Neiman Marcus Cake

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Neiman Marcus Cake is a gooey butter cake with a short-cut from a boxed cake mix and a tangy cream cheese layer. 

two slices of gooey butter cake / Neiman Marcus cake on a plate with berries

I first heard about the Neiman Marcus Cake from a reader who loves my Neiman Marcus Cookie recipe. It’s easy to make and comes out like a cross between a cake and a bar cookie. The top is a bit crackly, with a cream cheese layer underneath, on top of a blondie-like bottom crust. The edges are a little bit chewy. 

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe: You can whip this cake up with a few simple ingredients. It’s perfect to bring to your next barbecue, picnic, or birthday party. It’s also a kid-friendly treat and it freezes well.

How to Make Neiman Marcus Cake

This cake is an interesting twist on the usual cake-making procedure. First, you’ll make a layer with a boxed cake mix, which becomes a crust for the gooey butter cake topping. 

steps and ingredients to make gooey butter cake with boxed cake mix

I lined the pan with foil which makes for easy removal to cut the cake but makes it harder to spread the bottom layer, so lining it is optional.

It’s important to use room-temperature cream cheese for easy blending. This way, you can ensure that the simple four-ingredient cream cheese layer comes together quickly and smoothly. 

steps to put the cake and cream cheese layer in a baking dish

You bake it until the cake pulls away from the edges and is golden brown on top.

The foil makes it easy to remove the cake from the pan so it’s easier to cut into squares. Remove the foil before cutting the squares.

slicing neiman marcus cake out of the baking dish into bars

Serving Suggestions

My husband loved this cake topped with fresh raspberries or strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream. But it’s sweet enough that it’s perfect served all by itself.

You can also go with a simple sprinkling of powdered sugar for a pretty presentation. 

two slices of gooey butter cake with fresh strawberries on a plate

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Try these other easy homemade cake recipes next:

  • Black Forest Cheesecake Cake is a multi-layered show-stopper with moist chocolate cake and creamy cheesecake. 
  • Pear Cake is a fruity and comforting cake recipe for fall.
  • Chocolate Cake for Two from Pressure Cooking Today is a delightful miniature cake that’s perfect as a smash cake for babies, made in the pressure cooker. 
two slices of gooey butter neiman marcus cake on a plate with strawberries
Yield: 1 9x13-inch cake

Neiman Marcus Cake

This Neiman Marcus Cake recipe is a gooey butter cake with a tangy cream cheese layer for a short-cut dessert recipe. 


Cake Bottom Layer

  • 1 15.25 oz box yellow or white cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs

Cream Cheese Top Layer

  • 3-1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus more for serving
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13 cake pan with non-stick spray or line it with foil.

In a large mixing bowl, mix cake mix, melted butter, and eggs with a sturdy spoon until well blended. (It will be thick like a cookie dough.)

Use your fingers or a bench scraper to press dough into the prepared pan. 

Make cream cheese topping: In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and two cups of powdered sugar on low speed until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla and beat on low speed until blended. Add remaining 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and beat until blended. Pour over cake bottom and spread to the edges of the pan.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until topping is set and golden brown and it’s pulling away from the sides of the pan. Cool completely in the pan.

To serve, cut into squares and sprinkle top with additional powdered sugar if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 152mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 20gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.

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