A summer in New York City provided me with more than enough opportunities to try award-winning sweets. (Need proof? See Example A.) Cookie dough shops that sell by the scoop, over-the-top milkshakes, the richest, densest cheesecake you’ve ever tasted, you name it — NYC is a dessert lover’s dream. However, a couple months into my stay I found myself pining for an old St. Louis favorite — gooey butter cake. Bless Ample Hills Creamery’s Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream.
Many claim the chocolate chip cookie to be the world’s greatest mistake, but I beg to differ. In the 1930s, a baker accidentally made the delicacy by confusing the butter and flour proportions; thus, a creamy buttery filling and powdered sugar topped crust was born. Now you understand why I was dreaming about gooey butter cake one day in my Brooklyn apartment.
I stumbled upon Ample Hills Creamery after seeing a tweet by a St. Louisan praising the joint for its Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream. I must admit I was a bit skeptical upon seeing the flavor’s name. Shouldn’t it simply be gooey butter cake? Why is the ooey necessary? Nevertheless, I strolled into the local Prospect Heights shop on a sunny yet cool Wednesday evening vying for a scoop of the good stuff. Here we go.
First, and most importantly, let’s get to the chunkage: Out of this world! Upon first bite I was delighted to find a huge morsel of chewy gooey butter goodness, and it only continued from there. Even in the last bite, I was surprised to stumble upon a huge peanut butter cup, which was honestly better than finding a surprise onion ring in your order of Burger King fries.
The chunkage rests in a base of vanilla ice cream, prized for its deep, buttery notes. It was only subtly sweet, allowing the gooey butter cake chunks to shine as the star of the show.
Overall, the larger-than-life chunks comprised most of the scoop without being overpowering. A sizeable piece of cake most likely went into a single scoop of the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream.
The Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream is undoubtedly true to St. Louis tradition. From the chewy, shortbread-like crust to the rich, artery-clogging filling, Ample Hills’ Gooey butter cake recipe can’t be too far off from McArthur’s, Park Avenue Coffee, and the like.
If you’re a Missourian-turned-New Yorker looking for a taste of home, or just visiting NYC and absolutely cannot bear to be gooey butter cake-less for more than a few days, look no further than Ample Hills Creamery.
Pro tip: Can’t make the trip to the East Coast? You can also have Ample Hills’ Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream shipped directly to your door!
If You Go …
Ample Hills Creamery
Various locations in the NYC area