Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownie Cake

READY IN: 50mins
SERVES: 12-16




  • For cake, heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease bottom and side of 2 round pans, 9x1 1/2 inches, with shortening; lightly flour.
  • Heat water, butter, shortening and cocoa in 1-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth; remove from heat.
  • Cool to room temperature.
  • Mix flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
  • Beat in cocoa mixture with electric mixer on low speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until smooth.
  • Beat in sour cream, eggs and vanilla until smooth.
  • Pour into pans.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire rack.
  • Cool completely.
  • For cream cheese filling, beat butter and cream cheese in medium bowl on medium speed until fluffy.
  • Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla on low speed until smooth.
  • When cake is cooled completely, fill layers with cream cheese filling.
  • For chocolate frosting, beat butter in medium bowl on medium speed until fluffy.
  • Gradually beat in remaining ingredients on low speed until smooth.
  • Frost side and top of cake with chocolate frosting.
  • Press walnuts on side of cake, if using.
  • Store cake covered in refrigerator.