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Chess Cake

Chess cake

Chess Cake is a no-fuss crowd pleasing dessert that comes together quickly, and only requires a few ingredients!

Allow me to introduce you to Chess Cake, a delectable, indulgent dessert that I’ve been making for years! Chess Cake was introduced to me by Ryan, and was labeled as his favorite dessert when we first started dating. He’s got quite a few favorite desserts, but this one ranks up there towards the top! 

It’s a very simple, no-fuss recipe that comes together quickly, thanks to a little help from the grocery store. You’ll start by preparing the crust which simply consists of a box of yellow cake mix, a little melted butter, and an egg. You’ll mix those three ingredients together, and then press it into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. I’ve discovered that my hands are the easiest tool to use for getting the crust situated just right!

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Once the crust is in its place, you’ll create the top creamy, cheesecake layer. This consists of cream cheese, 2 eggs, a little more butter, and some powdered sugar. You will use a spatula to spread it over the crust. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect! No one will be able to notice once it bakes anyways.

That’s it, your cake is ready to be baked!

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Into the oven it’ll go for 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees.

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The result? Both layers combine together to leave you with one of the most delicious, crowd pleasing cakes you can make! It’s got a chewy crust that is so easily made with the help of a box of yellow cake mix, a creamy cheesecake layer that’s almost custard like, but becomes flaky along the top. In some ways, it reminds me of a blondie, in other ways it reminds me of Chess Pie if you’ve ever had that. 

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Chess Cake is definitely a sweet indulgence, but one that always gets rave reviews! It’s such an easy, no-fuss recipe that your whole family will enjoy!

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Prep Time: 10mn
Cook Time: 45mn
Total Time: 55mn

CRUST INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 egg

TOP LAYER INGREDIENTS

  • 1 – 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine yellow cake mix, butter and 1 egg. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Spread crust in the bottom of the pan. Use your fingers to help.
  3. With your mixer, beat cream cheese until it’s smooth and fluffy. Add in butter and eggs, then add in the powdered sugar one cup at a time. When smooth, pour the mixture over the crust and smooth it out.
  4. Bake the cake in the oven for 40-45 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.

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  1. Yes this is really good. I have also had it with chocolate cake mix .(everything else the same)

  2. That is so funny… Ya know that’s the same as a Paula Deen Gooey Butter cake? I never realized it… Love the Yummyness factor of this cake! Thanks for sharing it!

  3. Cathi McDougal Johnson

    Yummy… I’d have to either put chocolate sauce on it or make it with the chocolate cake mix.

  4. Yep, very similar to the Gooey Butter Cake recipe where you can mix it up a bit with different flavors.

  5. I enjoy most all of the recipes posted on this page but this is absolutely horrid. Cake mix…cheese cake…a stick of butter…ugh..this is an absolute slap in the face to what a cheesecake really is

    • Hi Melissa – this isn’t cheesecake, rather it’s called Chess Cake. I’m not sure where it originated or how it got its name. I shared it, mainly because it was one of my husband’s favorite desserts when we got married. I understand this isn’t for everyone, but there are many who appreciate quick and easy recipes.

  6. Hi Melissa – this isn’t cheesecake, rather it’s called Chess Cake. I’m not sure where it originated or how it got its name. I shared it, mainly because it was one of my husband’s favorite desserts when we got married. I understand this isn’t for everyone, but there are many who appreciate quick and easy recipes.

  7. This is really good. My step mom makes one very similar that she calls gooey cake. It never lasts long any time we make it.

  8. Jennifer Winget DeLong

    I like the recipe and I am sure others will too! Thanks for posting for us that do want to try it ;)

  9. Joyce Stephens-Johnson

    I’ve made this with different variations…chocolate, peanut butter, banana…very good. It goes quick.

  10. Debbie Robertson Wheaton

    Thanks for posting it. Some ppl don’t like to try stuff before commenting on it. Shame!

  11. This stuff is awesome. I’m making this for Thanksgiving but going to try it with the devils food chocolate cake. My sister in law loves this dessert.

  12. I have had this recipe for years, and it is wonderful! thanks for posting, forgot about it

  13. U know what that is completely my fault! !! I thought I read CHEESE cake…noy chess cake!!! I was offput by it bc I was reading the ingredients and was like this is nothing like a cheesecake at all…now that I see it’s not like a cheesecakw at all I think I will try it…in my mind if I would have made it I would’ve been offput bc I thought i read “cheesecake” so I would’ve been comparing it…but no need to compare it now bc they’re not alike ..I apologize…it was my mistake…I misread the name

  14. I have been making this for years. Rich but very good.

  15. My ex Mother -in- law used to make a cake that I loved. I have been looking for the recipe for 30 years. Maybe this is it. I hope so. will have to try this for sure. She called this a “cheese cake cake”. Thank you so much for posting.

  16. I enjoy your recipes very much, but this one may have missed the mark. I may have done something wrong, but me and my husband felt the 4c powdered sugar made it way too sweet. I will definitely try an altered version of it to suit me. Thanks, and keep the yummy recipes comin as always! Take care.

  17. I will definitely try this. It looks/sounds delicious. I LOVE that you used a cake mix. That way I know exactly how much sodium I’m getting without having to get out a calculator. Thanks.

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