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vegas John
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2006 12:28 pm    Post subject: Brownies vs. cake Reply with quote

I make a dense chocolate cake daily and people always compliment me on my "brownies".
I have searched to find the difference between the two (a chocolate cake vs. brownies) and even comparing the recipes side by side see little difference.

What makes the brownies dense and moist and the cake tall and of a fluffy texture?

what happens to a cake if you increase or decrease each of the ingredients? more flour vs less flour, more eggs vs. less eggs, more sugar vs. less sugar, more butter vs. less butter etc.

I even read somewhere that brownies were created when someone forgot to add the baking powder/soda, but all the recipes i have seen have leavening in them.
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McDee



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2006 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To paraphrase my baking and pastry textbook (to avoid copyright infringement Wink): The line is personal based on texture.

High ratio of butter to flour - dense and fudgy
Less butter - more cakelike
More eggs - even more like a traditional cake
Higher ratio of sugar - gooier brownie.
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wildblue



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yuck. never use levening in brownies, that makes them cakey.
best recipe is on or in the baker's unsweetened chocolate package. add about three tablespoons espresso powder for a kick.
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Dude111



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like brownies MUCH BETTER!! (Plain brownies,none of this crap people put on them)

My grandmother used to make AWESOMENESS BROWNIES (I think it was a mix and i dont know what kind)

THEY WERE EVEN BETTER THAN THE ONES WE MADE HERE!!
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yocona



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Brownies vs. cake Reply with quote

vegas John wrote:
I make a dense chocolate cake daily and people always compliment me on my "brownies".
I have searched to find the difference between the two (a chocolate cake vs. brownies) and even comparing the recipes side by side see little difference.

What makes the brownies dense and moist and the cake tall and of a fluffy texture?

There are a couple of big differences in the recipes I use. The ratio of butter to flour, and the amount of leavening. (Chocolate and cocoa behave like flour when you are baking, so I counted them in the flour measurements.)

Per cup of butter:
Flour: Cake = 3 c. Brownies = scant 1 1/2 c.
B. powder: Cake = 1 T. (3 t.) Brownies = 1/2 t.

The amounts of sugar and egg are almost exactly the same.

One other difference is the technique used for the butter. Cake recipes usually call for room temperature butter, and brownie recipes call for melted butter.
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paulahendricks



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, when making cakes you use cake flour while in making brownies you can use the regular flour. Well you can also use regular flour with cakes but the texture will be quite different.
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Dude111



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I reckon they would come out like brownies then eh?


Welcome to the site Smile
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carlo



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah! i agree that When making cakes, you must use the cake flour while in brownies, use the regular flour, otherwise the texture will be differ.
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jacobmeo



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dude111 wrote:
I like brownies MUCH BETTER!! (Plain brownies,none of this crap people put on them)

My grandmother used to make AWESOMENESS BROWNIES (I think it was a mix and i dont know what kind)

THEY WERE EVEN BETTER THAN THE ONES WE MADE HERE!!


Well you can also use regular flour with cakes but the texture will be quite different.
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bizfox123



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think they use the same ingredients but different amount
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tomnew481



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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, one think I'm sure about the two (brownies and cake) both are delicious and contains carbo.
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happyrose



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:53 pm    Post subject: Brownies Vs Cake Reply with quote

Much to my daughters dismay I make brownies every weekend but I must say, adding dark chocolate and using regular old flour has my brownies turn out delicious almost every time ( I also lather them with frosting). Nothing better than a good brownie and a cup of tea.
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