Vegan St.Louis Gooey Butter Cake

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I mean this name is pretty awesome, right? Gooey Butter Cake is a St. Louis classic cake. As part of the 50 Plates of Tofu Series I am participating in, I decided to give this yummy dessert a vegan makeover to represent Missouri. And it turned out great! Rich, buttery and sweet. I can imagine this treat being served in a cute little bakery, a pot of hot tea on the side.

Give it a try and see for yourself..

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Cozy Classic Dessert! Using delicious silken tofu allows for a vegan version of this classic buttery recipe. Dusted with powdered sugar, moist and ‘gooey’ in the middle, this cake is easy and fun to make. Dress it up by serving it a la mode or with some chocolate or berry sauce on top, or fresh berries or sliced peaches on the side.

How to make it "Gooey?" If you want it really moist and 'gooey' in the middle, I would under-bake it by a few minutes. I was happy with the texture and it was definitely moist in the center - so rich and buttery! But if you want it extra soft, under-bake by a bit. Also, when you serve this as leftover you can microwave it for a few seconds and it gets very soft and buttery! So good.

Tofu as an egg replacer.
Tofu is one of my absolute favorite egg replacers. I find that is yields the most authentic fluffy and sturdy "eggy" texture and flavor. Plus it adds protein and is basically flavorless so it doesn't mess with the recipe flavor. Here is how I sub one egg:

1 egg = 1/2 cup silken tofu

50 Plates. This recipe is part of the House Foods 50 Plates of Tofu recipe campaign that brings to life one tofu-based recipe for each state. Follow along here.

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- California Avocado Toast
- Today's Southwest Tofu Burrito with Avocado

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Vegan Gooey Butter Cake

Kathy Patalsky

Published 04/21/2017

Vegan Missouri Gooey Butter Cake

This St Louis dessert classic is made vegan using tofu! Dusted with powdered sugar and moist and 'gooey' in the middle.


  • 1 package of vegan yellow cake mix (about 18oz)**
  • 1/2 cup House Foods Tofu, soft (replaces 1 egg)
  • 16 Tbsp vegan butter, melted (2 sticks of vegan butter)
  • 8oz vegan cream cheese
  • 1 cup House Foods Tofu, soft (replaces 2 eggs)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 16 oz. organic powdered sugar (about 2 cups)
  • On top: powdered sugar for dusting
  • 9 x 9 inch baking dish (or similar)
  • **I used the Arrowhead Mills brand


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 and grease your baking dish.
  2. Combine the cake mix, ½ cup soft tofu and 8 tablespoons of melted vegan butter (1 stick). Blend using a hand mixer. When mixture is moistened, dry and crumbly pour it into a lightly greased baking pan. Use your fingers or the back of a spoon to pat down the mixture a bit.

  3. Add the remaining melted vegan butter (1 stick), vegan cream cheese, 1 cup soft tofu, 1 tsp vanilla and 16oz powdered sugar to the large mixing bowl. (You do not need to rinse out the bowl.) Using the same mixer, beat until smooth.

  4. Pour this mixture over top the dry mixture in the pan.

  5. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until the edges very lightly brown. Try not to over bake the cake if you want it nice and ‘gooey.’ 

  6. When cake is ready, allow it to cool completely before slicing and serving. Chilling in the fridge for a few hours or overnight is even better. To serve: dust with powdered sugar.

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.

Cook time: 00 hrs. 45 mins.

Total time: 60 mins.

Tags: missouri,dessert,vegan,gooey cake,butter cake,cake,st louis, tofu

More About Tofu. I love that tofu is incredibly versatile and can be used in both sweet and savory recipes. Tofu is an excellent source of complete plant-based protein. House Foods Tofu comes in organic and conventional product lines and is always Non-GMO Project Verified.

disclosure: this post is sponsored by House Foods Tofu's 50 Plates Series, but all opinions are my own.
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