It's been a while and my memory is a little fuzzy, but I'm pretty sure a local restaurant called Lulu's came in and fixed everything. Some Wednesday nights they would make this stuff called ooey gooey cake. It was basically heaven in sugar form.
Ooey gooey cake is very similar to chess bars and pies. They both don't completely firm up when done, resulting in a gooey texture. And seeing as how I'm that person who loves pulling cookies out of the oven when they're not quite finished baking to keep them super soft, this recipe hits the spot for me.
I've had the basic yellow cake-type and then chocolate versions of ooey gooey cake and chess squares, but had never tried a red velvet version. Curious, I did a quick search of the internet to see if I could find a recipe, but to no avail.
Off to the mixing bowl I went armed with a few ingredients I thought might produce the result I was looking for. And I've got to say I feel like I got exactly what I was hoping for.
Warning: These bars are very rich and extremely addictive. Eat one (or three!) and then give them away, lest you end up eating the whole pan.....
Ooey Gooey Red Velvet Chess Squares CCK Original
1 18.25oz box red velvet cake mix
1 C melted butter
2 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened
4 C powdered sugar
4 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 oz red food coloring
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x13 pan and set aside.
In large bowl whisk together cake mix, melted butter and egg. Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan.
In separate large bowl beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add food coloring and beat mixture at medium speed until coloring is evenly distributed and mixture is well combined.
Spread cream cheese mixture over cake mixture in pan.
Bake 45 minutes. Allow bars to completely cool before cutting.