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Brownies vs Chocolate Cake: Difference + best recipes

Brownies vs Chocolate Cake: Which One is the Ultimate Dessert?

If you’re a dessert lover, you know that choosing between brownies and chocolate cake can be a tough decision. Both are delicious, chocolatey treats that are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth. But which one is better? In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the differences between brownies and chocolate cake to help you make an informed decision.

First, let’s talk about brownies. Brownies are typically denser and fudgier than chocolate cake. They’re made with less flour and more chocolate, which gives them their rich, chocolatey flavor. Brownies also tend to be sweeter than chocolate cake, making them a popular choice for those who love their desserts on the sweeter side. But because they’re so dense, brownies can be heavy and filling, so you may not be able to eat as much of them as you would chocolate cake.

Now, let’s move on to chocolate cake. Chocolate cake is typically lighter and fluffier than brownies, thanks to the addition of more flour and leavening agents like baking powder or soda. This makes chocolate cake a great option for those who prefer lighter, airier desserts. Chocolate cake can also be more versatile than brownies, as it can be layered with frosting or other fillings to create a more complex dessert. However, because it’s lighter and less dense than brownies, chocolate cake can also be less satisfying for those who crave a rich, chocolatey flavor.

Taste and Texture – the main difference

Brownies

When it comes to taste and texture, brownies are known for their fudgy and dense texture with a rich chocolatey flavor. They are typically made with melted chocolate, butter, sugar, eggs, flour, and sometimes nuts. Fudgy Brownies have a crispy top and a soft and chewy center, making them a perfect dessert for chocolate lovers. Chewy brownies with a denser texture are perfect for any chocolate craving.

The texture of brownies can vary depending on the recipe and baking time. If you prefer a cake-like texture, bake them for a longer time, but if you like them fudgy and gooey, take them out of the oven a bit earlier.

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake, on the other hand, has a lighter and fluffier texture compared to brownies. The cake is made with flour, sugar, eggs, cocoa powder, and sometimes buttermilk or sour cream to make it moist.

The texture of chocolate cake can vary depending on the type of cake you are making. For example, a devil’s food cake is denser than a regular chocolate cake, while a flourless chocolate cake is more fudgy and dense.

When it comes to taste, chocolate cake has a rich chocolate flavor, but it is not as intense as brownies. The sweetness of the cake can be adjusted according to your preference by adding more or less sugar.

In summary, brownies have a dense and fudgy texture with an intense chocolate flavor, while chocolate cake has a lighter and fluffier texture with a less intense chocolate flavor. Both desserts are delicious and perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth cravings.

Homemade Brownies Main Ingredients

Delicious Homemade Brownies

When it comes to everyone’s favorite brownie recipe, the ingredients are pretty straightforward. This chocolate lover’s dream is a favorite desserts recipe for a reason. A dense delicious piece of brownie is ideal for special occasions. Here are the basic ingredients you will need to make a classic batch of moist brownies:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Cocoa powder
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract

Of course, you can always add in other ingredients to make your sweet baked dessert brownies more interesting. Some popular add-ins include:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Nuts (such as walnuts or pecans)
  • Caramel or butterscotch chips
  • Marshmallows
  • Peanut butter

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake is a bit more complicated than brownies when it comes to the ingredients. Here are the basic ingredients you will need to make a classic chocolate cake:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Cocoa powder
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract

As with brownies, you can always add in other ingredients to make your chocolate cake more interesting. Some popular add-ins include:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Coffee (to enhance the chocolate flavor)
  • Sour cream (for added moisture)
  • Buttermilk (for a tangy flavor)
  • Cream cheese (for a richer flavor)

Overall, both brownies and chocolate cake have similar basic ingredients, but chocolate cake has a few more ingredients that make it a bit more complicated to bake.

Brownies vs Cake

Brownies are a type of dessert that is typically denser, richer, and fudgier than cake. They are made with melted chocolate or cocoa powder, sugar, eggs, flour, and usually butter or oil. Brownies are typically baked in a square or rectangular pan and cut into individual portions. They often have a crackly, shiny top and a moist, chewy interior.

