Old Fashioned Chocolate Brownie Cake

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"This sheet cake is so good, the best part is the glaze. Adapted from Esther Shank's Mennonite Cookbook"

Original recipe yields 12-16 servings
  • CAKE


  • Serving Size: 1 (190 g)
  • Calories 749.4
  • Total Fat - 41.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 18.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 77.4 mg
  • Sodium - 371 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 92.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.1 g
  • Sugars - 76.1 g
  • Protein - 5.2 g
  • Calcium - 42.1 mg
  • Iron - 0.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan. Or if you prefer, an 11 x 17 pan for thinner "brownie" cake. See bake time for larger pan below.

Step 2

Either on stove-top or in microwave, combine butter, shortening, cocoa and water and heat to boiling.

Step 3

Meanwhile, in mixing bowl, combine sugar and flour. Add hot mixture and mix to combine, then add remaining ingredients, beating until well blended.

Step 4

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until done. Prepare glaze before cake is done, it must be poured on cake immediately after removing from oven.

Step 5


Step 6

Five minutes before cake will be done, combine butter, cocoa and buttermilk and heat to boiling.

Step 7

Pour hot mixture into mixing bowl, add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth. Pour over cake and sprinkle with nuts right away.

Step 8

For Larger Pan:

Step 9

You will only need to bake the cake for about 25 minutes or until done.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



I recently made this to bring on our boat, to have when all the kids wanted a snack. I added nuts when baking. It was a big hit with everyone!

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(14 Aug 2020)


Delicious! Loved the glaze on top of this rich, full of chocolate, brownie tasting cake!

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(12 May 2020)

Java Joanne

We loved this cross between a brownie and a cake, especially topped with ice cream right out of the oven. Definite keeper!

review by:
(25 Apr 2020)


Oh my word. You talk about good, this cake is fabulous, especially the glaze! I could easily become addicted!!

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(21 Apr 2020)


Yum! What a great cake this is. If you are a brownie lover try this cake. The glaze on top really adds a lot! Added to my Favs to make over and over

(19 Mar 2020)