St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

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I lived with my parents in a St. Louis suburb for my last years of elementary school.  We had a wonderful time eating Midwestern foods, but by far our favorite treat was Gooey Butter Cake.  It was sold at almost all of the local bakeries and we tried them all.  This cake, made almost solely in the St. Louis area, has a yeasty bottom layer topped with a gooey, sweet, buttery filling.  My mom found a recipe that sort of copied the confection, but I was never happy with it.  Recently, I did a thorough search on in the internet for a better recipe.

I found this recipe from a gal that grew up close to where I lived in the St. Louis suburbs.  I think it is practically perfect in every way.St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake
  • Bottom Layer:
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2½ tsp yeast (1 envelope)
  • ½ cup warm milk
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • Filling:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  1. In a large bowl, cream sugar, butter and salt until fluffy.
  2. Add egg and beat well.
  3. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk.
  4. Add the flour to the butter mixture and then the yeast and vanilla.
  5. Mix with a dough hook for 5 minutes.
  6. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover and let rise for 1 hour.
  7. Optional: Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces.
  8. Pat each half into a circle.
  9. Transfer to two greased 9 inch cake pans and pat up the sides.
  10. Prick a few times with a fork to keep from bubbling up during baking.
  11. OR Pat the entire thing into a 9X13 greased pan.
  12. For the filling, in a large bowl, combine sugar, butter and salt.
  13. Add egg and corn syrup.
  14. Mix well.
  15. Add the flour, water and vanilla.
  16. Beat until smooth.
  17. Spread over the dough and let stand 20 minutes.
  18. During this time, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  19. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  20. Put a pan underneath just in case the filling overflows the edges of the pan.
  21. Do not over bake.
  22. The filling will be gooey.
  23. It needs to cool completely before it sets up.
  24. Go ahead and put it in the fridge if you want to hurry up the process.
  25. The leftovers should be stored there, too.


St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake



29 thoughts on “St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

  1. >this cake is to die for. i think it was smitten kitchen who posted it a few months ago. i made it and love it. a hit with all the taste testers as well. yummy

  2. >OH my goodness I've never heard of this but I've starred it to make it!

    This just looks scrumptious. Thanks for sharing 😉

    Thanks for stopping by and following, I'm following now too 🙂

  3. >This brings back memories. We lived in St. Louis in the early 80's and I used to buy this at Schnuck's, my neighborhood grocery store. how fun to have the recipe, after all these years.

  4. >Yum! I made Paula Deen's Gooey Butter Cake last year and of course, LOVED IT! Thanks for stopping by Krista's Kitchen.

    We share a mutual friend in the blogosphere: Dave from A Year on the Grill.

    Nice to "meet" you. Now that I know you're here, I'll be a regular. Hope you have a wonderful LONG weekend!

  5. >I'm thrilled to finally be able to see the real thing. This is really neat. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  6. >I have never heard of this but it looks sensational! I can't wait to try this out!

    Best wishes and happy weekend,

  7. >Seeing as how I've never had this, I have the distinct feeling that my life is incomplete. I'm bookmarking it! Sounds delicious. Smitten Kitchen also did a version a while ago that looked amazing.

  8. >I JUST told my daughter 2 days ago that we need to make a Gooeybutter Cake so I can post it on my blog!! Isn't it funny how many people out of St. Louis never even heard of it?!

    It's THE BEST!!

    Thanks for sharing and linking up to I'm Lovin' It! Have a GREAT weekend!

  9. >Oh do you happen to have an extra plate?

    I hope you'll stop by and see my video for a French Macaroon video. There are bloopers. 🙂

    I am also hosting a giveaway for a French Basketeer tote.

  10. >I love love love butter gooey cakes. I will need to try this one. It looks great. Perhaps I will try one today. I need to cook something today. Hmmmm thinking, thinking!

  11. >Oooo, this looks like a really great pecan/raisin tart on some serious flavour steroids! I'm trying wrap my head around the flavour and texture and I'm thinking the only way to do this is to actually make this! Lovely!

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