St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

Diet types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Martha from Missouri.

Portions: 12

Serving size: 1 square


  • 2 cups all-purpose white flour            
  • 1-1/2 cup granulated sugar (divided use)
  • 1 cup butter (divided use)
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup liquid non-dairy creamer (such as Coffee Rich®)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In a bowl, mix 1 cup flour and 1/4 cup sugar.
  3. Using a pastry blender, cut in 1/4 cup butter until mixture looks like fine crumbs and starts to cling together.
  4. Pat into the bottom of an ungreased 9 x 9 x 2" baking pan.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, beat 1-1/4 cups sugar and 3/4 cup butter with electric mixer until combined. Beat in corn syrup and eggs.
  6. Alternately add remaining 1 cup flour and non-dairy creamer, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. (Batter may look slightly curdled.)
  7. Pour batter over crust, spreading evenly to edges of pan.
  8. Bake for 35 minutes or until nearly firm when shaken.
  9. Cool in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar when cool.
  10. Cut into 12 squares and serve.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  383
  • Protein  4 g
  • Carbohydrates  49 g
  • Fat  19 g
  • Cholesterol  96 mg
  • Sodium  143 mg
  • Potassium  48 mg
  • Phosphorus  55 mg
  • Calcium  16 mg
  • Fiber  0.5 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1/2 starch
  • 2 high calorie
  • 4 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • For a special topping, add some berries or other low potassium sliced fruit and a dollop of whipped topping.

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