Gooey Butter Cake

Officially sweets-obsessed, nothing makes me happier (and sugar-drunk) than eating Gooey Butter cake. This little piece of heaven was first introduced to me by my fabulous friend, Heidi-ho, a native St. Louis, mother, lawyer, *AND* an amazing chef and baker.  Heidi grew up eating this cake, which is traditionally made in her hometown. It is the perfect combination of a brownie and a flourless chocolate cake… but without the chocolate.

Yep, folks, this is for reals. SO RIDICULOUSLY SCRUMPTIOUS.

Yep, folks, this is for reals. SO RIDICULOUSLY SCRUMPTIOUS.

Gooey, sticky, sweet mess.

Gooey, sticky, sweet mess.

Something cool to keep in mind with gooey butter cake is how easily you can transform the base … add some peanut butter & jelly to make a pbj cake; add some marshmallow and peanut butter to make a fluffernutter cake; add some key lime juice to make a key lime cake; add pumpkin puree to make a pumpkin cake, and so on…holy shmoly creativity to the maximum!

Heidi-ho’s recipe:

Ingredients:

Ingredients

*1 pkg yellow cake mix

1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese

* l stick butter, melted

* 1 1-lb. pkg powdered sugar

* 3 eggs, (divided)

* l tsp. vanilla

Directions:

* Mix the yellow cake mix, butter, and 1 egg, Press into a greased pan (9 x 13)

Batter, butter and egg.

Batter, butter and egg.

mix to form crust.

mix to form crust.

mix

mix

my little helper. for 5 seconds.

my little helper. for 5 seconds.

Press in greased pan to make crust

Press in greased pan to make crust

cupcake crust

cupcake crust

* Mix 2 eggs, the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla together, to make the filling. Yep, a lot of sugar, butter, and cheese. But if you are doing it, do it right. Go big or go home!

Sugar overdose!

Sugar overdose!

mix

mix

pumpkin

pumpkin

Blends better in the vitamix. No clumps.

Blends better in the vitamix. No clumps.

Vitamix and crust.

Vitamix and crust.

* Pour over the crust.

On top

On top

Strata?

Strata?

Left overs.

Left overs.

* Bake at 350 for 30 – 40 minutes, until the top is golden brown.

gooey!

gooey!

Golden brown!

Golden brown!

TADA! ENJOY!!!!

Check out Heidi’s favorite place to pick up a cake in St. Louis here. Perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or a random Tuesday night dessert. Check out variations of the recipe here and here and here and here.

Happy Autumn weekend! Who is making this cake TONIGHT?

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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8 Comments

  1. STL REPRESENT! And Park Ave. seriously makes THE BEST there ever was. I love love LOVE their original. I go there far too often for far too many slices, or maybe whole ones and do not share. They are actually my go-to for gifts now.

    I am beyond excited to see this mentioned on your blog!

  2. You nailed it! I have never made a cupcake version before and those look awesome! Looks like I am doing some baking this weekend … xoxo.

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