Extra Chocolatey Fudge Brownie Cake – For A 90th Birthday!

90th Birthday Cake - Fudge Brownies
90th Birthday Cake – Fudge Brownies

This month my dad turned 90! What a milestone birthday. With Covid going on, I couldn’t make my annual March trip to visit and celebrate with my family in Lebanon. But, I did get to make this brownie cake.

I’m calling it a brownie cake only because I decorated it like a cake and it photographed like a cake for my Instagram feed. I used the brownie recipe from the Moosewood Restaurant Cooks At Home cookbook. It was my first time using it, and it is absolutely delicious. The brownies had a nice crusty surface and were incredibly moist and fudge-like on the inside.

I made 2 changes to the Moosewood Restaurant recipe: I used 7 tablespoons of pasteurized egg whites instead of the 2 eggs they called for, and I added 1/2 a cup of mini chocolate chips. Using mini chocolate chips ensures that the chocolate chips don’t sink to the bottom of the batter.

For the icing, I used a cream cheese frosting because I wanted to elevate the icing on the brownies, and I wanted to have a white background for the decorated cake. I colored some of the icing a teal blue and I used green M&Ms to make the number 90. To give the cake a festive look, I added sprinkles on the side of the brownie, and curled ribbons around the cake. It’s that simple.

Here’s the recipe for the brownies and the cream cheese frosting. The frosting is enough to ice two brownie pans, so if you feel  like making half of the frosting recipe, go ahead. I have not made that small of a batch of frosting, but you decide.

Tips:

  • Line and spray an 8 by 8 inch pan with 2 rectangular pieces of parchment paper, for easy removal
  • Chop chocolate pieces into smaller pieces, if you don’t have mini chips on hand. I’ve used the Hershey’s chocolate chunks, chopped up, and they make for a rich, gooey brownie
  • Consider various toppings, like cut up Reese’s peanut butter cups or Cadbury Mini Eggs that you crush into smaller pieces in a plastic bag
  • Practice on a dish or the counter, if you’re going to decorate using chocolate pieces to make a number. Some numbers are harder to make than others!!
Fudge Brownies
Fudge Brownies
Extra-Chocolatey Fudge Brownies
(adapted from the Moosewood Restaurant Cooks At Home Cookbook)
Ingredients
1/2 c butter
3 oz of unsweetened chocolate squares
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs or 7 Tablespoons of pasteurized egg whites
1/2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c mini chocolate chips
Method:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Line an 8 by 8 inch square pan with 2 rectangular pieces of parchment paper, so that each side of the pan is covered
  • Chop up the 3 chocolate squares and chop up the butter into 1 Tablespoon pieces
  • Melt the chocolate and butter over a LOW simmering double boiler until just combined and smooth
  • Remove from heat and add sugar and vanilla. Stir well
  • Add eggs; stir in flour
  • Spread into pan and bake for 22-25 minutes, depending on how gooey you like your brownies. Brownies are done when the top is not wet or glistening
  • Cool and remove from pan using the parchment paper overhang
Cream Cheese Frosting
Ingredients:
1/4 c butter, softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 T cream
2 to 2 1/2 c icing sugar
Food coloring
Method:
  • Cream butter, cream cheese, and vanilla until smooth
  • Add the cream and icing sugar, one cup at a time, and beat well after each cup
  • Keep adding icing sugar until you get the consistency you desire, either for spreading or for piping

    Fudge Brownies
    Fudge Brownies

Enjoy!

 

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Chocolate Candy Box Kit Kat Cake – Sooo Easy To Make!

Chocolate Candy Box Cake Made With Kit Kat Border
Chocolate Candy Box Cake

Every once in a while, you come across the easiest wow-factor cake and you wonder why you’ve never tried to make it before! That’s how I felt about the chocolate candy box cake that I’d been seeing on Instagram for a while now.

I’ve heard this cake called: ‘chocolate candy box cake’, ‘candy box cake’, or ‘Kit Kat cake’ – the latter because of the border around it. It’s basically a chocolate cake that has a bunch of candy on top. It has a border made of Kit Kat or other chocolate finger treats or pirouline wafers. You can make it in the shape of a circle or a rectangle and you can put only chocolate on it or a mix of candy and chocolate. Once you’re done, wrap a ribbon around the cake, and, voila, you have a beautiful cake!

I did some online searches and watched a few YouTube videos for tips on how to make the cake. There’s lots of inspiration out there.

Here are the 5 easy steps I took for making my daughter a chocolate candy box cake for her 18th birthday. You can also read my last post on throwing a surprise 18th birthday party, where we served this cake. Continue reading

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My Delicious Chocolate Orange Cake!

Chocolate Orange Cake
Zesty Chocolate Orange Cake

Almost everybody loves a good chocolate cake, but last week, I made a simple addition to my usual recipe to make an amazing chocolate orange cake. For some reason, I can’t follow a recipe without making a small change, adding a twist, or substituting an ingredient. It’s more fun that way, and I get to experiment in the otherwise strict domain of baking!

The following recipe is based on my go-to chocolate cake recipe, the ‘Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Cake’. I love that name. I’ve made it for guests and they love it, too. It’s very chocolate-y and it uses cocoa powder in both the cake and icing. (By the way, to make the basic chocolate cake that Hershey’s is famous for, just omit the orange zest in both the cake and frosting.) 

Chocolate Orange Cake
Zesty Chocolate Orange Cake

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