I based my recipe of this one from Picky Palate.
Instead of using eggs and cooking the cream cheese part. I just did the cream cheese and sugar with a little bit of hot fudge swirled in. Then I decided to just add 1/3 of cherry pie filling in the middle....As you can see mine isn't as pretty.
Also I put the brownie on the bottom to make it more stable and just did one layer of cake and use the other cake for my husband since he just likes plain cake.
It's pretty sweet tasting and rich. Also I used a homemade vanilla frosting instead because that's a lot of chocolate. I wouldn't take this to a potluck where it would compete with other desserts because it's just too rich.
Double Chocolate Cheesecake Layered Cake
2 8 oz packages softened cream cheese
1/2 Cup sugar
1 brownie mix 9x13 inch size
1 chocolate cake mix
Favorite Chocolate Frosting Recipe, prepared (tripled)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place cream cheese and sugar into a stand or electric mixer bowl. Beat until softened. Beat in the eggs until smooth. Pour into a wax paper lined and greased 9 inch springformpan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until middle is set and not jiggly. Remove and let cool completely. Refrigerate overnight or for 2-3 hours. Carefully remove sides and transfer to wax paper (I used a giant spatula to help, it's ok if it breaks a little, just piece it together and freeze cheesecake for 30 minutes to firm).
2. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions and divide evenly into a wax paper lined and greased 9 inch cake pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from center. Let cool completely then carefully turn over onto wax paper; set aside.
3. Prepare cake mix according to package directions and pour into 2 wax paper lined 9 inch cake pans. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from center. Let cool completely then carefully turn over onto wax paper; set aside.
4. Place one of the chocolate cake layers onto a cake stand. Spread with a thin layer of chocolate frosting then layer with the brownie. Spread brownie with a thin layer of frosting then top with cheesecake layer. Spread with a thin layer of frosting then layer with remaining chocolate cake layer. Spread entire cake with remaining chocolate frosting. Chill until ready to serve.