It has butter, it has sugar, it has vanilla, then it has more butter and more sugar. Sold yet? It has a semi sweet yeast cake bottom, and a topping made from a buttered up biscuit dough. This topping dough melts into the base, forming a gooey caramelised topping. The topping will tack your back chompers together. Think toffee, caramel, toasted marshmallows and fairy floss.
When you mix up your yeast and milk mixture with a fork, take the fork out before tipping it into the mixer. Fork 0. KitchenAid 1.
Quality testing at its finest. Taste it once, poke it twice. The base and topping pass the standards.
Did I mention butter, sugar and vanilla with the ratio weighted heavily towards the butter component? You've been warned. I kid you not. Oh, and see the topping below? It's sticky! Brush your teeth after this one, kids. Below that - Gooey St Louis Butter cake, up on a pedestal, where it rightfully belongs.
Gooey St Louis Butter Cake
3 tab milk
1 3/4 tsp yeast
3 tab sugar
1 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups plain flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 heaped tabs glucose
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 heaped cup plain flour
Icing sugar to serve
Base: In a small bowl or glass, mix the milk and yeast together with 2 tabs warm water. If you're using instant dry yeast, don't expect foam, just little bubbles. Cream the butter, sugar and salt then add the egg. Add the flour and the yeast mixture alternately, finishing with the flour. Knead with a dough hook for about 7 minutes. Pat out into a greased ceramic or heavy based tray. About 8" by 12". Cover and allow to rise for a couple of hours.
Topping: Heat oven to 180c. Cream butter, sugar, glucose and vanilla. Beat in the egg with 2 tabs of water and then add the flour. Dollop the topping over the risen base and smooth out evenly. Cook for around 30 minutes. It will appear uneven and underdone in the centre, but it will be done. Cool in the pan, then slice and sprinkle with icing sugar to serve. I guess it would be too ridiculous to suggest serving with lightly whipped cream and fresh berries? Yes? I won't suggest that then...
More quality testing. Notice the far away glazed over eyes - she's not joking. It's that good.