Olivia, my darling kitchen helper, has pleaded many times since to make the cake we enjoyed that weekend. We eat a lot of desserts at our house, so for a new one to catch her attention is impressive. Yesterday, I relented. It is not a chocolate dessert, but I will say: I'm completely smitten.
Olivia calls it Angel Cake. It was originally coined "Neiman Marcus Cake", because - yes, you guessed it -- it is so rich! We all thought that was a bit cheesy, so hopefully the new name will stick (at least at our house).
1 box yellow cake mix
8 oz. cream cheese (at room temperature)
4 eggs, divided
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter, melted (liquified, not just soft)
1lb. pwdered sugar (see conversion post)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Blend cake mix with 2 eggs and melted butter. Spread into a greased 9x13 pan.
Combine cream cheese, 2 eggs, vanilla and powdered sugar. Mix well (beater works best) and spread over batter. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until firm. Edges should be just golden.
I enjoy it with a dollop of whipped cream on top. Seriously, after you've used an entire pound of sugar in a recipe, what's the difference!
It is indeed rich. A decadent treat. But when sharing good times with family and friends, it strike the perfect entertaining balance: easy and memorable!
Thanks, Mel for the memories and the cake!