adapted from twopeasandtheirpod.com
So this weeks WC Ingredient Challenge chosen ingredient was ....drumroll please...brap brap brap brap. Okay..pitiful drumroll attempt..I will just get to it. Cream Cheese!
I will admit that I am so not a huge cream cheese fan so I was not that excited when this was voted in as the winner. Boooooo! Call me a sore loser. But I was up for the challenge. I didn't want to do a cheesecake and researched my buttocks off to find something that I would like. I came upon Two Peas and Their Pod's recipe for Chocolate Tunnel Cake which was passed down from her Gram. I love me some chocolate cake..so with cream cheese that would probably take the "I don't particularly like cream cheese except in my icing or the occasional cheesecake". Yes, occasional. And when I do eat cheesecake I like it drowning in berries or mixed with cake. Yum.
This Chocolate Tunnel Cake recipe was found when I was rummaging through "Two Peas and Their Pod" Blog. She has so much goodies on her blog, I gained 10 pounds just looking at it!
This cake was so easy to make. I literally threw the ingredients together in 20 minutes. I was skeptical at first because there is only one chocolate cake that I make that I love (which I will blog about soon) and was seriously thinking of substituting the cake recipe for mine. But I trusted this and did it. I tasted the cream cheese mixture prior to putting it in the pan and again was skeptical. Even while it was in the oven, I was skeptical. Uhhh, cream cheese with chocolate chips in it smack dab in the middle of chocolate cake? Sigh..cream cheese.
The cake has a gooey rich texture as my husband describes it. But a good gooey. The cream cheese in no way overpowered the cake but added a delightful touch to it. The chocolate chips complimented the texture and the taste. I would put this cake on my "Do it Again" list.
I added a vanilla glaze on top.. 1 cup of confectioners sugar, 3 tbsp of milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract. Just to add a contrast to the cream cheese..and it was so good.
So thanks again Two Peas and Their Pod. And thanks to your Gram.
3 cups flour 2 cups sugar 1/2 cups cocoa 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 2 cups water 2/3 cups oil 2 tbsp white vinegar 1 tbsp vanilla
For the filling: 11 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 egg 1/3 cup sugar 1 cup mini chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, soda, salt in a large bowl. 3. Add water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla and mix until combined. 4. Pour half of the batter in a greased 10" bundt pan. 5. Mix together filling ingredients. 6. Spread filling over the batter and top with remaining batter. 7. Bake for 50-55 minutes. 8. Cool completely and drizzle with vanilla glaze.
UPDATE~ This cake totally tasted even better the next day!!