Saturday, June 28, 2014

St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

Not every cake has its own provenance or Wikipedia page, but St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake does.  While not everyone who has consumed this dense and chewy sweet morning cake knows the origin, we locals do, which serves to prove that even baking mistakes can work out beautifully, and perhaps, better than the original. 

There are a number of recipes for this cake; seemingly everyone has his or her own version.  Some have added pumpkin, chocolate, even butter pecan, but nothing beats the original, the recipe of which appears in one of my favorite cookbooks, St. Louis Days, St. Louis Nights, a '90s product of the local Junior League. 
Give it a try, and let me know what you think.
I think you're going to like it...a LOT!

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Melissa Miller said...

I'll have to try this out. It's nice to find one that doesn't require cake mix. I was bummed when Haas went out of business. I liked theirs. I find it interesting when non-St. Louisans think this is just a dessert when it's a breakfast coffee cake, which I will cut off a piece and eat at any point during the day. I prefer plain old gooey butter cake, also.

Marigene said...

Looks decadent, I like gooey interiors! Yes, I will be trying this.
Have a wonderful weekend, Pattie.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

WOW I wish I was having this for breakfast instead of scrambled eggs.

It looks and sounds delicious indeed! :)

Tracy Wood said...

MORNING CAKE ?! hello! Looks so good!

Denise said...

Hi Pattie,

This looks absolutely delicious!! Three of my favorite things -- gooey, butter, and cake; what's not to love? :-D I've already pinned this; thanks for sharing the recipe, Pattie.

Visiting from Amaze Me Monday; have a wonderful week and a Happy Fourth!


Denise at Forest Manor

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

You know it is St. Louis when you hear gooey butter. I have not had this for a very long time.


Elizabeth Cowie said...

I love that you gave a nod to our great town. Gooey Butter Cake is very St. Louis and very very addictive stuff- soooo good! Cheers~ Elizabeth @ Eating Local in the Lou

Terri Henkels said...

Sounds delicious! Stopping by from Try a New Recipe party.

Sandra Lee said...

This looks like I'd probably eat more than I should!

Lisa Boyle said...

Pattie, this was the most viewed post from last week's Try a New Recipe Tuesday! Congrats! :-) The post will go live in just a few minutes. Can't wait to see what you'll share this week.