Chocolate brownie cake

Chocolate brownie cake

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Prep: 15 mins - 20 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 10
The perfect cake for brownie lovers, try a big slice warm with some ice cream

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal405
  • fat26g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars34g
  • fibre0.44g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.06g
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  • 175g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 225g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 3 medium egg, separated



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 65g plain flour
  • 50g chopped pecan nuts
    Pecan nuts



    Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter a 20-25cm cake tin and line with greaseproof paper.

  2. Place 175g/6oz of the chocolate, plus the butter and sugar in a heavy-based pan and heat gently until melted, stirring occasionally. Leave to cool.

  3. Whisk the egg yolks into the chocolate mixture, then add the flour, nuts and the remaining chocolate.

  4. Whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks, then gently, but thoroughly, fold into the chocolate mixture.

  5. Pour into the prepared tin and bake in the centre of the oven for about 35-40 mins until crusty on top. Leave to cool, then run a knife around the sides and remove from the tin. Dust with icing sugar and serve warm with custard or ice cream or cold with cream.

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Comments (183)

vickyhinde's picture

Made this for father's day.....i liked it...didn't love it...liked it...i think i will use a mixture of dark and milk chocolate next time, and mine didn't rise like it did in picture, but i think that was my fault. It was a really humid day when i made this and it took a while to get my egg whites to fluff up.
So i will not give up on this recipe and will try again in cooler weather..i'll keep u posted..

chvallen's picture

very good, i used white choc instead of the nuts. Not quite as good as Nigella Lawson's recipe and slightly more fussy than it too, but nevertheless very tasty and indulgent.

rach0460614's picture

did this as a birthdau cake, used extra chunks of chocolate instead of pecans and topped with chocolate butter icing! it went down very well with everyone. would make this again!

mel1989's picture

This was fab... everyone loved it and very easy to make.

zensen's picture

I cooked this with gluten free flour for a friend, added an extra egg and reduced the flour (as gluten free flour is more absorbant) by 20 grams and cooked for 45 mins - which was actually a little too long. Was sponge like and not quite as gooey as i'd hoped, but i probably just need to practice with the adjustments. Is best served warmed and with ice cream.

aimee_jane90's picture

i made this the other week and it was fantastic! went down a real treat. I substituted the pecans for Marshmallows, they completely dissolved to make it more sticky and gooey! its one of those cakes you leave sitting out as everyone just helps themselves!

aurelija's picture

I made this cake for my boyfriend and he loved cousin made it for her birthday and she had great comments from her guests...

lizzys298's picture

i make it in the form of cupcakes in the exact same ingredients with the same ammount of ingredients, there amazing

sazzle83's picture

Made this as a birthday cake for my friend. It went down a treat and was even easy to decorate with icing. Dont think it lasted longer than 10 minutes with 6 girls around.

star_gazer's picture

husband loved this. big chunck in one sitting straight from the oven. never tires of this recipe. so easy to make with simple ingredients. Enjoy!

GVB's picture

My scales weren't working so my measurements were approximated, however this turned out pretty good considering. I left it in for almost an hour but it still didn't seem to be cooked through, so I pulled it out of the oven to allow it to cool with the thought of mashing it with ice cream as per someone elses suggestion. By the time it cooled it was actually perfect brownie - crisp on the outside and a bit chewy and gooey on the inside. We warmed it back up and served with vanilla ice cream. I'll definitely make this again once I've got new scales!

gnatty's picture

So easy to make and soo lovely... Just perfectly crunchy crust brownie should have, with a wonderfully gooey chocolatey interior.
Made wth Lindt 85% cocoa solids and melted all the chocolate - and it set perfectly

big123's picture

Brilliant recipe but even better with a little less sugar - I use 150g.
Really easy to make and never fails to impress!

squaccy's picture

I tried this, it tasted very very nice :) Though I think I was expecting it to rise a bit more than an inch... But it was easy and thats all that matters :)

lesley1142's picture

Really gorgeous! For serious chocoholics only!! It did take another 15-20 mins longer to cook and even then the inside was gooey, the top crisp. It is lovely served warm with good quality vanilla ice cream. I'm going to serve it at my next dinner party.

hannahram's picture

I have to say mine rose nowhere near as much as the one in the photo!! Very very yummy though, really chocolatey and a nice balance of chew and crunch!

flossieb79's picture

So easy to make and a real chocolate treat. Nice and moist in the middle. I see this one becoming a firm family favourite!

hward41's picture

Lovely cake, always a popular one in my house when i make it. I tend to use walnuts instead of pecans

neelish's picture

Really easy and really successful. I used chopped walnuts in lieu of pecans and a 50/50 mix of dark and milk chocolate. Also try dusting with drinking cocoa.

porkybaby's picture

My cake turned out delicious but very crumbly. It practically falls apart in my hands. Is that supposed to happen or did I do something wrong?


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