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St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

A layer of sweet yeast cake is baked with a gooey, buttery, sweet custard topping in this scratch-made indulgence. All-natural ingredients, pantry staples, no box mix required.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: St. Louis gooey butter cake
Servings: 24 squares
Calories: 199 kcal
Ingredients
For the Base Layer:
For the Topping:
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg (large)
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Instructions
Make the Base:
  1. Stir the milk, water, and yeast together in a small bowl, and set aside to proof.

  2. In a medium mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and salt.
  3. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula, and beat in the egg.
  4. Alternately add the flour and milk mixture, scraping the bowl after each addition.
  5. Beat the dough on medium speed for 5 to 7 minutes.
  6. Press the dough into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13-inch baking dish, and set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size (about 2 hours).

Make the Topping:
  1. Stir the honey, water, and vanilla together in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and salt together until pale and fluffy.
  3. Scrape the bottom and sides of the mixing bowl, and beat in the egg.
  4. Alternately add the flour and honey mixture, scraping the bowl after each addition.
  5. Dollop the mixture evenly over the top of the base layer, and smooth into an even layer with a spatula.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. (Cake should be golden on top but still liquid in the center.)

  7. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares.

Recipe Notes
Recipe barely adapted from The New York Times.
Nutrition Facts
St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 199 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 153mg7%
Potassium 27mg1%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 288IU6%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.