The treat that keeps on giving (because it’s all over your fingers)
Author Nick Baines
ACCORDING TO LEGEND, back in 1930s St. Louis a German baker jumbled up the quantities of flour and butter when making a cake. Faced with a gloppy mess, he popped it into the oven anyway, producing a dense, rich slab. The resulting dessert—dubbed “gooey butter cake”—became something of a specialty in St. Louis, with modern bakers constructing a crust to encase a filling of powdered sugar, butter, cream cheese and, occasionally, flavorings ranging from piña colada to eggnog to maple bacon.
At local gooey-butter-cake purveyor Park Avenue Coffee, the treat comes in more than 70 varieties, but none is as popular as “Mom’s Traditional,” a version of the St. Louis original. Blondie-esque and offering a decadently buttery center, it delivers a hit of sweetness that provides the ideal balance to a cup of black coffee.