J. A. Konrath

posted Jun 27, 2009, 3:29 PM by Natalie Duvall   [ updated Aug 3, 2009, 8:14 PM ]
J. A. Konrath -- Gooey Butter Cake
Thanks, Natalie, for allowing me to guest blog and share my favorite cake recipe.

By way of brief introduction, my name is JA Konrath. I write the Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels thrillers. The latest, CHERRY BOMB, just came out in hardcover.

Since the book is somewhat frightening, I thought I'd share a somewhat frightening recipe.

This recipe is terrifying for two reasons:

1. Even though it is delicious, it looks weird and gross, very much like my book, CHERRY BOMB.

2. It has enough sugar and fat in it to give you a heart attack, very much like my book, CHERRY BOMB.

This recipe was given to me by my mom, who clipped it from an ancient issue of Good Housekeeping. And believe me, it is one of the strangest-- yet most decadent and tasty--baked goods you will ever have.

Gooey Butter Cake:

2 sticks softened butter

1 package pound cake mix

1 pound confectioners sugar

4 eggs

8 oz. softened cream cheese

(Didn't I tell you this is a myocardial infarction waiting to happen?)

Beat butter with two eggs, and gradually add the powdered pound cake mix.

Spread this beaten mix into a 9" x 13" baking pan. I asked my mom if I needed to grease the pan and she told me, "Hon, you've got half a pound of butter in there already." She said it kind of sarcastically, too.

Preheat the oven to 350.

Remove 1/4 cup of confectioner's sugar and set it aside.

Mix the remaining sugar, eggs, and cream cheese, and beat until the lumps are gone.

Pour/spoon this mixture into the baking pan, on top of the pound cake mix.

Run out and buy CHERRY BOMB by JA Konrath. This step is essential, or your cake will be ruined.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the top is lightly brown but not fully set. This cake is supposed to be really gooey, remember?

Let cool, then dust the top with the remaining powdered sugar. My mom uses a strainer to do this. I just sorta pour it on and then lightly blow on it to distribute it, which is what I think most of the top chefs do.

Eat in moderation.

Warning: the author assumes no responsibility for clogged arteries or passing out from sugar high. Seriously, this is even better than chocolate. Trust me.

And thanks, Mom, for the recipe. :)