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Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake

by on February 2, 2009 · 26 comments

I found this cake Saturday night while going through a 1997 Better Homes & Gardens. At first I thought it was a chocolate cheesecake recipe, but the introduction to the recipe said it was a much-requested chocolate layer cake recipe from a 1975 issue of BHG. I hadn’t heard of it, so I did some research and found that the popular BHG cake was actually a spin on an old 1951 Bake-Off cake called Peppermint Double Delight — a recipe with an interesting technique. You first make a cream cheese mixture, scoop that out to use as the frosting, then use the rest of the “frosting” as part of the cake batter. Since mint is not my all-time favorite flavor, I decided to try the original Better Homes and Gardens version of the cake recipe.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake Slice

The mint version of the cake is here.

As for my cake, it was very good. It wasn’t as chocolaty as some other cakes and it took a while for the flavors to meld, but after it sat on the counter for a while (frosted), it absorbed a little more moisture and was even better.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake Whole

Update: This cake is kind of confusing. It’s a novelty cake in that you use a portion of the batter (before egg and flour are added) as frosting, but I think this technique makes the cake less accurate. For instance, the end of step one says “Reserve 3-1/2 cups of the mixture to use in the cake; set aside.” and then the beginning of Step 2 says “To the remaining mixture (you should have 2 to 3 cups mixture), beat in enough of the additional 1 to 2 cups sifted powdered sugar to make of spreading consistency. Cover and refrigerate the frosting.” I don’t think the recipe will be the same for everyone because measuring out exactly 3 1/2 cups of batter is tricky. It would be better if the recipe said to “weigh out XXX ounces or grams of batter to use in the cake” and then you’d be using the perfect amount for the cake batter since weight is so much accurate that volume. But this is an old recipe so it makes sense that there would not be a weight. Another thing which gives this cake a high margin of error is that it has 9 1/2 cups of sifted confectioners’ sugar. Like flour, the weight per volume of confectioners’ sugar can vary. Volume is not that accurate, while a weight would be. Since there’s not weight on the confectioner’s sugar, it’s easy to use too much or too little. That being said, the cake worked for me and we enjoyed it. So bake at your own risk and let me know what you think!

A few notes to go with the original recipe

- If using unsalted butter, add about 1/2 teaspoon of extra salt plus a pinch to make up for the salt missing in the butter. The original was made with salted butter.
- Measure the flour very carefully. My 2 1/2 cups of flour weighed 11.3 oz. If you don’t have a scale, stir the flour and aerate it before measuring.
- Make sure to sift the confectioners’ sugar before measuring since the original recipe calls for sifted confectioners sugar. If you use volume measurements and do not sift, you’ll be using way too much sugar. Sifted confectioners’ sugar takes up more room in a cup, therefore you need more of it (as in this recipe).

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Published on February 2, 2009

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Carol A, February 2, 2009 at 9:04 am

Cream cheese and chocolate! Now that is a fantastic combination. I just love cream cheese in baked goods. And this is an interesting twist. I bet it will get even better, too, since you already noticed a difference.

Clever about the raspberries – I would probably also accept pureed raspberries rather than jelly as an explanation, too!

Thanks, Anna. Hey, I don’t think we’ve had any cat or dog photos lately, how are they doing?

Katrina February 2, 2009 at 9:05 am

Gorgeous! (No one at our house likes cake, but I secretly do. Shhh.) Looks delicious.

Anna February 2, 2009 at 9:18 am

Carol, I’ll have to eat some today to find out. Thanks for asking about the pets! I’ve been posting their photos (mostly Lizzie) on Facebook lately rather than Cookie Madness. Lizzie is great. She’s here on the floor next to me.

Katrina, I can’t believe you like cake! I will keep it a secret.

VeggieGirl February 2, 2009 at 10:19 am

Looks so fudgy!! Delish!!

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer February 2, 2009 at 10:29 am

OK that is one DAMN fine looking cake!!

Sara February 2, 2009 at 10:44 am

This looks great, I love chocolate and raspberry together!

snooky doodle February 2, 2009 at 10:55 am

wow what a great looking cake yummy. looks so moist and i love the rasberry filling :)

dawn February 2, 2009 at 11:03 am

Cream cheese & chocolate do meld well. I like the addition of raspberry in here. It looks really creamy tasting.

