Wednesday, June 27, 2012

PRR: Gooey Butter Cake

Let me preface this post with saying that this is not a recipe for those with weak stomachs. Anyone who cares even a little about their health should not even attempt to read this recipe because it will cause an instant heart attack.

That being said, as you can probably infer, this week's Pinterest Recipe Review is on Gooey Butter Cake. The only reason I even tried this recipe was because of my begging and pleading husband. [[The things we do for love...]]

For those of you who don't know, Gooey Butter Cake is a recipe from Paula Deen, Queen of Southern Cooking. Knowing that fact alone may make you a little queasy when you hear the name of the recipe. I mean, Ms. Paula is known for her over use of butter. So if she has a recipe called butter CAKE then one can only imagine that it is just slabs of butter pressed into a cake pan...

While that is not too far off, I'm going to do my best to give an unbiased opinion of this recipe for you all to consider...

1 18 1/4-ounce package yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tablespoons butter, melted

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 16-ounce box powdered sugar

[[ are not mistaken...this does come out to a FULL CUP of butter. and yes...that is an ENTIRE POUND of powdered sugar...stick with me here...]]

{1} Combine the cake mix, egg, and melted butter. Once everything is well mixed, press into the bottom of a lightly greased 9x13 pan.
{2} In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla and butter and beat together.
{3} Add the powdered sugar and mix well. Spread over the cake mixture.
{4} Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes. Feel free to under-cook a little thought because this cake is supposed to be gooey.

Look at how gooey that center is....

Just before taking the plunge...
So, here is my Pros/Cons break down.
-There are relatively few ingredients
-It actually is pretty okay if you let it cool down a lot before actually eating it. [[It was just nasty straight out of the oven...keep in mind...melted butter+powdered sugar create the consistency of lard when warm...YUCK!]]
-It is a husband pleaser.
-It is 100% unhealthy. There is nothing even remotely good for you in this recipe. [[this counts for 2 "cons" points because it is just sooo unhealthy!]]

Well...[[surprisingly]] it looks like Pros won out over Cons this time in a victory of 3-2. If you don't mind eating yourself into a heart attack, I would recommend this recipe. But if, like most people nowadays, you are trying to watch that waistline, stay as far away from this cake as you can. Even breathing in the fumes from it can cause your blood sugar to rise dramatically and your hips to pack on a few extra pounds.

Personally? I will never be making this cake ever matter how much my husband begs and pleads...
I would appreciate any input for a Pinteresting recipe for next week because we see what happens when I let my husband choose the recipe for the week!!
Happy Wednesday!

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