I am from St. Louis and have grown up on Gooey Butter Cakes! This has got to be one of the best recipes for this. I think the vanilla is the magic to it. This is a very sweet cake. I only put 3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar. Next time I will only use three. I did use a 9x13 and placed it on a cookie sheet. It took much longer to cook as I expected but wanted to try it. I took it out when it was golden brown. I would agree with letting it completely cool. Enjoy!
This is the same recipe that I used in St. Louis about 35 years ago, at age 10. :-) I am from Affton/Kirkwood/Glendale area & now reside in SE Florida. I lost my recipe & am thankful that you posted. Today I made small tartlets with this recipe & put almond filling & cherry pie filling in the bottom, spooned the cheese mix over the top & added sliced almonds. Baking time is about 20 minutes or so, depending on your oven. I also used Mexican vanilla. It is a great vanilla for baking use. The aluminum cupcake cups with the wax paper liners work great for sharing, once the tartlet is removed from the tartlet pans. I topped off with powdered sugar. The ladies @ the Cookie Exchange party I made them for were all a buzz with curiousity & they went like lightning. This is an excellent recipe and is really easy to make.
I have been making this for more than 10 years! Mine is called "Neiman Marcus butter cake, since it is so rich! I use a 13 x 9 x 2 inch glass pan and have never had it spill over! You can easily chance the flavor by changing the type of cake mix and extract! I remember someone changing hers to Lemon and it went over very well! I love it at room temp or slightly warm! And cut it in tiny pieces! People can take more than one! I usually leave it in the pan and let people cut it themselves! This is one of my top favorite recipes!
THIS recipe was the reason I joined this site! I too am from St. Louis and this recipe (as is) takes me back home. Will try other variations...15 STARS...GREAT recipe
Delicious! But kinda on the sweet side. Instead of 4 cups confectioners sugar, I just put 2. Still tastes great. Just less sweeter. My kids love it
I grew up in Southern MO, but we often drove up to STL and would get fed Gooey Butter Cakes by our hosts. I have tried far more complicated and time consuming recipes for them, and this easiest of versions has to take the cake...pun intended. Wonderfully sweet and gooey with that most amazing phenomenon one calls a sugar crust. Thanks for bringing back fond childhood memories!
WOW!!! This is so very very very good! Very easy to make. I actually forgot to put in the vanilla or almond flavoring. It didn't matter! It was scrumptious. I made it to take to our church Bible Study, as we eat afterwards. Well, we made the mistake of trying it first, to see what an "ooey gooey butter cake" would taste like! We then considered keeping it for ourselves, and buying something on the way, instead of taking it! LOL. But I am going to take it. And I know right now, there won't be any left! It just couldn't be better. Thank you!
My husband and I lived in (and loved) St. Louis for several years before moving to central Texas. The food is one of the things we miss most about STL. My husband decided he wanted to make gooey butter cake for our Christmas dessert, and since he couldn't find the recipe he's used in the past, he chose this one to try. He followed the directions exactly and it turned out perfectly! It's very sweet, melt-in-your-mouth gooey, and certainly addictive. The directions were very clear and detailed. Bake time for our oven was 40 minutes; we served it at room temperature. We look forward to making it again soon. Thank you SO much for posting this St. Louis treat!!!!
Have had several gooey butter cakes while visiting our kids in St. Louis. When I found this recipe, I was really excited--made it this past weekend when the St. Louis family was home--what a fabulous treat. This will be made for many occasions in the future. Thank you,
Whoever invented this recipe is a genius. My boyfriend is from Texas and grew up eating this stuff. He talks about it all the time so I made a batch on Christmas. He said it was the best gooey butter cake he's had. Recipe is super simple and easy to follow.