1 c butter, melted (2 sticks)
1 Chocolate cake mix (18.25 oz)
3 large eggs
3-4 Tbsp cocoa powder (I used 3 "rounded" Tbsp)
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 box (1 lb) powdered sugar
1 c chopped pecans (or walnuts) (optional)
Heat oven to 350 degrees & place rack in center. Lightly butter a 9x13 baking dish/pan. In a large bowl, beat together (with mixer on slow) cake mix, 1 egg & 1/2 c (1 stick) melted butter until well combined. Evenly pat out into prepared dish/pan & set aside.
In another mixing bowl, beat cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Beat in 2 remaining eggs & cocoa powder until well combined. Reduce speed to low and add powered sugar; beat until well combined. Gradually add remaining 1/2 c butter and vanilla extract - beat until smooth. Fold in pecans (or walnuts) with a rubber spatula & spread over cake mixture. Bake until set around edges but center is a little gooey - 40-50 minutes.
If you like German Chocolate cake, you can use a German Chocolate cake mix instead of plain chocolate & add 1 c. sweetened, flaked coconut when folding in pecans. I added 1/2 c pecans & 1/2 c Heath bar chips - it was Yummy!!!
Serve with Homemade Vanilla ice cream for a wonderful treat!