Nanny's Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake is a keeper recipe! Easy to make and perfect for chocolate lovers. This is also freezer-friendly if you wanted to make it into portions or make it ahead for a party!
Nanny's Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake! Oh boy!
This is one of Nanny Pat's treasured 'keeper' recipes and here's what Nanny has to say about her recipe;
"This cake will take care of anyone's chocolate craving. The cake is dense but not heavy, and not overly sweet. I have marked it "Keeper".
These photos are ones I made for a Birthday special cake (my favorite Birthday Cake.....would make it in a tube pan, and frost with homemade white Buttercream Frosting). But birthday or not, it is perfect as is....XOXO Nanny."
Nanny's Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake is certainly very popular, with over 1 million shares across social media, you can rest assured, this cake will be a hit when you serve it up.
It's perfect for parties, potlucks, Christmas and Thanksgiving time, Easter.. in fact, any time!
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We have had a few comments from our readers who have said some of the batter spilled over in the oven. Please please make sure you DO NOT NO NO NO use the ingredients listed on the box mixes, just the ingredients listed below.
Then you should be absolutely fine with no chocolate fudge volcanic eruptions happening in your oven!
Some of our readers have made this just on its own, some have added the frosting and others have made up their own frosting recipe. Whichever way you decide to make this, please enjoy!
And if you're baking for just one or two people, why not cut the cake into slices and wrap individually and freeze. At least you'll have a nice little supply of nanny's cake to hand when you get that craving!
In the photo below, Nanny's sliced some of her chocolate fudge brownie cake and put in boxes to take for friends. Of course, they all loved it!
Last week I made nanny's chocolate fudge brownie cake but added an Easter touch to it. I was going to a school reunion and since it's coming up to Easter I thought what better than to bring a cake along for my old school friends to enjoy!
The photo below just gives you an idea of how you can decorate it for any occasion, Easter included!
Note: you do need to make sure the little chocolate eggs have set into the frosting before transferring to a plate/container otherwise they will roll off if the frosting is still wet!
Here's Nanny's chocolate fudge cake made by one of our readers, made this for her son's 14th birthday, like a UFO Spaceship. It looks great!
1 box chocolate cake mix (I used Betty Crocker's Choc. Fudge 15.25 oz.)
1 box fudge brownie mix (I used Duncan Hines Decadent Brownies 17.6 oz.)
1 ¼ cups water
1 cup oil
1 can Pillsbury chocolate fudge cake icing
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and lightly flour a 10-inch bundt pan ( I use Baker's Joy spray).
Do NOT use the ingredients on the brownie mix and cake mix, just what is listed above.
2. In a bowl add the cake mix, brownie mix, oil eggs, and water.
Pour into bundt pan and bake 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
***NOTE: Pour enough cake batter to fill the pan ⅔rds the way up. If you have any batter left over, just pop it in some cupcake liners!
The photo below is when I baked Nanny's chocolate fudge brownie cake, I didn't use a toothpick but a cake skewer. So cute!
3. Let cake cool completely after waiting 10 min. out of the oven onto a cooling rack and then transfer to a serving plate.
4. In a small bowl, add ½ tub of ready to use cake icing, and melt in the microwave 30-45 seconds until it is able to be drizzled over cake.
Below is a photo of a slice of Nanny's cake when I baked it. It is very rich so you only need a thin slice!
We'd love to hear from you and what you thought of our post. Did you make any changes or add some other goodies? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!
Here are a couple more lovely classic Birthday Cake recipes we can recommend, and so popular too!
Birthday Cake by Liv For Cake
and Best Yellow Birthday Cake Recipe with a Mocha Frosting by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch. Be sure to check those 2 out!
Have you tried Nanny's Best Chocolate Brownie Muffins yet? They're really good!
Nanny’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake
Nanny's Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake is a keeper recipe! Easy to make and perfect for chocolate lover's.This is also freezer friendly if you wanted to make into portions or make ahead for a party!
