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gooey nutella butter cake

Sometimes things that look awesome aren't really so great after all.  I remember in 1st grade I desperately wanted a retainer.  A few of my friends had them.  I knew that they came in tons of different colors: pink with glitter, rainbow, even metallic.  I would walk around with a paper clip in my mouth thinking wistfully how wonderful life would be with a retainer.  What I didn't know was they made you lisp, they would have to be awkwardly taken out in front of everyone at lunch time, they would have to be brushed, you would get in trouble when you didn't wear them, and they would hurt so bad you could only eat GoGurt for days.  I found this all out in 6th grade when I actually needed one.

But other times, things that look "ehhh" turn out to be amazing.  Like this cake.
I almost chucked this recipe because it looked like such a gooey mess in the pan.  I thought that there was no way that it would bake into something solid and edible... but I decided to bake it anyways.
Thank god I did.

This cake doesn't look like much, but it is one of the most delicious things I've ever made.  It's also one of the easiest things I've ever made -- no layers, no filling, no frosting, just layers and layers of gooey, chocolate goodness.  You could add a dusting of powdered sugar to these to make it look a little bit fancier, but I like mine plain and simple.  It's misleading, and I love that.  They look really boring, kind of like a brownie that wasn't cooked long enough, but the look on peoples faces when they bite into the sugary crisp crust and the irresistible gooey filling is priceless.

Have you ever been surprised by a recipe?

With love,


1 (18-1/4 ounce) Box Chocolate Cake Mix
1 large Egg
1/2 cup butter, melted

8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 large eggs beaten
1 cup Nutella
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
    Heat oven to 325° F and lightly grease 13x9-inch pan
    Using an electric mixer, combine cake mix, 1 egg and melted butter until well incorporated. Press into bottom of greased pan with fingers.
    Using an electric mixer, blend, cream cheese, 2 beaten eggs, nutella and vanilla. Then slowly and powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
    Spread filling over cake batter, and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until edges are brown. (Do not overbake, the center should be a little gooey)
    From Tidy Mom

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    1. Mmmmm love how delicious these look!

      And omg I still have to wear my retainer every other night, I despise it! haha

      1. Haha good for you for wearing your retainer every night (I wish I could say the same...)

    2. Oh my - - this recipe combines two of my favorites, Gooey Butter Cake, and Nutella. How can I resist making it? (Answer: I can't resist!)

      1. Tell me how yours comes out! I have yet to make plain Gooey Butter Cake!

    3. That looks absolutely delicious! I think I'm falling in love with those pictures, too. And yes, some gooey messes do turn out to be wonderful :)

    4. This looks amazing!! Butter cake is delicious and I'm sure the Nutella addition makes it sooo much better.

    5. I love messy and gooey. I'm sure I would love this cake!

      1. Haha you should totally try it! I'm sure you would love it!

    6. yay!!! glad you didn't trash it!! it's one of our favorites!

      1. Oh believe me, I am glad I didn't either!

    7. I'm surprised at how simple the ingredients are, they're looking delicious.
      Nutella should be in every cakes, cookies, foods, beverages, it should be everywhere.

    8. Dude. For real, your blog is DANGEROUS. Do you know how many of your receipes that I've decided that I must do so far? All of them (!!!). Except one, but it's just because it looked like chicken(er, yes) and I don't like it. Yes a cake that looks like chicken. Sounds legit. Anyway, you're just ruining my healty life. Argh. Still love your blog though.

      1. Thank you so much! I'm sorry for ruining your healthy life ;)


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