Chocolate cake with a decadent cream cheese swirl throughout and then topped with a cream cheese frosting. If you're looking for an amazing dessert to bring to an outdoor cook out, chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting is it. It's also a classic dessert for a Holiday meal or large gathering.
Prep Time: 30minutes
Cook Time: 30minutes
CREAM CHEESE FILLING
8ouncescream cheese(room temp)
Preheat oven to 350º. Butter a 9X13 inch metal baking pan.
In a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Add cocoa powder, soda and eggs 1 at a time and mix until well combined.
On low speed, slowly add the milk, be careful not to let it splash out of the bowl. Once combined, turn to high and beat until smooth.
Add espresso powder to boiling water to dissolve, set aside.
Turn the mixer to low and slowly add the flour. With the mixer turned off, add and the boiling water with espresso powder and vanilla. Stir with a spatula to incorporate. Slowly turn on mixer, be especially careful as this will be very runny and it will easily splash out side of the bowl. Once combined, gradually increase the speed and mix until well combined. Pour into prepared pan.
Wash the bowl or use a hand mixer to beat the cream cheese, egg, and sugar. Beat until smooth then add chocolate chips.
Dollop the cream cheese on the top of the chocolate cake batter making sure that you get some on the edges and in the corners. Then take a knife and swirl it throughout.
Bake for 30-40 minutes. It should still be slightly jiggly in the center. Let cool to room temperature before frosting.
Beat cream cheese, and butter until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until completely smooth. If it gets too thick, add a little milk. Frost cake and refrigerate to let it set before cutting.
Barbara's Notes + Tips
This cake freezes well with or without the frosting
You can try a butter cream frosting instead of the cream cheese frosting.
Let the cream cheese come to room temperature to make it easier to swirl.
The chocolate chips are optional.
Make sure you do not use Dutch processed cocoa in this recipe.