Chocolate Brownie Cake

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Chocolate Brownie Cake that is indulgent and rich, with layers of vanilla mascarpone buttercream, coconut walnut custard and chocolate ganache.

We are huge chocolate lovers, and when it comes to that, we try to make the best desserts. Among our other favorite once are Triple Chocolate German Chocolate Poke Cake, Chocolate Baileys Poke Cake, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes.

Chocolate Brownie Cake

Chocolate Brownie Cake

Chocolate Brownie Cake is what my chocolate dreams are made of. This cake is definitely one of my favorite desserts. First, this cake is super creamy, rich, and very delicious. It has a creamy and luxurious mascarpone cream and coconut walnut custard. Every single bite is an explosion of flavors and textures! This cake is the ULTIMATE dessert!

Aso, if you are a chocolate lover, then this is one of the best cakes you can have. It has the right balance, and the chocolate flavor is front and center here. You can make it in advance and store it in the fridge for a couple of days. In addition, it is great to make for any occasion, whether it is a birthday party, a holiday, or simply you want to enjoy a delicious treat with a cup of tea or coffee. 

Why you’ll love this Chocolate Brownie Cake

  • Firstly, the cake is rich, moist, and taste delicious.
  • Also, it is the perfect cake for chocolate lovers.
  • In addition, it’s festive and guaranteed to become a show stopper dessert.
  • Coconut and chocolate mix combines well in this cake.
  • It can be made 1 or 2 days in advance so you don’t have to worry about a last-minute dessert.

Chocolate Brownie Cake

Chocolate Brownie Cake Recipe Tips:

  • Firstly, use high-quality chocolate and very high-quality cocoa powder. Because the chocolate flavor is central here, this is how your dessert will taste.
  • Don’t skip the salt – while you may skip it in other recipes, you definitely want to add it here. It’s because the salt will enhance the chocolate flavor.
  • Also, ingredients should be at room temperature. For that perfectly soft and moist crumb, make sure your all ingredients are at room temperature.
  • You can control the sweetness level by using semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate in this recipe. However, make sure you use unsweetened cocoa powder. For the ultimate chocolate flavor, this is important.
  • In addition, make sure you don’t over bake the layers. Since each oven is different, start checking at the 25 minutes mark. This is key to see how much more they need to be kept in the oven.
  • A shortcut you can take while making this cake would be to buy the pre-made brownie mix packages. This will save you some time on the layers and it will be equally delicious. You will need 2 mixes.

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Chocolate Brownie Cake

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Chocolate Brownie Cake
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 14 servings
Prep time: 1 hour 50 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Total time: 2 hrs 15 mins

Ingredients

For the Brownie Layers:

  • 8  large eggs 
  • 3 cups  sugar 
  • 16 ounces  melted butter 
  • 1 1/2 cup  cocoa  (sifted)
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract 
  • 1 1/4 cup  flour  (sifted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  kosher salt 
  • 1 teaspoon  baking powder 

For the Coconut Filling:

  • 1 cup  walnuts  (measure then finely grind in the food processor)
  • 1 1/2 cup  unsweetened or sweetened coconut flakes 
  • 1 cup  heavy cream 
  • 1 cup  sugar 
  • 3  eggs yolk 
  • 5 tablespoons  unsalted butter  (room temperature)

For the Vanilla Buttercream:

  • 3 sticks  butter  (softened)
  • 8 oz  mascarpone cheese  (chilled)
  • 2 1/2 cups  powdered sugar 
  • 1  vanilla bean 
  • pinch  salt 

For the Chocolate Ganache:

  • 8 ounces  semisweet chocolate  (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons  light corn syrup 
  • 1 cup  heavy cream 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray with baking spray or grease with butter the bottom of 3 8inch round pans, place parchment paper on the bottom and spray with baking spray again.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together melted butter and sugar until smooth. Add vanilla extract and each egg one at a time on low speed and whisk until well combined.
  4. Using a large rubber spatula, or with the mixer on low speed, gently stir in flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  5. Spread batter equally into the pans and bake for 25-30 minutes until set.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool completely into the pans before assembling the cake.
  7. Run a knife thru the sides of the pans to release the brownie layers. Carefully, cover one pan with a cake lifter, and flip the brownie layer onto the cake lifter. Place on the counter and repeat with the remaining brownie payers.

For the Coconut Filling:

  1. Place butter, walnuts and coconut in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, on low/medium heat, stir together the heavy cream, sugar and egg yolks until the mixture begins to thicken and coats the back of a spoon (180 degrees F.). Pour the hot custard immediately onto the walnut-coconut mixture and stir until the butter is melted. Cool completely to room temperature before topping the brownie layers.

For the Vanilla Mascarpone Buttercream:

  1. Place softened butter and mascarpone into the bowl of an electric stand mixer that has been fitted with the wire attachment. Turn the mixer on a medium setting and cream until smooth and combined, 2 - 3 minutes.
  2. Add sugar, ½ a cup at a time. Add vanilla bean seeds and a pinch of salt and whisk until well-incorporated.
  3. If the frosting is too thick add heavy cream one tablespoon at a time until it has reached the desired consistency.

