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Cheesecake Swirled Devil’s Food Cake Recipe

I went to Target today to pick up some ingredients to help me make this Cheesecake Swirled Devil’s Food Cake. I got Pam baking spray, Wesson Canola Oil and White Chocolate Peppermint M&Ms. I found my new holiday favorite; those Peppermint M&Ms are delicious! While my cake was cooling I used my extra M&Ms to make pretzels that have melted candy cane Hershey’s Kisses and the Peppermint M&Ms. YUM! I was very pleased with the performance of the Pam baking spray. The cakes fell right out of the pans with no sticking; I’m sold!

There’s a few of the items I picked up at Target today. To see more about my shop, you can visit my Google + Album. I have a few deals to share in there!

I gathered my ingredients and got ready to bake. The kids all wanted to help, but this time I didn’t let them for two reasons 1)they have the flu and 2) cakes are therapeutic for me. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed making cakes until today. It’s been so long!

I thought the cake looked really pretty right out of the oven. It surprised me when it fell a little while it was resting. While the cake was baking I made the frosting. My husband decided to try dipping the pretzels in the frosting and said I should share that on my blog, that it makes a great dip.

Cheesecake Swirled Devil’s Food Cake Recipe
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, 1 egg, sugar and vanilla; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, oil and remaining eggs. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds; beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  2. Spray two 8 or 9" round baking pans with Pam baking spray. Pour half of the batter into each of the sprayed pans. Drop half of the cream cheese mixture by tablespoonfuls over the batter. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl the cream cheese mixture.
  3. Bake at 350 F for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (cake may crack). Cool on a wire rack.
  1. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract

The key to getting the frosting smooth is to first do a crumb coat and let it set and then frost over the crumb coat. When you have the desired amount of frosting on your cake you take your spatula, dip it in hot water, shake it off, and then skim over the top and sides of the cake. Refresh spatula as needed. I decorated the cake with the White Chocolate Peppermint M&Ms and I think it added a nice flavor to the cake. I almost  wish I’d added them in the cake, too, but I think it may have been overkill at that point. Overall I am VERY happy with this cake. It was very moist and didn’t have an overly strong chocolate flavor. My husband said it could have used a little more frosting. I think it was fine as is. 🙂 If you try this cake let me know how it turns out for you!

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About Paula

Paula Krueger considers herself a “baby “chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she’s still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She’s since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.


  1. YUMMY! Love the google+ album. Its very step by step!

  2. Antonette King says:

    Looks Amazing!! Going to def. try it! Great job decorating!!!

  3. That looks delicious! Pinning it 🙂
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  4. Lori Weaver says:

    Yummy!!! I wished I didn’t read this so late because I want to make it badly now.It’s so pretty I wouldn’t want to cut into it.

  5. I need this. It looks so amazing! I’m jealous of your cake decorating talent. You did such a great job!
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  6. This sounds fantastic! And beautiful pictures… I cant wait to make one! 🙂
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  7. I think I’m going to try this and tiny the cream cheese red or green for the holidays!

  8. Jenn @TheRebelChick says:

    WHAT?! That looks amazing! I really need to get over to target and buy those M&MS!
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  9. That looks awesome!
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  10. the perfect Holiday dessert certainly adding it to my list for taking to my aunts for after CHristmas dinner
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  11. Yummy!! I have to add that to my Christmas baking list 🙂
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  12. oh my but does that cake look pretty! and I think I would love those M&M’s
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  13. that cake sounds and looks so good. I also love your photos, really awesome.
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  14. This looks so good. I make a cake every year for Christmas. This year, I am going to make this one.
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  15. This looks really amazing! Thank you so much for the frosting tip, too! I always have so much trouble with that!
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  16. The cake looks gorgeous! You need to make more cakes.
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  17. it looks delicious!!!!!!!!!! One of these days I’ll attempt to make a pretty cake using your tips
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  18. That cake seriously looks awesome! I love it! I could totally make it now too as I have almost all the ingredients, but I don’t think I could get my frosting to look so perfect, you rock! Yum too about those M&Ms!
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  19. That looks incredible!
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  20. looks so good!
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  21. That cake looks AMAZING, Paula!!! I’ll have to try it! Thanks!
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  22. That cake is beautiful! YUM!
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  23. You had me at White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’s! That looks delish and I LOVE the way you decorated it!
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  24. Oh wow this looks super good!!! I doubt I could make it as pretty as you did it but I’m going to have to give it a shot. Great job Paula!
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  25. Amy @ Our Share of Crazy says:

    Looks amazing!! I’ve got to try these!
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  26. Oh wow, this looks incredible. I wish I could decorate that pretty!
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  27. That looks amazing. I think I may have to do some work in my kitchen today because of this. lol
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  28. This looks tasty and beautiful. Great job!
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  29. It looks absolutely fabulous and I would so love to have a slice!

  30. Gotta try this sometime. It looks good and I love cheesecake
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  31. OK – this sounds FANTASTIC. I’ll have to give this one a try! 🙂
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