Chocolate Brownie Cake

 

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Chocolate Brownie Cake is the ultimate chocolate dessert combining fudgy chocolate brownies and rich chocolate cake and drizzled in a thick chocolate ganache.
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Table of Contents
  1. Chocolate Brownie Cake Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make This Chocolate Brownie Cake Recipe
  4. How to Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More Recipes You’ll Love
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Chocolate Brownie Cake is a double-chocolate rich and delectable dessert that is also unbelievably easy to make. The combination of fudgy chocolate brownies combined with yummy chocolate cake creates a scrumptious chocolate dessert that will satisfy any chocolate craving. 

If you love chocolate desserts you’ll want to make Chocolate Dump Cake, Crockpot Chocolate Caramel Cake, or Chocolate Poke Cake

close up shot of a cake spatula taking a piece of the Chocolate Brownie Cake

Chocolate Brownie Cake Ingredients

Chocolate Brownie Cake raw ingredients that are labeled

You will need:

For the Cake

  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box chocolate cake mix Any chocolate cake mix should do. I always use Betty Crocker – it has pudding in the mix. I used Triple Chocolate Chunk variety for this.
  • 1 (18.3-ounce) box fudge brownie mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1¼ cups water
  • 1 cup vegetable oil or canola oil
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup chocolate chips I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you could use milk chocolate or dark chocolate

For the Ganache

  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Substitutions and Additions

MAYONNAISE: You can use Greek Yogurt as a mayo substitute. It has the same tangy taste and texture as mayo. 

TOPPINGS: You can use sprinkles to top this chocolate bundt cake if you desire. 

CAKE AND BROWNIE MIX: We love using Ghirardelli brownie mix or Duncan Hines moist cake mix for this chocolate cake!

How to Make This Chocolate Brownie Cake Recipe

STEP ONE: Preheat oven to 350°F.

STEP TWO: In a large mixing bowl combine chocolate cake mix, brownie mix, eggs, water, oil, and mayonnaise. Stir or mix with a hand beater until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips and stir to combine.

cake batter ingredients folded in a bowl

STEP THREE: Lightly spray a 12- cup bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray. Spread batter evenly into a bundt pan.

cake batter in a bundt pan

STEP FOUR: Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, or with just a few crumbs.

cake batter baked in a bundt pan

STEP FIVE: Cool cake for 10 to 15 minutes; remove from bundt pan to cool the rest of the way on a cooling rack.

PRO TIP: Carefully run a rubber spatula around the sides and center of the bundt pan before removing the cake to help it come out cleanly. Place a cooling rack on top of the bundt pan and then invert it to remove the cake from the pan.

STEP SIX: When the cake is cooled, prepare the ganache.

STEP SEVEN: Heat heavy cream in a small saucepan or in a microwave-safe container until steaming.

PRO TIP: Don’t allow your cream for the ganache to boil! When it’s steaming, it’s ready.

STEP EIGHT: Pour cream over chocolate chips in a small bowl.

STEP NINE: Cover with a plate for 2 to 3 minutes to contain the heat and allow the chocolate chips to soften.

STEP TEN: Whisk until the mixture forms a smooth, glossy ganache.

melted chocolate and sour cream whisked together in a bowl

STEP ELEVEN: Pour ganache over the cake and serve.

PRO TIP: Place a clean baking sheet under the wire cooling rack before pouring the ganache over so that the drips are caught for easy cleanup.

chocolate ganache poured over the cake

How to Serve

Sweet enough to serve for a special occasion, you can serve this chocolate brownie cake for a holiday, party, or gathering with friends and family. Enjoy a slice of chocolate brownie cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a cup of coffee. 

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: You can keep your leftover cake in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight container. 

IN THE FREEZER: Freeze your ultimate brownie cake in a freezer-safe container for up to 1 month. Make sure to thaw your cake in the fridge before eating! Keep in mind, your ganache won’t freeze as well as the cake.

a piece of Chocolate Brownie Cake on a plate

Chocolate brownie cake is a divine dessert that chocolate lovers will adore. The moist cake is made even more chocolatey when it’s drizzled in a thick, homemade rich chocolate ganache to create a lip-smacking good treat. You’ll want to make this amazing dessert for your favorite chocolate lover. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this recipe in a regular cake pan instead of a bundt pan? 

This great recipe could be made in a regular pan if you don’t have any bundt cake pans but keep in mind that you will have to adjust the amount of time the cake bakes.

Can I freeze this chocolate cake? 

You can freeze your chocolate brownie cake for up to one month.

Can I frost this with chocolate buttercream or another chocolate frosting instead of ganache? 

If you prefer different frosting, you are more than welcome to replace the ganache with frosting or buttercream. It will be just as decadent and delicious.

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close up shot of Chocolate Brownie Cake on a cake stand

Chocolate Brownie Cake

Chocolate Brownie Cake is the ultimate chocolate dessert combining fudgy chocolate brownies and rich chocolate cake and drizzled in a thick chocolate ganache.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Cool Time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16

Ingredients
  

Cake

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix, I used Triple Chocolate Chunk (15.25 ounces)
  • 18.3 ounces fudge brownie mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1 cup vegetable oil or canola oil
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you could use milk chocolate or dark chocolate.

Ganache

  • 2 cups chocolate chips, I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you could use milk chocolate or dark chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine chocolate cake mix, brownie mix, eggs, water, oil, and mayonnaise. Sitr or mix with a hand beater until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  • Lightly spray a 12 cup bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray. Spread batter evenly into bundt pan.
  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean (or with just a few crumbs).
  • Cool cake for 10 to 15 minutes; remove from bundt pan to cool the rest of the way on a cooling rack.
  • When cake is cooled, prepare ganache.
  • Heat heavy cream in a small saucepan or in a microwave safe container until steaming. Pour cream over chocolate chips in a small bowl. Cover with a plate for 2 to 3 minutes to contain the heat and allow the chocolate chips to soften.
  • Whisk until the mixture forms a smooth, glossy ganache.
  • Pour ganache over cake and serve.

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Notes

  • Carefully run a rubber spatula around the sides and center of the bundt pan before removing the cake to help it come out cleanly. Place a cooling rack on top of the bundt pan and then invert it to remove the cake from the pan.
  • Don’t allow your cream for the ganache to boil! When it’s steaming, it’s ready.
  • Place a clean baking sheet under the wire cooling rack before pouring the ganache over so that the drips are caught for easy cleanup.

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