You are in for a scary good treat. These Halloween Monster Chocolate Cake Brownies are spook-tacular and fun for the whole family!
For those of you that know me…or even follow me on Instagram, you know I don’t bake all that often, but the quarantine baking bug bit me and I’m feeling the Halloween spirit.
I know what you’re thinking, but don’t sweat; making brownies from scratch is a lot easier than you think.
This easy homemade brownie recipe will be done in under and hour and the best part…
Your little monsters are going to die for these spooky monster brownies!
Cake Brownie Recipe
Trick-or-Treat yo’self with these delicious homemade fang-tastic brownies!
This recipe is super easy, fun for the whole family, and so delicious—they probably won’t last a day in the house or on the counter.
Your kids will love decorating these, I had the best time frosting them with different colors and adding the candy eyes!
Chocolate Brownie Ingredients
Dry ingredients – for this recipe, you are going to need a handful of pantry staple dry baking ingredients like cocoa powder, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, and salt.
Wet ingredients – just as important as the dry ingredients, you will need wet ingredients like vanilla extract, large eggs, salted butter, and vanilla frosting.
Candy – semi sweet chocolate chips (or milk chocolate chips if you already have them), and candy eyes.
Gel food coloring – An essential ingredient for making spook-tacular monsters! You can use any color you want.
Pro tip: Ensure your butter and eggs are both at room temperature for the results!
How to Make Chocolate Brownies
1. Prep the oven – Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease two 11 X 8 baking pans with butter and line with parchment paper.
2. Melt the butter – Melt butter and sugar by microwaving in a large bowl. Do this in 30-second increments, whisking in between. Repeat until butter is melted.
3. Get started on the batter – Allow the mixture to cool, then whisk in one egg at a time. Add the cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla extract. Fold in flour until just combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and bake for 45 minutes.
Pro tip: To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the brownies. Let the brownies cool before slicing into 16 rectangles.
4. Mix the frosting – Divide the frosting into 3 small mixing bowls and add a few drops of food coloring to each, mix until fully combined.
5. Decorate the brownies – Spread the frosting over the top half of each brownie, add candy eyes and let set.
- Always get your cold ingredients to room temperature before baking.
- Don’t forget to grease the pan!
- When checking if your brownies are done, insert a toothpick in the center of the brownies – you want the center to come out clean (unless you’re making fudgy brownies).
- Allow your brownies to cool completely before decorating so the frosting doesn’t melt.
- If you can, cool baked the brownies on a wire cooling rack.
Serve Them Up Right
What is better than brownies? Brownies and ice cream!
Depending on stores near you, you may be able to find some fun halloween flavors like Cookies & Scream!
Homeschool Cooking to the Curriculum
If you have chosen to homeschool your little monsters right now, hands on science might be tricky…or maybe it’s not!
Cooking and baking can serve as science, health, math, and life skill subjects.
For example, many recipes can be related to topics such as nutrition, food safety, the digestive system, cultural/holiday awareness, fractions (for measurement), and more!
Use this recipe not just to get your kids excited about Halloween, but to get them excited about the kitchen, cooking, baking, being safe, and more!
Questions You Might Have
What Makes A Brownie Cakey?
A cakey brownie has a lower fat-to-flour ratio than fudgy ones. A cakey brownie has more flour and sometimes relied on baking powder for leavening. The ratio of sugar and eggs won’t change whether you are making fudgy or cakey brownies.
What Does Cake Like Brownies Mean?
A cakey brownie might remind you of your favorite piece of chocolate cake. Rather than a dense, rich center, cakey brownies are thick and have a lighter and airier texture. This is due to a lower portion of fat and more flour.
Are Brownies And Cake The Same Thing?
Although brownies and cake have similar ingredients, they are not the same. Cake is soft and fluffy, while brownies are a little more cookie-like with their crisp, crinkly tops.
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Halloween Monster Chocolate Cake Brownies
- Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease two 11 X 8 baking pans with butter and line with parchment paper.
- Place the butter and sugar in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30-second increments, whisking in between. Repeat until butter is melted.
- Allow the mixture to cool, then whisk in one egg at a time. Add the cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla extract. Fold in flour and the chocolate chips until just combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and bake for 45 minutes. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the brownies. Let the brownies cool before slicing into 36 rectangles.
- Divide the frosting into 3 small mixing bowls and add a few drops of food coloring to each, mix until fully combined.
- Spread the frosting over the top half of each brownie, add candy eyes and let set.