So, there you have it I missed it all. I did get to my parents the next day for a visit and to deliver my Mother's gift. But, I had promised her marble squares for her birthday and was unable to deliver that request - which I will fulfill at a later date.
Even though I could not make them for my Mom I can share the recipe here and now. So, if you want a melt in your mouth, to die for (not quite sure if you can call it cake and not quite sure if you can call it a brownie). Alas, you can call it wonderful! The recipe comes from a cookbook that I ordered my first year of marriage - The Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese Cookbook
1 8 oz. pkg. Philadelphia brand cream cheese
2 1/3 cups sugar
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 1-oz. squares unsweetened chocolate
2 cups flour
1/2 cup diary sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 6 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate pieces
1. Combine softened cream cheese and 1/3 cup sugar, mixing until well blended. Blend in 1 egg.
Set this aside.
2. In a saucepan, combine water, butter, and chocolate; bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Set aside.
3. Combine the remaining 2 cups of sugar and flour in a bowl. Mix together. Add the mixture from the saucepan to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
4. Blend in the remaining 2 eggs , sour cream, baking soda and salt.
5. Pour batter into a greased and floured jelly roll pan.
6. Spoon cream cheese mixture over the chocolate batter. Cut through the batter with a knife several times for a marble effect; sprinkle with chocolate pieces.
7. Bake at 375 degrees, 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool; cut into squares.