Fudgy Ganache Brownie Cake. Rich fudgy brownie slathered in creamy ganache and topped with fresh berries.
If ever there was a week for some Fudgy Ganache Brownie Cake last week was it! True I would look for any excuse to eat this so I’m probably over dramatizing things here. As many of you know from a few blog posts back I am working on designing a new life so to speak. One that revolves around having more freedom for family, etc.
In attempt to put my life on that new track I decided to structure all my daily activities out by the minute and hour, I read somewhere this works really well so it must work for me right? I found out quickly that this does not work for me and it’s unrealistic for me. In fact it was actually making my quest for “freedom” feel more like prison, lol. So this Fudgy Ganache Brownie Cake was much needed because I still eat my emotions ;-).
As this was all happening I noticed on my bookshelf “The One Thing” by Gary Keller. I started it over the summer and then stopped after Chapter 8, no reason just kinda forgot about it. Out of the corner of my eye the book almost seemed to glow as if to say, “read me”. Then that evening.. “read me”. By night I was tired and a bit calmer so I thought what the hell. I picked up the book and began to read. Chapter 9 part 2 had be chuckling. The author was explaining how he had bought into and attempted to practice all the things he read that make someone successful, getting up early/staying up late, dressing the part, talking/walking the part, being entirely too strict. He finally concludes that he let go, focused on the tasks that would move him closer to his goal and all started to fall into place. Though it may seem coo coo that I felt the book talk to me, lol, it was the perfect chapter at the perfect time so I’m not going to question it (or my sanity).
So Here Is What I did:
- Had a slice of this Fudgy Ganache Brownie Cake because we all need fuel am I right?
- Scrapped the schedule.
- Made a list of all the things I wanted to accomplish that day.
- Circled the number “One” thing I needed to accomplish that day to take me closer to my goal(s).
- Went down the list as far as I could for that particular day starting with the “One” thing that was most important and then moving to the next and so on.
- Anything of great importance I didn’t get to made it to the next days list.
What happened as a result of this restructure and letting go? I got more done, I got the important thing(s) done and I actually enjoyed the process and was relaxed. Which in turn gave me more freedom 😉 .
So if you need a cake that will see you through the changes of life (or a crazy talking book) this Fudgy Ganache Brownie Cake will see you through. And if you need a bit of good advice that feels like you’re talking to a mentor then check out “The One Thing”.
Now I’m pretty sure I hear this cake calling… “eat me”. Gotta run.
(Please note: “The One Thing” link is an Amazon affiliate link which means if you were to purchase this book I would get a small commission at no cost to you. )
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Fudgy Ganache Brownie Cake
- BROWNIE CAKE:
- 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
- 1/3 light brown sugar
- 3/4 cup melted butter
- 2 Tbsp milk
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tsp vanilla paste or extract
- 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chopped or chips place in small mixing bowl.
- Fresh berries
- cocoa powder
- BROWNIE CAKE:
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F
- Line 9 inch cake pan with parchment paper, leave some overhang if you plan to pull the cake out of the pan for serving.
- In large bowl combine and stir the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder.
- In mixing bowl add sugars, butter, vanilla paste, milk and mix.
- Add the eggs and mix well to combine.
- Slowly add in the flour mixture.
- Mix until well combined.
- Pour batter into pan and spread with off-set spatula or regular spatula.
- Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out a little sticky.
- Cool completely.
- Heat heavy cream to simmer.
- Pour over chocolate, let sit for 1 minute.
- With spatula slowly stir mixture in small circular motions to make sure that the mixture is completely combined. This will take quite a few stirs as the chocolate is still melting, just keep stirring.
- Let cool but not set completely.
- Slather the ganache over the brownie and spread evenly with offset spatula.
- Gently arrange the berries on top and sprinkle with cocoa powder.
- Let set.
- Cut into wedges. This can be done in the pan or pull the brownie out by the parchment paper and slice that way.
- Store is cool, dry place.
2. The luscious texture comes from under baking the brownie slightly. So check it at 20 minutes. The center should ideally be sticky when checked with a toothpick.
3. This is extremely rich and can be served in smaller slices.
4. If storing in chilled area pull out 2 hours prior to serving so its at room temp for the best texture.
Heaven ! Chocolate Heaven !
The perfect description!! Take care.
Fudgy ganache brownie is looking awesome. And your food photography is too good.
Hi Silpa! Thank you so much I appreciate it. Take care.
Lindsay | With Salt and Pepper says
This looks so decadent and delicious!!!! YUM!!!!!
Hi Lindsay! Thank you so much 🙂 .
Katherine | Love In My Oven says
If eating your emotions means getting to eat a big slice of this, then that’s A-OK! I’m glad you figured out some important life skills, while still managing to wow us with this cake!! It’s kind of a dream come true, this cake. Yum!
Hi Katherine! My thoughts exactly :-). Thank you so much! Take care.
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says
I would never be able to stick to a strict minute by minute schedule! It would take me all day to just make the schedule!!! I haven’t read the One Thing, but have heard a lot about it. Makes sense! And this chocolate cake makes total sense too! Anything delicious and chocolate is always at the top of my list! 🙂
Hi Kathy! Yeah, it was a little too intense for me and you are right, it took me forever to make that darn schedule to 🙂 . So glad you like the cake and agreed, it should be at the top of the list. Take care.
Leanne | Crumb Top Baking says
Love this post Stacey! The fudgy cake is divine, but I can particularly relate to your quest to get things done! I also read The One Thing, and I try to structure my to-do list in that way. It is super helpful. Although I still beat myself up for not getting things done that are on the list, instead of congratulating myself for getting the other things done. What can I say, I’m a work in progress!!
Hi Leanne, thank you! I’m glad you read the book so you know where I’m coming from 😉 . Yeah, I beat myself up to, there is just not enough time in a day. Nothing wrong with being a work in progress! Take care.
So true! I have a love/hate relationship with the internet because now we have all the advise we could possibly need and some that we don’t need. I always feel like I should be doing more especially as a blogger. I love what you say and totally agree. Lets throw out the schedule and eat cake! And yours is a good place to start. Wow I love that photo with the dusting of cocoa in action!
Hi Marcellina! lol, yes! Let us eat cake! There just isn’t enough time to get it all done is there? And I agree, the internet has too much advice! In the mean time we must continue to eat good 🙂 . Take care.
This looks so delicious, I have however noticed a pattern with cakes that are extremely moist and fudgy. It is that they either have just as much sugar as flour or a little more sugar than flour. But if this cake is to be divided into sixteen pieces then maybe it won’t feel so guilty eating it.
Hi Vanessa! If you divided this in 16 slices you could totally justify eating this without feeling guilty 🙂 . Take care.