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St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

Updated on June 3, 2013


  • 3 Tablespoons Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Warm Water
  • 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, (Room Temperature)
  • 1 3/4 Teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 3/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 Tablespoons and 1 Teaspoon Light Corn Syrup, (FOR TOPPING)
  • 2 Tablespoons Water
  • 3/4 Cup (Equivalent to 12 Tablespoons) Unsalted Butter, (Room Temperature)
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Cup and 3 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • Powdered Sugar, (For sprinkling over the top; Optional)


  1. In a bowl mix up the Milk and the Warm Water, then add in the Yeast and whisk until it dissolves completely. Allow to sit for 5 minutes until it begins to look foamy.
  2. Now cream together the Sugar, Butter, and Salt until light and fluffy which is approximately 3 minutes. Beat in the egg now and add the flour in 3 parts alternating with Milk mixture. Beat the dough until it forms a smooth mass and pulls away from the sides of the bowl (around 7-10 minutes)
  3. In an ungreased 9x13 dish, press the dough in and cover; placing in a warm spot and let rise until doubled which is around 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and to prepare the topping whisk together the Corn Syrup, Pure Vanilla Extract and Water in a small sized bowl. Cream together Sugar, Butter, and salt in another bowl and beat with a mixer until light and fluffy in consistency. (5-7 minutes) Scrape sides of the bowl and beat in the egg. Reduce speed and add in flour in 3 parts alternating with Corn Syrup mixture.
  5. With a spoon drop the topping by spoonfuls over the risen dough and with a spatula spread in out into an even layer. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Cake will rise and fall in waves and have a golden top but will still be liquid in the center part when done. Dust cake with Powdered Sugar. Enjoy!
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    • Nicole Danielle profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Danielle 

      5 years ago

      Personally im trying recipes from all over, almost every state has a famous or special dessert. The real story behind it though it that it was actually an accident. Haha. Apparently a baker around the 1930's in St. Louis was baking and added too many ingredients and didn't want to waste it hence the gooey butter cake was born! :)

    • Necessity profile image


      5 years ago from Canada

      Any story behind this cake? I always like to hear why people make things or how a particular food came into existence.

    • Helena Ricketts profile image

      Helena Ricketts 

      5 years ago from Indiana

      FINALLY a recipe for this that doesn't start with a cake mix! I've been waiting to find one where you actually make the cake. This is fantastic because now I can actually try this cake that I've heard so much about! Thank you for posting this.


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