Thursday, February 11, 2010

Blueberry Gooey Butter Cake

While visiting my best friend in St. Louis last month, I was introduced to Gooey Butter Cake, a local specialty. Even though I didn't get to try it when I was there, I came home with an insatiable curiosity. It sounded over-the-top sweet (hello cake mix, butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar!), but I couldn't resist the urge to make it.

Gooey Butter Cake

When I tried the cake fresh out of the oven, it was too sweet for my tastes (and I enjoy a good dose of tooth-achingly sweet). But like many baked goods, an overnight rest in the refrigerator did a world of good. The sweetness mellowed out, the texture firmed up, and while it was still a once-in-a-lifetime kind of rich, it was actually enjoyable. My addition of blueberries to the bottom layer made all the difference.

If you've been reading for a while, you know that my one of my favorite things to do with my baked goods is feed them to Andy's coworkers. This one got rave reviews. Here's the email he sent out the morning it arrived at his office. Isn't my husband witty?

From: Andy I.
Sent: Friday, February 05, 2010 9:11 AM
To: --- Everyone
Subject: FAQ about the cake in the kitchen

Q: Gooey what now?
A: Gooey Butter Cake. Apparently it’s big in St. Louis

Q: Is it for the faint of heart?
A: NO! This cake is intense. Really intense. It’s good, but for the love of lemonade, be careful!

Q: Is my wife an evil genius?
A: Most definitely.

Q: Is it healthy?
A: Yes. It has blueberries.


Blueberry Gooey Butter Cake
Printable Recipe

Bottom layer:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick butter (8 tbsp), softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup frozen blueberries, not thawed

Top layer:
1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened
1 lb powdered sugar (~3 1/2 cups)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Prehead oven to 350.

2. Using a stand or hand-held mixer, combine all ingredients for bottom layer except blueberries. Once combined, gently stir in berries.

3. Grease a 9x13 baking pan well. Spread bottom batter in the bottom. It will be thick and difficult to spread.

4. Wash and dry your mixing bowl. Using a stand or hand-held mixer, combine all ingredients for top layer and spread on top of the bottom layer.

5. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until edges are light golden brown. Cool completely before serving. Optional: chill overnight before serving.


Sara Tea said...

I'm from Saint Louis, and Gooey Butter Cakes are a big deal! I've never actually had a blueberry one, but I'll have to check that out. You can also make Gooey Butter Cookies and well, they're pretty much amazing. Great post!

(wife.) said...

Holy crap, I didn't notice until now that it was a POUND of powdered sugar. I *was* wondering about the strength of your sweet tooth, but I have to wonder if even mine could handle that. I'd be willing to risk it, though. You know, for science.

grace said...

"too sweet"? i don't think i know what that means. :)
i've loved every batch of gooey butter cake i've ever eaten (obviously--how could a sweets-lover like me not?), but i've never had nor considered a blueberry version. sounds great--definitely next on the to-make list!

Delicious Dishings said...

Ha ha... Andy's email is adorable. I'll bet his co-workers raced to the kitchen after reading that. I love rich and sweet.. this is probably the perfect cake for me. What do you think about raspberries in it?

Lauren said...

I don't really know what to think about this. It looks very interesting. Cake mix (esp. the gf ones) aren't my fave, but your husband's email might get me to try it =D.

Mary Camu said...

Hahaha. Andy's email is so funny! Yea, the cake pan was EMPTY when I got there for lunch!

Amy I. said...

@Megan I think raspberries would be awesome. Let me know how it goes!

Ali @ His Birdie's Nest said...

Can't stop giggling at "Is it healthy?" "Yes it has blueberries"
Can't wait to try this :)

Anonymous said...

I really like your cake. I wish I now how to make a cake. It looks so appetizing. Yummy!
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Mr. P said...

I'm sending my other half into the office with three dozen red velvet cupcakes for charity tomorrow, and if I don't get an email like that, I'll be devastated!

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