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  1. I am so excited about this cake. Wanted something fancy yet easy to follow for my sister’s birthday! It took me 4 hrs but your directions were great. Bringing it to her house tomorrow….can’t wait to see her response! I added chopped pecans which she also loves (like it’s not decadent enough). Wish I Could send you the pic!
    Thanks for the easy recipe!

  2. made this 2 years about for husband bday, now he requests it every year. . .I think he’d be really sad if I didn’t make it , ha. Thanks!

  3. I’m not personally a chocolate person, but I’m surrounded by chocoholics. I’ll definitely be utilizing this recipe the next time I’ve got something fun going on. It looks fantastic! I can understand why it’s in such high demand amongst your family and friends!

  4. I just made this cake for my son’s 17th birthday hangout. He can’t wait to cut into it. I used chopped up mini Rolos and Twix in the brownie and all over the outside.

  5. I plan on trying this for my daughters bday using the peanut butter brownie mix and peanut butter frosting from scratch. Opinions??

  6. the puppy cake is adorable. now want to thank you for this recipe and idea i was looking for idea what cake to make for an upcoming fund-raiser and this will be perfect. it was meant to be that you shared it.

  7. If you wrap each pan with folded WET paper towel or terry cloth the cake and brownie will rise LEVEL instead of domed in the middle. And if you use whipped cream for filling it will soak into the cake and leave a cream cheese like filling. Alternatively, ganache (truffle filling) is wonderful as a filling and/or a frosting and easy to make. Basically just whip cream and bittersweet chocolate melted together.

  8. I am so glad to find this recipe it looks great! I just wanted to say for the person that said it wasn’t homemade. I feel that everyone has their own definition of homemade. The box mixes are not already made when you get them so yes they are homemade. I have been a baker for quite a while and some of the mixes now are as goods as from scratch. So thanks for the homemade recipe!

  9. To make it easier to get the brownie layer out , spay the pan with Pam and then line it with parchment paper and spray the parchment with Pam. Bake your brownies, cool 5 minutes and turn out of the pan onto a clean kitchen towel, remove the parchment by peeling it off the brownie layer. Let cool and proceed with the recipe.

  10. Just made this recipe exactly, only difference was that I used 9in pans instead of 8. Cake cook time was perfect, the brownies wasn’t nearly enough (even in a larger man!). The middle 4 inches was still liquid after 27 minutes. It’s back in the oven now and 10 extra minutes later still not ready. Hopefully this will turn out!

    1. It doesn’t have to be the 13×9 family size. Your brownie center will just be a little thinner. 🙂

  11. I made this but I used chocolate chip cookie dough for the center layer. Used a milk chocolate frosting for the exterior and a special dark flavored frosting on the insides. Wonderful!

  12. I pinned this recipe a while ago and didn’t have an occasion to make it… My son’s birthday is tonight and I am sooo excited to finally try it. Unlike the other comments… I plan on doing this with all of the mixes (this will be his third cake in three days!) Can’t wait to bite in!

  13. Just made this last night for my co-workers b-day, I used chocolate whipped cream frosting, & it looks so yummy. Can’t wait to cut into it after lunch!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  14. This would be a great cake completely homemade :). I’m going to try it, I usually make my cakes and icing from scratch so I cannot WAIT to get my hands on this one….might have to make my own bday cake lol.

  15. I made this last night and it was freakin’ awesome. I couldn’t stop eating it. My kids almost lost their minds when they realized the middle layer was brownies. You are a genius. You should be awarded a medal. It’s too easy to make though and for that reason my entire family will likely be in a sugar coma in a few days 🙂 Thank you!

  16. I made this cake for a church pot luck it was so rich and wonderful however I used a red velvet cake mix (which is just chocolate cake with red food coloring) it looked as good as it tasted. I also cheated, I used triple chocolate fudge frosting.

