Chocolate Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

filed under: Cakes on March 4, 2019

Adding cream cheese to an amazing chocolate bundt cake makes for the best cake ever! I think you are going to flip over this Chocolate Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Filling. If you love cakes, don’t miss my Cream Cheese Pound Cake. You will also love my Apple Bundt Cake and Lemon Pound Cake!

Chocolate Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

Chocolate Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

I can’t say enough good things about this recipe. It has the perfect crumb, almost falling apart in your mouth. Let’s talk about the ingredients:

  • granulated sugar
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking cocoa
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • kosher salt
  • large eggs
  • strong brewed coffee (my preference)
  • buttermilk
  • vegetable oil
  • McCormick vanilla extract

The eggs and buttermilk should be room temperature. If you happen to be short on time, try dropping your eggs into warm water for about 5 minutes. You could heat up the buttermilk in the microwave, I do this on 50% power and for 10 seconds at a time making sure I stir between each heating. It should not take more than 30 seconds. Or, if you have some time, make your own homemade buttermilk! I have four versions of a buttermilk recipe here.

I highly recommend double sifting your flour. What is double sifting? Well, as flour sets it becomes more compacted or settles. Double sifting not only breaks up clumps, but it adds air to the flour which helps produce a lighter cake. Sift your flour, sift it again, and then measuring to ensure an exact measurement. You can sift flour by stirring and lifting gently with a fork or by adding a rough measurement to a strainer. Be sure to measure the flour for the recipe again after sifting.

Why Coffee in Chocolate Bundt Cake

I talk about this over and over again, so I apologize if I am a broken record. You cannot taste coffee in chocolate cakes, the addition of the hot crewed liquid simply enhances the cocoa flavor. If you do not drink coffee there are a couple of options; you can use hot water by itself or you can use espresso powder. If choosing the espresso powder, use about 2 teaspoons and mix it into the hot water.

Chocolate Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

How to Prepare a Bundt Pan

A great way to prepare a bundt pan is with GOOP (as grandma calls it) or Pan Release. The recipe is simple and when you make it can be stored right in the refrigerator. I spread a generous coat around the bundt pan with a pastry brush. One important aspect of using Goop is when to remove the bundt cake. I prefer to let the cake set in the pan for up to 5 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack. When allowed to cool to room temperature in the pan, I have found that it doesn’t release as beautifully.

You can also use the traditional butter + flour method, which is buttering the pan generously then adding about a 1/4 cup cocoa powder. (Only for chocolate cakes, otherwise, use flour) Slowly turn the pan around and around making sure the cocoa powder covers every nook and cranny. Tip if over a garbage and shake out the excess.

You can also use bakers spray, which is an aerosol pan release spray. There is even a “bakers” version (says it contains flour) and that seems to work best on cakes.

Easy Chocolate Bundt Cake

Cream Cheese Filling

I love that you can see the cream cheese poking through the pan in the image above, almost letting folks know there is a surprise inside! If that is not something you want to see, covering the cake in a rich, thick ganache is a wonderful option.

It is important to use a room temperature cream cheese for this recipe. A cold cream cheese could be lumpy and no one wants to bite into cream cheese filling. If you can’t set out the cream cheese a couple of hours before baking, you can submerge the entire package (just make sure it’s sealed!) into hot water for about 10 minutes. I don’t recommend microwaving, as there are usually hot spots and cooked cream cheese bits.

The directions for this cake recommend allowing the cake to cool in the pan for a couple of minutes (5-10) and then inverting onto a cooling rack. Once the cake is room temperature, you place it in the refrigerator for at least an hour or up to overnight. I have found that this cake is best served when the cream cheese is room temperature or cold.

FUN TIP: Chill the cake until cool. When you are ready to serve, slice a piece and pour warm ganache over top. This is one of our favorite ways to enjoy this cake!

Chocolate Bundt with Cream Cheese

Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe

I can’t stress enough that this cake needs to be made with room temperature ingredients. This will ensure easier mixing and helps achieve that perfect crumb. You will also want each ingredient to be fully incorporated before adding the next. I prefer to stir the ingredients by hand so that I can be gentle with my batter.

If you love Chocolate Cakes, here are a few tried & true recipes:

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5 from 5 votes
Chocolate Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Cooling Time
4 hrs
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins

Seriously delish and always fun to share!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 447 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke -
  • 1 3/4 cup (375 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups (219 g) all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (65 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (109 g) vegetable oil
  • 2 large or extra large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (173 g) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (123 g) buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup (119 g) prepared coffee
Cream Cheese Filling
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, sour cream, and buttermilk.

