TwD: Baking Mocha Brownie Cake with Julia

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I apologize for not commenting on your blogs as much lately. My life is a bit crazed at the moment, and now I’m fighting a cold. However, luckily for me, I was able to make this mocha brownie cake before my symptoms took over. And, I must say, I just love the look of the chocolate ganache, although my photo might not do it justice.

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The cake itself was over-the-top chocolately, obviously, so make sure you have plenty of milk to drink. The baking of the cake and preparing of the ganache were easy enough, but this cake definitely requires a good amount of time, what with the cooling of the cake itself and setting of the ganache icing between layers and on top. Other than that, I can see myself making this again for a special occasion but not regularly as I’m not a huge chocolate fan.

If you’d like to try your hand at this mocha brownie cake, pick up a copy of Baking with Julia: Savor the Joys of Baking with America’s Best Bakers and join the bi-monthly baking group, Tuesdays with Dorie, where we choose recipes to collectively bake each month!

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67 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. apuginthekitchen
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 20:20:36

    Oh yes I could definitely see myself making and eating this cake. With ice cream!!

  2. Michael's Woodcraft
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 20:37:02

    Oh my gosh… so decadent, looks delicious!! How fast could I get to your house, I could eat a big slice right now! Now you know I love chocolate!! :-)

  3. Cakelaw
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 20:39:53

    Sorry to hear that you haven’t been well – hope the worst is over now. These brownies look sensational – I love a good brownie.

  4. dulceshome
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 20:50:04

    Looks oh so delicious!!

  5. Erin
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 20:58:16

    It looks like you have a nice thick, rich layer of ganache on top. Looks Delicious!

  6. Juliana
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 21:02:05

    Wow, beautiful cake…I wish for a slice of it…absolutely decadent!
    Have a lovely week :D

  7. steph (whisk/spoon)
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 21:22:57

    your ganche looks so glossy and shiny…delicious. hope you feel better soon!

  8. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 22:31:10

    You KNOW it’s a winner if a non-chocolate lover is thinking of making it for company! Perfect, wasn’t it?

  9. hotlyspiced
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 23:26:33

    I hope you’re feeling better. The cake looks gorgeous xx

  10. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 00:00:26

    Yesss I need this with a tall glass of milk! YUM! I’m not the biggest chocolate fan, either :)

  11. ivysew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.com
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 02:08:22

    This cake looks so tempting and awesome :) Take care.

  12. melimelocooks
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 03:22:45

    Your cake looks great, and your glaze looks perfect!! well done!!

  13. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 04:22:29

    Hope you feel better soon! The cake looks stunning :)

  14. TrafficDiva
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 05:06:51

    Hope you feel better, Yummy! And if you need me to take that cake off your hands, I’ll be right over!!! LOL!! And no worries, your pics are amazing as always and the ganache looks PERFECT!!!

  15. theseasonedtraveler
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 06:09:29

    Oh wow, drooling over here. So much yum. I hope you are feeling better!

  16. Culinary Flavors
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 06:13:56

    I hope you will feel better! This cake is to die for!

  17. Susan Edelman
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 06:16:17

    Wow! So great!! I hope you feel better soon :)

  18. Choc Chip Uru
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 06:54:46

    This cake looks better than delicious, so indulgent :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  19. Anita Menon
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 07:00:57

    looks so luscious! Want a piece of that right now

  20. Food,Photography & France
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 07:38:43

    Beautiful, sexy cake….hope you get over the cold quickly..it’s hell.

  21. Karen
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 07:42:45

    What a beautiful chocolate cake…you got the icing so nice and smooth.

  22. Dawn
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 07:53:56

    Feel better soon! This is definitely a chocoholic’s dream cake, isn’t it? :)

  23. Arthur in the Garden!
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 08:33:15

    Yummy! Warmth is near….

  24. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 10:06:14

    Definitely bordering on chocolate overload, in a good way of course. Your slice and ganache are perfect!

  25. Sunita
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 11:52:11

    Hope you are better. Your cake looks great. I really served up thin slices.

  26. I Wilkerson
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 12:46:44

    This does look delicious! Glad you got to try it before the cold hit and hope you are feeling better soon!

  27. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 17:58:54

    At our house we’d have this brownie cake with vanilla ice cream AND cream. It looks wonderful. I do hope you’re feeling better!

  28. kloesunny @ kloeskitchen.wordpress.com
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 19:03:54

    Wow! This looks amazing! I want to try this soon!

  29. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 19:52:25

    Oh, you have managed to hit me in my weakness spot with that one!

  30. Geraldine Saucier
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 21:50:24

    Wow I love this cake.

  31. cquek
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 22:07:27

    Is that cake for me, so sweet of you.

