You are in for a scary good treat. These Halloween Monster Chocolate Cake Brownies are spook-tacular and fun for the whole family!
This post was developed in partnership with Dixie Crystals. Thank you for being supportive of me working with brands I use and love!
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, Dixie Crystals Light 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.
WANT TO TRY THIS CHOCOLATE CAKE BROWNIE RECIPE?
PIN IT to your Halloween recipes, brownie recipes, or dessert recipes board to save it for later!
Find me on Pinterest for more great recipes. I’m always pinning!
- Cake Mix Monster Cookies from Big Bear’s Wife
- Candy Bar Cookies from Devour Dinner
- Oreo Mummy Cookies from Savory Experiments
- Easy Halloween Cake Mix Sprinkle Cookies from Family Around the Table
- Halloween Sugar Cookie Bars from House of Nash Eats
- Eye Love Chocolate Sugar Cookies from An Affair From the Heart
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars form Back To My Southern Roots
- Bloody Broken Glass Red Velvet Cake from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Halloween Bats Oreo Cupcakes from Lemon Blossoms
- Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Frosting from The Flour Handprint
- Halloween Mini S’mores Pudding Pies from For the Love of Food
- Jack Skellington Boo-berry Pie from Savory Moments
- Halloween Smoothie Bowl from Fresh Coast Eats
- Halloween Pancakes from I Am A Honeybee
- Pumpkin Spice Donuts from Pastry Chef Online
- Bloody Hot Cocoa from It’s Shanaka
- Pennywise Ice Cream Float from Cheese Curd in Paradise
- Wicked Witch Popsicles from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Muddy Buddy Halloween Snack Mix from Tastes of Homemade
- Candy Corn Rice Crispy Treats from The Spiffy Cookie
- Kid-Friendly Halloween Snack Board from Love and Confections
- Rice Krispie Treat Haunted Houses from Sweet ReciPEAS
- Ghostly Snack Mix from Fake Ginger
- Spooky Pretzel Rods from Take Two Tapas
- Halloween Candy Bark from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Batty For Chocolate Dessert Cheese Ball from 4 Sons R Us
- Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
Did you make this recipe? Post a photo on Instagram and tag me @JZEATS or #JZEATS so I can see! Leave a comment below and let me know what you think, too!
Halloween Monster Chocolate Cake Brownies
- 2.5 cups salted butter
- 5 cups light brown sugar
- 8 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
- 1.5 teaspoons salt
- 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1.5 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 8 ounces whipped vanilla frosting
- gel food coloring
- 72 candy eyes
- 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.
Happy Halloween!Spooky Season is here and it is time for 2020’s #HalloweenTreatsWeek event! #HalloweenTreatsWeek is a yearly Halloween blogging event that is hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife & its a creepy and haunting week-long event is filled with some amazingly wicked Halloween treats, recipes and some frightfully fun giveaways.
“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers ‘tis near Halloween.”For the 3rd annual #HalloweenTreatsWeek event we have 30 hauntingly talented bloggers that are sharing their favorite Halloween recipes throughout the week! Follow the hashtag #HalloweenTreatsWeek on social media and look at the bottom of each post to see all of the Halloween recipes that we’re sharing!
Plus, don’t forget that we have some great giveaways for you this week thanks to our amazing sponsor and bloggers this year!
Prize #1 from Dixie Crystals
OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowl Set
Prize #2 from Angie at BigBearsWife
Ninja OP301 Foodi 9-in-1 Pressure, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer and More, with 6.5 Quart Capacity and 45 Recipe Book, and a High Gloss Finish
Prize #3 from Nicole Taggart’s Origami Owl Jewelry Bar
Origami Owl Locket and Halloween Charms
Prize #4 from Kathy at Lemon Blossoms
6 Quart Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker
Prize #5 from Terri at Our Good Life
Young Living’s Thieves Mints ($50 Value)
Pop a Thieves Mint into your mouth for cinnamint-fresh breath after meals. Made with naturally derived ingredients and free of artificial sweeteners, dyes, and preservatives, Thieves Mints are a choice you can feel good about. Created with Young Living’s Thieves essential oil blend, these mints deliver minty coolness with a hint of warm, sugar-free sweetness. Thieves Mints come in a conveniently sized container that is great to take on the go!!
Prize #6 from Julie at Back To My Southern Roots
1 Copy of – The Peanuts Family Cookbook: Delicious Dishes for Kids to Make with Their Favorite Grown-Ups
Prize #8 from Peabody of Sweet ReciPEAS
1 Copy of her new cookbook “Holy Sweet! 60 Indulgent Recipes for Bigger, Better Desserts”
Prize #9 from Megan of Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
1 Copy of her cookbook, “Incredible One-Pot Cooking: Easy, Delicious Recipes for Exciting Meals Without the Mess”
Prize #10 from Nicole of For the Love of Food Blog
1 Copy of “Friends: The Official Cookbook”
ONE (1) $75 Amazon gift card
Prize #12 from Shanaka from It’s Shanaka
ONE (1) $25 Amazon gift card
Prize #13 from Ashley from Cheese Curd In Paradise
Prize #14 from Amy from House of Nash Eats
ONE (1) $100 Amazon gift card
a Rafflecopter giveaway Giveaway open to US Residents 18 years or older. All entries will be verified. No PO Boxes Please. Prizes will be sent directly from sponsors to winners, bloggers are not responsible for prizes. This giveaway runs from October 5th – October 10th at 11:59PM EST. Winners will be selected soon afterward and contacted by e-mail. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. There are a total of 14 prizes and therefore we will have a total of 14 winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #HalloweenTreatsWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like to Thank our amazing brand sponsors: Dixie Crystals that provided a prize pack for our giveaways and also sent some samples and products to the #HalloweenTreatsWeek bloggers to use in their recipes. We would also love to give a huge thanks to our Halloween Treats Week bloggers because a lot of them also donated prizes for the giveaways, including: Angie of BigBearsWife , Nicole of Nicole Taggart’s Origami Owl Jewelry Bar, Kathy of Lemon Blossoms, Terri of Our Good Life, Julie of Back To My Southern Roots, Peabody of Sweet ReciPEAS, Megan of Strawberry Blondie Kitchen, Nicole of For the Love of Food Blog, Michaela of An Affair from the Heart, Jennifer of Take Two Tapas , Michele of West Via Midwest, Shanaka of It’s Shanaka, Ashley of Cheese Curd In Paradise, and Amy from House of Nash Eats!