The BEST Cake Known to Man (Gooey Chocolate Cake)

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I love to bake cakes, in fact I often find myself daydreaming about cakes during boring lectures and doodling cakes on the margins of my notebooks.
Sadly, during the semester I don't have time to make a proper cake, but here is a recipe everyone can follow using basic ingredients and a cake mix.
This cake ends up to have four different layers; the top of the cake is a chocolate meringue, the next layer become almost mousse-like, the thirds layer is the gooey chocolate cake, and the last layer is a rich dense chocolate cake.

Once you make this all your friends and family will be begging you to make more and soon it will become your best bargaining chip :)

Here's what you'll need:
~ 1 chocolate cake mix
~ 3 eggs
~ 1 package of cream cheese (8 oz.)
~ 4 tbsp. cocoa powder
~ 1 whole box of powdered sugar
~ 2 sticks of butter
~ 1 tsp. vanilla extract
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Step 1: Get those hands dirty!

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In a nice big bowl combine the cake mix, a melted stick of butter and an egg. It's a bit hard to combine these three elements with a spoon or mixer because there is so much more cake mix in proportion to the melted butter and egg so I like to get my hands in there.
I'm sure y'all are clean people, but it never hurts to wash your hands before you get them working the base of the cake all together.

After it has been worked, the base shouldn't be liquid-y, it should have the consistency of molding clay.
It'll also smell really good. Mmmm chocolate-y
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allielliott2 years ago
If I make this in a spring form pan will it fall apart when I remove it from the pan?

If this is cut into 12 pieces, each has 540 calories and 30 grams of fat.

I make a flourless chocolate cake that has 6 egg and three sticks of butter. I call it quiche, and have it for breakfast. Don't try to play a player, and don't try to guilt the guiltless. Calories are yummy. :o)
  So that's like... 2 of your meals for the day. Only eat dinner and you're set. LOL.
its obviously not meant to be eaten everyday, but its ok every once and a while
 Who cares as long as it tastes good. Also, portion control, take what you want/can have if you're worried about that sort of thing.
My mouth is drooling(:
marjoycek4 years ago
Paula Deen had the original "Gooey Cake" on a Food network show several years ago. There are many versions,including one with pumpkin, one with ripe bananas, one with chocolate & peanut butter,and one with pineapple. I have made all of them except the pineapple. Very good,and very easy. Great for taking to potlucks,etc. This is the link for her recipe. Your instructable was great. I cannot wait to try your version with the chocolate cake and cocoa powder. My husband loves chocolate!
How much powdered sugar do you use? We buy bulk bags, so we can't go by the "whole box" measurement.
A box of powdered sugar is 16 oz. or 2 cups. Do not pack down when measuring sugar into cup.
  The more sugar the better?
So I go until the cake is so powdery and dry it falls apart?
  I was being funny. No reason to be smart with me.
Umm, so was I?
steve_phx4 years ago
If you like your cake so moist, just call it PIE. Pie is better than cake anyday
SisterMable4 years ago
Hey @willrandship, if no one ever told you, it's a pound of powdered sugar :)
hammer98764 years ago
"1 whole box of powdered sugar" is not specific enough for any recipe. Would you please update your instructable?
karossii4 years ago
Chocolate cake of any sort is just... disgusting... I know I may be in a minority here, but chocolate generally just turns me off... and cake makes it that much worse! So, while your instructable is well written and looks great (thumbs up for that!), you shouldn't use wrong opinions in titles.... because clearly my opinion is the most important, and the best cake known to man will have no chocolate within miles of it. ;)
anres3214 years ago
SeaLion5 years ago whole box of powdered sugar? Isn't that a lot of sugar for a cake?
Smaj SeaLion5 years ago
i could use with a translation, powdered sugar is iceing sugar? or have i somehow missed powered sugar?
SeaLion Smaj5 years ago
I always thought that icing sugar is simply very fine sugar...but that could just be me...
  It's powdered sugar.

oh myy god! lol i tried this recipe for the Gooey Chocolate Cake aka best cake known to man, and my WHOLE family loved it! including me! :D yuu done guud hehe keep posting morr recipes!!!

ciroman5 years ago
 Hey, could you please update your recipe, like the guys said... And could you please specify at which temperature to bake it. 45 minutes doesn't mean anything to me, theres a big difference between 45 minutes on 100°C or 45 minutes on 220°C
In step 3 it says to preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
think. it might have been corrected by the time you replied(1 month since i posted)
mmcpherson45 years ago
i put mine in a pan WAYY to small and deep and came out terrible :l .. lol
refriedtoad5 years ago
 My Dear..... Martha Stewart "snitched" most of her recipes...One reviewer once wrote a review of one of her cookbooks in which he stated : "Great recipes, unfortunately I've seen them before....And where do you think Paula gets her recipes...maybe from your neighbor :)  
Thanks for posting and keep em coming !!!
kid cudi5 years ago
this is the reason why there are fat people on earth i have to try this, i wonder would this be good for christmas give me your opinion this or chistmas cake
Khol (author) 6 years ago
Oh shoot, Paula Dean has this recipe too? I suppose it's not that secret anymore, but I still hope y'all enjoy it. I never thought of adding nuts, I'll have to try that myself soon. And yes, sorry for leaving out the weights of the butter and powdered sugar, but Laura Rebecca is correct. One stick is 4 oz. and a box of powdered sugar is 16 oz. And finally, thank you all for the kind words! :D
dunnos Khol6 years ago
what is 1 oz??
Khol (author)  dunnos6 years ago
1 oz = 1 ounce = 28.35 grams
red-king Khol5 years ago
 metric confuses me... i hate having to convert measurements...
 Metric is confusing!?!?!?! It makes more sense than imperial.
 not really. increasing exponentially (by tens in this case) doesn't make something easier, just different. I'm used to imperial, and use it over metric usually...
1 oz is 2 tbls
hammer9876 Khol5 years ago
As for the weights, would you please edit the original instructable with this information? When I first saw the "whole box of powdered sugar" I thought that I would have to email you to ask exactly which size. Even the "1 chocolate cake mix" can be very widely misinterpreted. Can you give specifics for that? 

I have a recipe from my grandmother that my mother had to annotate. Grandmother called for "a package" of something that was 10 ounces originally (according to Mom,) was 8 ounces in the 60s and 70s and comes in 6 ounces and 12 ounces now. Please, please be very specific in recipes!
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