- 1 box chocolate cake mix, I used Betty Crocker's Choc. Fudge 15.25 .
- 1 box fudge brownie mix, I used Duncan Hines Decadent Brownies 17.6 .
- 4 eggs
- 1 ¼ cups water
- 1 cup oil
- 1 can Pillsbury chocolate fudge cake icing
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and lightly flour a 10 inch bundt pan ( I use Baker's Joy spray).
- ***NOTE: Do NOT use the ingredients on the brownie mix and cake mix, just what is listed above.
- In a bowl add the cake mix, brownie mix, oil eggs, and water. Pour into bundt pan and bake 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. ***NOTE: Pour enough cake batter to fill the pan ⅔rds the way up. If you have any batter left over, just pop it in some cupcake liners!
- Let cake cool completely after waiting 10 min. out of the oven onto a cooling rack and then transfer to serving plate.
- In a small bowl, add ½ tub of ready to use cake icing, and melt in the microwave 30-45 seconds until it is able to be drizzled over cake.
***NOTE: Pour enough cake batter to fill the pan ⅔rds the way up. If you have any batter left over, just pop it in some cupcake liners!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 437Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 165mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 5g
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My fiance’s birthday is just around the corner. He isn’t a huge cake person but loves fudgy brownies. Does this cake have a heavier feel because of the brownie mix, or does it feel like a normal cake would? Thanks in advance for answering my crazy question!
Hi Rebekah! First of all Happy Birthday in advance to your fiance!
This cake isn’t as dense as brownies, but we have a couple of great recipes which may be more what you’re looking for. This is our most popular brownie recipe (it really is very good!) https://lovefoodies.com/oh-so-good-brownies.html
and if you wanted to make a fudgy dense type cake, I would suggest this one, https://lovefoodies.com/chocolate-caramel-fudge-sheet-cake.html . It is a sheet cake, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t make a round one if you fancied. It is very sweet because of ingredients you add after baking, but if you’re looking for fudgy brownie goodness, this will do the trick!
Hope that helps and Happy New Year to you!
It tasted just like a brownie
I’m looking forward to trying thus for Christmas, but I’m not a fan of canned icing. Have you ever tried with cocoa buttercream or another homemade icing? Or is the consistency better with the canned one? Thank you!
Hi Tami, the canned icing is just for simplicity and ease. As you know, it is super convenient and easy to use, because you just pour it over the cake with out any fuss. However, you can use any frosting you like on this cake, for best results, if you wanted to do a homemade one, I would suggest a ganache type icing of a thick pouring consistency so it flows over the cake nicely. If you don’t have a ganache recipe, you can use one of our Lovefoodies ones here, simply follow the ingredients and instructions just for the ganache ONLY and that will be perfect! https://lovefoodies.com/celebration-banana-cake.html
Hope that helps Tami and wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!
Do you use a mixer to mix it or a spoon. It’s not real clear
Hi Cindy, you can use whatever suits you. So long as the ingredients are all combined. Hope that helps!
How would you recommend freezing this??
Hi Ashlee, for freezing, we would recommend covering in some foil or plastic wrap then placing in an airtight bag, such as a zip lock. Hope that helps!
Ok thanks! So freeze it already frosted? Whole or cut in slices ready to eat?
Hi Ashlee, I would freeze it whole. I think if you cut in slices it might dry out a bit when it gets defrosted. I can’t be sure, but that is what I would worry about!
You can frost it first, or if it were me, I’d just freeze the cake then frost just before serving (just incase the frosting cracks in the freezer). The frosting only takes minutes to do, so for me, I would do that just before serving for a nice shiny look!
Hope that helps!
COULD I MAKE CUPCAKES WITH THIS RECIPE?
Hi Laurie! I don’t see why not! We haven’t had any feedback on anyone making cupcakes, but I am certain it would work fine. I suggest you check the cook time after around 12 – 15 minutes or so for done-ness.
