• Chocolate Brownie Cake

    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.


    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!!



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


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


        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.


        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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        Can you double the recipe. and cook in a sheet cake pan?

        We made this and I think our bundt pan was too small because it overflowed I our oven and burned!!! Maybe there’s a right size bundt pannfornthis amount of cake mix…first timers so we just followed the instructions😬😬😬baking common sense was absent😳😳😳😳😳

          This just happened to me. My pan must be small too.

        My Grandson (16) made this and it came out perfect in the bundt pan. So easy he had no problem with this recipe, yummy.

        I love your recipes I save all that I can keep the good work up think’s

        What size brownie mix ? Regular or family size ????

        What is the carb count for this wonderful cake?

          Cakes are a treat, not “health food”. If you are worried about carbs, & calories etc., have a salad !

            Maybe she is counting her macros. She can enjoy the full flavor of the cake, but then just needs to adjust the rest of the day’s macro nutrients to hit her goal numbers.

        I have made this Chocolate/Brownie cake many times and it’s always a hit! It’s the easiest cake to make and everyone loves it. They think it’s one of those from scratch cakes that takes hours to make. The ganache is so yummy. And once I didn’t have time, so I took canned frosting, melted it in the m.w. and poured it over the top. Worked very well!

        Made this cake today! Having company over to eat it. I hope it tastes as good as it looks.

        This cake turned out delicious. I put mine in a covered cake plate and stored it in the refrigerator. The first day it was good…2 days later it was DELICIOUS!!! It was so moist and chocolatey. The ganache tasted like fudge. A winner!!

        Made this cake and after 55 minutes it still looks wobbly and after inserting a toothpick, it came out very wet looking. What should I do?

        i made this both in a 13×9 and a 12 cup bundt…… the bu dt was moist abd flavorful while the other while dry and rose up much more i highly recomend this cake in a bundt pan and with ghiradelli 60% dark choco chips. one of the best cakes considering its from a box

        Does this cake need to be in a bundt cake pan or can it be in a 9 x13 pan?

        I used regular size bundt pan and it overflowed and burned! Not very happy! After it happened,I read a review fr M another person that this happened…..I will try making it in my tube pan which is much higher…..you need to let people know that they have the wrong size bundt pan for this recipe!

        This is the best cake I’ve ever made,
        Just one Question,
        do you whisk the cream before you microwave it,

        I hate box mixes I rather make it all by scratch which I do all the time it tastes so much better

        Your chocolate brownie cake was spot on. We loved the moistness and the ganache was delicious.

        You never said what kind of oil to use.

        The best cake my friends and family love it

        Just love you Recipies 👍👌☝️🤓🇦🇺🙏🙏🙏

        What size box fudge brownie? I got the family size. Do I still use the ingredients?

        Don't Pass on Dessert!