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$175,000 Cake

Prep time 12 mins
Cook time 40 mins
Yield Makes 3 dozen
Starting with a cake mix makes a rich and gooey treat ready in no time.


  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package devil's food cake mix
  • 3 large eggs, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 cup (6-ounce package) semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

How to Make It

  1. Stir together cake mix, 1 egg, and melted butter until combined; press mixture into a greased 13- x 9-inch pan. Sprinkle evenly with chocolate morsels and chopped pecans.

  2. Beat remaining 2 eggs, powdered sugar, and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth; spoon over crust mixture in pan. Bake at 325° for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack; cut into squares.

  3. Tip: You can use a fine wire-mesh strainer to sift powdered sugar. Place a portion of powdered sugar at a time in strainer, and gently shake it back and forth.

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