I wanted to make something different for Easter dessert this year while still keeping it somewhat simple. This Cream Cheese Marble Cake with Chocolate Ganache has flavors to delight adults and sprinkles to make the kiddos giddy. Best of all? Simple ingredients, simple steps and a small time investment created this absolutely delish cake, perfect for Easter, or any special occasion.
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To make your own Cream Cheese Marble Cake with Chocolate Ganache, you will need:
For the chocolate cake batter: 1 1/4 cups dark chocolate chips, 2 sticks unsalted butter, 1 cup sugar, 3 eggs, 3/4 cup flour.
For the cream cheese mix: 16 ounces Neufchatel cheese (softened,) 1/2 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon almond extract, and 2 eggs.
For the chocolate ganache: 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1/4 cup whole milk, and 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.
You will also need sprinkles, if desired.
Before you start, spray a 9″ X 13″ X 2″ metal baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Cut parchment paper to fit, spray the parchment and dust with flour. You can skip the parchment if you want to serve the cake straight out of the pan. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
Place a saucepan with water over med-low heat and bring to a simmer. Combine the 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips with the 2 sticks butter in a heat-safe bowl. When the water begins to simmer, remove the pan from the heat, place the bowl with the chocolate and butter over it (make sure the water is not touching the bottom of the bowl.) Stir gently until the chocolate and butter are melted, be careful to not allow any water to get inside the bowl. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the 1 cup sugar with 3 eggs until fluffy. Add the flour and the chocolate mixture and stir to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, almond extract and 2 eggs. Pour a quarter of the chocolate mixture into your prepared pan followed by the cream cheese mixture. Top with the remaining chocolate mixture and create a marble effect by slowing dragging a butter knife through the batter. Place in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
While the cake cools, make your chocolate ganache. This is super simple and similar to the same technique you used to create the chocolate/butter mixture for the cake. Bring a saucepan of water to simmering over med-low heat. In a heat-safe bowl, combine the 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1/4 cup whole milk, and 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. Remove the pan from the heat when it reaches simmering and place the bowl on top, again making sure the water is not touching the bottom of the bowl. Slowly stir the chocolate ganache until it is smooth. Drizzle the ganache over the cake and decorate with sprinkles. Enjoy!
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