Slideshow SLIDESHOW: 7 Butter Cakes We Love in Philadelphia

[Photographs and original illustrations: Cakespy]

Philadelphia: it's not just for cheesesteaks, pretzels, and Tastykake.

No indeed, because there's a sweet morsel, little known outside of the city, that truly takes the cake when it comes to decadent eating: Philadelphia Butter Cake. What is this tasty treat? It's a rich, buttery cake with a gooey center and a yeasted dough base. Served in bar form, it's a cousin to, but not quite the same as, the famous St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake.

Butter cake isn't always the easiest food to find. It tends to proliferate in German bakeries, mostly in the Northeastern reaches of the city, the likes of which don't generally have websites or Twitter feeds. But it's worth seeking out, and here are 7 spots that I think are worth a trip.

Note: Many of the prices listed are for a tray, which include more than 1 serving.

About the author: Jessie Oleson is a writer, illustrator, gallery owner, and cake anthropologist who runs Cakespy, an award-winning dessert website. Her first book came out in October 2011; she is currently at work on her second book.

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