On the other hand, cakes are usually lighter and fluffier than brownies. They are typically made with flour, sugar, eggs, and some sort of leavening agent (like baking powder or baking soda). Cakes can be made in a variety of flavors (such as chocolate, vanilla, or lemon) and can be frosted or decorated in many different ways.

While there are certainly similarities between brownies and cake (such as the fact that they are both baked desserts), they are definitely distinct in terms of texture, flavor, and overall experience. Brownies tend to be more rich and indulgent, while cake is usually lighter and more versatile.

Equipment needed to make Brownies 

Some equipment needed to make brownies include:

  1. Mixing bowls
  2. Whisk or electric mixer
  3. Measuring cups and spoons
  4. Baking dish or pan
  5. Parchment paper or cooking spray
  6. Spatula or wooden spoon
  7. Wire rack for cooling
  8. Oven mitts or kitchen towels
  9. Optional: double boiler or microwave-safe bowl for melting chocolate
  10. Optional: hand-held or stand mixer for beating eggs and sugar

Here’s a recipe for classic brownies that are rich, fudgy, and delicious:

This classic brownie is rich, decadent, and fudgy – just like a traditional brownie should be. For an equally delicious vegan brownie recipe you can grab my tasty plant based decadent brownies recipe here.

The best chocolate brownie cake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to make the best easy piece of cake Brownies Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Once melted, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the sugar, mixing well.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  5. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder into the mixture.
  6. Mix well, then add the vanilla extract.
  7. Pour the mixture into a 9×13 inch (23×33 cm) greased baking dish.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Let the brownies cool in the pan for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Enjoy your delicious classic brownies.

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Delicious Homemade Brownies recipe

A fudgy, rich, and ultra delicious classic brownie recipe. This chocolate lover's dream is a favorite desserts recipe for a reason. A dense delicious piece of brownie is ideal for special occasions. Here are the basic ingredients you will need to make a classic batch of moist brownies
Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownies, cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 1 brownie
Calories 350kcal
Author Simone -Munchyesta.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Butter
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 4 large Eggs
  • cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

How to make the best easy piece of cake Brownies Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
    Once melted, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the sugar, mixing well.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder into the mixture.
    Mix well, then add the vanilla extract.
  • Pour the mixture into a 9×13 inch (23×33 cm) greased baking dish.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    Let the brownies cool in the pan for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
    Enjoy your delicious classic brownies.

Notes

Brownie add ins:
Of course, you can always add in other ingredients to make your sweet baked dessert brownies more interesting. Some popular add-ins include:
  • Chocolate chips
  • Nuts (such as walnuts or pecans)
  • Caramel or butterscotch chips
  • Marshmallows
  • Peanut butter
 
Note: This brownie recipe is freezer friendly

Here’s a recipe for a delicious vegan chocolate cake with layers:

Decadent, rich, and so delicious! This vegan chocolate cake can be made with to without layers and toppings.

Fluffy chocolate cake Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Vegan chocolate layer cake frosting ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups vegan butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk

Vegan chocolate layer cake Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease two 9-inch round cake pans with cooking spray and set aside.
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond milk, coffee, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and applesauce
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans.
  5. Bake the cakes for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool in the pans for 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

For the frosting:

  1. In a large bowl, beat the vegan butter until smooth.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract to the bowl and beat until well combined.
  3. Add 2-4 tablespoons of almond milk, one tablespoon at a time, until the frosting reaches your desired consistency.

