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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 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.

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      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!

      4.77 from 17 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!

      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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    • Marvelous, yummy and easy! Did I say easy? Wow! Chocolate lovers this is a must fix recipe. The chocolate ganache is my go to chocolate icing now for sure. I think I will go make another one now:)

    • If I use your homemade brownie recipe to this cake mix do I add all the ingredients in the brownie recipe i.e the 2 eggs?

    • This recipe made more than my tube pan holds so I had a layer pan also. I made it and sent tube cake to my daughters work for them to try. They all enjoyed it.

    • Just made in a large bundt pan and it sank in the middle….? Oh well. Turned out on plate and frosted.
      Looks nice. Will see tomorrow when I serve…

    • you do not indicate what size brownie mix. I am assuming the smaller size and not the family size? thanks

    • If I made this in mini muffin pans, how long should it bake?

    • I’ve just seen this and plan on making it this weekend. It looks WONDERFUL!!!

    • Do you need to make any alterations for high altitude?

    • Can I make the ganache the following day n then apply to the cake. Party not till 7 pm same day

    • Made this and it was delicious. Everyone loved it. My grandson just asked me to make this for his birthday.

    • My daughter and I made this cake today. It came out great! It is a huge cake, which I should have expected due to brownie mix and cake mix. The glaze does make a lot, but we love chocolate! I will be making this cake often.

    • This became my daughter’s favorite cake! First time I made it, my friends thought it was store bought it came out to perfect! Thank you for sharing this wonderful and easy recipe!

    • does this have to be paid in a bundt pan? thank you, sounds yummy

    • Absolutely delicious and the easiest cake I have ever made !!!

    • Fantastic Cake. I have handed out several recipe copies because everyone loved it.

    • I made this for the 2nd time today, and it was even better than the first time I made it. This is definitely a go-to cake in this family! Thank you for sharing this amazing and easy cake and ganache!
      Oh, and the extra ganache was outstanding on ice cream. YUM!

    • This sounds like the perfect choice for my friends birthday. Will it work as well using 3 six inch pans? Thanks, Linda

    • This cake just came out of the oven. poured batter in a regular sized bundt pan and it made a beautiful cake. Smells delicious. It could not be easier. Can’t wait to taste it later. Thank you!!

    • I made this cake over the weekend for a dinner party. It was really easy to make. Everyone love it, the only thing was I though it should have been more chocolaty.

    • I made using a regular binder pan and family size brownie mix. It overflowed everywhere. I am going to try again with a regular size brownie mix and place any extra in an additional pan. . .

    • This was so easy to make!

    • Chocolate Heaven!

    • Have you ever made cupcakes from this recipe?

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