Your guide to the best gooey butter cake in St. Louis

The History

First things first – how did gooey butter cake come about?

The history behind the gooey dish is questionable but stories we came across said it started out as a mistake and turned into the delicious treat we eat today.

One story said the dish dates back to the 1930s when a German baker added the wrong ingredients to the coffee cake batter he was making, and it turned into a gooey, pudding-like filling, according to What’s Cooking America.

Another story on that same website said while it was a mistake, the dessert was actually born in the early 1940s when a St. Louis baker named Johnny Hoffman of St. Louis Pastries Bakery created the dish.

After many trial and errors Johnny and his dad, “got it pretty good.” Johnny’s mom came in to the shop to try it and said, “this sure is gooey” and, according to the story, that’s is how the name was born.


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