  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Add the coffee, and whisk until the batter is completely combined. Set aside.

  5. In a separate bowl and using a hand-held mixer, beat the cream cheese until it is smooth. Add in the sugar and vanilla and stir until combined.

  6. Pour HALF of the chocolate batter evenly into the prepared bundt pan.

  7. Spoon on the cream cheese filling and carefully spread it evenly on top, avoiding the sides of the pan.

  8. Pour the remaining half of the chocolate batter evenly on top.

  9. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out mostly clean. (I like to use a long skewer here so that I can test the cake below the cream cheese.)

  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes in the pan. Invert the chocolate bundt cake onto a cooling rack. Allow the cake to cool completely, then refrigerate for 2 hours. 

Recipe Notes

Recipe inspired by my Chocolate Bundt Harvest Cake. (clickable link) The idea for the cream cheese being added is from Sally's Baking Addiction, Cream Cheese Chocolate Bundt Cake. (clickable link)


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  • Helen Ferrell says:


  • Judy says:

    Do you think you could add about a cup of coconut to the cream cheese batter? This cake sounds amazing

    • Amanda says:

      I think you could! Fuhn idea!

  • Sandy says:

    What is the recipe for the
    Goop used as a pan release
    Thank you

  • Bakerswife says:

    What can you substitute for the strong coffee? I am NOT a coffee drinker and I can always taste the coffee in recipes so I had rather use some other liquid. Thank you!

  • Sandra ONeill says:

    If this is anything, i mean anything like your Ding Dong cake,it is great. That was the best dam cake I have ever made and I have made a few good ones.Its still on my facebook page.cant wait to try this one.

  • Dilcia Acevedo says:

    It looks delicious goiter to make it soon

  • Kim says:

    How much vanilla goes into the cake? Not mentioned in recipe only for cream cheese filling.

    • Amanda says:

      No vanilla in the cake, sorry about that! Thanks for the feedback, you are a big help! 🙂

  • Elaine says:

    Would you mind sharing your receipt for Goop? I always struggle with what to use in my pan.. thanks so much!

  • Mary Martin says:

    1st it was delicious, my husband loved it. But the dome of the cake Collapsed after turning it out onto a plate. I let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Possible cause?

  • Melissa griffith says:

    Pillsbury or Duncan Hines uses to make a chocolate mouse bunt cake with powdered sugar on top and black forest cherry bunt cake with a white filling inside and cherry pie filling glaze. I wish you could recreate those. They were delicious and they stopped making them in the 80s.

  • Nermine dowidar says:

    I like all recipes and especially the prescriptions that are combined video .
    Thank you for your favor and beautiful recipes

  • Bev says:

    This is a revision of the 22nd Pillsbury bake off in 1981, the original filling also called for 1 egg, 1/2 cup coconut, and 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips.. My mother captured this recipe and was the most requested dessert for the holidays.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Oh, yay! So glad to know where it originated from! Thank you!

  • Judith says:

    Where can I find your Grandmothers GOOP recipe?

  • Carol Lutz says:

    I am looking for a recipe for Boston cream bundt cake

  • Krysta Logsdon says:

    Sounds Great!!

  • Diana says:

    I thought the same thing – my mom made a recipe very similar to this(with coconut) that came from the Bake-Off recipe book! I have tried to make it with a from scratch cake recipe, but my go-to chocolate cake batter was too thin and the filling went right to the bottom. I am excited to try this!

  • Irma S. Louie says:

    Does it need to be refrigerated all the time

  • Diane M. Meier says:

    what is goop do you have a receipe for boston cream cake

  • Gugu says:

    Your cake recipes looks yummy it is a must try

  • Shobha says:

    Can I make this recipe without the eggs?

  • Sherri says:

    Have you Ever put coconut in the cream cheese filling

  • Maddy says:

    Excited to try this recipe! Do you think this could work with a pan that makes 6 miniature Bundt’s?

  • Tobey says:

    Can you reinvent the Tunnel of Fudge cake?
    It’s extinct!

  • Phyllis says:

    Can butter be used instead of vegetable oil for any of your bundt cake recipes. Would also like the “goop” ingredients. Thanks

  • Gayla Jones says:

    Oh so making it !!!

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