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St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake?

ipsedixit Apr 14, 2012 01:37 PM

Is there a coffee shop, or bakery with good coffee, that serves St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake?

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    nosh Apr 18, 2012 04:38 PM

    Sorry you got left hanging, ipse.

    I'm from St. Louis, and most of my family still lives there most of the year. So I go back at least a couple of times a year.

    No, I don't know where to find gooey butter cake here. When I go back, the first thing I go for is St. Louis pizza -- ultra-thin crackery crust, cut into squares, the yummy melty provel cheese, most toppings under the cheese layer, and cut into squares instead of wedges. My favorite is Cafe Manhattan on Hanley in Clayton. "Toasted" ravioli, breaded deep-fried ravioli served with the tomato sauce on the side for dipping, has penetrated L.A. I know they offer it at Enzo's in Westwood Village, but I haven't tried their's yet. Finally, where would be a destination in SoCal where we could set up a Ted Drewe's, with their lines of happy Cards fans getting rich, eggy vanilla frozen custard made into sundaes or concretes, mixed with flavorings (my fave is chocolate with extra malt) so thick they stay in the cup upside down and have to be eaten with a spoon?

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    1. re: nosh
      ipsedixit Apr 18, 2012 09:18 PM

      Santa Monica Pier?

      Venice boardwalk?

    2. TonyC Apr 18, 2012 05:06 PM

      Blue Cow Kitchen. Not coffee shop, nor bakery, but there is a pastry chef, and they do serve coffee.

      Not totally authentic, but it's along the lines.

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      1. re: TonyC
        ipsedixit Apr 18, 2012 09:17 PM

        Um, no.

        1. re: ipsedixit
          Servorg Apr 19, 2012 06:33 AM

          Does that mean you actually tried it? Or? http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/81kXey...

          1. re: Servorg
            ipsedixit Apr 19, 2012 07:25 AM

            Yup. The lure of being associated with Mendocino Farms drew us in.

            1. re: ipsedixit
              Servorg Apr 19, 2012 07:38 AM

              How was it then? Did you think it was worth the calorie count? How did it differ from what you were looking for? It certainly looks delectable and the comments on Yelp were all raves for it...

              1. re: Servorg
                ipsedixit Apr 19, 2012 07:43 AM

                Too sweet, wrong texture.

                1. re: ipsedixit
                  Servorg Apr 19, 2012 07:48 AM

                  While it's obviously impossible to tell about "texture" in a photo this other snap http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/81kXey... of the one at Blue Cow certainly looks to be similar to the ones of "authentic" versions found via Google Image search. Sweet is in the mouth of the beholder of course. But I hate desserts that aren't sweet, so that probably wouldn't be an issue for me. Now I've got to get to the BC and sample this item. Dammit! I need my "ersatz" ooey, gooey butter cake...and I need it NOW! ;-D>

                  1. re: Servorg
                    ipsedixit Apr 19, 2012 08:06 AM

                    It's hard to make a bad tasting butter cake, but it's much harder to make a butter cake reminiscent of the genuine article.

                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      Servorg Apr 19, 2012 08:11 AM

                      Are you originally a St. Louisan?

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                        ipsedixit Apr 19, 2012 08:18 AM


                        1. re: ipsedixit
                          a213b Apr 19, 2012 08:19 AM

                          Why not make one yourself? It's not that difficult, and there are loads of recipes to be found online

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                            ipsedixit Apr 19, 2012 08:26 AM

                            My kitchen is out of service.

                            But if I were to go the non-restaurant/non-LA route, might be easier just to order one from here: http://www.mcarthurs.com/Gooey%20Butt...

                2. re: Servorg
                  TonyC Apr 19, 2012 09:07 AM

                  Despite the inauthenticity, BC's ooey gooey cake is plenty good, so is the rest of the menu.

                  I'd think ips, of all Chowers, would know better than to chase out-of-town food items. Now, where can I get an Iowan breaded pork tenderloin in LA?

                  1. re: TonyC
                    ipsedixit Apr 20, 2012 07:33 AM

                    The Gooey Butter Cake at Black Cow is sort of like the Banh Mi at Mendocino Farms.

                    Good, but not like the stuff you would get at, say, My Tho or even Banh Mi Che Chali.

                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      Servorg Apr 20, 2012 08:06 AM

                      Unless, of course, Mendocino Farms had the last Banh Mi this side of the Mississippi...then it might take on an entirely different dimension... ;-D>

                      1. re: Servorg
                        ipsedixit Apr 20, 2012 08:12 AM

                        Best banh mi this side of the ... 710 fwy?

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          marti Apr 20, 2012 01:05 PM

          Mastro's has a very good butter cake on their menu. Don't know if is same as a St.Louis style but is very moist and tasty(and loaded with calories,I'm sure) This is a high end restaurant ,not a coffee shop or bakery but I am sure they Could be ordered for take out.

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            a213b Apr 20, 2012 01:48 PM

            It can be ordered for takeout - I've done it a time or two - but it is NOTHING like a classic Midwestern gooey butter cake.

            1. re: a213b
              foufou Apr 23, 2012 06:37 PM

              love Mastro's but really dislike their butter cake and it's nothing like the St. Louis butter cake.

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