Ultimate Cake Brownies Recipe: Believe It or Not, Some Prefer Cake-like Brownies to Fudgy Brownies by Donna John

a year ago

Ultimate Cake Brownies Recipe: Believe It or Not, Some Prefer Cake-like Brownies to Fudgy Brownies

Growing up, my mom always ordered cake doughnuts over soft, glazed donuts. She also liked cake-like brownies over gooey, fudgy chocolate brownies. While I'm a gooey and glazed girl, I still enjoy a good cake brownie, too. This easy cake-like brownie recipe is one that has my mom written all over it.

This easy brownie recipe mixes up in minutes flat and has just a few ingredients: melted butter, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and a pinch of salt. The melted butter and sugar are whisked together first, then the eggs are added (one at a time) along with the vanilla extract. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Do not be tempted to overmix here or you won't get tender brownies (overmixing works the gluten in the flour). Pour the batter into a pan, bake and then resist the temptation to cut them before they're cool.

Serve these chocolate cake brownies for dessert or a sweet snack any time of the day. Store the leftover brownies in an airtight container to keep them fresh. Be sure to share these with friends, family and neighbors. Who knows, you may convert another fudgy brownie lover.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: Makes about 18 brownies


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 7 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • big pinch of salt

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Stir together the melted butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring well after each is added. Stir in the vanilla. 
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Whisk into the wet ingredients until just combined. 
  3. Pour the batter into a 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (do not overbake). Remove and cool before cutting into squares. 

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Cocoa Powder $3 & Up
Vanilla Extract $4 & Up
Flour $2 & Up

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I like my brownies both ways!
Rhonda Decoteau
I much prefer cake brownies, will be trying this recipe this weekend. Thank you!
Julie Rose
How did they turn out for you?

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