Behold: St. Louis gooey butter cake from St. Louis, Missouri. The mind-blowing dessert is, at its most basic, a combination of butter, sugar and eggs layered over a chewy, cookie-like crust. Homemade renditions sometimes use cream cheese and/or boxed cake mix, while the original bakery version is said to require a few more ingredients.
St. Louis legend goes that in the 1930s, a local German baker added too much butter to his coffee cake batter, stuck it in the oven, and sold the gooey result anyway. Some 80 years later, residents are still swooning over its warm, runny goodness.
Beyond St. Louis, however, options are slim. Your best bet may be the ooey gooey butter cake ice cream from New York’s Ample Hills Creamery, which is a creamy vanilla base with pieces of actual gooey butter cake studded throughout. But most locals agree gooey butter cake just doesn’t taste the same outside of St. Louis.
We won’t blame you for attempting to make your own, though. Paula Deen’s famous recipe is a place to start (though it may not be approved by purists), as are these mouthwatering renditions: