Chocolate Brownie Cake

filed under: Cakes on November 11, 2015
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  • This delectable Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake is the easiest chocolate cake I have ever made! I bake it for every occasion, including holidays! We will be bringing it to parties (instructions on how to transport this cake below!) with my famous Cookie Recipes like my Sugar Cookie Recipe, and Snickerdoodles! (And don’t miss my 50 Best Cake Recipes!)

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

    Chocolate Brownie Cake

    My friend 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 love that about her! 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!!


    How to Make Chocolate Brownie Cake

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

    Try to sift the cake mix and brownie mix into my bowl to avoid lumps.

    This is a lot of ganache! If you don’t want to use all of it on your cake, feel free to save it for ice cream or other delectable treats!

    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.

    If you are looking for a from-scratch Chocolate Cake I recommend this one. Don’t forget my highly rated Brownie Recipe!

    4.83 from 23 votes
    Chocolate Brownie Cake
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    55 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr

    Beyond easy but definitely impressive!

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: chocolate brownie cake
    Servings: 12 slices
    Author: Amanda Rettke
    • 1 box chocolate cake mix, both 15 ounce and 18.5 ounce work
    • 1 box fudge brownie mix
    • 4 eggs, room temperature
    • 1 1/4 cup water
    • 1 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
    • 1 bag (12 ounces) semi sweet chocolate morsels
    1. Heat oven to 350°F. 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.
    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 Video

    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!

    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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  • Tina Marin says:

    Can’t wait to try this for my easter lamb cake – it will be frosted white, but my family insists on chocolate cake!

  • Linda says:

    Lol, l like your humor. I love chocolate. I like to bake from scratch, but this recipe will help me when emergencies comes.

    Thank you 😊

  • Cindy says:

    Can I make this in a 9×13 pan instead of a bunt?

  • Christine B Parsons says:

    After 20 minutes at 350 degrees, I lower the temp to 325. Makes a much moister cake!!

  • Carol says:

    This was so delicious. The first taste was out of this world. I am glad to have grandchildren to send this home to, so I wouldn’t eat it all myself.

  • Stacy says:

    This is the easiest and best cake ever!

  • Myriam says:

    can you add nuts?

  • Sharese says:

    This cake is soooo good! The only change that I made was I use cream cheese icing as my kids don’t care for chocolate icing. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Lawd ham mercy, dats some good eating!

  • Chloe says:

    Can you add half a box of brownie mix instead. How much eggs, water, and oil would Be required then?

  • Lila M. says:

    I just made this and it looks amazing. The only thing I will change is the amount of chocolate topping. Was way too much for the bundt cake.

  • Paula says:

    What size of brownie mix. I usually make the 👍9×13 size at home. Are you referring to 8×8?

  • Ellen says:

    Love this but both times even cutting down on the cream my gnocchi was too thin ideas anyone?

  • Lori says:

    I’ve added chopped walnuts to this recipe = even more amazing!!

  • Betsy says:

    It’s easy and delicious. I’m making it for the 3rd time next week. Cakes are not my specialty and this one is foolproof!

  • Paul Pantalion says:

    Just made this for the 4th time today, used recipe for 2-3 years. Everyone loves it, easy, perfect every time! Thank you for sharing! Loved the Mom story!

  • Debra Kulow says:

    I made the chocolate brownie cake for July 4th party. It was a big hit. I cheated on the glaze. Heated half a tub of chocolate fudge frosting in microwave. Turned out great.

  • Jackie King says:

    Absolutely LOVE you r recipes!! PLEASE keep them coming?!! Tha k you VERY much , a moderate b a ker😊

  • Debbie Schoppe says:

    Ohh my gosh Iam gonna make this beautiful cake thank you I know I can do it 😍✅💯

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