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Bobby Deen's Lighter Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

A Lightened-Up Version of His Mom Paula Deen's Signature Dessert

After learning she has Type 2 diabetes, Paula Deen changed her eating habits to shed pounds.
Servings:Over 8
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Bobby Deen lightens up one of his mom's favorite recipes for her signature Ooey Gooey Butter Layer Cake. This version has 665 fewer calories, 90g less carbohydrates and 71g less sugar than the original, Bobby Deen says. Click HERE for Paula Deen's original recipe.


  • 1 (18 1/4-ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat buttermilk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Filling:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup plain low-fat (2%) Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon melted butter
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9 x 9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

    Place the cake mix in a large bowl. Whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and oil in a small bowl until blended. Add the buttermilk mixture to the cake mix, stirring just until blended. Pour the mixture into the baking dish.

    Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the sugar, yogurt, egg, vanilla, and butter. Spread over the cake mixture. Bake 40 – 50 minutes. You want the center to be a little gooey, so do not over bake.

    Prep Time: 10 minutes

    Cook Time: 45 minutes

    Yield: 16 servings

    Per Serving: 279 Cal; 4 g Protein; 9 g Tot Fat; 4 g Sat Fat; 2 g Mono Fat; 47 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 28 g Sugar; 106 mg Calcium; 0 mg Iron; 406 mg Sodium; 12 mg Cholesterol

    Original Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

    Lightened Up recipe courtesy Bobby Deen and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

    This recipe was styled by chef Karen Pickus for Good Morning America.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: yellow cake mix, buttermilk, egg, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, butter

    Course: Dessert

    More Info: Low Carb

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