  32. CakeWhiz
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 22:39:48

    I wish you a speedy recovery hun :)
    And omg! that cake looks divineeeeeee! :D

  33. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 23:06:22

    Feel better soon, I’m sure that cake will help a lot.:)

  34. Three Well Beings
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 00:41:28

    i’m always happy for anything CHOCOLATE–the more the better! I hope you feel better soon. I haven’t had the greatest week myself…just fighting some kind of bug, so I’m behind, too. We’ll get caught up! :-)

  35. Corina
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 01:44:03

    Your chocolate ganache does look incredible – I don’t know who could resist as slice of this!

  36. Bam's Kitchen
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 04:00:19

    I hope you are feeling better soon. This chocolate ganache cake looks over the top.

  37. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 07:27:45

    oh what a fabulous cake!

  38. loavesandstitches
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 07:49:02

    Looks good! This was a yummy one, wasn’t it?

  39. Mary Frances
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 09:49:59

    That ganache looks sinfully decadent! Feel better!

  40. Deepti
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 13:31:52

    Looks wonderful and ganache looks absolutely fantastic!

  41. Chai a Cup of Life
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 13:36:23

    I’ve seen your blog name around lately and finally thought I’d pop by and say ‘hey’. This cake would definitely make me feel better. I would also have it warm with ice cream on the side!

  42. bakeawaywithme.com
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 17:09:00

    Looks simply beautiful, Yummy!

  43. tastytreats13
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 17:29:53

    That looks amazing!

  44. Carolyn Jung
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 19:18:59

    I hope you’re feeling better. But then again, I always consider chocolate the miracle cure for anything. ;)

  45. melolimparfaite
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 21:55:22

    it looks just perfect !

    http://www.melolimparfaite.com

  46. Gloria
    Mar 21, 2014 @ 05:31:57

    What a pretty cake!
    xoxo

  47. Jenn and Seth
    Mar 21, 2014 @ 10:30:46

    what a beautiful cake! i can just imagine how amazingly rich and delicious it is! feel better soon!

  48. sara
    Mar 21, 2014 @ 14:01:07

    Hope you feel better soon! That cake looks SO GOOD. I am a total chocoholic. :)

  49. Ameena
    Mar 22, 2014 @ 19:47:11

    Not sure there is any such thing as over the top chocolate! Looks delicious.

    Feel better. I had the same cold, if it’s any consolation. It’s going around and around…

  50. Sugar and Cinnamon
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 05:03:27

    Wow wow wow this cake looks so good! That icing looks just evil ha ha :) hope you feel better!

  51. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 11:54:03

    Super yum on this beautiful brownie cake! Looks so moist. I hope you saved me a piece!

  52. Raymund
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 18:29:22

    Look how scrumptious those turned out. Get well soon!

  53. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 07:47:15

    umm. yes I need a slice please or two or three! You are amazing. I hope you get better really soon. Will say a prayer:)

  54. Cher
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 12:27:07

    Yes, I think a glass of milk is almost mandatory on this one!

  55. Daniela
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 16:18:09

    Hope you are much better by now!
    The cake looks stunning, just my kind of dessert.

  56. Abbe@This is How I Cook
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 16:43:44

    Hope you are feeling better! Personally, I think this cake would cure me!

  57. andi winslow
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 20:25:41

    Beautiful……….hope you are all better and over the cold……Andi

  58. SandraM
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 06:46:18

    Looks delicious! Hope it helped to make you feel better. :)

  59. Cathleen
    Mar 27, 2014 @ 09:55:56

    Sorry to read you were not feeling well. I’m sure you are feeling better by now – at least I hope so. Your cake looks wonderful!

  60. Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    Mar 27, 2014 @ 14:44:36

    I’m not a huge fan of chocolate either, but that ganache looks tempting! If I make it, though, it will be as a single layer — a second layer of ganache between two cake layers would definitely be too much for me. But for chocolate fans, well, there’s no such thing as too much chocolate!

  61. Promenade Claire
    Mar 27, 2014 @ 16:43:21

    I think your photos do the cake justice – makes it look delicious!

  62. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Mar 28, 2014 @ 13:12:13

    Get well soon! This is my kind of cake, delicious!

  63. The Foodie Affair
    Mar 31, 2014 @ 00:24:52

    Goodness! Looks decadent! Yum :) Feel better soon!

  64. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    Mar 31, 2014 @ 11:13:59

    I love how fudgy and chocolate-y this looks! I wish I had a slice right now :)

  65. jora
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 08:28:10

    Really nice photos of the ganache. Now I want cake!

  66. Amelia
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 09:33:08

    Hi, this look like to die for kind of cake. love the ganache, very chocolatey.

    Best regards.

  67. kloesunny @ kloeskitchen.wordpress.com
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 11:08:21

    This sounds and loos beautiful! I love mocha and chocolate cake!

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