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Sunday Brunch: St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

This cake may be little known outside its hometown of St. Louis, Missouri (unless you've watched enough Paula Deen.) It's often made with boxed cake mix then topped with the gooey topping, but this version uses a simple yeast based cake. It's very buttery and very rich, but with a strong cup of black coffee it can really hit the spot first thing in the morning.

About the author:
Sydney Oland lives in Boston where she completed her graduate work in Gastronomy and Food Studies in 2009, after a Professional Chef diploma from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Find more information at (or read

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