Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Gooey Butter Cake

Have you ever heard of Gooey Butter Cake?  I hadn't until a month or so ago.  It was my turn to bring dessert for our small group and I wanted to try a new recipe.  I had seen this in my Cake Mix Doctor cookbook and thought it sounded good.  I mentioned it to a few people and they had all heard of it before and said it was delicious.  Was Paula Deen the one who made it popular?  I don't know.  The recipe I followed was not hers - but I got on-line to compare them and they are extremely similar.  
I'm thinking this may be my perfect dessert - especially when eaten warm.  It is custardy kind of like a pie, but with a thick crust.  I couldn't keep my fork out of the pan!  It does thicken in the fridge but it gets gooey again if you warm it up in the microwave.  (Definitely worth the wait)  There are different variations of this cake - I intend to try them all eventually.  Maybe I should do a taste test with my family or co-workers.  Hmmm.....I think I'm gonna try the mocha recipe first.
Gooey Butter Cake
1 pkg yellow cake mix
8 T. butter, melted
1 egg
Mix together in a large bowl with electric mixer for two minutes.  Pat batter evenly into lightly greased 9x13 pan.  Set aside while mixing the filling.

1 pkg (8oz) cream cheese, softened
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 T. butter, melted
3 3/4 c. powdered sugar, sifted
Place cream cheese in large bowl, blend on low 30 seconds.  Add eggs, vanilla, and melted butter.  Beat on medium speed 1 more minute.  Add the powdered sugar and beat on medium until sugar is well incorporated.  Pour onto crust.  Bake 45-48 minutes.