Southern Chess Cake + Giveaway

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray.

If you’re anything like me, the holiday season is full of cooking and baking…I love it!

This was a second Thanksgiving dinner…yes, second!  Lol!  We have a big family, what can I say?

Thanksgiving Dinner

Green Bean Casserole, my Hearty Mac and Cheese (recipe here), cranberries, ham, brown sugar sweet potato bake, and mashed potatoes…yum!  And all of my baked dishes started off with greasing the dish with PAM!  It’s an added bonus with as many calories as I’m eating this holiday season that at least the cooking spray has zero calories per serving!

Baking with PAM

Now after eating comes the dreaded part = cleaning up.

But there are ways to make tackling those pots and pans easier!  Did you know that PAM can be used in multiple ways?!  Not only is it used to grease dishes before cooking to make sure that food doesn’t stick, you can also use it to spray in mixing bowls and on serving utensils to make cleanup even quicker!  Butter and other brands leave too much reside that takes even more time to clean off…no thanks!

Let’s get to what you’ve all been waiting for…the dessert recipe!

Southern Chess Cake

Southern Chess Cake

Adapted from


  • 1 pack of yellow cake mix (standard 18.25 oz size)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 1 8 0z pack of cream cheese
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with PAM.
  3. In a large bowl mix cake mix, 1 egg, and softened butter together.  Then take the batter and pour into the greased 9×13 dish.  Pat down evenly (I used my fingers).
  4. In another large mixing bowl mix together cream cheese, 2 eggs, and powdered sugar.  I added the powdered sugar slowly and I used an electric mixer…makes things so much easier!  Now evenly pour the cheese mixture over the cake batter.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes until the edges of your cake are golden brown.  The center will still be a little jiggly.  🙂

Southern Chess Squares

Look at all of the gooey goodness….mmmmm!

Southern Chess Cake

And now for the GIVEAWAY!  😉

PAM Le Creuset Giveaway

If you’d like to win the Le Creuset pie dish like the one in the photo above and a full size can of PAM (retail value of $50!) all you have to do is leave me a comment below!

Tell me how you use PAM or what you’d cook/bake in your pie dish if you won!

(must be 18+ and a resident of the continental U.S.)
Contest runs through Dec. 10, 2013 at 12am PST.
See full Term and Conditions here.


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51 thoughts on “Southern Chess Cake + Giveaway

  1. Paige says:

    This is awesome, and the recipe looks yummmmmmmy. 🙂 I would love to bake something savory in that dish. Like a Spagetti Pie. Yum-O.

  2. Christina Stirneman says:

    Now I’m hungry! I use PAM for all of my baking, and I would love to use that pie dish to make my mom’s famous strawberry pie.

  3. Kathe says:

    Oh that pie looks sooo good! I’ve never had chess pie! I use Pam in my measuring cups when I need to add molasses or honey to a recipe. They just flow right out of the cups 🙂 The first thing I’d bake in the pie plate would be Mr. B’s favorite, Sour Cream Raisin Pie!

  4. Maggie says:

    I’m gonna try that recipe, it looks so yummy! I didn’t get any pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving so I would use that pie pan to make one for Christmas instead!

  5. April says:

    I love the pie dish! Something savory inside would be great…maybe a homemade chicken pot pie?! Pam makes clean-up in the kitchen a sinch! No scrubbing or soaking necessary!

  6. Big D says:

    You have inspired me to make a Chess Cake. I’d love to see what wonderful goodie you made in that beautiful Le Creuset pie dish!

  7. Andie says:

    I use PAM for everything I cook honestly! Eggs, pancakes, baking, etc. I would totally use it for the chess cake because it looks so yummy!

  8. Sherri says:

    I use PAM on almost everything I cook. I recently learned that you can spray the crockpot to make cleaning up easier. What?! And I would love to make a dutch apple pie for my husband! That’s his favorite.

  9. Michelle says:

    I use Pam when I fry my eggs! With a pie pan, my husband just told me I’d have to bake him a triple berry pie. I don’t know about that. Better start small, like some Rhodes cinnamon rolls. 🙂

  10. Allie says:

    I love to make tomato pie. It’s a savory pie with cheese and tomatoes and onions and basil. I use Pam a lot so the I’m not scraping off the bottom of the pan

  11. Emily Rose says:

    I use pam for cooking my eggs or greasing a brownie pan. If I had this awesome pan I’d search on pinterest for the perfect recipe that Ive never before tried to make!

  12. Miriam says:

    I use Pam for when I want to brown meat and don’t want to add any more oil to my recipe. I love pie and bringing a homemade one to family dinners, I only have one “fancy” deeper dish pie plate, which is what I bring. I’d love to have an extra deeper dish one, so I won’t have to wait for people to return my pie plates! (One time I waited a year and a half!)

  13. Jessica says:

    This chess cake looks so yummy!!! This is the first thing that I would make. After reading this recipe, I am SO craving something like this! (Ohhhh pregnancy) =] PAM…is awesome for everything. Pretty much anything that goes in the oven gets sprayed with PAM first.

  14. Dara Schlueter says:

    I would use it to make more desserts! I’ve been working on adapting a few family recipes and I’d love some good cookware to perfect my recipes!

  15. Jessica Eichhorn says:

    If I would win I’d make chicken pot pie in this! Yummo! By the way I don’t personally know you or how I found your blog… but love reading what you post about being a military wife and a mom! God bless

  16. Mandi says:

    Aww my husband LOVES this dessert!!! I’d use Pam to make sure everything came out of this beautiful dish without hassle. Making my life ally easier. 🙂 Beautiful spread Morgan!

  17. michelle says:

    EVERYTHING looks delicious!! We use Pam daily. My favorite is the baking spray! clean up is a cinch. 🙂 Would love to win the pie dish. I currently don’t have one so I’d bake a pie if I did.

  18. Kristie says:

    I’ve never made a pie before so if I won I guess it would force me to try! 🙂 My husband loves apple pie so I’d probably start with that and hope for the best! But then I’d have to make a chocolate pie for myself, of course! 🙂

  19. Katie M. says:

    Thank you for the recipe and giveaway! I use PAM all the time in my baked dishes to make clean-up a breeze! If I won, I would use the pie dish to make chicken pot pie.

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