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One Bowl Texas Chocolate Cake with Brownie Batter Frosting

May 15, 2017 | 11 comments

The sugar supply went down by 1/2 lb last week and all the chocolate we had in the house is now all gone.

The result? This gorgeously moist cake. I think a cake like this is the only dessert my family can’t get enough of – soft, squishy, chocolate-y, and not too sweet. Ideally for my brother, it wouldn’t have any frosting, be vanilla (he’s the black sheep of the family – get it? get it? hahhahahaaaaa no? ok…), and have a TON of sprinkles on it. He seemed pretty ok with this too though because the frosting tasted like brownie batter and WHO DOESN’T LIKE BROWNIE BATTER?!

Pro tip: If you add baking soda to anything, it will taste like batter.

Mashed bananas + baking soda = banana cake batter

Vanilla frosting + baking soda = cake batter

Chocolate frosting + baking soda = brownie batter

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Obviously, the last one is the best (don’t try to argue this with me). Although I am well aware that it’s spring and spring screams for pastels and lemon zest, I’m still yearning for the caffeine and dark flavors of chocolate and brownies. I swear there will be some springiness coming soon though but I guess it’ll be summer then (?).

Ok anyways back to this cake. It’s basically like somebody put everything that is good in the world into a bowl, mixed it, poured it into a pan, and baked it for 30 minutes. Soft, squishy, intensely chocolate-y, I don’t think anyone could wish for anything else. Also IT HAS SPRINKLES.


One Bowl Texas Chocolate Cake with Brownie Batter Frosting


For the Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup milk warmed
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda

For the Brownie Batter Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted chocolate
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of baking soda
  • sprinkles! optional


To make the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line an 8in square pan with parchment.
  2. Whisk the butter and brown sugar together well. Add the eggs, cocoa powder, and vanilla, stirring thoroughly after each addition. Add the milk, flour, and baking soda all at once. There will be a few lumps.
  3. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Let cool for at least 30 min in the refrigerator before decorating.

To make the frosting

  1. Beat the butter until light, about 2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and beat for about 5 minutes. Add the melted chocolate and beat until homogeneous. Little by little, add in the milk until it's the desired consistency. You want enough that the milk "melts" the powdered sugar so the frosting isn't floury, but not too much that you end up with soup.
  2. Throw in the salt and baking soda and beat for another 5 minutes.
  3. Roughly swirl the frosting over the cooled cake and sprinkle on a generous amount of sprinkles.


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  1. Christine Criss on

    May 16, 2017 at 7:05 am says

    Looks gorgeous Anne! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Anne on

      June 10, 2017 at 10:54 pm says

      Thank you Christine!

  2. Hira on

    May 22, 2017 at 11:00 am says

    I’m done. This is amazing. I can’t even express how much I love this cake. With the school year winding down… this is at the top of the list of things I have to make. Thanks, Anne! ?

    • Anne on

      June 10, 2017 at 10:55 pm says

      Yessss definitely put it on your to do list!

  3. Allison on

    May 25, 2017 at 8:31 pm says

    Yummmmm…. and can I just say, “YOUR FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY IS AMAZING!” I can take pretty pictures of nature or whatever, but when it comes to taking pictures of crafts or food, I’m like, “Eh, I’ll just put them here on the table.” XD In my defense, though, good backdrops are a little scarce around here. I shall have to work on that. XD
    Also thanks for commenting on my blog! It’s fun to find another blogger my age who likes to make things. 🙂

    • Anne on

      June 10, 2017 at 10:57 pm says

      Oh hahaha that’s what I used to do too but my cake looked more like a dirt mound so I decided to try a little harder 😛 Backdrops are so easy though! I just glued 5 planks of wood together and that was the result!

    • Anne on

      June 10, 2017 at 10:57 pm says

      Thanks Sophie!

  4. Tiffany on

    June 10, 2017 at 9:04 am says

    I keep fawning over your Instagram, but now that I’ve found your gorgeous blog I might just start being addicted to this. Yours pictures are seriously amazing (maybe a future photography tips post soon? 😉 ) and the food. Omg. I want to eat everything.

    • Anne on

      June 10, 2017 at 10:54 pm says

      Omg thank you so much Tiffany! Thank you so much for the kind words -you literately just made my day! Please free to eat everything 😉
      Hahhaa I’ve been asked so many times, I just might!


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