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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