Gooey Butter Cake In A Bag is a fun way to prepare a delicious dessert that has a cookie-like yellow cake crust with a lemony cream cheese filling. The caramelized top makes a nice presentation and tastes great.
Although the crust’s ingredients are combined in a zippered plastic bag, an electric mixer is required for the filling. This is a fun baking project for adults and children.
If desired, use a bowl to combine ingredients for the crust.
EDITOR’S NOTE (June 15, 2020): Added one new photo. Updated text for clarity.
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Ingredients are easy to combine in a large zippered bag (gallon size).
The mixture forms into a very smooth texture that’s easy to press into the prepared baking dish.
This “famous” dessert is also known as a Chess Cake that originated in St. Louis, Missouri during the 1930s.
According to wikipedia.org, The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission website has a recipe for the cake called, one of St. Louis’ popular, quirky foods.
The cake is dusted with confectioner’s sugar before being served at room temperature or warm. I like it cold!
Almost all bakeries in the greater St. Louis area sell this cake.
Paula Deen’s version is called Ooey Gooey Butter Cake.
I discovered the original recipe on Allrecipes. Called for FOUR cups of confectioner’s sugar. That is a LOT of sugar. I was still curious about how it would taste.
I made it once. Too sweet for me.
The second time I baked this cake, I reduced sugar to 3 cups and added lemon juice. Rather than sprinkle more confectioner’s sugar on top like most, I placed the baked dessert under the broiler to form a delicious caramelized crust. Makes a lovely presentation and tastes much better (my opinion).
Desserts made with cream cheese should be refrigerated to maintain fresh flavor.
Enjoy this very rich dessert!