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November 7, 2012

Sauce the real icing on award-winning recipe

JOPLIN, Mo. — Brandi Metoyer had a quick answer when asked what makes double chocolate gooey butter cake with bourbon hot fudge sauce an award-winning dessert.

“Well, the gooiness, of course, and the bourbon in the chocolate sauce,” Metoyer said.

Metoyer is the program director at College View Manor, 3828 College View Drive, and the award the double chocolate gooey butter cake won was first place in the Chocolate Extravaganza, a contest designed to find the best chocolate creations in the Joplin area.

The Chocolate Extravaganza, held on Oct. 11 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, was a benefit for the Dream Team of Hospice Compassus.

Borrowing from one of baking’s best

Metoyer said the recipe for the butter cake belongs in part to Paula Dean and in part to her. She said when the staff at College View Manor decided to enter the contest, its members culled through a host of family recipes, cookbooks and online sites before settling on a Paula Dean recipe they found on the Food Network’s website. But the online recipe did not include the sauce.

“I put that together. I couldn’t find a recipe that I liked, so I experimented with a few things and came up with something that I did like,” she said.

The gooey part of the chocolate butter cake likely comes from the combination of butter and cream cheese in the recipe. Mix in cocoa powder and chocolate cake mix, and you’ve got yourself the makings of a chocolate-induced euphoria.

Metoyer said the staff members at College View Manor suspected they had stumbled onto something special. But when staff baker Vicky Sorensen took the cake out of the oven, topped it with sauce and gave everyone a sample, their suspicions were confirmed.

“We absolutely knew then. We considered it to be the winning recipe, but after we tasted the cake we just knew it. It was a no-brainer,” she said.

The Dream Team of Hospice Compassus is made up of volunteers who work to turn dreams into realities for hospice patients. It operates much like the Make-A-Wish Foundation operates.

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