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Sweet Melissa Sundays: Brooklynn Brownout Cake

This week’s recipe for SMS was chosen by my only faithful reader, Elyse, of Confectionary Creations. In a week filled with baking, I was tempted to skip this cake. I’m really glad I decided to go ahead and make it! Due to a few missing steps at the end of the recipe, it didn’t look too pretty (yeah, yeah, that’s the ticket: blame the author!), but it tasted GOOOOOOOOD. Imagine a chocolate cake stuffed with chocolate brownie pieces stuck together with chocolate ganache! It was very chocolatey, but surprisingly not so chocolatey that only a die-hard chocolate-lover would eat it. The actual cake was really easy and really delicious; I might make it my standard from-scratch devil’s food recipe. I chose not to make the brownies in the recipe, but only because, to my horror, I was out of unsweetened chocolate, cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, bittersweet chocolate…in short, just about anything you could make a brownie out of. I found a recipe online for double semisweet brownies that called for melted and nonmelted chocolate chips, which I did have, but it wasn’t anything to rave about. Anyway, back to the cake. My husband said it tasted like it came from a bakery, which I consider a very high compliment. I think I’ll dog-ear this one a make it again sometime. If you’d like to check out other SMS bakers and their cakes, click here.

And PS–I cut the recipe in half, baked 3 layers in 4.5″ pans, used 2 of them, and ate the other one right out of the pan! I really enjoyed it!

14 thoughts on “Sweet Melissa Sundays: Brooklynn Brownout Cake

  1. I’m so glad you decided to make the cake! Yours turned out fabulously, just fabulously! It’s a great cake, I think. It might be a go-to for me as well. Eee, and your hubby’s compliment “takes the cake”–what an honor to have him say it’s a “bakery” cake. Great job!

  2. The ganache just looks so shiny and perfect, it makes me upset that I didn’t get a chance to make it (my cake wasn’t as brown, oops!). I’m so glad that you liked this one. The people that I served it to just raved about it.

  3. Yum, this was a great cake recipe, wasn’t it? I was frustrated by the missing steps, but all’s well that ends well, and this cake ended up delicious.

  4. i agree – you’d think it would be CHOCOLATE-OVERLOAD, but even my boyfriend who claims he doesn’t like chocolate liked it (of course it was covered in vanilla ice cream, but he enjoyed it nonetheless) 🙂

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