Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mom's Chocolate Cream Cheese Loaf Cake

Remember the {Cinnamon Cream Cheese Loaf Cake} my mother created not too long ago? (If not, just click the title for the link). She creatively manipulated an existing recipe to create something new and tasty. Well, she took that same recipe and changed it yet again, and of course, this time she used chocolate. Since it was chocolate, of course I enjoyed it, though I did notice some differences between this one and the cinnamon version. This version is less sweet due to the addition of cocoa and no additional sugar, which doesn't bother me because dark chocolate is my favorite. This version also seemed slightly drier, which may be due to the addition of cocoa as well, but it was not a big difference. My mother also had a bit more difficultly spreading the layers, maybe because more than half of the chocolate layer was spread on the bottom, but I really like the look of the swirl effect. Next time, I think she may try adding some miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips to the cream cheese filling to amp up the chocolate flavor and add a little more sweetness. 
Chocolate Cream Cheese Loaf Cake
2 large eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose (plain) flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup granulated (white) sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 package (8 ounces / 250 grams) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup granulated (white) sugar
1 large egg

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8x8 inch square pan.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs until frothy. Beat in the oil, milk, and vanilla. Stir in the remaining dry ingredients. 
In a separate small bowl, beat the filling ingredients together until smooth.
Spread half of the batter in prepared pan. Top evenly with the cream cheese mixture. Spread carefully with remaining batter, or gently swirl them together. Bake for about 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. This can be served warm, but is much better well chilled just like a cheesecake. 

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