Chocolate Ooey Gooey Cake
I don’t know about you, but the words ‘chocolate,' ‘ooey’, and ‘gooey’ set my mind racing and my taste buds tingling. I love all things chocolate, and this Chocolate Ooey Gooey Cake recipe is no exception. There is no better way to describe it than ooey, gooey, chocolaty heaven… in cake form. This chocolate cake recipe is a must try for all of you chocolate cake lovers. You won’t be disappointed!
It appears we have Dr. James Baker to thank for chocolate. It was his discovery of how to make chocolate (by grinding cocoa beans between two massive circular millstones) in 1764 that eventually led to the creation of chocolate cake many years later. By 1828, Conrad Van Houten had developed a method for mechanically extracting the fat from cacao liquor that could be processed and sold as ‘rock cacao’ or ground into powdered form. These processes transformed chocolate from an exclusive luxury of the elite into an inexpensive, daily treat. Until the late 19th-century, most chocolate recipes were for drinks, but by the mid 1930’s, the Duff Company had introduced chocolate cake mixes. And speaking of cake mixes, this chocolate cake recipe calls for one boxed package of chocolate cake mix. If you are not a fan of cake mixes, that is fine. Most traditional, from-scratch, chocolate cake recipes will give you a very similar outcome with a little extra work. Other ingredients include butter, eggs, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and extra cocoa powder.
You may be curious about the addition of cream cheese to this chocolate cake recipe. Avid bakers will likely note that the addition of cream cheese to cookie and cake recipes is not uncommon. While you won’t taste the cream cheese (it certainly won’t give you a cheesecake taste or texture), you will notice its effects on the cake; you should find that the cream cheese helps make your cake moist (it’s where a lot of the ‘ooey gooey’ texture comes from). In fact, this is one of those dessert recipes that is all about texture. From “the thin top layer of delicate chocolate flakiness” which rests precariously over “the ooey gooey molten cocoa flavored lava lusciousness” (the recipe creator’s words – not mine – but a pretty darn good description, if I do say so myself!), this cake recipe has it all.
While most cake recipes call for the mixture of all wet ingredients first, and then the gradual addition of dry ingredients, this cake recipe is a little different (and perhaps that’s part of its ooey gooey magic), so you should take care to following the instructions. Something to note, though, is that I would recommend using room temperature cream cheese, as well as room temperature eggs since your butter is going to be melted prior to mixing – this will help keep your butter mixture from chilling and forming tiny ‘pellets’ of hardened butter that could cause your cake to become dry and flaky rather than moist and fluffy. This cake recipe should bake for 40-50 minutes (which will seem like a really long time, especially after you lick all of the batter off your spoons, spatula, and mixers), but you want to check it at the 30-minute mark just to be safe. You don’t want to overcook this cake; the center should still be gooey when finished baking. And that’s it! One of the best Chocolate Ooey Gooey Cake recipes I’ve come across. One of the best Chocolate Ooey Gooey Cakes I’ve ever eaten. This chocolate cake recipe is sure to please.
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