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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! I bake it for every occasion, including holidays! We will be bringing it to parties (instructions on how to transport this cake below!) with Christmas Cookies, my famous Sugar Cookie Recipe, and Snickerdoodles!

    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!

    4.72 from 7 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
    Ingredients
    Cake
    • 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
    Ganache
    • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
    • 1 bag (12 ounces) semi sweet chocolate morsels
    Instructions
    Cake
    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.
    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.

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    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

    Its a pretty looking cake that looks delicious…

    Does this use the smaller brownie mix for an 8×8 pan or the family size 13×9 size? I want to make this for my father-in-law who’s almost 97 but still loves chocolate.

    Hallo do you have a receptie cinnamon coffee cake? My mother used to make this in Canada, i only know that it contains buttermilk. Thank you

    Hello! This cake would be perfect for my daughter’s bday! What would be your recommendations if I am to use 2-3 8” round cake pans?

    Thank you!

    Hi! I was wondering if you could use this recipe to make cupcakes? If so, do you know what the baking time would be? Thanks!

    I made the chocolate brownie cake to take to a church function just a extra note… Tastes delicious very rich but way too much frosting for the cake you can make half the frosting and it is plenty ! I will make it again thank you for sharing !

    Awesome

    Hello,

    Can this be baked using two loaf pans?

    Chocolate brownie cake
    Ganache was so runny I had to put powdered sugar in it in order to use it.

    This cake is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!!! It’s super easy to make and you look like a ROCKSTAR!!
    ❤️ Love it!!!❤️

    Looked at and saved your sugar cookie recipe. Like the fact that it was larger than the average batch. Also liked that the quantities for the extracts were large. I went by other recipes and the flavor was not distinct enough when using less extract.

    Liking the chocolate cake using cake and brownie mix. This should be huge. I doctored on a chocolate cake mix recipe and it still was not quite what I wanted. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

    Hi. What is the size of the Bundt tin ? Can I substitute with 2 8×8 pans ?

    This completely over flowed the center of my Bundt pan. I had to pull it out, clean the entire bottom of my oven and put it back in with a cookie sheet underneath. Hoping it still comes out. Fingers crossed but heads up. My Bundt pan is not small.

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I’ve seen others like it online, but none that use the chocolate ganache with it. They call for microwaving store bought frosting, when the ganache is easy and so much better. I have made this three times now and I have to say, easiest cake ever and so good. My husband loves it!

      One more thing to add. I did have trouble the first couple times I made it with a little sticking to the bundt pan even when I doused it with cooking spray. Upon watching those other recipes, I realized I wasn’t using baking spray, but regular cooking spray. It made a big difference! Be sure it’s baking spray (that has flour in it!)

    Love your recipe

    This sounds absolutely yummy, I cannot wait to try it!!

    Chocolate brownie cake. Made it for coworkers and they loved it. Be careful batter is a lot, I didn’t add the entire thing to my bundt pan. My bundt pan is large too. Didn’t use ganache. Melted store bought frosting.

    Can you refrigerate ganache after it’s Poured over the chocolate brownie cake

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