Monday, February 15, 2010


Kirsti is here from America and it's bliss.....she's helping with the kids...she's enabling Rob and I to have a night out (Yo Sushi followed by phenomenal stand up at the Comedy Store as guests of Rufus Hound)....and best of all she just made me gooey butter cake. When I went to see the wonderful Poppymom last year, she introduced me to the St Louis speciality which is gooey butter cake. We went to a cafe that serves about 100 different kinds (sorry Pops, can't remember its name) and I brought a piece back for Kirsti and Terry.....and created a monster!

Kirsti found a recipe, has been making it ever since and brought the ingredients to make it with her in the suitcase.....

Because I'm lovely...I'll share it with you - it's been Anglicised but you need yellow cake mix - and not sure you can get that in the UK but it's worth trying to!!

1 (18.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix
1 egg
4oz (112.5g) butter, melted

1 8-oz (225g) package cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 16-oz (450g) box icing sugar
4oz (112.5g) butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 degrees or gas mark 4). Lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well. Pat into the bottom of prepared pan and set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth; add eggs and vanilla. Dump in icing sugar and beat well. Reduce speed of mixer and slowly pour in butter. Mix well.
Pour filling onto cake mixture and spread evenly. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Don't be afraid to make a judgment call on the cooking time, because oven temperatures can vary. You want the center to be a little gooey, so don't bake it past that point!

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into squares. Just remember that these wonderful little cakes are very, very rich, and a little will go a long way!

She's right. It is rich....but we ate that chunk quite easily - couldn't even wait to take a's sooooo delicious and I'll probably have to go to the gym for a month to work off the calories......