I'm not sure how it is in other parts of the country, but sadly, around here (Philadelphia, Jersey shore) little bakeries are few and far between. I remember being a little girl and visiting my Gram at her house down the shore, eating Butter Cake for breakfast. MMmmm!
Many, many years later I found a small bakery near the flower shop where I worked at the time. Occasionally, on Saturday mornings, I would stop at the bakery on my way to work (thanks, Mom!) and pick up a Butter Cake to share with the other poor souls at the shop that were stuck working on a Saturday!
After a while, it became less and less convenient to get to this bakery. So, it became a very rare treat. And now, since we've moved from Philly, we don't get there at all and haven't found a small bakery in or near our new town.
A few years ago, we had a lovely picnic hosted by my parents. It was a chance for us to get together with another family that my parents have known all MY life. (They met shortly before I was born.) We've all seen each other through the years, but not all together at the same time. So it was a really great day!
We all brought something to contribute to the day's meal. I took a salad and a couple of pudding pies. But the best thing of all of the food served that day was the Butter Cake that my sister-in-law, Jen baked!
She gave me the recipe at the time, telling me that it was one of the recipes in her grandmother's recipe box. I never got around to making it and I lost the recipe card in the move (still in boxes in the basement I'm sure) Now that I have the recipe again, I'll be sure to make it soon! I'm drooling right now as I type about it!
Now, I'm sure there are other variations of this recipe to be found on the internet. But since I've only ever eaten this when she made it, I'm calling it Jen's Easy Gooey Butter Cake.
Here' the recipe:
Jen's Easy Gooey Butter Cake
Ingredients for Cake:
- 1 pkg. yellow cake mix
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 egg
Ingredients for topping:
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 lb. confectioners sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add 1 of the eggs and the butter to the powdered cake mix. Stir (or use hand mixer) until well blended.
- Spread mixture onto an UNgreased 9x13 pan or baking dish.
- In a bowl, combine all ingredients for the topping, mixing well.
- Pour over the cake mixture, spreading to the edges.
- Bake for 35 minutes.