Leftover Candy Ooey Gooey Cake

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Leftover Candy Ooey Gooey Cake is the perfect way to use up leftover Halloween candy.  Using a boxed cake mix, this candy dessert couldn’t get much easier.

Leftover Candy Ooey Gooey Cake Recipe:

I am always looking for ways to use up leftover Halloween candy or Easter candy or Christmas candy.  I hate seeing that huge bowl of candy sitting on the counter begging me to come eat one, or two or three pieces.  Instead, I’d rather use up a big chunk of it all at once.

That’s how these Leftover Candy Cookie Bars came about.  I modified one of my hands down favorite dessert recipes into this decadent candy dessert.

The recipe is easy to follow and comes together quickly.  It uses a shortcut ingredient – dry boxed cake mix. I always have several different flavors of these on hand in my cabinet.

The bottom layer is where all the leftover chocolate candy pieces go, mixed into a delicious crust.  The top layer is total decadence consisting of cream cheese, powdered sugar and eggs.  This layer is also the “gooey” layer.

These cake mix butter cookies are so rich that you can cut them into small little pieces, and everybody will be perfectly happy since they are so rich.

Leftover Candy Ooey Gooey Cake is the perfect way to use up leftover Halloween candy.  Using a boxed cake mix, this candy dessert couldn't get much easier. 

How to Make Leftover Candy Cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Beat eggs, dry cake mix and melted butter until smooth.
  3. Stir in leftover candy by hand.
  4. Spread into the bottom of the prepared dish.
  5. For the top layer, cream softened cream cheese, eggs and powdered sugar until smooth and lump-free.
  6. Pour over top of the first layer.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

For the full instructions and ingredient list for leftover Halloween candy cake, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Leftover Candy Ooey Gooey Cake is the perfect way to use up leftover Halloween candy.  Using a boxed cake mix, this candy dessert couldn't get much easier. 

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Ooey Gooey Butter Bars.  It all started with the original, and now I can’t stop creating new versions.

Ooey Gooey Bar Recipe Variations

Classic Gooey Bars with Yellow Cake Mix

Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Gooey Bars

Lemon Ooey Gooey Bars

Chocolate Butter Cake (Gooey Bars)

Leftover Candy Ooey Gooey Cake is the perfect way to use up leftover Halloween candy.  Using a boxed cake mix, this candy dessert couldn't get much easier. 

Notes About Leftover Candy Ooey Gooey Cake:

  • I used a yellow cake mix for these yellow cake mix gooey bars but you could absolutely use a white cake mix instead.
  • Be sure the cream cheese is at room temperature to prevent lumps. I set mine out for a couple hours before starting.
  • For my leftover Halloween candy cake, I used a combination of M&Ms and Reese’s Cups, but you can use whatever leftover chocolate candy you have on hand. This is a great way to use up chocolate bars.
  • Bake until golden brown. The center will still be a bit jiggly.  This is a ooey gooey butter cake after all!
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Leftover Candy Ooey Gooey Cake is the perfect way to use up leftover Halloween candy.  Using a boxed cake mix, this candy dessert couldn't get much easier. 

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Leftover Candy Ooey Gooey Cake

Leftover Candy Ooey Gooey Cake is the perfect way to use up leftover Halloween candy.  Using a boxed cake mix, this candy dessert couldn't get much easier.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
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Servings: 32 servings
Calories: 141kcal

Ingredients

Bottom Layer

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 boxed yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup leftover candy, cut into chunks (heaping cup)

Top Layer

  • 2 eggs
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Bottom Layer

  • Mix together eggs, dry cake mix and melted butter until smooth.
    Leftover Candy Ooey Gooey Cake is the perfect way to use up leftover Halloween candy.  Using a boxed cake mix, this candy dessert couldn't get much easier. 
  • Stir in candy pieces by hand.
    Leftover Candy Ooey Gooey Cake is the perfect way to use up leftover Halloween candy.  Using a boxed cake mix, this candy dessert couldn't get much easier. 
  • Press into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
    Leftover Candy Ooey Gooey Cake is the perfect way to use up leftover Halloween candy.  Using a boxed cake mix, this candy dessert couldn't get much easier. 

Top Layer

  • Cream eggs, softened cream cheese and powdered sugar until lump free.
    Leftover Candy Ooey Gooey Cake is the perfect way to use up leftover Halloween candy.  Using a boxed cake mix, this candy dessert couldn't get much easier. 
  • Pour over the bottom layer.
    Leftover Candy Ooey Gooey Cake is the perfect way to use up leftover Halloween candy.  Using a boxed cake mix, this candy dessert couldn't get much easier. 
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until lightly golden brown and just set in the center.
    Leftover Candy Ooey Gooey Cake is the perfect way to use up leftover Halloween candy.  Using a boxed cake mix, this candy dessert couldn't get much easier. 

Notes

  • I used a white cake mix for these yellow cake mix gooey bars but you could absolutely use a white cake mix instead.
  • Be sure the cream cheese is at room temperature to prevent lumps. I set mine out for a couple hours before starting. 
  • For my leftover Halloween candy cake, I used a combination of M&Ms and Reese's Cups, but you can use whatever leftover chocolate candy you have on hand. This is a great way to use up chocolate bars. 
  • Bake until golden brown. The center will still be a bit jiggly.  This is a ooey gooey butter cake!
  • Try our Chocolate Chip Butter Cake version too!

Nutrition

Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 228IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

Leftover Candy Ooey Gooey Cake is the perfect way to use up leftover Halloween candy.  Using a boxed cake mix, this candy dessert couldn't get much easier. 

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