I made this according to the recipe the first time, but I wasn't that impressed. I tweaked it just a bit this time, and the reviews are better, but I still wouldn't call this a stellar dessert. However, if you need something a little exciting but don't have much time, this could do in a pinch, and because it is so rich, a little goes a long way.
For the bottom layer, here is what you will need:
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
The original recipe called for a yellow cake mix, but my first change was to use a chocolate one. I would say that yellow cake is probably my favorite, and if given a choice, chocolate cake is the last thing I would take. However, the bottom layer of this cake has kind of a brownie texture, so I opted for a chocolate cake mix, and that suits my eaters much better. Lately, I've taken to putting about a tsp. of burnt sugar flavoring into brownies, so I also added that. If you are unable to find burnt sugar flavoring, you can fairly easily make your own burnt sugar syrup.
As always when baking in a wood cookstove, the first step is to build your fire and begin heating your oven to the desired temperature. You need a moderate oven for this cake, and I think it is best to shoot for around 325ºF.
While your oven is heating, begin melting your butter over the coolest part of the cooktop.
Press the mixture into the bottom of the pan, spreading evenly all the way to the edges. Buttered fingertips make this process a bit easier.
For the second layer you will need these ingredients:
Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the cake mixture. I am careful to not let it touch the edges of the pan.
|What Gooey Butter Cake looks like when it is done baking.|
If you look closely at the oven thermometer, you can see that
the oven was running at about 325ºF. I wouldn't go much
hotter than that.
These are extremely rich, and I find that a 1"x1" square is plenty to satisfy my sweet tooth for quite a while.
I hope you enjoy them!