The Country Cook: Cream Cheese Spice Cake

Monday, October 17, 2011

Cream Cheese Spice Cake

I'm not sure when boxed cake mixes were invented. Maybe the 40's or 50's when women were beginning to join the workforce in droves. I'm sure the women of those days loved this little kitchen helper as much as many of us do now. How wonderful to be able to make dessert after getting home from work without a lot of fuss. Now, fast forward a few years and look at all the amazing flavors you get from boxed mixes. Not just cakes anymore! You can make biscuits, whoopie pies, cream-filled cupcakes, the list goes on and on. And so many of these companies are actually doing a good job in improving the tastes.

Did you know that America's Test Kitchen did a blind taste-test once that included a boxed
brownie versus one from scratch and folks overwhelmingly chose the boxed one.  Most folks could not believe they preferred the box mix. I really do enjoy making baked goods from scratch some days. Maybe on a lazy day when we are all home from work, I pull out a bunch of ingredients and get going. It's a relaxing and enjoyable process for me but one I often don't have the time for. I just love experimenting with boxed cake mixes. I get the pleasure of baking a yummy dessert but I can whip it up fairly quickly. And this next recipe is an example of that. A nice spice cake mix that tastes like fall with a little cream cheese swirled in to give it some texture and a lovely sweet concoction drizzled on top. Mmmmmm....
1 box spice cake mix
(ingredients needed to make cake: eggs, oil & water)
1 block (8 oz.)cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg white
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray 9x13 baking dish with nonstick flour cooking spray. Combine spice cake mix with ingredients called for on back of box. Pour cake spice cake mix into bottom of baking pan. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar and egg white (will be thick). Drizzle mixture over spice cake mix. You can gently pour it or use a spoon to drizzle it. 
 Using a butter knife, make swirl patterns (sort of in a figure 8 pattern).
My baby, Alex, decided this needed chocolate chips. This part is optional but we ended up really enjoying the chocolate in this. You could also use white chocolate chips or cinnamon chips or even nuts. Sprinkle chocolate chips over batter.
Bake for about 35-40 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. Now for the fun part! You can eat this cake just as it is - but- if you want to take it to a nutha level, then you gotta go with this last step. Open your can of sweetened condensed milk (you can pour it in a bowl and heat it up for a few seconds in the microwave first if you like), then drizzle it on top of the slightly warm cake.
 Oh mercy. This is good stuff y'all. And so easy, right?


  1. Yes please! And a little chocolate never made anything worse off that's for sure! ;)

  2. This is perfect for Fall with the spices. Then you knocked it up a couple of notches with the cream cheese, chocolate chips, and to to it off the sweetened condensed milk, Oh, My!

  3. Brandie, Any day of the week is okay by me for cake! Spice cake is one of my guilty pleasures. You were killing me with each successive photograph: the marbling, the chocolate chips and then the drizzle...oh the drizzle!

  4. This looks so delicious and easy. Can't wait to give this a try. I might make a little rum sauce for the top for a little extra kick!

  5. Mmmm spice cake. One of my favorites. I have something special for you!

  6. Bran... you've done it again! I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything you post! This cake sounds incredible!

  7. I love all that swirled cream cheese! I also enjoy experimenting with box mixes. There are so many things you can do to make them your own!

  8. Oh, my gosh! So many fabulous components in this one lovely dessert! You've done it again, Brandie..YUM!

  9. This spice cake looks amazing! Nice job :-)

  10. I agree... box cake mixes are definitely great when trying to save time! I love how you can add just a few other ingredients too to create a cake like this! Looks so delicious!

  11. Looks so good! Love the swirl pattern - I can just smell it cooking ;)
    Mary x

  12. Now that's what I'm talking about! If you're going to bake from a box this is the way to go. I went right over the with the sweetened condensed milk.

  13. Thank you, Brandi, this looks so good. Today is my sister's b'day and she lives in another state. I made up a cute email and put your link in there , saying I wish I could make her this cake today. Thank you for your blog! Barb

  14. That would be soooo good with my coffee right now. I'm gonna have to make it....

    Thank you :)

  15. That looks so scrumptious. It looks like you did a fantastic job. Delicious. Come visit. We have an awesome pumpkin panna cotta recipe to share.

  16. Great looking cake--perfect for the upcoming holiday season!

  17. Oh my! This looks so good! I just pinned this to my "recipes to try" board.

  18. Running out for the ingredients! This looks so... yummy and perfect for Fall.

  19. I made this recipe and I have to say it is DELICIOUS! My family loved it. I'm not good in the kitchen so this was something I will definitely be making again. It's easy and tastes YUMMY. Thanks for posting this recipe

  20. Oh my goodness! I am loving all of your recipes!! Thanks so much for sharing them!! Just wanted to say hello and that I have pinned some of them on Pinterest so I can come back and get the recipe!! Thanks again!

    Merry Christmas from Kortney @ Kortney's Krazy Life!

  21. Hi Kortney! You are so sweet. Thank you so much for that comment and for pinning my recipes. I really appreciate ya!!

  22. While I don't know how to pin it to Pinterest, but I would if I could! Sooo good! Soooo Easy! Loved it! This will be my housewarming gift to all my new homeowners!

  23. Thank you Peg!! I hope you enjoy this one!!

  24. your site makes me soooooo hungry! love, love, love it!

  25. Looks so good! Think I might add apples to it since my apple tree is exploding

  26. I recently thought of a poke cake that is similar to this one: you could take a spice cake mix made with a can of pumpkin, poke holes, spread cheesecake pudding on top, and then sprinkle graham cracker, gingersnap or snickerdoodle cookie crumbs

  27. I came across your blog and am impressed. I'll have to check these out some time soon. I have a question for you though. I love baking from scratch and I do it often, however, lately I have been having issues with some baked goods and I don't know if my oven may be too hot or not hot enough or maybe I am using a bad recipe...who knows. Until I find out what the problem is ill be using cake mixes here and there. Now if I use a cake mix and really doctor it up may I call it from scratch if the recipe calls for a box of cake mix or would that still be continued lying. I really want to feel like I am making it from scratch even if it calls for a cake mix. Here is an example of a recipe I have.

    1 Box spice cake mix (Duncan Hines super moist is best)
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    2 tables granulated sugar
    3/4 tsp. salt
    4 eggs
    1 1/3 cups rice milk
    2 Tabs coconut oil
    1 cup sour cream
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    1 tsp. almond extract
    ¼ tsp. nutmeg
    ½ tsp. Butter flavoring


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