Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese and Chocolate Chip Filling

There is decadent and there’s the “I will talk about this dessert for years to come” decadent. This Dutch oven chocolate cake with cream cheese and chocolate chip filling definitely falls in the latter decadent category. Yeah, it’s that good. The best way cook this is with a disposable foil liner (Camp Chef makes them) but you can line your oven with parchment paper, if you really want to go to that much effort, but the liners allow you to remove the cake for easy serving. This is to be cooked in a regular 12” Dutch ovenThis is actually fairly simple to make, so let’s get to it.

The cake ingredients:

  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 2 Cups flour
  • 1 Cup water
  • 4 Tbs. cocoa
  • ½ lb. butter
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • ½ Cup butter milk (I use regular milk + ½ Tbs. vinegar)
  • 1 tsp. soda

Cream cheese filling ingredients:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package (11.5 oz) milk chocolate chips

Frosting Ingredients:

  • ½ Cup butter
  • 2 Tbs. cocoa
  • 3 Tbs. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 ½ Cup powdered sugar


Place butter, water & cocoa in a pan or small Dutch oven and bring to a boil. In a mixing bowl, mix the sugar and flour together. Pour the hot liquid over the sugar and flour and mix together. Add the beaten eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and soda. Mix well. The batter will be fairly runny.

chocolate cake batter mixed

Next, in a different bowl, mix all the ingredients for the filling together.

chocolate cake filling

Place the disposable liner in the 12” Dutch oven.

chocolate cake disposable liner

Pour the cake batter into the liner.

Now, drop the filling into the batter in several scoops, spread evenly over the whole oven.

chocolate caking with filling

Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until the top of the cake will spring back when lightly touched. Use mostly top heat. Ring the lid with all but 3 or 4 coals and place the underside coals in a circle.

chocolate cake cooked

In a small Dutch oven or a pan, melt the butter for the frosting, add the cocoa and mix will. Remove from the heat and add the milk, vanilla and powdered sugar. Mix will. Pour over finished cake and spread evenly. When cool enough, remove he cake from the oven. Cut down the sides of the liner to make serving the cake easier. Serve with ice cream if desired and enjoy the dessert coma!
chocolate cake finished

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