There are a few things the city of St. Louis is known for – The Gateway Arch, The St. Louis Cardinals and gooey butter cake. Yes, that’s right- gooey butter cake. Gooey butter cake is so big here- it originated here and most every bakery in town serves it. The first Gooey Butter Cake I ever had was at Paula Deen’s restaurant The Lady and Sons in Savannah, GA. I just associated butter cake with the Queen of Butter. I had no idea Gooey Butter Cake originated in St. Louis. And Park Avenue Coffee is where it is perfected. With 73 flavors. 73.
First and foremost, Park Avenue Coffee serves coffee. They claim to serve the best coffee in St. Louis. I wouldn’t know. I was only there for the baked goods. OK- back to the cake….
The texture of a Gooey Butter Cake is similar to a brownie. It is typically flat and heavy in mass- not usually a way I would describe a baked good. Made with flour, butter, sugar and eggs, there is more butter used than flour, creating a dense cake. And a light dusting of confectioner’s sugar over the finished product is typical.
I tried only five of the 73 flavors Park Avenue Coffee offers and each was better than the last. The Espresso Chip was probably my favorite, followed by the Chocolate Chip, the Traditional, the Turtle and finally the Butterscotch. No wait- the Butterscotch was my favorite, then the Turtle, Espresso Chip….oh forget about it. They were all delicious. If I had more time I may have made it through all 73 flavors.
Do yourself a favor the next time you find yourself wandering around St. Louis- go to Park Avenue Coffee and grab a big box of Gooey Butter Cakes- in as many flavors as you can handle. Maybe grab a coffee as well and let me know how it is.
There are four locations in the St. Louis area – find one here –> Park Avenue Coffee website