Please let us know the exact bake time so we can have your feedback to help others in the future too.
Have a Merry Christmas and happy baking!
My daughter signed me up to bring the dessert to her Girl Scout Christmas party tonight. I asked her what she wanted to bring and said, “Nanny’s cake!!” Not being a baker it was a relief because this cake is sooo easy and sooo good. I had a Nanny too and she loved a good cake, she would have loved this one.
Hi Trisha, That’s wonderful to hear! I’m glad you chose Nanny’s cake for such a special occasion and it is indeed very easy to do.
Thanks so much for writing in and letting us know.
Want to try this cake but do have a question what size bundt pan. Did not see the size so just wanted to make sure I use the right size
Hi Giselle, Thanks for writing in. The bundt pan is a regular 8 – 9 inch pan. Hope that helps! (I will go add that to the recipe just in case!)
Thank you so much greatly appreciated
You’re very welcome Giselle and happy baking! Wishing you a wonderful week ahead :)
I tried this over the holidays and it overflowed my bundt pan!
Oh no! Marie, what happened for the overflow? DO you think the pan was too small?
This looks so good and really easy to make but I was wondering if it could be made in a reg cake pan? I don’t have a bundt pan.
Hi Ginger! Glad you like the recipe. We haven’t tried in a regular cake pan, however, there is no reason why it wouldn’t work. All you need to do is be mindful the cook time will be a little longer and Bundt pans have a faster bake time. I suggest to go over the cook time in the recipe by 10 – 15 minutes, (check for done ness after 10 minutes extra) and you should be fine. Please do let us know the exact time for you so we can add your suggestion in the recipe for others if they want to do the same!
Thanks very much for writing in and have a lovely week ahead!
I can just imagine how yummy this cake is with brownie mix!!!
This cake was so delicious! Thank you to you for posting and to your Nanny for coming up with the recipe!
Hi Renee, So happy you enjoyed Nanny’s cake. She will be super pleased to hear it was a hit!
Thanks for letting us know
Would love to make this in my mini Bundtcake pans. How long would you suggest I bake email@example.com
Hi Nancy, Nanny says she hasn’t tried her recipe using the mini pans but suggests you check for done ness after about 25 minutes, use a skewer and see if the centers come out clean. Of course it also depends on the size of your mini pans too, so keep an eye on them whilst baking and do a quick check!
Hope this helps!
Turned out perfect!
Wooohooo! Fabulous Kristina! Glad you like it :) and happy weekend to you and your family and friends!
Sounds way to good
Glad you like it Janet!
I would love to have this recipe in a print format so I can be sure not to lose it. Currently it will take 5 pages and lots of pictures. Can you make a print format please?
It is very easy to do, if you scroll to the end of the recipe, (after the last photo) you will see the recipe in print format with a print button at the top of the recipe card. Simply click that and it will print exactly what you see in that recipe card.
Hope this helps!
It is such a short recipe too that writing it down is pretty simple.
Indeed Sandra! Save the ink and paper and do it the ole fashioned way!
Hope you enjoy and happy weekend to you!
i been looking for a brownie cake recipe for a cake layer. Can I also use that instead of in a cake bundt ?
Hi Leonors, if you want a true brownie recipe to use , from scratch, I would recommend this one here. I have made it many times (as a cake layer) and so I know it works perfectly. This bundt cake one I haven’t tried as a cake layer so I wouldn’t like to say if it will work for what you need. This is the one I recommend. (Its very good!)
Denise M. /Zachery M.says:
My 18 year old son is the baker /cook in our house. He whips up more baked goods than me. He thought this was way too easy to make. Wanted to something more challenging. So Fudgy eaten warm! Moistest cake ever! WE all loved it.
Thee absolute BEST cake recipe. My family loves when I bake this cake. My son’s bestfriend isn’t a chocolate lover but he always wants a slice of this delectable creation. Again, thee best cake recipe ever!