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Gooey butter cake - Goodness !

rworange Sep 27, 2006 03:39 AM

http://www.truffesfinefoods.com/Cakes_Tortes/lemon_gooey.html

Why haven't I heard about this before? Why is St Louis the only place that sells this? It looks and sounds wonderful. There seems to be a plain, lemon and chocolate version.Is that right?

History of gooey butter cake
http://www.semissourian.com/story/1117001.html

A recipe and a little more about the cake
http://www.jlsl.org/cookbook/gooeybutter.html

A chocolate verstion
http://www.astray.com/recipes/?show=Chocolate%20gooey%20butter%20cake

A pumpkin verion that looks mighty tasty
http://www.recipegoldmine.com/cakemixcakeO/cakemix334.html

Chocolate peanut butter
http://www.aroundrr.com/Cooking/UserDisplay.asp?ID=368

Wikipedia on gooey butter cake with addtional links
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gooey_bu...

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    ms sun Nov 26, 2008 10:17 AM

    I have made this many times since I saw it on Paula's show. However, the recipe I wrote down that day was for a 28 ounce can of pumpkin which I have not been able to find so I always use 2 -15 ounce cans. I can tell you it turns out great and has sort of a pie consistency. EVERYONE loves this version and always want the recipe. I'll have to try it sometime with only one can of pumpkin.

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      jkml Apr 16, 2008 01:47 PM

      I moved to Bucks County outside Philadelphia, and they sell delicious, REALLY GOOEY butter cakes here. Fritz's is the best I've had. They have locations in Bristol and Langhorne. Great sticky buns and cinnamon rolls, too. You can even buy extra frosting. Grocery store ones just don't compare...but I try them anyway!

      1. Divamac Sep 30, 2006 05:42 AM

        I grew up eating German Butter Cake (we just called it Butter Cake), something that was common in bakeries in Philadelphia. It is seriously rich, but irresistably yummy.

        Here is a blog entry that has some pics and a recipe. Looks similar to the gooey cake:
        http://wordstoeatby.blogspot.com/2005...

        Are they the same thing?

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          hummingbird Sep 30, 2006 06:32 AM

          I just checked out the recipe on the blog. It is a yeast type cake, but what the heck is it that is oozing out?

          It looks a bit gross to me, not knowing what that is.

          1. re: hummingbird
            Chocolatechipkt Sep 30, 2006 12:32 PM

            According to the blog, that is "buttery goo" lol.

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              niki rothman Sep 30, 2006 03:23 PM

              Paula Deen's recipes are not yeast cakes.

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              butterfly Sep 30, 2006 01:07 PM

              The bottom crust looks quite similar, though the gooey part is even more gooey that gooey butter cake. And gooey butter cake isn't quite so crusty on top. But gooey butter cake is definitely a German St. Louis thing--so surely the two are, at the very least, buttery cousins...

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              niki rothman Sep 29, 2006 08:25 PM

              Hi rw,
              This seems to be a favorite of Paula Deen of the Food Network. I have her "best of" cookbook that features all the gooey cake variations recipes that she sells at her restaurant. I'll post them if you want.

              1. Carb Lover Sep 28, 2006 07:43 AM

                I was introduced to this cake when I lived in Columbia, MO. A friend who grew up in St. Louis told me about it and brought one to a potluck; I think she bought it but I don't remember from where. It was the plain butter flavor. I was skeptical but it was tasty in a good-to-eat-once-a-year way. I think you have to grow up w/ it to really love it, as I'd much prefer lighter, more delicate cakes.

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                  Smokey Sep 28, 2006 02:22 PM

                  Yeah, light and delicate aren't words used to describe gooey butter cake!

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                  Smokey Sep 27, 2006 03:08 PM

                  As a St. Louisan, let me step in an be all authoritative(!). I've only ever had plain gooey butter cake (had no idea it came in chocolate, lemon, etc.). I'll say that some of the yumminess (if you like it) comes from the butter, and I think adding other flavors would interfere with that. I've actually never made one. I have the feeling I could never eat it if I even knew how much butter was in a recipe.

                  The recipe linked through wikipedia from the MO Humanities council seems weird to me in that I've never had the impression there was yeast in it.

                  Anyway, if you make it, I'll be curious to hear what you think. (Oh, and I prefer no almond extract in mine, but I think that's just personal preference. There is a certain similarity between the 'gooey' topping and marzipan, so I can certainly see adding it.)

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                  1. re: Smokey
                    amkirkland Sep 28, 2006 04:58 AM

                    st. louis has some funny food traditions. I'd never heard of this before I went there for a summer, but anywhere there's three or more people, there's a gooey butter cake. Imo's pizza is really interesting, and everything in the hill is so original. Oh, now I'm really missing that town.

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                      butterfly Sep 29, 2006 09:46 PM

                      That's exactly what happened in my family. We always bought ours at little german bakeries in South STL or south county and then, once, my mother decided to make it from scratch. Once she had a grasp of what the ingredients were, we didn't get to eat it again for a long, long time.

                      A little sliver would go nicely with tea or coffee. The problem is that it's pretty much impossible to eat just a sliver. I have memories of my brother laying on the couch at our grandparents' house with the box on his stomach, eating a whole cake in one sitting and shortly thereafter lapsing into an attack of lactose-intolerance.

                      And I agree--no special flavors--I've never heard of this. Just a little powdered sugar sprinkled on top. And once a year sounds just about right. This summer when I was visiting STL, every single household that we went to had one on the counter.

                    2. Chocolatechipkt Sep 27, 2006 01:00 PM

                      Paula Deen on the Food Network makes this cake a lot, with a number of variations, though she always seems to start with a cake mix. Nice to see that there are versions that are made from scratch. :)

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                      1. re: Chocolatechipkt
                        Katie Nell Sep 27, 2006 01:27 PM

                        Yeah, I assumed that all gooey butter cakes started with a cake mix since I'd never heard of it until I saw Paula make one. They do look good though.

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