Ooey Gooey Butter Cake with EXTRA Goo

You will love this delicious St. Louis, Missouri native gooey butter that will become your new favorite treat. This cake is said to have been created to enjoy at breakfast or for a mid-day snack.

Gooey butter cake is a St. Louis, Missouri specialty consisting of a buttered cake bottom and sweet butter filling that goes on top. It is a cooked cake, but the top portion of it will be soft and gooey. There are a few different origin stories for this recipe on how it was created, but we know for sure that it 100% has St. Louis German roots.

Gooey butter cake is also said to be made using two different methods, the yeast cake version, and the pre-made yellow cake version. This topic is still controversial today, but I believe it was created using a yeast bottom cake. This would lend more credibility to the roots of both creators, who are said to be the founding father of the gooey butter cake. I’m making the gooey butter cake based on the original St. Louis Bakery version.


The quicker, more convenient recipe uses yellow cake mix, and cream cheese, which I believe are more shortcuts than the original recipe would have used.

One thing is for sure, every person in Missouri has their own idea of what they think Gooey Butter Cake is, which is just fine with me.


Ingredients for this recipe:

For the Cake:

• ½ cup warm milk (112° to 115°F)
• 1 packet active yeast
• ¼ cup sugar
• 1 stick softened unsalted butter
• 1 teaspoon sea salt
• 2 large eggs
• 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

For the Filling:

• 1 ½ sticks softened unsalted butter
• 1 cup sugar
• ½ cup packed light brown sugar
• ½ tsp salt
• ¼ cup light corn syrup
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• 2 large eggs
• ¼ cup whole milk
• 1 cup all-purpose flour

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