Recently on one of my regular dozen-cupcake drop-ins, as I was brooding over how to best fill my box, I was intrigued by a number of the non-cupcake items being presented. I convinced the ladies running the shop to allow me substitute one such item for a cupcake within my dozen…and it so happened that this item outshined the whole lot. Though it sounds as if it were named by a snaggle-toothed, six-year-old girl with pigtails, the Gooey Butter Bars are sophisticated enough for any discerning palate.
The butter bars as simplistic, two-layered, and anything but lavish. They are not piled high with three inches of frosting, nor are they adorned with chocolate chunks, sprinkles, and candy pieces. A crumbly bottom crust is densely packed and rich with butter. The top layer is thick yet soft, slightly tangy from the addition of softened cream cheese, and sweetened with confectioner’s sugar. It’s unadorned and unadulterated pleasure in butter bar form…a testament to bakeries and pastry lovers everywhere that there is truly life after the cupcake.
The Cupcake Factory
18104 Kanis Rd. (near the intersection of Kanis and Rahling)