September 3, 2012

Did You Know. . .

that the story as to the origin of the gooey butter cake all started with a mistake?  No one knows for sure whose it was -- there are many people who claim this fame.  However, it most certainly began in St. Louis where most of the German bakers were.  Because this "mistake" (of either adding too much sugar or butter or using the wrong butter "smear" or . . . no one knows for sure) occurred in the 1930s/early 1940s (depending on who is telling the story) during the Great Depression, there was reason not to be wasteful.  So they sold the cake anyways.  Surprisingly, it sold very well.

that even though the gooey butter cakes sold well in St. Louis, they did not in other areas?  It's one of the reasons that this confection stayed a regional favorite.


Note:  You too can try a St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake.  There are many bakeries that will send you one.  From what I have read Gooey Louie was voted the #1 bakery for this type of cake.  Here is their website if you would like to place an order:

When I was in St. Louis this summer, we tried to get one from this bakery but they were closed due to the excessive heat (it was in 100s!).  Currently their site says "shopping cart closed for the summer.  Please check back in the Fall" but that is only a few weeks away!  If you order one, please let me know how they taste -- I would love to know what you think!

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