To assemble the cake:

  1. Place one cake layer onto a cake stand or plate.
  2. Spread a layer of frosting evenly over the top of the cake layer.
  3. Place the second cake layer on top of the frosting.
  4. Spread another layer of frosting over the top of the second cake layer.
  5. Continue layering cake and frosting until all the layers are used up.
  6. Finish by frosting the sides of the cake.
  7. Decorate with vegan chocolate chips, fresh berries, or any other toppings of your Choice.
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Delicious vegan chocolate cake with layers

Decadent, rich, and so delicious! This vegan chocolate cake can be made with to without layers and toppings.
Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine American, German
Keyword cake, dessert, vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 1 cake
Calories 355kcal
Author Simone – Munchyesta.com

Ingredients

Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk or cashew milk
  • 1 cup Brewed Coffee cooled
  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil neutral flavoured (avocado oil, coconut oil, or similar)
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cup Unsweetened Applesauce

For the frosting:

  • cup Vegan Butter softened
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • ½ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2-4 tbsp Unsweetened plain Plant Milk

Instructions

Vegan chocolate layer cake Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease two 9-inch round cake pans with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond milk, coffee, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and applesauce.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans.
  • Bake the cakes for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool in the pans for 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

For the frosting:

  • In a large bowl, beat the vegan butter until smooth.
  • Add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract to the bowl and beat until well combined.
  • Add 2-4 tablespoons of almond milk, one tablespoon at a time, until the frosting reaches your desired consistency.

To assemble the cake:

  • Place one cake layer onto a cake stand or plate.
  • Spread a layer of frosting evenly over the top of the cake layer.
  • Place the second cake layer on top of the frosting.
    Spread another layer of frosting over the top of the second cake layer.
  • Continue layering cake and frosting until all the layers are used up.
    Finish by frosting the sides of the cake.
    Decorate with vegan chocolate chips, fresh berries, or any other toppings of your Choice.

Notes

You can also substitute the chocolate frosting with vegan whipped cream.
Vegan whipped cream recipe
Here is a simple vegan whipped cream recipe:
Ingredients:
  • 1 can of full-fat coconut milk, chilled overnight
  • 1-2 tablespoons of powdered sugar or other sweetener of your choice (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
Instructions:
  1. Chill a can of full-fat coconut milk in the fridge overnight. This will help the cream separate from the liquid.
  2. Once chilled, carefully open the can. You should see a thick layer of coconut cream on top.
  3. Using a spoon, scoop out the coconut cream into a mixing bowl. Leave the liquid behind.
  4. Using an electric mixer, beat the coconut cream on high speed for 1-2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  5. Add in your sweetener and vanilla extract (if using), and continue to beat until well combined and the cream forms stiff peaks.
  6. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Note: Be sure to use full-fat coconut milk, as lower-fat versions will not yield the same results. Also, this whipped cream may not hold up as well at room temperature as traditional dairy-based whipped cream, so it’s best to keep it chilled before serving.

Vegan whipped cream recipe 

There’s nothing better than a layered chocolate cake with a creamy whipped cream frosting and fresh berries on top! The great news is that it’s easy to make a vegan whipped cream that’s just as creamy and delicious as regular whipped cream…and it’s incredibly easy to make. It’s a good option for plant based whipped cream cake frosting. Yum!

Here is a simple vegan whipped cream recipe:

Vegan Whipped Cream Ingredients:

  • 1 can of full-fat coconut milk, chilled overnight
  • 1-2 tablespoons of powdered sugar or other sweetener of your choice (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)

How to make dairy free whipped cream Instructions:

  1. Chill a can of full-fat coconut milk in the fridge overnight. This will help the cream separate from the liquid.
  2. Once chilled, carefully open the can. You should see a thick layer of coconut cream on top.
  3. Using a spoon, scoop out the coconut cream into a mixing bowl. Leave the liquid behind.
  4. Using an electric mixer, beat the coconut cream on high speed for 1-2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  5. Add in your sweetener and vanilla extract (if using), and continue to beat until well combined and the cream forms stiff peaks.
  6. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Note: Be sure to use full-fat coconut milk, as lower-fat versions will not yield the same results. Also, this whipped cream may not hold up as well at room temperature as traditional dairy-based whipped cream, so it’s best to keep it chilled before serving.

What’s the difference between cake batter and brownie batter?

Cake batter and brownie batter are similar in many ways, but they do have some key differences. Cake batter is typically lighter and fluffier, with more air incorporated into the mixture. It usually contains more sugar, butter, and eggs than brownie batter. Brownie batter, on the other hand, is denser and richer, with a higher ratio of flour and cocoa powder to sugar and eggs. It also often includes melted chocolate, which gives it its characteristic fudgy texture. While cake batter is designed to rise and create a light, fluffy cake, brownie batter is meant to stay dense and chewy.

