Food Photo Essay: Gooey Butter Cakes & More from Ann & Allen Baking Company

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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.

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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

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A chocolate crust topped with chocolate chips awaits its goo.

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A carrot gooey butter cake in its unbaked state.

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Each pan is weighed before baking.

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Perhaps not surprisingly, double-chocolate gooey butter cakes are a popular item.

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Matt is a gooey butter expert.

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Gooey butter cake mixes, for those who prefer to bake their own.

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Another resident gooey butter expert, Melanie.

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All cakes and cookies on the premises are prepared by hand.

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Carrot and red velvet gooey butter cakes, warm from the oven.

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A warm red velvet gooey butter cake gets its cream-cheese topping.

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Turtle gooey butter cakes, just about ready for public consumption.

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Gooey butter cookies receiving the requisite dusting of powdered sugar.

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Co-founder Marilyn Schotte, the baking genius behind Ann & Allen Baking Company.

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