For the Chocolate Ganache:

  1. Place the chocolate and corn syrup in a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until it just begins to boil. Remove from heat and pour over the chocolate. Let stand one minute, then stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.

Assemble the Cake:

  1. Using a cake lifter, place first cake layer on a cake plate.
  2. Top with a half of the coconut walnut filling, spread it evenly. Top the coconut mixture with 1/3 of the frosting, also spread evenly. Repeat the process with the second brownie cake layer. Third (top) layer, is covered in frosting only, no coconut mixture.
  3. Pour the chocolate ganache on top of the cake, distribute evenly and also ice the sides of the cake while the ganache is dripping down.
  4. Decorate with frosting if you have any remaining and chocolate sprinkles.
  5. Chill the cake for at least 2 hours before serving.
Calories: 515 Carbohydrates: 54 Protein: 5 Fat: 36 Saturated Fat: 19 Cholesterol: 101 Sodium: 389 Potassium: 185 Fiber: 5 Sugar: 39 Vitamin A: 1785 Vitamin C: 0.2 Calcium: 106 Iron: 2.4
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Carola

It's exquisite, one of your best, so far!

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Glad you liked it.

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Sam @ SugarSpunRun

This cake is unbelievably gorgeous! And I love the styling! Absolutely stunning! :)

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Thank you Sam!

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GiGi Eats

I know tons of people who could totally self-medicate with a huge slab of this scrumptiousness! LOL!

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Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

This looks insanely good! I need this cake in my life. I would have to cut myself off because I'm pretty sure I would try and eat the entire cake. :)

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Erin, you are safe around this cake, it is so rich that a slice is enough to satisfy your cravings :)

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Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness

This cake is so pretty! I can never make a layered cake look that good

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Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

I love the way you think! Monday's totally call for cake (preferably at breakfast) and a cocktail at 5 (or 4)! And I TOTALLY agree... I'd rather have this stellar, delicious cake up in my face and in my belly than something sub par with patriotic colors! This cake looks crazy scrumptious! I would not want to share either!! Cheers!! ♡

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Thank you Cheyanne, great minds think alike :) and cake for breakfast is what I love the most!

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Thao @ In Good Flavor

This cake looks amazing! Love coconut, chocolate, and mascarpone! This cake is absolutely worth putting on stretchy pants!

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Hi Thao, two thumbs up for stretchy pants, you are right, this cake is totally worth it!

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Danielle

This looks sooooo amazing! I will have to try it!Very pretty set up as well!!Danielle

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Thank you Danielle, let me know if you get a chance to try it.

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Cara's Healthy Cravings

This cake looks unreal!! Beautiful styling as well.

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Thanks Cara!

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mira

Beautiful cake! Pinning!

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many thanks Mira!

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June @ How to Philosophize with Cake

What a gorgeous cake! Looks so over-the-top chocolaty, love it :)

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Hi June, yes it is over the top chocolaty but oh so gooood!

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peasandpeonies

Many thanks, following back!

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Kelly

Hi! This brownie cake sounds amazing, but I am allergic to walnuts and my husband hates coconut. Do you have any suggestions on a substitute filling?

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Hi Kelly, you can completely skip the coconut custard if you want, the cake will still be delicious. Or what you can do is replace the walnuts with some nuts that you like, make sure you grind them well, pecans would be great, almonds will work, even pistachios! If you want to make the custard layer and skip the coconut just replace it with the same amount of desired nuts, no make sure you preserve the consistency. Let me know if u have other questions!

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Byron Thomas

You're killing me with this! My scale says I'm up two pounds today, but I wouldn't care if you set this entire cake in front of me right now. :)

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oh Byron, how I wish to bake this cake for your and your daughter, you would both love it!

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Ciao Florentina

This cake right here is a chocolate addict's dream, yours truly drooling over here !

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haha thanks Florentina!

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Ciao Florentina

This is Evil, I should not be looking at this in the middle of the night . I'll just drool over that glaze for now..

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haha thank Florentina!

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peasandpeonies

Hi Claudia, I am glad you gave the cake a go, we definitely love it on our family. Yes, this is a SWEET cake :) I mean, its made of brownie, coconut custard and chocolate ganache :) but if you liked the flavors, you can just adjust it next time to ur sweetness level :) thank you for the feedback!

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Airini

Hi, you talk about baking soda in the the instructions but there's no listing of it or the quantity in the ingredients list. Maybe I'm blind but I honestly can't find it. I really would love to try this cake!

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hi Airini, I am sorry, I was editing the recipe and by mistake deleted that part, its 1 teaspoon of baking powder not soda. Let me know how you like it!

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gianny

I made it for my sister's birthday and it was delicious!!.just perfect

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Hi Gianny! I am so happy that she liked, thank you very much for coming back to tell me :) this is one of my favorite cakes :)

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Angie

Will be making this for someone Friday....does it need to be refrigerated at all times ???

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Should stay refrigerated until ready to serve.

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