Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Gooey Butter Cake

I have fond memories of visiting my Gram at her house down the shore when I was a little girl.  We would take an early morning ride to the local bakery and pick up some pastries.  My favorite was the Butter Cake. MMmmm!
I'm not sure how it is in other parts of the country, but sadly, around here little bakeries have become hard to find.  And not all of our big grocers carry butter cake in their bakery departments. 
Many, many years later I found a small bakery near the flower shop where I worked at the time. Occasionally, on Saturday mornings, I would stop at the bakery on my way to work and pick up a Butter Cake to share with the other poor souls at the shop that were stuck working on a Saturday!
After a while, it became less and less convenient to get to this bakery. So, it became a very rare treat. And now, since we've moved from Philly, we don't get there at all and haven't found a small bakery in or near our new town.

A few years ago, we had a lovely picnic hosted by my parents. It was a chance for us to get together with another family that my parents have known all MY life. (They met shortly before I was born.) We've all seen each other through the years, but not all together at the same time. So it was a really great day!
We all brought something to contribute to the day's meal. I took a salad and a couple of pudding pies. But the best thing of all of the food served that day was the Butter Cake that my sister-in-law, Jen baked!
She gave me the recipe at the time, telling me that it was one of the recipes in her grandmother's recipe box. I never got around to making it and I lost the recipe card in the move (still in boxes in the basement I'm sure) Now that I have the recipe again, I'll be sure to make it soon! I'm drooling right now as I type about it!

Jen's Gooey Butter Cake

Ingredients for the cake:
  • 1 pkg. yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
Ingredients for the topping:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lb. confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a bowl, mix together the dry cake mix, egg and softened butter with a hand mixer to form a dough.
  • Press dough into an un-greased 9x13 baking dish.
  • In a bowl, combine all of the topping ingredients until well mixed.
  • Pour over the cake/dough spreading to the the edges.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes.

This is one of those recipes that can be found all over the internet with a few changes here and there.  In fact, I've seen that one popular, butter-loving Food Network chef makes Gooey Butter Cake on her show.  Of course, she adds a stick of butter to the topping in her recipe! 

Anyway, since my sister-in-law first shared this with me, I like to call it Jen's Gooey Butter Cake. 

*This is a repost of a recipe I originally shared on my other blog.  Since I don't have enough time to keep up with two blogs, I have kept this as my main blog and over time I have been bringing the recipes over to this blog. 

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carolinaheartstrings said...

What a wonderful looking recipe. Just delicious. Come visit us today. We have a wonderful banana bread recipe to share.

MrsJenB said...

Funny, I made a butter cake recipe last spring and in the post I talked about how rare it is to find small little bakeries in my area. :) You just can replicate that same taste and feeling when you buy something from, say, the supermarket bakery. Simply not the same thing at all!

Jennifer Morris said...

you're killing me here...all these delish recipes! They seem pretty simple too, I Love that! Happy I found your blog!

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