All four kids keep asking for it. Thanks...Barb. So you can imagine the mess it made every time I tried to make it, which was many. It must be the most published recipe with stories of many people claiming ownership. The nutritional information above is computer-generated and only an estimate. No! Bake bars for 45 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and the center has set to a soft consistency. i was thinking I mis calculated Required fields are marked *. Question - Yellow Cake Mix - Old size (18.5 oz) or New size (15.5 - 16.5) Yep, they kept the same price, but made the amount of mix you get smaller. I cooked it for about 10 minutes longer. Thanks for the recipe!! He is diabetic now and I am wondering if it will be just as good using a sugar sub. It's ok if toothpick doesn't come out clean.. Cook until middle of cake doesn't shake/wiggle.. Pat and press dough evenly over the bottom of a greased 9x13 baking pan. I am a St. Louis native transplanted in Central Florida. Use a plastic knife to cut like cutting brownies, to get a smoother bars. Legend has it that Gooey Butter Cake was originally an accident in the 1930’s when a local baker mixed up the proportion of butter in a standard coffee cake. These bars are melt in your mouth delicious and super easy to make! You could find it on every holiday table and more. I’ll have to try this soon, because it is certainly not correct to use a cake mix or cream cheese. I’ve been reading all the responses and wondering if anyone used lemon cake mix. http://www.americanfoodroots.com/recipes/st-louis-gooey-butter-cake/ Never make a recipe for this that includes cream cheese. Love this story! Other than those few adjustments GREAT recipe! I have actually never seen a gooey butter cake recipe that didn't use a box cake mix. SO glad you tried this; at least one other person sees why I am so passionate about the real deal! Also we dust the top with powder sugar while hot. And yes, I totally agree with you, they are sinfully good! Butter Cake. Sure hope we didn't just waste time and money. Imo's uses Provel cheese it is a processed cheese combination of cheddar, swiss and provolone. Add all-purpose flour in three additions and the milk/yeast mixture in two additions, beginning and ending with the flour. Put milk in a small bowl; sprinkle yeast evenly over milk. I cannot thank you enough for this recipe. When people see it for the first time they aren't sure they'll like it, but one bite and they are in love. :). Line an 9x9-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Very good, wasn't flakey like the picture looks still very good! Slices of egg covered bread are topped with the traditional gooey butter cake topping and baked. Thanks Angela! I agree with you both, Traditional Gooey Butter Cake is definitely Not made with Cream Cheese and a Cake Mix. I'm from Georgia and have been baking this for years. It takes vanilla cake mix, turns it into a soft, splendidly sweet base, then tops it with a truly delicious cream-cheese vanilla layer that bakes until the top is ever-so-slightly crunchy and everything underneath is like custardy and brilliant. Wow! All rights reserved. That is just so wrong. I don't think Paula Deen came up with the cake mix/ cream cheese version (she may claim that she did), but I'm 53 years old, born, raised and still live in St. Louis and we've made the cake mix version since the late 70's. Many people think Paula Deen created it, she didn't! My uncle who we saw nearly every week would go to Kruta’s Bakery in Washington Park, Illinois. Turned out fantastic. I sure do miss all the old time corner bakeries. Sorry, although my grandmother was a southsider also, I never had this version. for ..the camera club meeting. Community Bakery on the west side next to Zorn’s Drugstore? Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9x13-baking dish. Barb, I've never come across a treat quite like this and am intrigued. If you try any of those; please do let me know what workss! Will have to try it. I think they made it on a sheet cake pan and then cut it into several rectangles. This recipe has been around for ages. I might have scooped off that topping and fed the yeast dough to our dog hiding under the table. :). It is not a Paula Dean original, so no need to worry. Unfortunately, it's an end of an era because this Friday, they are retiring and we will no longer be able to get their crumb cakes,etc. Preheat oven to 350F. