How to make a Brownie Cake Stack

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Brownie Stack

Brownie Stack

I was in a hurry a few weeks ago. I needed to make a cake and I only had a couple of hours. This is an easy and very effective way to make an impressive cake. Even though I am going to give you the recipe for this brownie stack, I promise I will look the other way if you can’t bake.

Brownies in a cake

Although I suggest that ALL baked goods taste better with fresh ingredients, ie, home made you could cheat here. The photos aren’t great , they were only intended for instagram but this was such a popular post I decided to share the recipe.  I’ve added praline because it has such great texture and showstopping appeal but also because the birthday girl just happens to love praline. Find a recipe here.

All you need is 3 tins round or square doesn’t matter.  The tins

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How to make a Brownie Cake Stack
 
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This recipe is great as a brownie slice but double it and layer it and what have you got..?.. yes a brownie tower. Oh yeah and it's gluten free
Ingredients
  • Don't forget to double this recipe for your brownie tower. You can make it all at one time if you like . Set the oven to 160 deg-320F. Spray and paper the bottoms of your cake tins. A cake base or tray
  • 170 gm (6 oz) unsalted butter chopped
  • 170 gm (6oz) chopped dark chocolate, I use up to 70%
  • 3 eggs (large free range)
  • 1¼ (9.9oz) cups caster (granulated) sugar
  • 1 cup of almond meal
  • ½ cup of dark rich cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon of gluten free baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla ( or any other flavouring coffee, raspberry, peppermint)
Ganache
  • 100gm dark chocolate chopped
  • 150ml cream
  • Flowers or other decorations , usually available at cake shops or supermarkets
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave in short bursts or over a double boiler and set aside to cool a bit.
  2. Put the eggs and sugar with the vanilla in to a mixer and beat till light and fluffy. Turn off the mixer and add the butter/ chocolate mixture. The cocoa powder, baking powder and almond meal. Mix together beating well.
  3. Pour straight into the moulds ( I used the ones above including two small ones but use any combination you like). The batter only needs to be about 3-5 cm deep. Distribute evenly .
  4. Bake the brownies for approx 40-60 minutes, test at 40 minutes. Test with a skewer. When the skewer comes out of the middle with a small amount of chocolate on it take out and cool completely. Then turn out
Ganache
  1. Put the cream in a jug and heat till just below boiling. Stir in the chopped chocolate till smooth.
  2. To secure your brownie tower to the platter or base spread with a bit of ganache and stick on the bottom layer. Keep adding layers and stick together. If they are a bit loose slot a wooden skewer through the stack. Decorate with ganache and flowers or whatever else you like.
 

Brownie Stack

Brownie Stack

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