This is from the food network and is SO yummy. This not for the weak, your knees will buckle once you taste it.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Lightly grease 13x9-inch baking pan.
- In a large bowl combine cake mix, 1 egg and 1 stick of melted butter and stir until well blended.
- Pat mixture in to pan.
- With mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth.
- Add 2 eggs, cocoa powder and powdered sugar.
- Beat until all ingredients are well mixed.
- Slowly add 1 stick of melted butter and vanilla.
- Beat until smooth.
- Stir in nuts with spatula.
- Spread filling over cake mixture.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes.
- (Be careful not to overcook, center should still be a little gooey when finished baking).
- Let partially cool on wire rack before cutting.
- Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream.
After reading the other reviews, I made some adjustments to make this a bit more gooey. I used applesauce instead of butter for the cake layer, which made it more moist when baked, but also sticky to spread in the pan, so be prepared for that. I sprinkled 1/2 c. chocolate chips onto the cake layer before adding the cream cheese layer, making this triple chocolate, yum! I used a 9x9" pan instead, making these thicker and definitely more like cake than bars. And the part about not cooking too long is so important - I only had to bake for 35 min., the center was gooey perfection! This is very rich, small servings go a long way. Thanks, J9!
My family calls these gooey "bars" because they're definitely more of a bar or brownie than a cake. I made these with Pillsbury Devils Food cake mix, which I would not recommend. They turned out dry and crumbly. These are like rich brownies with a chocolate cream cheese frosting that bakes right on top. The kids really like them. The bottom layer should be the consistency of playdough when you press it in the pan. If it's crumbly, add more moisture. If not, the brownie layer will be dry. I love that these can be made in so many variations. My usual is yellow cake mix with a layer of mini chocolate chips or toffee bits and the top layer minus the cocoa. For Thanksgiving, try it with pumpkin!
This stuff is INCREDIBLE! It does have more of a brownie texture than cake, but it's so delicious that it really doesn't matter!