Culinary Travel — By Susan McKee on July 16, 2010 at 9:50 pm
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Gooey Louie is a St. Louis Tradition

Gooey Louie in St. Louis, MissouriThe siren call of a great dessert dragged me into Gooey Louie, an improbably named St. Louis, Missouri, icon right on Historic Route 66 at 6483 Chippewa Street (map) in the neighborhood of Lindenwood Park.

These absolutely sinful butter cakes with deliciously gooey tops are the creation of Kirk and Debbie Stieferman (that’s Debbie in the picture). Gooey Louie started out small in 2006, offering the cakes (one of Debbie’s old family recipes) at the Best of Missouri Market in the Missouri Botanical Garden — and sold out.

Same thing happened the following year, and the next. Inevitably, they opened their own shop and haven’t looked back since. “This is a homestyle recipe,” Debbie notes. “It’s all natural and we make ‘em from scratch using actual butter, sugar, cream cheese and eggs.” She admits that her personal favorite (available only in the summer) is Key Lime.

Gooey Louie offers 20 or so flavors, which rotate with the seasons. The most popular — some 50% of their sales, she says — is the original (“plain”) flavor. A sentimental favorite at the moment is “Hwy 40: Driving Me Nuts” — because St. Louis is tied in traffic knots due to construction work on various parts of its interstate system. Others I sampled on a trip to their store were Chocolate Chippewa, Chocolate Raspberry, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Turtle Park (think I was on a chocolate roll!).

I took home an original flavor cake, but I have daydreams about that extra gooey Turtle Park, replete with caramel and chocolate. Fortunately, the cakes — and the new cookies — are available by mail! Check out the custom labels — Debbie is a graphic artist. Hmm. Wouldn’t these be terrific gifts?

What: Gooey Louie Cakes & More
Where: 6483 Chippewa Street, St. Louis, Missouri
What to try: Key Lime or Turtle Park

(Photo by Susan McKee)

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