It’s Scooter’s birthda ! As you might imagine, he’s not interested in having a “healthy” dessert, which is difficult for me, as I’m all about “good for you” treats. So today, I split the baby down the middle, offering Scooter something, while not completely going off the rails.
If that wasn’t enough of a struggle, we have an ongoing battle in the Peterson house about cake vs. brownies. Jack won’t touch a piece of cake and Emmy thinks brownies are for breakfast, so I came up with a solution: The Brownie Cake!
Honestly, it’s a little too rich for me, but it’s GF and a massive hit with my crew, so thought I’d share. I almost didn’t post this because it’s just not in keeping with my food philosophy, but in the spirit of “live a little”, today I’m making a rare exception.
LORAfied Brownie Cake:
1 box GF chocolate cake mix
1 box chocolate pudding mix (large box)
1 1/2 cups organic sour cream
1 cup (2 sticks) of grass-fed butter
4 large eggs
1/2 cup coffee (just use what you have left from the morning)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat over to 350F
Toss everything (except the chocolate chips) in a large bowl and use a mixer to combine. This is a pretty thick batter, so doing it by hand may be a challenge.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Divide between 2 prepared 9” pans.
Bake for 40 mins. These babies are dense, the perfect cake/brownie hybrid, so expect a little settling and for them to be heavy.
Let cool and top with homemade buttercream frosting.
*DO NOT make the pudding, just use it in it’s dry powder form.
*I rarely use dairy, but when I do, it must be organic. Industrialized dairy is full of icky stuff, is awful for your gut and has been linked to some scary health issues. Make sure it’s grass-fed and organic…it also makes your end product taste way better.