lemon drop cupcakes!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00295635918782494860 Lauren

    pinned me some lemon drop cupcakes!

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    comment on wedding cupcakes!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00295635918782494860 Lauren

    comment on hi-hats! and I’m such a space, I forgot to leave my email on all my other comments!! fredellicious@gmail.com

  • Megan A

    I commented on the Chocolate Sundae Cupcakes :)

  • Megan A

    Made a comment on your Wedding Cupcakes!

  • Megan A

    I left a comment about your Hi Hat Cupcakes. I realllllly want one right now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/LauraLJCunningham LauraC

    Comment posted on your Hi-Hat Cupcakes!

  • Mikki

    Thanks! I wasn’t sure if there we could comment on a post only once but pin more than once. Just wanted to be clear and not cheat by accident! Love your blog.
    I have pinned your Creamy Baked Pasta.

  • Mikki

    Pinned your Spinach Gruyere Quiche! Looks fab.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08145449941678035679 Krista

    Sharing on FB right now :)

  • http://newlyweds-blog.com Jenna @ Newlyweds

    What a sweet giveaway!! I am pinning this pumpkin cake, can’t wait to try it.

    Also a follower on facebook: Newlyweds blog

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    I posted a comment on your southwest eggrolls and snickers cupcakes, shared the recipes and your site with fb. :) THANKS!!!
    Joy

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    commented on your hi hats! Can’t wait to try those!

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    I shared your page on my facebook page and told everyone to check you out!

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    I pinned your recipe for Hi Hat cupcakes on to my cupcake Pinterest Board. I will try these for sure!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15425511903148295389 tip

    I am going to try making your recipe for vanilla-lemon sugar cookies-I commented on them and I hope they turn out! thanks

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    I shared/suggested your page on my FB

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    Pinned on pinterest

  • Deea

    I commented on your little coconut cream pies! :)

  • Deea

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  • Angelique

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  • Angelique

    I shared your FB page with family and friends

  • Angelique

    I commented on Jalepeno cheddar cornbread.

  • Angelique

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  • Angelique

    I commented on the mini doughnuts with honey vanilla glaze.

  • Angelique

    I commented on the Just cherry pie. angeliquebazan@yahoo.com

  • Angelique

    I commented on the brownie bites!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15584791915064559467 shangel

    I pinned your picture for Chocolate Macarons with Espresso Ganache Filling

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15584791915064559467 shangel

    I also pinned your picture for the Wedding Cupcakes

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15584791915064559467 shangel

    I pinned your Tropical Kahlua and Cream picture. It looks awesome.

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    Pinned Pico De Gallo

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    Pinned cookies n creme cupcakes

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13271825979443414110 BeeBubbaBella

    pinned soft garlic knots cant wait to try those either tonight or tomorrow!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00199846860173244287 Rachel

    i just commented on the hi hat cupcakes…YUM!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00199846860173244287 Rachel

    i also posted on my FB wall!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13271825979443414110 BeeBubbaBella

    pinned deep dish pizza

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09036043185712506956 Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    I suggested your facebook page to friends (Rachel Keefe Jacobs)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09036043185712506956 Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09036043185712506956 Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    pinned chocolate macarons

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09036043185712506956 Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    pinned cherry pie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09036043185712506956 Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    pinned brownie bites (rachel jacobs)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09036043185712506956 Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    pinned chocolate lava cupcakes

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09036043185712506956 Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    pinned garlic knots

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09036043185712506956 Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    pinned apple pie cupcakes

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09036043185712506956 Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    pinned whoopie pies

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09036043185712506956 Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    pinned baby shower cupcakes

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09036043185712506956 Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    pinned neopolitan layer cake

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09036043185712506956 Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    pinned butterfly cupcakes (I think these might be my favorite)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09036043185712506956 Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    pinned gooey pumpkin cake

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09036043185712506956 Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    pinned tiramisu cupcakes

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09036043185712506956 Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    pinned tropical kahlua and creme drink

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09036043185712506956 Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    pinned the hi hat cupckes (SO SO SO Cute)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04064250216111852217 Michelle H

    Posted comment on fb pumpkin gooey butter cake as well… wish my fb fone app would let me share on my site!!

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  • Deb Ebner

    I pinned 30 Fall Recipes. OMG, Snickerdoodle muffins, Cinnamon Roll cake, Caramel Apple cupcakes, Pumpkin Gooey Butter cake, Rustic Apple Tart, just to name a few. BE STILL MY HEART!!

  • Deb Ebner

    I have made Pumpkin Gooey Butter cake for the past 5 Thanksgivings in place of pumpkin pie because most of my family members don’t like pumpkin pie (but I do — gotta have my pumpkin fix on Thanksgiving.) EVERYONE loves PGBC!

  • Deb Ebner

    I suggested your FB page as a great baking blog – because it is!

    • lemonsugar

      Aw, thank you! Glad to have you! :)

  • cinniebee

    can’t wait to try it and compare to Paula Deens recipe! cb

    • cinniebee

      posted to pinterest!

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