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Chess Pieces: Yellow Chess Cake Recipe

Is it just me, or does the phrase "light summer dessert" seem like a fancy way of saying "low fat, dull suffering"?

Luckily, there's an antidode: Aimee's Chess Cake, a recipe I found in The Cake Mix Doctor Returns . Similar to that St. Louis specialty called Gooey Butter Cake, this dessert is decadently, deliciously, delightfully, thick as a brick.

The recipe I adapted suggests cutting "into small bars because it's so rich"--but my vote goes for big, fat slices. Topped with candied nuts. Take that, low-fat dessert!

Yellow Chess Cake

Adapted from Aimee's Chess Cake from The Cake Mix Doctor Returns


  • Vegetable oil for the pan
  • Flour, for dusting the pan
  • 1 package plain yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup candied walnuts (I used these ones ) --these are optional but I like the texture and flavor they add


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour one 9 x 13 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl mix together cake mix, butter and 1 egg. Pat batter into greased 9x13 inch pan.
  3. In a medium size mixing bowl mix together cream cheese, 2 eggs and sugar. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the cake mix batter. Sprinkle the nuts on top.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown on the edges (the middle will still be soft but will set to a solid but gooey consistency as the cake cools).

CakeSpy Note: Like this cake? You might also enjoy Houdini Bars.

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Reader Comments (7)

That looks super yummy! I'm definitely going to try this one :) Thanks for the recipe!

July 27 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

It looks good, but generally I don't waste calories on things that aren't chocolate.
So I'm thinking of substituting chocolate cake mix and candied pecans, maybe adding some mini-choc chips in the cream cheese mixture.

By the way, the recipe doesn't say what to do with the nuts; obviously some are sprinkled on top of the cream cheese layer. Are there any added to the cake layer?

July 27 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

To he'll with light summer desserts indeed! Anything can be made a "light summer dessert" if you have a tiny piece. But NO! Go get it ALL! xD

Wei Wei

July 27 | Unregistered CommenterWei Wei

I'm in love. I agree with Jodi, I'll be using chocolate!!

July 27 | Unregistered Commenterjean

That looks simply amazing! I love nuts in my cake (my kids prefer fruits). Walnuts are okay, although I'm thinking pecans. Anyway, either one, I think it'll still be great, lol! Thanks for sharing this one, I will definitely give it a go. I really love baking, good thing my kids don't mind hanging around in the kitchen with me. :)

July 28 | Unregistered Commentercake recipe

Hi Cakespy :) You guys are awesome, your guys rock, I heart you, etc. etc. <3 ...
Soo, why is this cake called a 'Chess Cake'...it it because it is like a hybrid Cheesecake...or...?

July 28 | Unregistered CommenterNicole B.

looks soo delicious :)
but what exactly is in a yellow cake mix? how to replace or vary it? I never heard of any yellow cake here in germany
thank you :) becca

July 29 | Unregistered Commenterbecca
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