Louise February 2, 2009 at 11:03 am

I probably saw that recipe in it’s first incarnation. :-( I just looked at it on the BHG website and Anna, you better spend the rest of today at the gym. Their recipe makes 12 servings with 660 calories each. :-(

Anna February 2, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Ha! Don’t worry, Louise. My serving size is not the same as BHG’s….it’s more like a fraction of that.

Amy D. February 2, 2009 at 12:20 pm

That looks delicious. But I cannot make it or anything else until I get rid of these Girl Scout cookies that have taken over my house.

Anna February 2, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Amy, if you have shortbread you should try the tiramisu. It was really good.

Jennifer February 2, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Wow, so beautiful and sounds delicious!! :)

Pat Yurko February 2, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Anna, this recipe is similar to a yellow cake published in an ad for Domino confectioners sugar a couple of years ago. It’s a one-layer cake and is very moist and delicious. Everyone loves it. You can find the recipe on this link to the Domino Sugar site: http://www.dominosugar.com/Recipe.aspx?id=619

Louise February 2, 2009 at 3:37 pm

I just looked at the Domino’s recipe and I like the sound of it as it’s white cake with cream cheese. I like chocolate cakes to have an intense chocolate taste, although I make an exception for Sacher Torte. I’ve wanted to give you a link to Nestle’s Ultimate Chocolatier Chocolate Cake, in case you haven’t tried it. It appears the link is screwed up right now, but today I sent Nestles an email inquiring about it so hopefully they will straighten it out.

Louise February 2, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Nestles fixed the link for the Ultimate Chocolate Cake http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/detail.aspx?ID=137829 :-)

Dani February 2, 2009 at 7:09 pm

chocolate and cream cheese…. YUM!

Elyse February 2, 2009 at 8:40 pm

What a stunning cake! I love the idea of using cream cheese in a layer cake. I can’t wait to try this one!

Pearl February 3, 2009 at 1:42 am

wow! how long did it take you to make this cake?

Nancy February 4, 2009 at 11:30 pm

This sounds like a great cake! I’m glad you mentioned that your version is not as rich as the originals. I find that although I am a chocolate lover, sometimes it’s much better to use a filling that balances all the chocolate. I like to use home-whipped cream filling with some fresh strawberries when I make a multi-layer chocolate cake. It’s light and fluffy.

Anna February 5, 2009 at 7:35 am

Nancy, I’m starting to like whipped cream as much as frosting too. I’m not sure what’s going on, but a lot of things are starting to taste too sweet to me. As for richness, this one is rich in the sense that it’s moist and has butter and cream cheese, but it’s not as deeply chocolate.

Pearl, I am not sure how long it took to make it. It was fairly simple.

Barbara August 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm

This was my favorite birthday cake when I was a child. I’m looking forward to trying this evolution of the recipe. I think I will try it with cherry pie filling, sort of Black Foresty!

Lisa August 25, 2013 at 9:54 am

Hi, I’m new here. Found you by googling “chocolate cream cheese cake” as we temporarily misplaced our 33 year old copy of the recipe! This is what I’ve had for my birthday cake every year since I was a teenager and discovered chocolate (prior to that I always requested banana cake w/ cream cheese frosting). The pictures showed up on google before your site did and I knew that was the cake. My husband just found our recipe and is in the kitchen now working on the cake for my birthday. We love this cake! It’s so good we should have it more than once a year, but we never do.

Lisa August 25, 2013 at 9:56 am

I forgot to say that we’ve never added raspberry filling. The recipe that I have from my Mom didn’t include it–don’t know if she omitted when she originally copied the recipe or not.

Anna August 25, 2013 at 10:14 am

Lisa, I’m glad to hear it came up on Google! Is my recipe the same as yours? I haven’t made this one in a while, but we really liked it when I did. I need to format it.

Bill September 4, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Thank you for this recipe. My dear mother made this cake for me and called it chocolate cake plus. It was three layers and did not have the raspberry filling. It was the best chocolate cake I ever had. I know she told me that you mixed ingredients together and then divided them in half. You saved half for the frosting and added flour and eggs for the cake. I lost her recipe and she has since passed away. I will try this one and hope it is the same. The picture looks like it. I tried one about ten years ago that was an epic fail. I will try again with this recipe. Thank you again!!

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