My Daughter Shea and I Baked a St. Louis Style Gooey Butter Cake Today!
“I hope that my daughter grows up empowered and doesn’t define herself by the way she looks but by qualities that make her a intelligent, strong and responsible woman.” – Isaiah Mustafa
As some of you may or may not know, I grew-up in St. Louis, MO. St. Louis is also known as the Gateway to the West…Home of the Arch… and Home of the Baseball Cardinals and the Hockey Blues. In the “heartland”, or the Midwest, comfort food is the norm. Missouri was a border state in the Civil War, so it has a lot of influence from Southern cooking. Many foods are deep-fried or pan-fried, and baking is a big thing also.
St. Louis is home to a number of unique foods that you cannot find anywhere else. These foods include toasted ravioli, BBQ pork steaks, St. Louis style BBQ ribs, and gooey butter cake.
My daughter Shea will be 12 years old in less than two weeks, and she has become quite the baker. She’s the most creative of my kids, and she also loves music and theatre, in addition to sports like all of my kids.
This weekend, Shea and I decided to try and make St. Louis Style Gooey Butter Cake together. In order to do this, we first had to find a recipe. My mom and aunts have their own secret recipe, of course, but my mom has been a little ill lately, and it is hard to reach my remaining aunts that are still around. So I went to the web, and found a good recipe on Food.com. Total prep and cook time is about an hour, and, as we found out in this process, it is important to let the cake cool for two to three hours before trying to cut it into bars.
The ingredients we used for this recipe are:
1/2 cup butter
18 ounces yellow cake mix
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
4 cups confectioner’s sugar
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As kids, we called this Gooey Butter Coffee Cake, and it was a special treat on some weekend mornings. I didn’t realize it as a kid, but this stuff is SUPER sweet. However, it is also super delicious!
It was a pretty fun project, and in the middle of the first attempt the power went out at our house; El Nino storms! We normally have amazing weather in San Diego, but maybe doing something St. Louis oriented caused something here that is frequent in the Midwest: rain storms and power outages. At any rate, this gave us a break from baking to play a card game with the whole family, and we played a game that my maternal grandma taught me…called 500 Rummy.
Overall it was a great Sunday, and a wonderful time with Shea and the whole family.