Lately I have been reminiscing of recipes that my Granny often made. Of course, I remember the desserts most often (oh, that sweet tooth). Granny often made a dessert that she called Ooey Gooey Butter Cake. I had actually totally forgotten about that cake until a recent visit to The Lady and Sons restaurant brought it to memory. As I recall, this dessert was very popular and could be found on the table at every covered-dish shindig.
I started looking through my old cook books at home and found the recipe was in every old cook book I have. Oddly enough, it isn’t in some of the newer cook books. Most often it is called Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, but sometimes you can find it called Butter Chess Cake, Chess Cake, Ooey Gooey Squares, Gooey Cake, or just Gooey Cake Squares. I even found a handwritten copy that I had gotten from someone, tucked into one of the old cook books, and what’s even funnier about that is that I also found two recipes of the dessert printed in the same book that I had put the handwritten one in. Names may differ but the basic ingredients are always the same and several of them have a list of variations listed at the end.
Now, on to that recipe:
Ooey Gooey Butter Cake
1 box of yellow cake mix
8 oz. softened cream cheese
1 stick of melted butter (not margarine)
1 lb. Powdered Sugar
Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.
Butter a 9×13 pan (glass works well)
Mix cake mix, melted butter, and 1 egg together to form a soft dough like consistency.
Press the mixture into a pan.
Next, mix together, Sugar, 2 eggs, and cream cheese until smooth. If you want to add some vanilla extract (one of the variations) to this mixture to boost the vanilla flavor you can but it isn’t necessary.
Pour mixture over the dough.
Bake for about 1 hour at 300 degrees. The top turns a light golden brown.
Let it cool, and cut into squares.