Frosted Gooey Chocolate Cake Bars

by aimee @ shugarysweets on May 10, 2014

Starting with a cake mix, these Gooey Chocolate cake bars are filled with cream cheese, cocoa and topped with a delicious, creamy Chocolate Frosting.

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Gooey frosted Chocolate Cake Bars: made with a mix, these bars are filled with cream cheese and cocoa!

In my effort to get my house ready and packed for our big move this summer, I’m working my way through my pantry.

I don’t use cake mixes very often, but I always keep them on hand. Sometimes I just crave “cake soup.” It’s a thing. And it’s delicious.

Last week I stumbled across a box of Devil’s Food Cake mix, it practically jumped out of my pantry, screaming, MAKE ME YOU FOOL.

Gooey frosted Chocolate Cake Bars: made with a mix, these bars are filled with cream cheese and cocoa!

Okay, so I have a wicked imagination, but if that were the case, you can understand why I indeed had to use this cake mix. Immediately.

A few years back I made this gooey chocolate cake. I dusted it in powdered sugar, took a really bad photo (which I thought was great at the time, my how my photography has changed). And I shared this with all of you.

My original intention was to just remake the recipe and update the photos.

Gooey frosted Chocolate Cake Bars: made with a mix, these bars are filled with cream cheese and cocoa!

But then my sweet tooth screamed “FROST ME YOU FOOL.” That happened. I’m sure of it. And because I always listen to my sweet tooth, I made a rich chocolate frosting, using my favorite Rodelle Baking Cocoa and slathered these cake bars with loads of creamy frosting. And if that wasn’t enough, I topped that with some chocolate sprinkles and mini chocolate chips. This is like QUADRUPLE chocolate bars.

They are intensely rich. But insanely delicious! I originally cut these into 24 bars. Then realized how rich they were and cut those bars each in half!

By pressing the first layer down into a crust, they resemble brownies and you don’t NEED a fork. However, the gooey center layer, filled with cream cheese, will make you sigh as you sink your teeth into these bars. And the frosting? I have no more words. You just need to trust me that these are good and need to be made ASAP. Like right now, what are you waiting for???

Gooey frosted Chocolate Cake Bars: made with a mix, these bars are filled with cream cheese and cocoa!

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Frosted Gooey Chocolate Cake Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 24 slices

Ingredients

    First layer:
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup melted, unsalted butter
  • Second layer:
  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted, unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa (I use Rodelle)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (I use Rodelle)
  • For the frosting:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • sprinkles & mini chocolate chips for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13x9 baking dish with baking spray (I use Baker's Joy or Pam for baking). Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat cake mix with egg and melted butter. The mixture will be thick and crumbly. Dump into the baking dish and press into the bottom of the pan (using finger tips or bottom of a cup to press evenly).
  3. In same mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with powdered sugar, eggs, melted butter, cocoa and vanilla. Beat for about 2-3 minutes until creamy and fully combined (scrape down edges of bowl occasionally). Pour over first layer in baking dish, spreading evenly.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
  5. For the frosting, beat butter with powdered sugar, vanilla, cocoa and milk for 3-5 minutes until fluffy. Spread over cooled cake. Add sprinkles and chocolate chips if desired.
  6. Store covered in refrigerator for up to one week. ENJOY.
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Mary Frances May 10, 2014 at 7:55 am

You forgot “EAT ME YOU FOOL!” ;) You transformed this cake mix! I am not the biggest fan of cake, but I love gooey bars. The double dose of chocolate makes these even better! Happy early Mother’s Day, Ms. Aimee!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 14, 2014 at 6:48 am

Ah yes, you’re correct. Thanks for the sweet Mother’s Day wishes!!
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Chloe @ foodlikecake May 10, 2014 at 9:47 am

These look SO good! I love the gooey middle :-)

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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life May 10, 2014 at 9:53 am

Oh, the chocolate goodness!!! I think I hear all the chocolate in my kitchen yelling at me now too!!! What I would give to have that gooey deliciousness appear magically in my kitchen!!! Wowza!
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Averie @ Averie Cooks May 10, 2014 at 1:05 pm

I love that there’s choc so many different ways worked into these babies! Pinned

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aimee @ shugarysweets May 14, 2014 at 6:49 am

Thanks girl, hope you had a great Mother’s Day!!
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Deb Harrington May 10, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Hi Aimee! I just pinned your Frosted Gooey Chocolate Cake Bars; they sound scrumptious and I can’t wait to make them for my family. I also wanted to wish you a Blessed and Happy Mother’s Day. Have a beautiful day :-)

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Graham Blackall May 10, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Whaaaaattt!! These look so good! I love a good gooey butter cake.
Imagining one with a chocolate twist and covered with frosting? Well damn.
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 14, 2014 at 6:49 am

Yes, these are based off my favorite gooey butter cake. Why not make a chocolate version!!
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust May 10, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Oh my heck. These are fabulous!! Happy Mother’s Day my friend!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 14, 2014 at 6:49 am

Happy Mother’s Day to you too! Hope it was relaxing!
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How to Philosophize with Cake May 10, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Yum! I love multi-layered desserts, and these bars look like a particularly enticing variation. :)
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Mir May 10, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Love doctoring cake mixes! This is a great idea. So chocolatey and fudgy!
Happy Mother’s Day!
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Emily @ Life on Food May 11, 2014 at 6:16 am

Nice call on the frosting!! These looks so good. My mom is a huge chocolate lover. She would eat this right up!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 14, 2014 at 6:50 am

Aww, I think you need to make them for her!!
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Jennie @themessybakerblog May 11, 2014 at 8:15 am

This cake is oozing deliciousness. That frosting sounds amazing. And, cake soup… I need to make that happen. Pinned.

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aimee @ shugarysweets May 14, 2014 at 6:50 am

Thanks for pinning Jennie!!
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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) May 11, 2014 at 7:27 pm

oooooh this gooey cake LOOKS so rich, so I am sold! Chocolate lovers dreeeam

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Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen May 13, 2014 at 9:54 pm

These look rich and indulgent!! Why am I not your neighbor, these look freaking bomb diggity!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 14, 2014 at 6:51 am

Oooh neighbors would be so fun!!
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Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet May 15, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Now I’m hearing voices saying Make me you fool!! LOL seriously where is the cake mix when you need it!!
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Sheila July 27, 2014 at 11:18 pm

I just found your blog today and it looks so interesting. I’ve already found several recipes I can’t wait to try. I love your silverware in the post of your Gooey Frosted Chocolate Cake Bard and I’ve been looking to replace mine and would love to find that pattern. Do you mind sharing the name/brand of it? Thank you so much! Sheila

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