St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

Preparation info

  • Makes two 9 inch square cakes; each serves about


    • Difficulty


Appears in

Classic Home Desserts

By Richard Sax

Published 1994

  • About

Talk about unusual ... St. Louis natives rave about this cake and are so loyal to it that they have it shipped from local bakeries when they move elsewhere. It originated during the Great Depression in the German section of south St. Louis.

Gooey butter cake usually starts with store-bought yeast coffee cake or Danish that’s cut up and snugly fit into a buttered cake pan. The “gooey butter” is poured on top, and the whole thing arc-welds together to form a semimolten mass that’s gil