Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Cake
Oh, that Paula Deen. SoupAddict does believe that woman is out to kill us all — every last one of us — one stick of butter at a time.
But, SoupAddict also believes that that woman does know her desserts.
Dear Paula: You had SoupAddict at “gooey.”
(Dear Reader: SoupAddict apologizes for summoning the sappy spectre of Rene Zellweger. It was uncalled for.)
“And how’s your steak tonight, Miss?”
“Mmmm, so gooey. It’s perfect!”
But somehow, the title just works with this cake (which is a flavor variation in Ms. Deen’s popular Gooey Butter Cake recipe). See how this insipid little plan works? Get people hooked on the gooey butter by making baking videos where you look into the camera with those long, flirty Southern eyelashes and affectionately call the cakes “gooeys” and pretty soon, the world’s arteries belong to the Deen family fortunes.
I’ll get back to you and your evil ways, Paula, as soon as I put the finishing touches on my own Cinnamon Swirl version.
This is what makes Paula the evil genius. She knows that a $1-a-box cake mix is the easiest way to get that balance.
Paula’s recipe calls for a 9×13 cake pan, but SoupAddict is always looking for excuses to use her ruffly deep dish pie plate.
(Of course, at the time, SoupAddict did not realize that she was simply falling in line with Paula’s evil plan — she simply thought she was being nice to Mother of SoupAddict. It was only later, composing this blog post, that SoupAddict realized she was just Paula’s pawn, spreading butter addiction by proxy.)
Sometimes SoupAddict’s verbal eloquence fails her.
No, SoupAddict does not at all recommend that you slice the cake in front of your guests, because it’s gross. Like a pumpkin pie gone horribly, horribly wrong. But once sliced, mmmmmm. Once sliced, your guests will think you are a pumpkin genius. (And you, too, will be guilty of doing Paula’s butter bidding.)
So, SoupAddict breaks out some craft carving tools and begins to artfully dig little trenches in the pie slice, like a master sculptor would do.
SoupAddict added teeth marks the only way she knows how — the only way that makes sense. And that’s not with carving tools, people.
“Hey, where are you going, little buddy? Get.in.my.belly.”
Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Cake (Paula Deen, Foodnetwork.com)
For the Cake:
1 (18 1/4-ounce) package yellow cake mix
8 tablespoons butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.
To make the filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter, and beat together. Next, add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mix well. Spread pumpkin mixture over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to overbake as the center should be a little gooey.
Serve with fresh whipped cream.