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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!
This was great. It was more like a brownie. I served it with vanilla ice cream. I will make it again!
this was in this months Ladies home journal along w/ other Paula Deen recipes.So I HAD to make it. It is so yummy. The bottom was like a brownie & the top was like cheese cake.Sooooo good!!!
2 words: SINFULLY DELICIOUS! This is Paula Deen's recipe, as mentioned by anther member. I am not a real sweet tooth, but these little treats are to die for. Not for anyone counting fat or calories, but decadant, rich, yummy. Small bites will satisfy your fix, but I must admit, they are addicting! Have to agree with Beckas: This cake is very rich and has a creamy texture on the top and a chewy texture on the bottom. It tastes and looks very much like a brownie. I will definitely take these to all gatherings now!
Paula Deen featured this recipe on her TV show--just wanted to mention that so others who collect Paula Deen's recipes would know this is the same (to avoid duplicates).
I love chocolate, but I found the flavor of this cake to be way too much like butter, and not enough like chocolate. I baked mine for 45 minutes, which may have been too long because the entire cake was not really gooey. I used a Betty Crocker triple fudge cake mix (which I would suggest not using).
SO very good. This will be a keeper. The girls loved it- made it today for the bakery- brought some home and it was a hit. Thanks for sharing this one !