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Two Sisters, Serial #22 and Black and White Gooey Butter Cake

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So we’re headed into the season of Christmas parties. And some of these parties are formal affairs–women in black evening gowns, men in black tuxedos with white shirts, everyone dressed up and looking sharp.

But guess what? We’re not going to those stuffy affairs. Instead we’re going to stay at home, slip into our favorite casual clothes or pajamas, mix up a yummy and decadent dessert, and download a copy of Two Sisters, Serial #22 (which is actually about a fun, though not especially formal, dinner party).

But in a nod to the formal parties happening out there somewhere, this week’s special dessert is in a black-tie theme, as in Black and White Gooey Butter Cake. It’s really a yellow cake with a chocolate cheesecake frosting. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

So let all those poor suckers in their evening gowns and starched shirts stand around trading small talk and eating tiny and awkward appetizers with names you can’t pronounce and ingredients you never heard of.

We’ll brew a cup of tea or pour a glass of wine, slide a slice (or two or three) of this cake onto a plate, and curl up with a nice read.

And send our condolences to those at the formal affair down the street.

Chocolate Ooey Gooey Butter Bars

Black and White Gooey Butter Cake


1/2 cup granulated sugar

10 Tablespoons all-purpose flour (1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons)

pinch of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 egg yolk

1 Tablespoon milk

3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1 egg white

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Chocolate Gooey Butter Bars

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×5 inch bread pan and set aside.

To make the crust, combine the sugar, flour, salt, and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Beat in the egg yolk and melted butter until you get a uniform batter. Press the crust into the bottom of the prepared pan.

To make the filling, beat the cream cheese with a handheld mixer until it is light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat into the cream cheese. Slowly stir in the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Lastly, stir in the melted butter. Make sure all of the ingredients are well incorporated.

Pour the filling over top of the crust. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes. The cake should start to set on the sides, but be slightly jiggly in the middle. Remove the cake from the oven and let cool completely in the pan before cutting into bars.

Makes 6-8 servings.

*You can also make the crust using a boxed cake mix. To do this, mix together 1/2 of a box of yellow cake mix, 1 egg yolk, and 3 tablespoons of melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 9×5 inch bread pan and proceed with directions.

Black and White Gooey Butter Bars

{Adapted from Dessert for Two}

Click below to listen to or read Serial #22 of “Two Sisters”.

Two Sisters, Serial #22, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Two Sisters, Serial #22, text © Jeffrey Anderson


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