Outback Butter Cake Recipe – Tips and guide to making a cake like Outback steakhouse

If you are reading this post, you’ve probably savored the exciting flavors of Outback steakhouse butter cake and are looking to make some at home. I have bad and good news.

First, the bad news. Outback butter cake recipe isn’t available to the public. However, searching for similar recipes will often find recipes identical to the Outback butter cake recipe.

Now, the good news. In this post, we’ve documented a butter cake recipe that will give you the same flavor and texture the original Outback butter cake recipe offers.

Outback butter cake recipe – A step-by-step guide on how to make it

Here’s a recipe that will result in a butter cake that is mainly similar to the Outback butter cake recipe. It doesn’t taste precisely like Outback butter cake, but it has a significant similarity.

For four to six cakes

Ingredients for butter cake batter include:

  • 2 ounces of cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 ¼ cups of granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of crushed sea salt
  • 1½ teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)

Ingredients for the layer of cream cheese

  • 1 egg (room temperature)
  • ½ teaspoon of granulated sugar
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  1. Set the oven to 325°F and leave to preheat.
  2. Make the cake batter: Add the butter, cream cheese, and sugar to a stand mixer and mix for about two minutes. Then add one egg and mix for about twenty seconds, do the same with the second egg. Then add the vanilla extract and mix well enough. Finally, mix the salt and flour in a separate bowl, then add to the mixture and beat until it is well-mixed.
  3. Make the layer of cream cheese: Add the cream cheese and sugar in a small bowl and whip until it is well-whipped, then add the egg and vanilla extract and mix them in.
  4. Put the cake batter in spring pans and layer with the cream cheese. Do not overfill each pan.
  5. Place in the oven and bake between 60 and 75 minutes. To know if they are cooked, the top layer of the cakes will become golden brown.
  6. When cooked, bring them out and let them cool before serving with toppings of choice.

Variations and Additions

Chocolate Outback Butter Cake

Ingredients and modifications needed for chocolate version

  • Add 1/2 cup cocoa powder to the dry ingredients.
  • Increase the amount of sugar by 1/2 cup to balance the bitterness of the cocoa.
  • Use chocolate chips instead of white chocolate chips.

Baking and cooling tips for chocolate version

  • Bake at the same temperature for a slightly longer time (about 5-10 minutes).
  • Test the cake with a toothpick or cake tester to ensure it is fully baked.
  • Cool the cake completely before slicing and serving.

Nutty Outback Butter Cake

Ingredients and modifications needed for nutty version

Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts (such as pecans or walnuts) to the batter.

Use brown sugar instead of granulated sugar for a richer flavor.

Baking and cooling tips for nutty version

Bake at the same temperature for the same amount of time as the original recipe.

Test the cake with a toothpick or cake tester to ensure it is fully baked.

Cool the cake completely before slicing and serving.

Seasonal Fruits Outback Butter Cake

Ingredients and modifications needed for fruit version

  • Add 1 cup of fresh, diced fruit (such as peaches, berries, or apples) to the batter.
  • Use brown sugar instead of granulated sugar for a richer flavor.

Baking and cooling tips for fruit version

  • Bake at the same temperature for the same amount of time as the original recipe.
  • Test the cake with a toothpick or cake tester to ensure it is fully baked.
  • Cool the cake completely before slicing and serving.

Note: For all variations, make sure to mix the additional ingredients thoroughly into the batter before pouring into the prepared pan. Also, feel free to experiment with different combinations of flavors and ingredients to create your own unique version of the Outback Butter Cake.

What type of butter does Outback use?

It is uncertain what type of butter Outback uses in all their recipes.

However, depending on the recipe, Outback uses regular cooking butter or, sometimes, softened butter.

In addition, steakhouses like Outback are known to use a type of butter called compound butter. Compound butter is regular butter that has been softened to room temperature, mixed with preferred spices, and refrigerated to solidify.

