Hello again, all you dessert-loving people!
This week, we’re back to the gluttonous, chocolately, fiendish fare I am so in love with. Now, when I think fiendish and gluttonous, a few different cooks come to mind. But none so quickly as Miss Butter herself: Paula Deen.
I have been wanting to try a Paula Deen dessert for ages now. And there was one in particular that struck my fancy.
Butter cake. But not just any butter cake. The kind that involves chocolate.
Here’s how it happened. So easy it should be a sin and probably is:
Mix 1 box of chocolate cake mix, 1 egg and…sigh…one stick of melted butter (this is the part where, if we were on “Paula’s Party”, the audience would go “ooooooooh!”). Stir very well to incorporate and moisten all of the mix. Then pat this lovely mixture into a greased 13×9 inch pan.
Mama needs a manicure.
Now it’s time for your topping, aka the “ooey gooey” part.
Beat 8 oz of softened cream cheese until it is smooth in consistency. Add to that 2 eggs and 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Mix this together. Then, with the mixer on a low setting so as to lessen the chances of disaster, add 16 oz of powdered sugar.
Side note: I cannot tell you how how many times I forget to use a low setting when incorporating powdered sugar or flour into a mixer bowl. It’s kind of a mess.
Anyway, once the powdered sugar is all mixed in, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and…gulp…yet another entire stick of melted butter.
Yeah. I said it.
Spread this sinful mixture over the bottom layer of chocolate sin and pop your pan in the 350 degree oven for 40-50 minutes. MAKE SURE you do not over-bake this. I left it in for 40 minutes and it was jiggly on top when I took it out, but it’s supposed to be.
I have to say that when I cut into this, it did not look like Paula’s does. I think I may have over-beaten the cream cheese mixture.
But does that matter when you’re eating it? Um…NO! I served this to my husband, father-in-law, brother-in-law and his fiancee, and the verdict was unanimous:
Oh, and Paula Deen is a crazy woman. But you knew that already.
1 box chocolate cake mix
2 sticks melted butter, divided
1 8 oz package softened cream cheese
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 16 oz package powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch pan.
Combine cake mix, one egg and one stick of melted butter, mixing well to fully incorporate. Pat this mixture on to bottom of cake pan.
Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add two eggs and cocoa powder and blend. Lowering speed on mixer, incorporate powdered sugar in stages. Add second stick of melted butter and vanilla. Mix well. Pour mixture on top of bottom layer in pan, spreading evenly.
Bake for 40 – 50 minutes. Cake should be jiggly on top – hence the gooey part!
Serve with a glass of milk. Or two. You’ll need it!
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