As promised, as part of World Nutella Day, here is another Nutella recipe (return to healthier eats tomorrow, I promise)! I made these yesterday for the Super Bowl party I was supposed to be co-hosting today. But, sadly it was canceled as my friend’s grandmother passed away unexpectedly. Since the party wasn’t happening, I took them over to my friend and her family (I am not good at offering words of comfort, but I’ve got the food part covered)…when all else fails, bring chocolate….plus, these things are AMAZING and dangerous to have around, so I was eager to get them out of the house!
If you are a Paula Deen fan, you’ve likely heard of her gooey butter cakes. I have made them a couple of times, I like to add skor bits and chocolate chips. As I was trying to find a suitable Nutella recipe for the party, nothing was jumping out at me. But then I remembered that there was a peanut butter variation to the basic gooey butter cake recipe and I thought, why not substitute Nutella? And these babies were born….and they are gooooood!
As with the Nutella Brownies, I *technically* didn’t have any. But there were some that had uneven edges, some were just a little too big, and, let’s get serious people, I had never made these before, I couldn’t let them leave my kitchen without a little taste, could I? (Confession: this is why I like to make squares/bars – there are always edges you can cut off and feel less guilty because you didn’t eat a whole one…with cookies, it’s all or nothing 😛 ). They were YUMMY! You have to try gooey butter cakes yourself to experience the texture….when they come out of the oven they look under-baked (that’s a good thing). They truly are gooey and fudgy and like nothing else. As with the brownies, I wish the Nutella flavour had been a little stronger (maybe that’s just the way it is with Nutella baked goods?), but no complaints. Thank you Paula Deen, for helping me celebrate World Nutella Day (and bringing comfort to my friend and her family) in my own unique way.
Nutella Gooey Butter Cakes – adapted from Paula Deen
1 18 1/4-ounce package yellow cake mix (you could use either chocolate or yellow…I actually used a mix because I had partial cake mixes left over from other recipes)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 16-ounce box powdered sugar (This is an American recipe, I had to get out my kitchen scale to measure, but I think it’s about one 500 g package here in Canada)
1 cup Nutella
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan (I did my standard parchment paper and cooking spray trick). Prepare Filling
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat together. Add Nutella, beat until incorporated. Add butter and beat together.
Next, add the powdered sugar and mix well. Spread over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes (it took me more like an hour, but I was using a stoneware pan). Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.
Once mostly cooled, melt chocolate chips in the microwave and drizzle over the bars. Let chocolate set, then cut into squares (they are super-rich, so keep them small)!
So…funny story about the chocolate I used to drizzle over these. In December, I received a while chocolate snowman from one of my students as a Christmas gift. I am not a white chocolate person (it’s not even technically chocolate!)…I consider it a waste of time and calories (no offense meant if you’re a white chocolate fan). I should have just given it to someone else, but I never got around to it, and Christmas came and went. So when I decided to give these squares the ol’ drizzle treatment, Frosty came to mind. I melted him down with some semi-sweet chocolate chips, and no one was the wiser (except for all of you now…but I know you won’t tell…will you?). The semi-sweet even disguised the white chocolate taste, so that licking the leftover chocolate off of the bowl was a pleasant experience. 🙂 Sorry Frosty!
I hope you have enjoyed my Nutella experiences, and will try them (or some other Nutella recipes) for yourself. Happy Super Bowl Sunday as well…hope you are enjoying some tasty game day grub!