The Ooey Gooey Coffee Cake at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park from Liberty Tree Restaurant is delicious. Every year during our holiday trip, we eat dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern prior to our Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
This recipe was so simple once we honed it in. It took a few tries to really get it right and we certainly made the mistake of over-cooking it because we thought the top should be set (more on that in a minute) but we are so thrilled with how this recipe ended up and can’t wait to make it again. So delicious.
This dessert is the best of both worlds. A delicious cookie like texture on the bottom and a fantastic ooey gooey sweet topping. We top ours with ice cream. Non-dairy oatmilk vanilla ice cream for me and regular ice cream for Bryson and my parents who were over for a BBQ.
I went back and forth about what to make for this dessert. We were having my parents and their dog over for a kind of end of summer BBQ at our house. It was a gorgeous day, warm and perfect for a relaxing afternoon on the porch.
The dogs played and we made Azeka ribs. What are Azeka ribs you ask? Only the most delicious entree on the planet! Growing up, we went to Maui quite frequently. On our first trip, we went to the grocery store, because we stayed at a condo with a full kitchen, to stock up on food andthere was this hut in the middle of the Safeway parking lot with a line all the way across the parking lot.
My dad went to investigate and discovered the most delicious smelling hut. Every day, this guy would cook up pounds and pounds and pounds of this delectably marinated chicken and beef. The meat had marinated for days and the ribs were a cut called Flanken ribs. This marinade was sweet and tangy and spicy and truly the most delicious thing ever.
The stand is gone now but the legacy continues because we cook them up all the time especially in the summer. One of my friends always requests them everytime we get together and my parents are obsessed with them to this day.
But! I digress. This post isn’t about Azeka ribs. This post is about Ooey Gooey Toffee cake.
Let’s get to baking.
Preheat your oven for 350.
For the Cake Layer
In a mixer, combine yellow cake mix, melted butter and eggs until thoroughly combined. Add chocolate chips. Mix until chips are evenly distributed. Pour the mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan.
Use your fingers or a spatula to evenly distribute the cake layer and press firmly. Set aside.
For the Ooey Gooey Layer
I used the same mixing bowl because why do more dishes than you have to but if that’s not your jam get a brand new bowl out and beat the cream cheese until creamy.
Next, add the eggs and vanilla. Go in with the powdered sugar half a up at a time so you don’t have yourself a marry little snowstorm in your kitchen. Add the melted butter next.
Finally, add in the chocolate chips and Heath bar pieces until combined. Pour the beautiful and tasty topping over your cake base and smooth out with a spatula.
If you desire, you can top with additional chocolate chips and/or toffee pieces but this is a sweet dessert and it’s not really necessary.
Bake in a 350 oven for 45 minutes. You don’t want it to be completely set. It will continue to cook when you pull it out and you want that topping to be ooey and gooey and not completely set. It’s a fine line. If the top looks watery, keep it in for a couple more minutes. You don’t want soupy but you don’t want it to be set. The center should still jiggle.
Related: Hollywood Brown Derby Cobb Salad
Walt Disney World Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake
- 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Stick Melted Butter
- 1 Cup Chocolate Chips
Ooey Gooey Layer
- 8 Ounces Softened Cream Cheese
- 2 Eggs
- 1.5 Tbsp Vanilla
- 3.5 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 1 Stick Melted Butter
- ¾ Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
- ¼ Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1 Cup Toffee Pieces