In 2010 Marilyn Schotte and her brother Dale, co-owners of Park Avenue Coffee in Lafayette Square, spun off a company to handle demand for one of its most popular offerings: its gooey butter cakes. Now the Ann & Allen Baking Company (6343 Manchester Avenue; 314-256-9400) is spreading St. Louis' gooey butter cake gospel far and wide. Ann & Allen offers its cakes in 70 flavors and can be found locally at, among other places, Straub's.
Work-in-progress: White chocolate raspberry gooey butter cakes.
RFT contributing photographer Crystal Rolfe got a peek behind the scenes, where the gooey butter magic happens. Of course, she thought to bring along her camera....
See also: - RFT "Chef's Choice" profile of Ann & Allen co-founder Marilyn Schotte - Gooey Butter Cake Goes Nationwide - Food Photo Essay: 2013 Stout and Oyster Festival at the Schlafly Tap Room - Food Photo Essay: The Block Restaurant Butcher and Bar
A chocolate crust topped with chocolate chips awaits its goo.
A carrot gooey butter cake in its unbaked state.
Each pan is weighed before baking.