Triple Layer Brownie Cake Recipe
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Triple Layer Brownie Cake Recipe

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A little of this tall, rich brownie cake goes a long way, so you'll have plenty of pieces left to share with grateful family members and friends. It's a sure way to satisfy true chocolate lovers and is perfect for any occasion. -Barbara Dean, Littleton, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:16-20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups butter
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 16 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar, optional
  • 2 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each), shaved

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 489 calories, 33g fat (20g saturated fat), 139mg cholesterol, 259mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein


  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Stir in sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla, flour and salt.
  2. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 23-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, melt chocolate in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Gradually stir in cream and sugar if desired, until well blended. Heat to a gentle boil; boil and stir for 1 minute. Remove from the heat; transfer to a large bowl. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until mixture reaches a pudding-like consistency, stirring a few times.
  4. Beat until soft peaks form. Immediately spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with shaved chocolate. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Originally published as Triple Layer Brownie Cake in Taste of Home October/November 1998, p27

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Reviewed Jun. 16, 2015

"I've been making this cake for years. The more friends who try it, the more requests I get to bring it to this or that event. It is a common birthday cake in my family. It is very rich so slice it thin. One cake can serve many people. We often halve the cake and give one half to a friend or neighbor. Be sure not to over bake the brownie layers and use top of the line chocolate and real cream for the frosting. Yummy and super chocolaty. We often refer to it as the two pound chocolate cake."

Reviewed May. 2, 2015

"If I could give this recipe 0 stars I would! As as professional baker and a home-baker for over 15 years - I was skeptical. There is no levening agent, such as baking soda,and simply not enough moisture, like oil or water -I followed recipe exactly with no changes and the result was a dry and crumbly mess. It was not moist and chewy or anywhere near a texture that brownies should be. I am glad that I tried the recipe on my family, but before they had a chance to "try" I threw the cake into the garbage. It was so dry it fell apart coming out of the pan! I wasted both time and ingredients. A box brownie mix would be better than this and I never bake using mixes! This has to be one of the top five worst cakes I have ever made and I have made thousands! I have no idea where the four or five star ratings are coming from..."

Reviewed Jun. 27, 2014

"BEST EVER! What a wonderful dessert to enjoy with family and friends for my hubby's Birthday! Everyone said it was so moist , rich and yummy! A little bit goes a long way. :)"

Reviewed May. 12, 2014

"WOW! When I read the reviews I was so excited to make this. My son loves brownies and I made it for his birthday. Apparently somehow this recipe and the reviews had to have been mixed up, this cake was dry, dry, dry and it had a funny flavor. I don't even know what to say about the frosting. Both went in the trash and we made brownies from a box mix. So sad, I was really hoping to find a delicious new desert. The only reason I gave it one star is because you can click zero."

Reviewed Mar. 14, 2014

"This review is for the cake only. Very good! The cake is moist and really does taste like a brownie. I substituted 3 tablespoons baking cocoa with 1 tablespoon of canola oil for each 1 ounce of unsweetened chocolate. I made my favorite chocolate frosting recipe to top it off."

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