Dining In: The Show Me Cake

Treat yourself to a slice of gooey butter cake, Missouri’s sweetest secret.

By Chef David Lapham | Photography by Pamela Pasco

Made of simple ingredients, this rich cake originated in a St. Louis bakery in the 1930s. Proudly served throughout Missouri today, the cake delivers an intensely sweet and satisfying bite, so a little goes a long way.

Gooey Butter Cake

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus another tbsp

¼ cup whole milk

1 envelope active dry yeast

¼ cup sugar

1 tsp kosher salt

2 large eggs

2 cups all-purpose flour


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

1⅓ cups sugar

¾ tsp kosher salt

1 large egg, plus 1 large yolk

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1⅓ cups all-purpose flour

¼ cup corn syrup

Confectioners’ sugar

Berries for garnish (optional)

Brush a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with butter using the additional tablespoon of butter. Line with parchment paper and lightly butter. Heat milk in a saucepan over low heat. In a bowl, stir together milk and yeast; let it sit while yeast activates, about 5 minutes. In an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and salt until creamy and light, about 4 minutes. Add eggs, one by one, beating well after each addition. Add half of flour then half of milk mixture. Mix on medium speed, then add remaining flour then remaining milk mixture. Mix about 3 minutes. Press dough into prepared baking dish and cover with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place until mixture has almost doubled in size (1 to 1½ hours). Preheat oven to 375℉. In an electric mixer, combine butter, sugar and salt for topping on medium speed until creamy and light, about 4 minutes. Add egg, egg yolk and vanilla and mix. Add half of flour then half of corn syrup. Mix, then add remaining flour then remaining corn syrup. Mix well. Spread topping evenly over dough using an offset spatula. Bake until just golden around the edges, about 25 minutes. Let cake cool completely before dusting with confectioners’ sugar. To serve, cut into squares and garnish with berries (optional).

Note: For best results, make sure butter and eggs are at room temperature.

Serves 15–20.

RCI® affiliated resorts in Missouri include:
Holiday Inn Club Vacations Holiday Hills 1004

Expect more than five on-site pools. 2380 E. Hwy. 76, Branson
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Branson’s Nantucket C340

Close to family-pleasing activities, such as water parks, miniature golf, wineries and shopping. 2837 State Hwy. 265, Suite 2, Branson
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Non-RCI affiliated resorts in Missouri include:
The Cheshire St. Louis

6300 Clayton Rd., St. Louis; 314-647-7300; cheshirestl.com; doubles from $149 a night

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  • Published: Summer 2017