This cake is very rich, and is great to take to gatherings.



Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9 x 13 inch pan.

  • In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, 2 eggs, and 1/2 cup melted butter. Put into prepared pan.

  • In another bowl, Beat cream cheese until smooth. Blend in 1/2 cup melted butter and 2 eggs. Gradually beat in the confectioner's sugar. Pour over the crust mixture already in the pan.

  • Bake for 1 hour. Cool.

Nutrition Facts

378 calories; 19 g total fat; 83 mg cholesterol; 314 mg sodium. 49.4 g carbohydrates; 3.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (133)

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164 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 107
  • 4 star values: 33
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
This is a super recipe! It's easy rich and liked by all. I'd recommend coating your spatula in cooking spray to make getting the first layer spread into the pan since it's a bit sticky. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This cake was fabulous!! If you're looking for a beautiful LOOKING cake this isn't it. If you're looking for an easy cake with a delightfully unique taste this is the one. The bottom layer has the consistency of a moist cake whereas the top layer has more a pudding-like texture...this is how a chess cake (and pie) is supposed to be. It is absolutely a delicious cake that I will be proud to serve to my inlaws tomorrow. Oh and I used fat free cream cheese and low fat butter (just added an extra tablespoon of butter in each layer which puts back the liquid that low-fat butter is missing). I also added 3/4 cup of crushed pecans to the top of the bottom layer. I feel that added JUST what the recipe needed to be perfect! By the way heat it up for a few seconds in the microwave and serve with ice cream. Wonderful! Enjoy! Ally Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is such a good recipe. I was wanting to submit this recipe to the site but after doing a quick search found it was already here. There are so many variations you can make too. You can use lemon flavored cake mix to make it what my mom calls "lemon squares" or you can follow the recipe posted here and add approx. 2 cups of chocolate chips to the top layer for a chocolately twist. Either way is great! One warning though this isn't a "normal" cake. If you insert a toothpick to ensure it's thoroughly cooked it won't come out clean. Look for the top to brown as this is a very gooey. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
this is awesome I have been making it for years however the recipe I've used only has butter in the base not the top (in other words the top is 8 oz cream cheese 1 lb confectioners sugar 1 egg (since no butter) and 1 t vanilla). It also has 3/4 c nuts mixed in to the bottom layer. I love this stuff it's addictive! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My mom and I have been making this for years. The only difference is we only use one egg and a stick of butter with the cake mix and no butter in the cream cheese mixture then bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Helpful hints if dough is too thick add 1 teaspoon of water and when pressing the dough into your pan spray your hands with something like Pam. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a great cake recommend that you use the CLASSIC yellow cake mix instead of the BUTTER RECIPE cake mix because it makes the bottom crust turn out better. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I am a caterer and this recipe is not only appealing to chess pie lovers but also to those who don't like the extreme sweetness of Chess Pie. Also you don't have to worry about the crust falling off when you cut it! It is a huge hit and often requested by clients. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was so easy to make! Growing up my Mother made the best chess cake I had ever tasted. This recipe challenges the one my Mom used!!! It is very thick rich and chewy. EXCELLENT! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe turned out perfect! My husband and I made these "Chess Squares" together. We did however decide to cook at 350 for approx 45 minutes (instead of 325 for an hour). We also added 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract to the topping mixture before baking. These are so rich that I crave them about once every 2 years around the holidays. Enjoy! Read More