Just Like Grandma Used to Make? Gooey Butter Cake Gets a Seaside Twist

What started out as a baking snafu in the 1930s is now a tremendously popular Midwest staple. Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, created in St. Louis when a novice baker accidentally reversed the ratio of butter to flour, remains a beloved Midwest treat. (So much so that The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission includes a recipe for the cake on its website). The result? A flat, dense, buttery dessert that slices like a brownie and melts in your mouth like a pastry.

Two Lights chef Aaron Browning recreated this quirky classic using the same yellow cake recipe his grandmother followed three generations ago. But the addition of blueberries, whipped cream, and fresh lemon zest hearken eastward towards bright, berry-picking summers in Maine.

Photo: Shelby Forsyth

Photo: Shelby Forsyth


Each Two Lights Gooey Butter Cake is baked to order in a mini cast iron skillet. Some say it’s perfect for two people to share, but if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you might want one of these beauties to yourself! Our Gooey Butter Cake is also the ideal finish for a birthday, date night, or other special occasion.

Yelp reviewer Greg T. says, “The butter cake desert was ridiculously good. ”

Google user Ned wrote, “Blueberry desert was unreal!”

Dig into this sweet Midwest-meets-Maine creation tonight at Two Lights! ••