Are you craving brownies but have nothing but a bundt pan to make it in?
You wonder: Can you make a bundt cake with a brownie mix?
You absolutely can!
This article will show you how to create a delicious chocolate bundt cake.
Before greasing up that bundt pan and ripping open the brownie mix, we’ll let you know the basics first.
A brownie mix is a pre-packaged dry mix for making brownies. It contains all the necessary ingredients for a cake mix including flour, sugar, and cocoa powder. Leaven is optional for most of the brands.
Though this is the perfect ingredient for a quick bake of a choco bundt cake (because you’re racing to eat it), there are important considerations that you should be aware of first:
Brownie mix has no or little leavening agent. Without a leavening, the batter won’t rise, making your cake dense and flat.
So, you’ll have to add a little baking powder. For one box of brownie mix, add 1 or 1 ½ teaspoons of leavening.
Brownies are fudgy and dense because of their high-fat content, whereas cakes are moist and light.
To make brownie mix into a cake mix, reduce the fat content. For example, if a brownie mix needs a half cup of oil, replace it with just ⅓ cup.
Brownies rise just a little because they don’t have enough ingredients to affect the raising.
Ingredients like eggs when added to sugar create the effect of aeration. So, you’ll need to add extra eggs to give your chocolate bundt cake a light and fluffy texture.
If a brownie mix needs 2 eggs, add 1 more egg. Aside from the perfect texture, it’ll make your cake hold itself together during baking as well as add moisture.
The difference between baking a brownie and a bundt cake is that we never allow brownies to bake completely. That’s because brownies continue to cook and set as they cool down.
While baking cakes, on the other hand, you have to insert a skewer in the center. If it comes out clean your cake is done.
Tip: If the brownie requires 25 minutes, bake yours for 30 minutes.
Here are some reasons why a bundt pan works perfectly for brownies as well:
- Creates a show-stopping dessert
- Ensures even cooking of the brownies
- Creates moist brownies with a delicious filling
Now that you know how to turn brownie mix into chocolate cake mix, you’re more than ready to bake your chocolate cake using a bundt pan.
- 1 box brownie mix
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup oil or melted butter (optional)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (to enhance flavor and aroma)
- Prepare the bundt pan by greasing it with butter and dusting some flour. Preheat the oven to 180°F or 350°C.
- Mix the brownie mix and baking powder. Make sure there are no lumps then set aside.
- With 3 eggs (cracked open) in a large bowl, mix or whisk for up to 1 minute or until it’s foamy.
- Add the vanilla and the oil (or melted butter). Continue mixing for 1 minute till it’s all blended.
- Put the brownie mix in the egg mixture. Using the cut-and-fold method with a spatula, mix until it reaches a smooth batter consistency (thick but not runny). If it’s too thick add 1 tablespoon of hot water gradually.
Tip: Pour the brownie mix into the egg mixture, not vice-versa.
- Set the mixed batter in the bundt pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Use the skewer method to check if it’s done.
- Cool it down on top of a wire rack. Enjoy!
Making a chocolate bundt cake with a brownie mix is a breeze.
Just know the basics: brownie mix, the procedures, and the baking time beforehand. Surely you’ll have your mouth-watering chocolate bundt cake in no time!
So, next time you’re craving a chocolate cake, rush to the kitchen, grab the brownie mix and bundt pan then start baking and satisfy your craving!
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.