Gooey Butter Cake

There are those desserts that you come across in life that are simple yet one of the most delicious desserts you will ever have.  I first came across this recipe when I was searching for a  recipe that was (1) quick and easy to make yet (2) still looked and tasted homemade and delicious. This past weekend my Mom asked me to make a dessert for her and friend who were having dinner together.  I wasn’t 100% in the mood to bake something elaborate — shocking I know — and I had been saving this recipe for quiet a while so it seemed perfect. I mean — how many homemade desserts can you make only 5 ingredients? 

This Gooey Butter Cake is just that — quick, simple yet is one of the most delicious desserts you can make!  The crust is soft and chewy while the topping is so gooey and rich with a light and flaky crust.  This cake is so good that my Mom, Mark and I ate an entire 9″x13″ pan between the three of us in an 8-10 hour period.  This cake tastes the best when it is completely cooled, so make sure you bake it a few hours before you will want to serve it. 

If you have never heard of Gooey Butter Cake nor tried it… trust me — give it a try!  You won’t regret it! 

Gooey Butter Cake

Gooey Butter Cake
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Ingredients:
1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
3 Eggs
1/2 Cup Butter, melted
1 Pound Powdered Sugar
8 Ounces Cream Cheese, softened

Directions:
Pre-heat your own to 300. Prepare a 9″x13″ baking dish by spraying it with cooking spray.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, add the yellow cake mix, melted butter and one egg.  Stir together to form a soft dough.  Using your fingers press the dough into the bottom of the baking dish, forming an even layer.

In a large sized mixing bowl, add the cream cheese and the eggs.  Using a hand mixer beat the mixer for 1-2 minutes until well combined.  Add the powdered sugar and using a spoon, stir in the powdered sugar until well mixed.  Pour the mixture onto of the prepared crust.

Bake at 300for 40-50 minutes until the top is golden brown.  Allow the cake to cool completely before serving.

Source: KevinandAmanda.com.

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Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

ATTENTION ALL CHOCOLATE LOVERS: THIS CAKE IS FOR YOU!!

As I was gathering ideas for Jessica & Brian’s wedding shower I came across this recipe, and I knew instantly I had to make it! If your household is anything like mine, with only the two of us I cannot bake things like this often.  Trust me when I say it would not be good for our waist lines to leave a chocolate cake laying around for a week. I knew since I was baking for a group of 30 this was the prefect time to bake a cake like this. OH MY GOODNESS, talk about chocolaty heaven!!! This is definitely not a cake to make for a small gathering- the is a mega cake and it needs a party of people to help eat it!

I made my cake in a large Bundt pan; however, I had a little bit of batter leftover which would not fit into the pan and there was NO WAY I was going to waste something that tasted as delicious as this! So, I whipped out my jumbo muffin pans, greased them the same way I did my Bundt pan, filled them up with the extra batter and popped them into the oven with my cake. Since they were much smaller they only required about 30 minutes, or so, of baking, but these were AMAZING! In fact, it gave me a great idea to use this same recipe but instead of making one large cake, I could make a dozen (or more) of little individual cakes! Individual cakes would be perfect for a party where you could top them with two or three different kinds of toppings! (Note: I got two extra “mini-cakes” out of the batter. Do not overfill your Bundt pan, as it will overflow in the oven if you do!)

This is a cake you should make the day before you are planning on serving it, as it is better as it sits over night! (Note: I made my cake the day before serving it and once the cake was completely cooled I put it back into the Bundt pan and wrapped it tightly with plastic wrap overnight. Then, a few hours before serving the cake, I took the cake out of the Bundt pan, made the ganache and topped the cake.)

You can top the cake off with extra chocolate chips on top of the ganache or you can also use fresh raspberries! I hope you enjoy this cake as I much as I did! I am already looking forward to my next party or pot-luck at work where I can make this cake again!!!

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Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake
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Ingredients:
For the Cake:
1 cup Cocoa Powder, plus more for dusting the pan
8 ounces Semisweet Chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup Boiling Water
2 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
20 tablespoons (2 1/2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups Light Brown Sugar, firmly packed
5 Eggs, lightly beaten, at room temperature
4 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups Sour Cream
2 cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips

For the Ganache:
8 ounces Semisweet Chocolate, finely chopped
2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup Heavy Cream

Directions:
For the Cake:
Make sure you have all the ingredients at room temperature before beginning.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease your Bundt pan with Crisco and then dust the pan with cocoa powder. Tap out the excess powder and discard.

In a small mixing bowl combine the cocoa powder and the chocolate. Add the boiling water and whisk until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Set aside.

In another medium sized mixing bowl sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixture fitted with the flat beater, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, which will take 30-45 seconds. Reduce the speed to low, add the brown sugar and beat until the mixture is well blended.

Increase the speed to medium and continue beating the mixture until it is light and fluffy, which will take about 5 minutes. Make sure to stop the mixer and occasionally scrape down the sides of the bowl. Once the mixture is fluffy, add the eggs a little at a time, beating until they are incorporated before adding more. Again, stop the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Once all the eggs have been added, beat in the vanilla until incorporated.

Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the sour cream and beginning and ending with the flour. Beat just until blended and no lumps of flour remain. Do not over mix! Slowly pour in the chocolate-cocoa mixture and beat until no white streaks are visible, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan, spreading the batter so the sides are about 1 inch higher than the center. Bake 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out with only a few moist crumbs on it. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and allow the cake to cool upright in the pan for 15 minutes. Inverts the pan onto the rack and lift the pan off the cake. Allow the cake to cool completely for at least 1 hour.

For the Ganache:
Make sure the chocolate is finely chopped before beginning to make your ganache! In a medium sized mixing bowl combine the chocolate and butter. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the heavy cream just to a boil. Do not boil the cream! Immediately pour the cream over the chocolate and butter and whisk until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.

Immediately pout the ganache over the top of the cake, allowing the ganache to drip down the sides of the cakes. Let the cake sit for at least 15 minutes to allow the ganache to set. (If you wish to top with extra chocolate chips, do so immediately after pouring on the ganache! You can also fill the center and the edges of the cake with fresh raspberries!)

Source: adapted slightly from Lick the Bowl Good.