Ooey Gooey Butter Cake
So, anyone who knows me will tell you that I love to cook and bake, especially for my family and friends. I think that preparing food for others is one of the most wonderful ways to express love for them. It’s a lesson that has been passed down in my family for generations.
Growing up, my mother had some specialties, such as ooey gooey butter cake. This sweet, creamy, tangy cake has always been a favorite of my sisters and me. It was often the cake of choice for birthdays and special occasions. In my naïveté, I assumed that everyone knew about this cake and loved it as much as I do. Imagine my surprise when I made this family classic for a get-together with my wife’s family. They had never heard of it, much less tasted it. I was shocked. Of course, they loved it. But then something happened; someone asked for ice cream to put on it.
At this point, the party came to a full stop, as I had to explain that one does not eat ice cream on ooey gooey butter cake.
I’m not a different food touching each other kind of person, so the thought of cake and ice cream mingling on a plate doesn’t really ring my bell. Contrary to my advice they put the ice cream right on top. Not beside, but literally on top of the cake. They loved it, of course.
Once I started listening to Disney podcasts, I heard about Ample Hills Creamery and their gooey butter cake ice cream. I was intrigued. Not only do they make gooey butter cake sundaes, they offer gooey butter cake ice cream, which is vanilla ice cream with bits of gooey butter cake in it. I don’t know if I will like it, but I’m willing to try some, you know, for research. My plan is to have my mom with me, as an impartial (yeah, right) judge.
In my listening, I learned that gooey butter cake is apparently a St. Louis thing. Who knew? I feel sorry for the people who grew up not knowing about this cake. So I guess that is all the world except St. Louis and my house in West Virginia. Kind of like how pepperoni rolls are a West Virginia thing. I assumed everyone knew about them, too.
So, I hope you are able to make this tasty treat, and if you have sampled the wares at Ample Hills Creamery, I hope this brings back some fond memories for you. I hope to try their Gooey Butter Cake on my next trip, you know, for research.
Recipe courtesy of my mama
Ooey Gooey Butter Cake
1 box of pound cake mix (or yellow cake mix, if unavailable)
2 sticks of butter, softened
8 ounce block of cream cheese, softened
1 16-ounce box of powdered or 10-X sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Preheat oven to 350°.
Mix cake mix, both sticks of butter, and one egg. The mixture will be thick. Spread in bottom of 9x13 pan.
Mix cream cheese, two eggs, box of sugar, and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Pour over cake mixture (I used the same bowl).
Bake for 40-50 minutes, until top is crinkly and starting to get golden brown, but the cream cheese mixture will not be completely set.
Make sure they know who it belongs to