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Cakey Brownies
I prefer cakey brownies to fudgy brownies. I’ve done Facebook polls and I know that makes me as rare as a unicorn. And, I suppose it’s why I’ve never shared my favorite brownie recipe on Cupcake Project.

This cakey brownie recipe is the one that I’ve eaten my whole life. I find its light crumby texture perfect and I don’t mind that it demands an accompanying glass of cool milk.

Cakey Brownies

My cakey brownies don’t have a caramel or chocolate sauce drizzle and they don’t have any surprise flavors or bonus ingredients. I fought the urge to give them some flare for this post. I wanted to show you exactly how I serve them.

Cakey Brownies

Also, I’m not sure if you can tell, but in another unpopular move for today’s times, I cut my cakey brownies super small. This means that I get to have seconds (and thirds).

Why do I love cakey brownies so much? Well, they are my mom’s brownies! She’s the one who taught me about dessert in moderation. From her I learned that a dessert doesn’t need to be over-the-top to be amazing – it can be simply made from scratch with basic ingredients.

When I visit my mom, she’s always surprised that I still like her baking now that I bake so much for my career. In truth, though, my mom’s desserts will always be the best desserts. They are the ones that taste like home. While they aren’t over-the-top, her love for me is, and I can taste it in every bite.

Love you so much, mom. Happy Mother’s Day!

me and mom

Note to self: Ask Jonathan to get some professional photos of us this year. Somehow when you have a kid, the focus ends up being on getting pictures with the kid. So, we have tons of photos of my mom and Myles, but I couldn’t find a single great one of my mom and me.

Cakey Brownies
4.84 from 12 votes

Cakey Brownies

Super easy one bowl cakey brownies!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownies, cakey brownies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 64 kcal


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts optional - I don't typically use them.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  2. Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat with a hand mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer) for three minutes.

  3. Transfer batter to a greased 8" square baking dish.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean.
  5. Cool to room temperature and slice into 36 mini brownies.

Oh… fine, if you really want a fudgey brownie recipe, I strongly suggest the book Extreme Brownies. I made the brownies from this book one time and everyone went crazy for them.

extreme brownies

And, if you really do want to make these cakey brownies fancier, you can use them in my cheesecake brownie pie with a pretzel crust. I love the brownies just the way they are, but sometimes, it’s nice to switch things us.

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17 comments on “Perfect Classic Cakey Brownies”

  1. Lorita says:

    Poderia ter tradução…

  2. deborah atela says:

    yes,those of us who love cakey brownies are in the minority,but who cares? the rest of the world is missing out. your mom’s recipe looks great and will be making them for myself!

  3. Christine says:

    Awwwe this was the cutest and sweetest post ever! I am going to have to go tell my mom right now that yes I do love her baking even though it isnt fancy or anything, it is home. Thank you for sharing it :) I love all brownies, though I would agree that cakey are definitely better than the really crazy ridiculous ones that you have one bite and then it is so rich you can’t eat another.

  4. P, from LI says:

    I have eaten these brownies for some time and can attest to how incredibly delicious they are!

  5. AWWW!!! What a sweet picture you and your Mother made! I love, love, love your brownie recipes.

  6. Debbie says:

    I love cakey brownies thank you for posting the recipe. And Happy Belated Birthday hope it was a great day for you.

  7. SB foodie says:

    Cooking temp?? Did I miss it??

  8. Lana says:

    I love cakey brownies! It’s okay that so many love the other kind, it just leaves more for us!

  9. Nina says:

    Hi, if I can’t get hold of unsalted butter and use normal butter instead than shall I not put half a teaspoon of salt or should I put a quarter of teaspoon of salt instead of half?

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