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Tips for ooey Outback butter cake recipe success

To ensure your ooey-gooey butter cake recipe is a success, follow these tips:

  • Ensure you have all the necessary ingredients and tools in the right size and proportions.
  • Let your ingredients sit out for a brief period before you begin prepping so they can be at room temperature.
  • The cake is made if the cake’s middle still looks undercooked and wiggles, but the crust is firm when you shake the pan.
  • Always let the cake cool for about an hour before you cut and serve. When cutting the cake, take your time and be gentle. To avoid cake sticking to your knife, spray the knife with cooking spray and clean with a clean kitchen towel.
  • The flavor of ooey-gooey butter cake seems to get better after about a day in the refrigerator. So, if you can wait 24 hours before diving in, it’ll be worth it.

How do I know when gooey butter cake is made?

The middle will jiggle when gooey butter cake is cooked while the crust remains firm.

What can you serve butter cake with?

  • Add a buttercream topping.
  • Layer with lemon curd.
  • Add syrup of your choice to boost flavor.
  • Add a chocolate ganache topping.
  • Raspberry sauce.
  • Ice cream.
  • How about some fruit slices? Fresh berries work excellently.
  • Add some slices of bananas and some green yogurt.

How do you make a Mastro butter cake?

Brace yourself because you’ll need a lot of ingredients, time, and effort for this Mastro butter cake copycat recipe.

Ingredients for the cake batter:

  • 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • 1½ cups of milk.
  • 2 eggs.
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour.
  • 2 spoons of vanilla bean paste.
  • 1½ cups of granulated sugar.
  • 1 cup of butter-flavored Crisco.
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of baking powder.

Ingredients for the coating:

  • 1 cup of Turbinado sugar.
  • ½ cup of butter-flavored Crisco.

Ingredients for the raspberry sauce:

  • ½ cup of water.
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  • 1 cup of fresh raspberries.

Ingredients for toppings:

  • Fresh raspberries.
  • Vanilla ice cream.


  1. Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and preheat.
  2. Rub the inner part of each ramekin container with half a cup of Crisco till it covers every inch of the inner layer. Then sprinkle the turbinado sugar inside the ramekins and coat the inner layer. Gently shake off extra sugar.
  3. Add the granulated sugar and a cup of Crisco to a stand mixer and mix on low speed while adding the eggs consecutively and mixing simultaneously.
  4. Mix the vanilla bean paste and milk in a small bowl. Mix the salt, baking powder, and flour in another bowl.
  5. Add both separate mixtures to the stand mixer in little and alternated batches (milk mixture followed by the flour mixture. Milk mixture again followed by the flour mixture). Ensure that everything is well-combined in the stand mixer without over-mixing.
  6. Pour the batter into the ramekin containers, fill to about 3/4th of the containers, and bake between 18 and 23 minutes.
  7. While the cakes are baking, make the raspberry sauce. Mash the raspberries with a potato masher. Pour the water, sugar, and mashed raspberries into a saucepan and let it simmer on low heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Blend in a blender until it is smooth.
  8. The cakes are made when the middle looks soft and sticky. Take the cakes out, let them sit for about five minutes, and serve with vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce as toppings.

Does Mastro’s butter cake have cream cheese in it?

Yes, the original Mastro butter cakes have cream cheese in them. However, copycat recipes like the one above don’t always have cream cheese.

Why is it called butter cake?

The term “butter cake” generally refers to a type of cake that is made with a relatively high proportion of butter compared to other ingredients, resulting in a dense, moist, and richly flavored cake. In the case of the Outback Butter Cake, the name likely refers to the fact that the cake is made with a significant amount of butter, which contributes to its texture and flavor. The use of butter in cakes is a common practice, as it not only adds richness and flavor but also helps to keep the cake moist and tender.

By Luong Tan

Luong Tan, the creative and passionate founder of Bourbono, is a multi-talented individual with a deep love for the culinary arts. An accomplished food blogger, cookbook author, and former Ambassador of US cuisine in Vietnam (2015-2016), Luong has been on a mission to share his appreciation for food with the world.

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