Tuesday, July 10, 2007

gooey + butter = good

I've never posted a recipe before, but I've seriously considered it. It would be completely in character for me, since I love to cook and god knows I can eat twice my own weight a day. The recipes I've thought about posting reflect my personal approach to cooking. Spicy, multi-cultural dishes that are, nevertheless, comfort foods. Meals that are healthy, down to earth and fabulous at the same time. This is the way we eat most of the time, and these are the recipes I gravitate toward.

So in keeping with all this, I've broken down and am officially printing my first recipe...for St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake. Doesn't meet a single criteria on my list and I don't give a damn.

Oh wait, yeah it does. This cake is fabulous.

Gooey Butter Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 eggs
1 box powdered sugar
1 stick butter-melted
extra powdered sugar for sprinkling

Combine cake mix, 2 eggs and melted butter. Mix well - batter will be really stiff. Spread in a greased 13X9 pan. Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and 2 eggs together. Spread over the cake batter. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 or until light golden brown. Don't overcook it or it won't be gooey. It should look kind of cheesecake like. Sprinkle with more additional powdered sugar.

Put on your biggest mumu, pull the blinds and go to town. Insulin optional.

I have to offer a caveat. This is not the exact recipe I ate, since that baker doesn't divulge her secrets. But I scoured the on-line recipe sites and this one is very highly recommended. It's also one of the easier ones, since it starts with the boxed cake mix. There are others that are from scratch and I'm sure taste like it, but this one got lots of raves and looks simple.

Another caveat - I haven't made this cake yet, although I plan to this afternoon. So why am I putting this out there when it could be the cake equivalent of Becca's BM? Because I know I'll lose my nerve if I wait to post it. This recipe is so not me that I need to get it out there fast while I can still taste it. And because from the comments posted on the recipe site I know it won't suck.

As soon as I finish licking the pan I'll let you know how it turns out.


Jen said...

It's a great recipe! Paula Deen does one similar to it, and I think gooey cakes are awesome. I've seen them done with chocolate, and my favorite is pumpkin. Yay RC for posting the recipe! I shall now go buy a mumu so I may partake of the cake correctly *grin*

Happy in the Abyss said...

Anything with "gooey" and "butter" in the title is my kind of thing.

Love you!

Mya said...

I think I just put on twenty pounds just reading the recipe! What's a mumu? Can you eat it?

Jo Beaufoix said...

Oooh, now I want cake.
That sounds fabulous.

I'm glad Mya asked what a 'mumu' is as I don't know either.

The only other time I've heard the word is about 10/12 years ago when Tammy Wynette guested on a song about the 'justified ancients of Mumu' by the KLF, I think.

Do you eat it or wear it, or is it a kind of small cat?

The Rotten Correspondent said...

jen - I saw the recipes for the pumpkin cakes and they looked amazing. I would eat my car tire if it had pumpkin on it. I also saw the link to the Paula Deen recipe but couldn't find the recipe itself.

happy- yeah, I'm all for the gooey buttery stuff myself.

mya and jo - a mumu is a kind of tent dress that hides any number of figure flaws ( or cake eating binges). The dresses touch your shoulders and then billow out around all your other parts. You could probably hide a small elephant in the dress without anyone being any wiser. My kind of clothing.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

oh, and Surfer Dude and I did make the cake. Yummers!

miss yerem said...

hi,just found your blog a few days ago,really like it. have a question about the recipe ,though: what is a yellow cake mix? is it a kind of basic sponge? am from germany, so not very familiar with these things:-))) all the best for your friend.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

miss yerem -
thanks for stopping by! A yellow cake mix is a boxed basic cake mix. You can get them in chocolate, white, yellow (buttercake), etc. They are all basic sponges, just a lazy way to do it! A lot of the googled gooey butter cake recipes do the cake from scratch.

miss yerem said...

thanks for the cake-mix information! am just getting into this whole blog thing and am finding it quite fascinating how one suddenly communicates with people so far away. all the best from rainy old berlin.

pursegirl said...

Hate to break it to you, but I grew up eating this cake. And I've made it. I know you are going to blast me for not making it for you sooner. It is yummy, yummy, yummy.