This cake is a legendary Depression-era mistake. The story goes something like this: A baker in St. Louis accidentally mixed up the ingredient proportions for his cake, resulting in a gooey texture. Because it was the Depression, they couldn’t just throw it out, so they sold it and it was an instant hit.

from Bon Appetit
http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/ooey-gooey-butter-cake

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