I bit into what had to be one of the most delicious desserts I had ever eaten. As I savored each and every bite until not a single crumb remained on my plate I wondered what ingredients went into such a perfect treat. And when my friend told me I couldn’t believe my ears.
Only five ingredients? A cake mix? Was that even possible? I took another piece and contemplated how such a decadent square of gooey cake goodness could be so easy to make. Never again will I question a semi-homemade recipe like this one. It turns out that in some cases they might even be BETTER than homemade!
1 box yellow cake mix
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
4 cups (1 lb) powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 300 and spray a 9×13 dish with cooking spray. Mix cake mix, melted butter and one egg to a soft dough. Press into the bottom of the pan. Mix powdered sugar, softened cream cheese and two remaining eggs until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Pour on top of crust. Bake at 300 for 40-50 minutes until top is golden brown.
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Quick tip: Try this recipe with a different flavor cake mix—strawberry and red velvet make festive holiday options.
Photo attribution and recipe courtesy of: @ Home with the Ayres.
Would certainly be nice if you posted the name of these and other delicious foods. You give the recipes, which are delightful, but for those who want to save for future use, please give them a name. Some it’s easy to figure out, like macaroni salad would be easy. But some such as this one, what in the world would you call it?
Hi PJ! Thanks for your feedback! 🙂 As strange as it sounds, some dishes may not actually have a specific name. For example, this one I might call “The Yummy Bars” because they really are delicious! 🙂
Would it work with a gluten free cake mix?
Have you tried this with a lemon flavoring?
You must be crazy, 4 cups of icing sugar to 3 eggs, and the cake mix probably has sugar in it.
I tried it with gluten-free cake mix. That part worked fine, However, I found the resulting bars WAY too sweet. I tried giving them away, and except for one 10-year-old who loved them, everyone who tried them found them way too sweet.
Some of us like extra sweet treats
This looks like the treat my neighbor makes and she calls it crack cake because it is addictive!
It’s called a chess cake and I’ve made it for years. The family favorite is lemon.
I know these as Chess Bars and have made them quite a few times. Kroger cream cheese has had this recipe on it before and they were called gooey bars or gooey cake. I love them personally!.