If you’re a brownie person, you’re going to love this cake. If you’re a cake person, you’re still going to love it. (But really…why can’t you just be both? There’s no need for discrimination when it comes to dessert.) It combines the best of both of them – a rich, chocolatey flavor with a moist crumb… and did we mention there’s a fudge swirl involved? Yeah. We don’t mess around.
While this cake might be delightfully good (okay, great), it’s also delightfully easy. And when you’ve really got a serious chocolate craving, that’s a nice attribute for a cake to have. The chocolate flavor comes from melted dark chocolate, not cocoa powder, which we think gives it a deeper chocolate profile. You definitely want to use dark chocolate here; any of the sweeter varieties end up making the cake a little too sweet.
The cake is moist but still light, and that consistency comes from whipped egg whites that are folded into the batter. The swirl of chocolate fudge baked into the top adds another nuance of chocolate flavor without adding any extra work. A little jar of storebought fudge sauce works totally fine here, no reason to make your own. You can find it with the other ice cream toppings in your grocery store. A little bit of work, a lot of chocolate flavor… sounds like our favorite kind of cake!
Brownie Swirl Cake
Serves 6-8; 1 hour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 8 oz dark chocolate, chopped
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup chocolate fudge sauce
- 3 eggs, separated
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F and grease an 8-inch round cake or springform pan and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Combine chocolate, butter, and sugar in a saucepan and heat on medium-low until melted, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and pour chocolate mixture into a large bowl. Let cool for 5 minutes, then whisk in egg yolks and vanilla followed by the flour and salt.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form, and then gently fold them into the chocolate mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Drop spoonfuls of chocolate fudge on top of the batter and use a butter knife to gently swirl into the batter.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35-40 minutes. Enjoy!
Adapted from Good Food.