Last month Bridget with Bake at 350 posted a recipe for Neiman Marcus cake as well as talked about a new cookbook , United Tastes of Texas. Being from Texas, I ran to my local CostCo to grab a copy of the cookbook and all of the ingredients to make this cake (more like a brownie base with a baked cream cheese topping). The cake was amazing and I now have over 50 recipes I flagged to make. My husband was happy to hear that homemade chicken fried steak is in his future.
I decided to make this cake for our Easter dessert (I was going to make Magic Bars with Robin Eggs, but I ate the bag of candy. Fine, two bags of candy. I have issues.) My husband’s first question was, why would someone name a cake after a store? I didn’t have a good answer and can only assume it’s a spin-off from the famous Neiman Marcus cookie story. I checked out the cafe menu at the Dallas location and didn’t see any desserts listed. (I know I’m a big nerd).
Perhaps it was named after Neiman Marcus because it’s such a rich and decadent dessert. Regardless of its origin, this brownie cake is delicious. The brownie is cakey and isn’t overly sweet. The layer of cream cheese is slightly gooey and very delightful.
- 4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate bar, chopped
- ¾ cup unsalted butter , cut into pieces
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 eggs, divided
- ½ cup milk
- 4 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
- 2 ¼ cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray a 13×9”baking pan and set aside.
- Melt chopped chocolate and butter in a large microwave safe bowl for 1 to 2 minutes; stirring in 30 second increments until butter and chocolate is melted and smooth. You can also use a double broiler to melt the butter and chocolate until it is melted and smooth.
- Allow the butter and chocolate to cool slightly before whisking in the granulated sugar.
- Add the two eggs one at a time to the sugar mixture and whisk until combined.
- Whisk in milk and 2 teaspoons vanilla until combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together.
- Gradually add the flour mixture to the brownie mixture, whisking until combined.
- Pour into the prepared 13×9”baking pan and set aside.
- In a medium bowl (or using a stand mixer), beat the cream cheese and 2 teaspoons of vanilla until creamy.
- Gradually add the powdered sugar until combined.
- Add the remaining two eggs, one at a time, until combined.
- Pour cream cheese mixture over the brownie mixture. Gently spread cream cheese mixture over the chocolate without mixing the two layers.
- Bake for 45-55 minutes or until the cake is set. Mine took 55 minutes to fully set the cream cheese mixture. The brownie sides were slightly crunchy, which is our favorite part of a brownie.
- Serve warm with or without a scoop of ice cream.
Adapted from Bake at 350
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