  17. My daughter and I actually made TWO of these at one time – having never tried them. They were amazing. Now, I will say we deviated in three ways: 1) we added pudding to the cake mixes to make them even more moist and flavorful…chocolate pudding of course. The big deviations were, 2) we were instructed by the Head Cook that cream cheese filling was the way to intensify the taste between layers; 3) we were also severely instructed that butter cream icing is the only choice for icing a cake….again, chocolate of course. HOLY COW! The cakes, being used for my wife’s (Head Cook) 40th birthday, were a huge hit and they were absolutely wonderful! Because we only had one oven and essentially only four pans, it took nearly 5 hrs start to finish for six pans of cakes and brownies, cool down (some frig help) included. Totally worth the time!

  18. Made this tonight but I had a terrible time trying to get the brownie out of the pan. I had to take it out in pieces, smash, flatten and rearrange the brownie layer by hand (not to worry, they were freshly washed hands!) It looks good though! Will be eating it at work tomorrow for a friends birthday!

  19. Have you ever combined the brownie and cake mix in a 9×13?? What were the results? I am trying to make a thicker cake, I would double the boxes of cake mix but at the moment I .ony have a box of brownies to go with the box of cake mix. Any suggestions?

    1. I don’t think it would work in the same pan because brownies and cake cook differently. They don’t stay in the oven for the same amount of time so I would worry that one would be overcooked or undercooked.

  20. Will definitely be making this. Can think of 2 ideas I want to try – Mocha: espresso powder in cake mix; and using germ. choc. cake frosting (coconut & pecans) in between layers instead of choc frosting. Oh, a 3rd: touch of cayenne, cinnamon, and marmalade (Mexican) Yep, I’m drooling. Make some strong coffee to sip w/ it 🙂

  21. Not sure how you can call a boxed cake with canned frosting homemade. Far from it! Try making your own frosting and at the very least adding to the mixes and this would actually be a good idea.

  22. Omg this cake looks faboo and I will make it asap but will make my moms recipe for dark chocolate icing thanks girl

  23. Suggestion: Try chocolate fudge pudding for the filling – use half the milk in directions to make it firmer to spread – and, of course, keep the chocolate chips. You can even bake the cake with the chocolate chips in it – sometimes, they will fall to the bottom of the cake pa. Makes entire cake more moist and more chocolatey.

  24. Made this cake last night to celebrate my fiances birthday tonight…have yet to try it but looks amazing. I used chopped up Reese cups instead of chocolate chips to add another flavor other than rue chocolate. Will let you know how it goes over with everyone!

  25. I saw this on Pinterest and repinned! Looks absolutely delicious!

    Am so making this next family get together! 🙂

  26. Just made this cake tonight. I too had to bake the brownies for about 40 minutes; I think it might be because I chose fudgy ones, rather than cake-like ones. Amazing recipe!

  27. I love chocolate cakes… Thanks for sharing them …very informative…hope i would not gain sooo much pounds for eating sweets, LOL!!!

  28. When I saw this on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it! Thanks for sharing it! Just made it for a get-together tonight. No doubt, it will go over with all the chocolate-lovers there! I did have to bake the brownie layer longer, probably about 40-45 minutes before the center was done. And not being a fan of ready-made frosting, I made chocolate buttercream frosting, and it took 3 batches of the recipe to cover the cake. Wow! Can’t wait to try this cake!!

  29. Just made your cake for my family. 18 people were here for my hubby’s birthday and everyone loved it. I even have half a cake left over because it is so filling, one small piece is all we could do. Thanks for sharing your idea. I saw it on pinterest. I will have to try some of your other posts!

  30. Just saw this on Pinterest and HAD to come check it out. Looks insane. I am not sure when I will be able to make this (a pretty serious diet started this week) but I will have to dream up a special occasion soon. Unless you want to mail some to me…?

  31. Can you make this sugarfree? has anyone tried it? I know they now have sugarfree everything! But i dont know how it will taste!

  32. This looks unbelievably amazing!!! I can’t wait to make it! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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