The Toothpick Test – How to tell when a cake is done baking

The toothpick test is a simple and effective way to tell if your brownies are baked all the way through.

To do a toothpick test on brownies, follow these steps:

  • Preheat your oven according to the recipe instructions and prepare your brownie batter.
  • Grease your baking dish and pour in the batter.
  • Bake the brownies according to the recipe instructions.
  • After the recommended baking time, insert a toothpick into the center of the brownies.
  • If the toothpick comes out clean, with no wet batter or crumbs sticking to it, the brownies are done.
  • If the toothpick has batter or crumbs sticking to it, bake the brownies for a few more minutes and try the toothpick test again.
  • Repeat this process until the toothpick comes out clean.

It’s important to note that the toothpick test is not foolproof, and some recipes may require a longer or shorter baking time depending on your oven and the consistency of your batter. However, in most cases, the toothpick test is a reliable way to ensure that your brownies are baked to perfection.

Are you looking for more delicious vegan cake recipes? You might like some of these:

FAQs about Brownies 

What makes brownies fudgy vs. cakey?

The amount of fat and sugar in the recipe can impact the texture of brownies. More fat and sugar will result in fudgier brownies, while less will produce a cakier texture. Using more eggs, and baking the brownies for slightly less time can also result in a fudgier texture.

Can I make brownies without eggs?

Yes, there are many vegan brownie recipes that use egg substitutes such as applesauce, mashed bananas, or flaxseed meal.

Can I add nuts or other mix-ins to my brownies?

Absolutely! Chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or other mix-ins can be added to most brownie recipes to add texture and flavor. Just be careful not to add too many mix-ins, as they can affect the texture and structure of the brownies.

Can I make brownies without chocolate?

Yes, you can make brownies without chocolate by using cocoa powder instead. Some recipes also use melted butter, sugar, eggs, and flour without any chocolate at all.

Can I make brownies in a microwave?

Yes, you can make brownies in a microwave using a microwave-safe dish and adjusting the cooking time accordingly. However, the texture may be slightly different than oven-baked brownies.

How can I make my brownies more chocolatey?

To make your brownies more chocolatey, you can add more cocoa powder or use a higher percentage of chocolate in the recipe. You can also experiment with adding chocolate chips or other chocolate chunks to the batter.

FAQs about cake

Can I use oil instead of butter in cake?

Yes, oil can be used instead of butter in cake recipes. Oil can make the cake more moist and tender, but may affect the flavor and texture slightly.

How do I prevent a cake from sticking to the pan?

To prevent a cake from sticking to the pan, grease the pan with butter or cooking spray, and then dust it with flour. You can also line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.

How do I know when a cake is done baking?

You can test if a cake is done baking by inserting a toothpick or cake tester in the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. Another way to check is to gently press on the surface of the cake – if it springs back, the cake is done.

Can I make cake without eggs?

Yes, there are many vegan cake recipes that use egg substitutes such as applesauce, mashed bananas, or flaxseed meal

Can I make cake without baking powder?

Baking powder is often used in cake recipes to help the cake rise and become fluffy. However, there are some cake recipes that do not require baking powder, such as flourless chocolate cake or angel food cake.

Chocolate cake Storage and recipe troubleshooting

How do I store leftover cake?

Leftover cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to a week. It can also be frozen for longer storage – wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 3 months.

How do I make a cake more moist?

To make a cake more moist, you can add ingredients such as sour cream, yogurt, or pudding mix to the batter. You can also try brushing a simple syrup or soaking the cake in a flavored liquid before frosting.

Can I make cake ahead of time?

Yes, you can make cake ahead of time and store it in the fridge or freezer until you need it. It’s best to wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap or foil to prevent it from drying out. You can also freeze unfrosted cake layers and frost them later when you’re ready to serve.

How do I store leftover brownies?

Brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to a week. They can also be frozen for longer storage – wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 3 months.

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