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National Gooey Butter Cake Day – August 12, 2023

National Gooey Butter Cake Day is celebrated on August 12 every year. The holiday is dedicated to the tasty treat that is loved by many. Gooey butter cake is a dessert or pastry delicacy. It has a yeast cake foundation with a ‘goo’ mixture on top, sprinkled with powdered sugar. It’s a sticky, chewy dessert and can be found at most bakeries in and around St. Louis. Typically, gooey butter cake is served as a coffee cake.

History of National Gooey Butter Cake Day

National Gooey Butter Cake Day is dedicated to the sweet pastry treat and all the people who enjoy eating it. The holiday was officially founded in 2019 by Schnuck Markets. According to legend, the treat was invented in the 1930s when a baker from St Louis used far too much butter in his coffee cake batter. After baking, he then sold the gooey cake and received positive feedback. It was a delicious happenstance that has since become a staple of modern cuisine. In St. Louis, Missouri, it has become a custom.

Gooey butter cake is a type of cake that is flat and dense and has a rich, sweet, and solid texture. Wheat cake flour, sugar, butter, and eggs are commonly used in their preparation. It stands roughly one inch tall on average and is then coated with powdered sugar as a final touch. Typically, the cake is divided into smaller pieces, similar to brownies. People can also customize the cake with chocolate, caramel, or fruit, depending on their preferences. Instead of being served as a formal dinner cake, the cake is frequently served as a type of coffee cake.

Gooey butter cake comes in two varieties, the original gooey butter cake from Bakers in St. Louis and a slice of cream cheese and commercial yellow cake mix variation. The gooey butter cake is made with a yeast-raised sweet dough on the bottom in the original St. Louis, MO Bakers’ version.

National Gooey Butter Cake Day timeline

The Middle Ages
Cakes Become Popular

‘Cakes’ refer to a flat round of bread that is hard-baked on both sides.

1930s
Gooey Butter Cake is Invented

Gooey butter cake is accidentally created by a baker in St Louis.

1930s
John Hoffman’s Bakery

The bakery where gooey butter cake is invented is owned by John Hoffman.

2019
The Day is Founded

National Gooey Butter Cake is officially established.

National Gooey Butter Cake Day FAQs

Are cupcakes popular?

According to Google, cupcakes are the fastest-growing recipe search on the internet.

What was the biggest cake made?

The largest birthday cake in the world was made for Las Vegas’ centennial birthday weighing 6.18 tons.

What is a cakewalk?

The cakewalk is a dance competition where the winner is awarded a cake.

National Gooey Butter Cake Day Activities

  1. Eat a gooey gutter cake

    You can enjoy the holiday by indulging in this sweet pastry treat. If you enjoy sweet chewy snacks then you’ll love this gooey cake.

  2. Bake a gooey butter cake

    If you're up for a challenge, look for some gooey butter cake recipes online and make your own at home. You'll be surprised at how tasty it turns out.

  3. Use the hashtag

    Once you’ve laid your hands on this delicious treat — either by buying or making your own — take some pictures. Share them on social media using the hashtag #gooeybuttercake.

5 Tantalizing Facts About Cakes

  1. Cakes were made of bread

    The first-known wedding cakes were made out of bread.

  2. First cakes

    The first birthday cakes were given to people as gifts on their birthdays.

  3. The middle layer cake has a name

    The middle layer of cake which is usually covered with frosted cream is known as Whoopie pies.

  4. Cakes brought husbands

    In Ancient America, it was believed that keeping a fruit cake under the pillow would get you a handsome husband.

  5. There’s a cupcake-eating record

    In 2012, Patrick Bertoletti set a world record by eating 72 cupcakes in six minutes.

Why We Love National Gooey Butter Cake Day

  1. It brings joy

    The holiday encourages people to eat tasty treats. Tasty foods usually bring joy and happiness.

  2. It promotes giving

    The holiday reminds people to share. Sharing a treat with someone else makes both the giver and receiver happy.

  3. It supports St Louis

    The treat is native to the city of St Louis. The holiday increases economic activity in the city.

National Gooey Butter Cake Day dates

YearDateDay
2023August 12Saturday
2024August 12Monday
2025August 12Tuesday
2026August 12Wednesday
2027August 12Thursday

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