Best Brownies Ever!!

So sorry for my long absence….I have been a bit too busy to spend much time trying out new recipes.

A couple of days ago, however, I found myself with a bit of free time, so I decided to try out a new brownie recipe. Usually, my favorite brownies are those with melted chocolate in the batter, but I saw multiple people talk about a cocoa powder brownie recipe that is just as delicious. So, naturally, I had to test out this recipe for myself, and it was definitely one of my favorite recipes that I’ve ever tried!!

Best Brownie Recipe

Ingredients:

10 tablespoons butter                     1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups sugar                             2 eggs, cold

3/4 cup cocoa powder                    1/2 cup flour

Directions:

1. Combine butter, sugar and cocoa powder in a large bowl. Set this bowl in a skillet halfway filled with lightly simmering water. Let the butter completely melt and allow the mixture to get quite hot. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 325 and lightly grease an 8×8 baking dish.

2. Once butter has melted and the mixture is hot, remove from the skillet, let cool to lukewarm. Stir in the vanilla. Beat in the eggs, one at a time until fully incorporated. Stir in the flour. Make sure to stir as little as possible; the more air you beat into the brownie batter, the more cake-like they will be.

3. Pour batter into prepared dish, bake for 25-30 minutes, or until just set in the middle. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.

These brownies are just so delicious! They are on the gooey side, so if you don’t like that, bake for an additional 5 minutes or so.

Hope y’all have a wonderful day!

Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Buttercream

Good morning!! A friend’s birthday was not too long ago, so we made this cake to celebrate!! Its pretty simple; I’m sure most people have a favorite vanilla cake and chocolate buttercream recipe that they like to use, but this one turned out pretty well so I thought I’d share it with y’all!

Simple Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Buttercream

yellow-cake(not my photo)

Ingredients:

For the cake:

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 tablespoons oil

1/2 cup milk

1 1/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

For the buttercream:

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup shortening

1 3/4 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons milk or heavy cream

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease an 8-inch round cake pan. Set aside.

2. For the cake, whisk together the eggs and sugar for about 1 minute, until thickened. Stir in the vanilla, oil and milk. Stir in the flour and baking powder, mixing until just combined. Pour into prepared pan, bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden and the cake tests done in the middle.

3. For the icing, place butter and shortening in a medium sized bowl, beat on medium speed until creamy. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar until it is all incorporated, and then beat in the cocoa powder. Pour in vanilla and milk, beat until everything comes together. Once cake is completely cool, frost with the buttercream.

This cake came out really well!! The cake itself is really simple, but definitely has a nice texture and vanilla flavor! The icing is pretty chocolatey, but if you prefer a richer flavor, you can definitely add up to 1/4 cup more cocoa powder.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!!

Genn