Upside-Down Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 55 min
Cooling Time: 15 min
Yields: 15 servings


Whether you’re hosting a family gathering or a festive party, this Upside-Down Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake will be a mouth-watering dessert sure to please all your guests! A 1st Prize winning recipe created by Jean Beatty of Leechburg, PA.


  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup flaked sweetened coconut
  • 1 pkg. (18.25 oz.) chocolate cake mix
  • * Eggs, oil and water as called for in cake mix directions
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar


PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Line bottom of 13 x 9-inch baking pan with wax paper or parchment paper. Grease paper and sides of pan. Sprinkle morsels, nuts and coconut evenly on bottom of pan.

PREPARE cake mix according to package directions. Carefully spoon batter over ingredients in prepared pan.

HEAT cream cheese and butter in medium saucepan over medium-low heat until melted (mixture may not appear smooth). Stir in powdered sugar until smooth. Drizzle mixture over cake batter.

BAKE for 45 to 55 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center of chocolate portion comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes. Invert onto wire rack. Carefully remove paper. Cool completely. Carefully transfer to serving platter.

* Nutritional analysis based on ingredients for standard chocolate cake mix: 3 eggs, 1/2 cup vegetable oil and 1 1/3 cups water. If different, make recipe according to ingredients stated on cake mix box.


by M. Miranda , , Roseburg, Oregon on Jan. 2010

This was delicious as a cake recipe, but I had an idea and I replaced the cake mix with brownie mix. Now my family (including the in-laws) request my upside down cream cheese brownies at almost every event!

Oh soooo good!

by L. Lorraine , Murrieta, CA on Jun. 2009

I would not recommend using the "Butter" style cake mixes (where you add butter vs. oil) as my cream cheese layer didn't quite sink properly and I'm sure it's because of the cake mix. However, that said, this STILL was an AWESOME recipe!!! It was rich and delicious and just a little "different." No frosting needed!!

Upside-Down Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake

by F. Frankie , McDonough, GA on May. 2009

Wow! This was great recipe. I made a second time using milk chocolate and was equally as good.


by S. Sally , Latrobe, PA on May. 2009

This cake was so easy to make and so good to go down. The taste reminds me of German Sweet Chocolate Cake, but a lot shorter time to make it. Try it you'll really like it.

Chocolate Upside-down cake

by d. diane , WILLOWICK, OH on May. 2009

Wow was this cake ever a hit at our pinochle club last week. Everyone raved about it. I will surely be making it again for a special occasion.

Upside Down Choco Cream Cheese Cake

by P. Pam , Bridgeton, MO on May. 2009

I made this cake for a work event. The cake was good and moist with lots of flavor on the topping. I left out the coconut just in case there were some who did not like coconut.

great taste

by K. KATHY , South Daytona, FL on May. 2009

Delicious, very moist, and rich in flavor.

Upside-Down Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake

by v. vicki , BOZEMAN, MT on May. 2009

This was excellent. What a great idea upside-down. The next time we make it I am going to add peanut butter to cream cheese mixture. Thanks.

A Hit at Office Birthday

by D. Diana , MESA, AZ on Apr. 2009

I took this cake to the office for the birthday of a co-worker -- got rave reviews and requests for the recipe. The only thing I did different was frost it with chocolate frosting to make it look a little prettier after being inverted. AWESOME!!!

A glass of cold milk NEVER tasted so good!

by J. JEANETTE , Snowville, VA on Apr. 2009

Mine didn't turn out as pretty as the picture shown but boy did they taste wonderful! I love the part of the recipe that has you combine cream cheese, butter, and conf. sugar. I think I'll be trying that three ingredient combo in other recipes.