A true dessert favorite with a long history is a gooey butter cake. It has a rich, buttery cake batter crust and an excellent gooey cream cheese filling that is quite simple to prepare. In St. Louis, where it is a well-known dessert for which every family has a recipe, gooey butter cake dominates. Outside of Missouri, it isn’t as well recognized, but it ought to be. It is buttery, sweet, and rich.