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. In a stand mixer, combine together the cream cheese, 2 eggs, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Privacy/Disclosure. Thank you X 10! It's really important to mix the cake mixture really well otherwise it will have a grainy texture. These are fantastically delicious with carrot cake mix for the base. Those versions with cream cheese are good, but they should be called something else. thanks. Somehow those topping ingredients melded together to become a thick, buttery and yes, gooey topping that was just perfect. And for those who use cake mix....a yeasted cake like this stands heads and tails above in taste and texture. I still love it after all these years too but there are those memories; not a bite is taken that moments of family don't fill my head! Very easy to make too. I had gone to a local bakery and tried this because it looked so yummy and it was divine! Press into … That is what the recipe says, but earlier you stare that there isn’t enough “gooey” that way! I've had the cake without vanilla and it just taste like sweet cream cheese. No one makes better gooey butter cake than South St. Louis Easy peasie. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Ingredients list for the filling doesn't match the filling instructions. That stuff you made first? I love Paula Dean but she didn't come up with it. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I remember living on the other side of the Mississippi when I was young up unti I was 17 years old. I think you should try it...I'll be over here crossing my fingers! Stuff your face and thank your lucky stars for your awesome mad cooking skillz. It's most definitely one that I will be trying soon. Let cake cool in the pans on a rack. Words cannot express.... 344 calories; protein 3.9g 8% DV; carbohydrates 49.5g 16% DV; fat 15g 23% DV; cholesterol 77.7mg 26% DV; sodium 277.5mg 11% DV. Do these travel well - without refrigeration? 2 eggs Yummy easy and I had every ingredient available in my kitchen. Step 2, Mix cake mix, butter and 2 eggs well and spread as the bottom layer. It's called "Gooey Butter Cake" and it's supposed to be slightly gooey in the middle. I've never done it and never will. I'm thinking lemon ooey gooey bars sounds very tasty. This is a really wonderful recipe. Martha n tx. Our fault for not reading closer...my daughter making it right now as a Christmas present for her Cincinnati-born father. That was it. Cool cake completely. Goodness. Pumpkin Gooey Bars are fantastic, too! However the other recipe has an after-taste that I didn't enjoy and I had a real problem with the measurements! Those recipes all over the place with cake mix involved are just horrible! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. It was made popular in the US in 1943 and published in the 1990's Jr. League of St. Louis cookbook. I have looked for this recipe for forty years. This totally reminds me of the desserts we have out a church potluck. I made this cake for a neighborhood cookout. How simple but lovely! Step 4 says to beat cream and cream cheese, but I only see cream cheese listed in the ingredients. Yellow cake mix doesn't even taste the same when it gets doctored this wonderfully. But I had to look online to figure out how many cups 16oz of powdered sugar is. If you do it and it works, please let me know! , needless to say this will become the dessert for get togethers. Hi Sherry...and no I'm not familiar with them. We have a 6 hour drive and I am looking for bars that travel well and do not need to be refrigerated. OMG - it's a definite KEEPER! Also, I baked them on Wednesday night. Yes, this is the same grandma that supplies a lot of the yummy recipes on this blog from her incredible cookbook she made and compiled of recipes she has had since she was first married. Your email address will not be published. Also I might add a can of fruit pie filling to the top of the cake. One of my fave recipes on my site that I made 3-4 yrs ago uses yellow cake mix and it's a gooey bar. Hope you love it as much as we do...this one is the real deal! Trust me, you need to make these! Google Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake or Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake. This recipe is from one of the original bakeries that made the cake and it's all we ever had no matter where we were in the city. I found the best recipe so far from Creative Culinary– please check out her excellent post that also gives some history of the cake that has been […], […] And now, some real-ish back story… legend has it that a baker accidentally mixed up the proportion of butter in his coffee cake, and instead of throwing it away, sold it by the square. So sweet that your grandma made a cookbook for you AND that the recipe has been in there the whole time! Could you do this with chocolate cake mix? Even though i did not top the cake with extra sugar - its not needed!