Pipe Dream #118: To Butter You Up – Gooey Butter Cake

Ok, friends. Never mind that this recipe includes the word ‘butter’ in the title.

Never mind that this recipe includes making a yeast sponge.

Never mind that this recipe is supremely un-summer.

And never mind that this 9×13 pan will only last you 24 hours.

It is pretty good. Like, real good. And you deserve it. Because you’re worth it. Or something like that.

You can always lighten it up with some whipped cream, you know, for those real hot days.



P.s. You might want to try baking this at a lower temperature than the original recipe below. I found that my cake got a little browner than I would have preferred. And do let it cool properly.

Gooey Butter Cake

Adapted from misadventuresofmrsb

½ cups warm milk
1 envelope active dry yeast, 0.25 ounce packet
¼ cups unsalted butter, softened
¼ cups sugar
¼ teaspoons salt
1 whole large egg
2-½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
⅔ cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 whole large eggs
5 tablespoons milk

For the cake:
Preheat oven to 375 F.

Put the warm milk in a small bowl. Dissolve yeast in the warm milk, then set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream butter, sugar and salt. Add egg and beat one minute until well blended. Add flour and mix to combine. Then add the milk-yeast mixture and vanilla to the batter. Mix for three minutes with the dough hook or by hand. If mixing by hand, turn out onto a floured board and knead for one minute. Otherwise, this can be kneaded using the dough hook with your stand mixer.

Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with a towel and set in a warm place to rise for one hour or until doubled. Meanwhile, prepare topping and then set it aside.

For the topping:

In a medium sized bowl, cream butter. In another bowl, stir together flour and sugar. Gradually beat the sugar mixture into the butter. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, just until the mixture reaches a spreadable consistency. It should still be thick!

Putting it together:

Pat dough into a 9×13 pan, bringing dough halfway up sides of pan to hold the filling. Prick dough all over with a fork. Pour topping over dough, spreading evenly. Let cake stand 20 minutes before baking in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Do not over-bake! Topping should be crusty, but gooey. It should jiggle slightly when shaken. Allow cake to cool before cutting, otherwise you’ll end up with all the gooey goodness spewing out like mine did.

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