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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.

    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

        What type of nut is best to add a little something to the top

        This all looks soooo good

        What size brownie mix do you use?

          What size brownie mix? I gotta make this cake soon. Thanks

        Do you have to use oil in the chocolate brownie cake? I usually replace with water instead. Don’t like the oil taste.

        Absolutely best chocolae cake ever.

        Can I make this in a 12×17 sheet? If so how long in oven

        I made this in a 3 layer cake with butter cream icing. My pastor loved it and I only took one piece of it home. I put cookies and cream candy bar pieces on it.

        I have been following and praticing some of the things I see and belive me when I say that you are too good. I really love your work.

        Why won’t these recipes print out

          Jane,

          If you’re having trouble printing, copy and paste it into a word doc. Then print it.
          Hope this helps.

        Hello fellow bakers!

        I made the chocolate brownie cake and loved it! The ganache was great too! Really easy!

        I know cake recipes can be made into cupcakes, so…
        how long and at what temp would I bake the cupcakes? Anyone know?

        LOVED IT

        I am definitely going to make this and i will let you know.

        The Chocolate Brownie Cake is easy to make and simply delicious!!

        As easy as this was for a “box” mix cake recioe I prefer the chocolate cake mix with a package of instant pudding–much more moist and light.

        Chocolate cake is delish!! How long is it safe to be out of fridge, because of cream in frosting?

        I can not wait to make this cake.

        Can this be cooked in round cake pans or is it too dense?

        I don’t have a Bundt pan, have you ever tried this in a 9×13?

        Can the 1 cup of oil be changed to 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup applesauce? I do that with all my quickbread recipes. Thanks!

        I had to through out heavy whipping cream and only have half and half and whole milk, i’m afraid to substitute but, could it be done? Has anyone tried this for the ganache?I have everything else. Maybe, I’ll just wait until I can go get heavy whipping cream but, dang, I need this like, tonight. 🙁 lol

        Don't Pass on Dessert!