Chocolate Cake + Cream Cheese Frosting

Which is better, brownies or cake? Why choose when you can have a bit of both! Although this says chocolate cake recipe, it is kind of a cross between a dense, gooey brownie and a fluffy chocolate cake – best of both worlds! The bottom and outside has a delicious crunchy, gooey texture, like when you bite into a corner piece of a brownie. And the inside is fluffy and light like chocolate cake. It is loaded with chocolate chunks and chips for a chocolate explosion because there is no such thing as too much chocolate, right? It is also topped with a creamy cream cheese frosting that is not too sweet. I cannot get enough of this gooey, fudgy cake and how delicious and easy it is! You don’t even need an electric mixer for the batter – just a whisk and a little bit of elbow grease. If you are celebrating someone’s bday, need a dessert for a party, or just need a little pick me up after a long week, bake this cake for a tasty treat!

For the Cake:

  • 1 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 8 oz Hot Coffee
  • 2 Cups Chocolate Chips (I used 1 cup chips and 1 cup chunks)

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, Softened
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • Makes: 1 Sheet Cake
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 45-60 Minutes
  • Cool Time: 60+ Minutes
  • Total Time: 2 + Hours

To Make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and well grease a 9×9 pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar – whisk together to combine.
  3. Add the eggs, oil, vanilla, cream and coffee and whisk together until well combined and no clumps are left.
  4. Add in the chocolate chips/chunks and fold in.
  5. Pour the cake mix in to the greased 9×9 pan and place in to the oven to bake.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes and check – if a toothpick comes out clean then remove from the oven, if not place back in the oven to continue cooking.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to completely cool.
  8. While the cake is cooking, add the cream cheese and butter to a bowl and whisk on medium until creamed.
  9. Add in 1 cup of powdered sugar and mix on low until well combined. Add in the remaining powdered sugar and continue mixing on low.
  10. Scrape down the sides and add in the vanilla and mix on low until well incorporated.
  11. Once the cake is cooled, spread the cream cheese frosting evenly on the cake, slice and serve!

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