Philadelphia Style Butter Cake Recipe -
Philadelphia Style Butter Cake Recipe

Philadelphia Style Butter Cake

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"This is a very rich, sweet, gooey, buttery cake. I store leftovers in the refrigerator and they taste just like cheesecake! Yummy!"

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Original recipe makes 1 -9x13 inch cake Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9x13 inch pan.
  2. Beat together 1 egg, cake mix, and butter for 5 minutes. Mix and pour into prepared pan.
  3. Cream together cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, 2 eggs, and vanilla extract. Pour this on top of the cake base.
  4. Bake 35-40 minutes until browned. Cool 15 minutes and cut into squares.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 09, 2009

You have to understand that true Philadelphia buttercake, bought on the boulevard in the northeast section of Philly, is gooey and very sweet-you should try it with a can or pie filling cherries on it-almost as good as the bakery version!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 13, 2006

this recipe is horrible. first part is to thick and does not pour. the second part had way to much sugar for the average person. when this cake was done,it tasted uncooked.


43 Ratings

Jan 31, 2003

I made this for a family picnic and there wasn't any leftovers one of my uncles who is extremely picky had quite a few pieces and compelmented me tons I think this will become a regular at family parties.

Aug 29, 2002

Almost as good as the originals from the bakery!

Nov 06, 2007

This recipe was good. I increased the butter in the crust to 1 stick and added a cup of chopped walnuts. The crust was more moist and the nuts added a great flavor!

Nov 13, 2009

While this is very good, I cannot give it 5 stars because it is quite different than authentic butter cake from Philadelphia. The true thing has a much thinner crust and a much gooey-er top layer. You should have to eat it with a spoon.

Feb 12, 2004

I have made this twice for my family and they couldn't stop raving about it! It's so easy to make too. I found it easiest to mix the cake mix, butter and egg by hand (sort of messy) or with a spoon because the mixture gets stuck in the beaters of the electric mixer. Other than that this is a quick and easy recipe even for the novice baker!

Nov 29, 2002

i made this receipe for a barbeque....everyone loved it....i will always make this receipe for big gatherings.


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  • Calories
  • 242 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 35.7 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 44 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 10.3 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 2.5 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 206 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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