I made this cake recently and oh my it was good. My son J recently turned 4 and I wanted to make him something special. He does not like cake. I’m just getting him into ice cream too. But he loves brownies.
And because there were some guests in attendence that cannot tolerate dairy, I decided to make this cake 100% dairy free.
I found a fudgy brownie recipe that I wanted to try. It called for butter and I decided I wanted to sub unsweetened applesauce.
It is wonderfully dense and moist. The flavor is awesome, even without butter or dairy. The substitution of applesauce for butter can make it less moist though, so its important not to overcook.
I made a triple batch but one of the 3 layers ended up becoming a bit singed. I used 9″ round cake pans, so my layers were on the thinner side. If (or rather when) I make it again, I would keep the recipe as is and use 2 pans.
My oven I set to 375°. All ovens are different though. Mine tends to run on the cool side.
Double Decker Fudge Brownie Cake
Note: this recipe is for a triple batch.
- 1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon natural (no sugar added) applesauce
- 1 2/3 cups cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 3 cups sugar
- 6 eggs
- 3 teaspoons vanilla (optional)
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- (2) 16oz jars of non-dairy frosting. I used Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Vanilla frosting.
- Heat oil and cocoa in a small saucepan. Mix thoroughly and cool.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare (2) 8″ round cake pans by lining them with greased foil. I used coconut oil to grease my foiled pans.
- In a medium bowl, whisk applesauce and eggs. Then whisk in cooled cocoa mixture.
- Mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix.
- Divide batter evenly between pans.
- Bake just shy of 30 minutes. Mine were done by the 27 minute mark.
- Remove from oven and let cool before frosting.
- Place cake #1 upside down on a plate. Frost, heaping frosting towards the outer edge.
- Place cake #2 right side up on frosting. Frost as desired. I frosted the top, but left the sides bare.
Note: If cake #1 is uneven on top, use a bread knife to slice off a thin layer to even it out. This ensures that your cake will bear no resemblance to the Leaning Tower of Pisa!
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, 15th Edition