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    filed under: Cakes on November 11, 2015

    This delectable Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake is the easiest chocolate cake I have ever made!

    Chocolate Brownie Cake- You will NEVER guess the ingredients!!

    Joan and I were talking about cake a few days before she died. We both kind of get a kick out the uproar concerning “box mix” in the great cake debate.

    She told me, “I am going to do cake mix for my next three recipes.” I think it stemmed from an incident on her Facebook page where someone had gotten quite upset about her use of a box mix. She never backed down from a controversy and I loved that about her.

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    When I came across this recipe of Granny’s I knew I had to make it. Not only was it a box of cake mix, but a box of brownie mix! I can’t think of anything more scandalous.

    Chocolate Brownie Cake- You will NEVER guess the ingredients!!

    This is for you Joan!

    Chocolate Brownie Cake

    Chocolate Brownie Cake- You will NEVER guess the ingredients!!

        Ingredients

        Cake

        • 1 box chocolate cake mix
        • 1 box fudge brownie mix
        • 4 eggs
        • 1 1/4 c water
        • 1 c oil

        Ganache

        • 1 c heavy whipping cream
        • 1 bag (12 oz) semi sweet chocolate morsels

        Instructions

        1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a bundt pan with bakers spray or use the butter/flour method.
        2. Combine first five ingredients in a large bowl and whisk for 2 minutes or until lumps are mostly gone.
        3. Pour batter into prepared bundt pan and bake for 50-55 minutes.
        4. When done baking, remove cake and allow to cool in pan for up to five minutes. Carefully turn cake out onto a cooling rack and cool for 30 minutes more.

        Ganache

        1. Place heavy whipping cream in a large microwave safe bowl and heat for about 2 minutes. You want the cream to be just boiling.
        2. Carefully pour chocolate morsels into cream... it may rise up and bubble and this is ok.
        3. Let sit for 5 minutes. Whisk the chocolate and cream until shiny and smooth, about 1 minute.
        4. Pour over cooled cake and serve.

        Recipe from Nanny’s Chocolate Fudge Cake

        Tips for Success:

        Make sure you ONLY add the ingredients on the ingredient list. Do not follow the directions on the box mix.

        I sifted the cake mix and brownie mix into my bowl to avoid lumps.

        Chocolate Brownie Cake- You will NEVER guess the ingredients!!

        This cake takes just moments to put together and tastes pretty darn great. The crumb is fine and the texture is smooth. I love the semi-sweet chocolate ganache but if you prefer milk chocolate feel free to substitute.

        BONUS!! I am sharing my tried and true tips on How To Transport Cake:

        Chill your cake before transport. I will place mine in the fridge overnight or in the freezer for a few hours before it goes in the car. A firm cake slides less and can handle more bumps and turns than a freshly baked cake does.

        Of course, there is always the option of a cake carrier. Just plan ahead if this is your chosen method of transport, as there is a certain height the cake needs to be to fit in the box. I have run into issue with just a 2-layer cake that has piped dollops on top getting squished in a cake carrier. You can find extra tall cake carriers online if you know you love piping and decorating! I do like this one from Sweet Creations that is 8 1/2 inches tall AND has the cake server right inside!

        Lots of folks use boxes for their cakes and this is a good idea for long trips. My tips for that are; make sure the box is big enough, line the box with shelf liner, and don’t forget UNDER the box! A great trick for that is a yoga mat right under the box.

        My favorite trick is to set the cake inside a springform pan. This works best for cakes that are on plates or patters. I get my 12-inch round springform pan, set the cake inside, and then set the springform pan on shelf liner on a flat surface in my vehicle. (Usually, the back or the floor, seats are too curved) When you arrive at the event you simply carry in the springform pan then remove the outer edge! This has worked brilliantly more times than I can count.

        Quick note: Cakes travel best in a cool environment, so bundle up extra if it’s a long car ride. If your interior temperature is too warm, the frosting could melt and slide down the cake. You can also place ice packs around the base of a box if you chose the box method.

        If you are able, bring along a “repair kit”. Extra frosting, the piping tip you used, small offset spatula, or any tools you used when decorating the cake. If you get any cracks or bulges they can be easily fixed!

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        Comments

        Have a similar recipe for just the cake…but I think that your ganache will put it WAY over the top! Think that I want to try it as a sheet cake – would definitely be a hit at picnics, cookouts, parties, etc. And easier to transport in that form. Will just have to figure out different baking time

        We made this and will again. I like it with a scope of vanilla ice cream. Thank you for posting.

        My printer isn’t working. Could you e me this recipe? I always wanted to be a good baker, but I’ll be 72 next month. I believe it’s never too late.

        Very interesting recipes n I Will try to bake them

        The first one I baked according to directions. I dumped it in the garbage. Hard as a brick. The second one, I used butter instead of oil and milk instead of water…perfect! Oh and I only baked for 45 minutes.

        Can I use whipped cream instead of heavy cream

        Could this recipe be used for sheet /square cakes?

        Made it and the people at work RAVED! It turned out looking so professional. Love it will definitely make it again!

        This is just a fabulous cake. Everyone goes a bit
        Wild at the first taste. It is delicious.

        I’m a bit of a snob about from scratch vs boxed, but no one would know if you didn’t tell them. It’s moist
        And sooooo chocolate.

        I wish your friend was still here to thank for this great recipe.

        Can you use a different brownie mix such as turtle and etc?

        Wow, this cake is magnificent
        The entire room went quite after their first bite. I used 3 disposal paper cake pans and used a choclate whipping cream filling between each layer. Frosted the entire cake with the ganache. It was the most beautiful decadent cake ever. Everyone raved. Thank you!

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