Ever wondered what the difference is between brownies and cake? Some say the moist centre with a crisp top layer is the distinguishing difference. But what would the professional bakers say? Let’s find out.
At Cakehead, we know a thing or two about baking brownies. We’ve been having a crack at perfecting our recipes since 2004 – and since then we’ve whisked up quite the repertoire. We’re a fan of the classic recipe, but we’re also not afraid to try our hand with new, exciting ingredients to deliver new taste sensations.
What exactly is the difference between a brownie and a cake?
Not all brownies are created equal. Some are chewy, whereas others are more moist. You might not be able to put your finger on what makes a brownie a brownie, but they are adored for their moreish, chocolate indulgence.
Cakes are soft and fluffy. In comparison brownies have a distinctive crisp top layer with a denser, moist texture. But, there’s more to a brownie than its texture. There is also the shape and baking process to consider.
Brownies generally come in square or rectangular-shaped slices. On the other hand, many classic British cakes are baked in round tins – we’re thinking carrot cake and Victoria sponge.
But what makes a cake a cake rather than a brownie? Is it shape, texture, ingredients? Or, is it all three?
What ingredients make a brownie?
Compared to cake, brownies use little or no raising agent. It’s a key recipe difference. As for the rest of the ingredients, chocolate is usually the hero – whether that’s dark, milk, white or even ruby. Common additional ingredients include nuts, such as hazelnuts and coconut.
So… are brownies healthier than cake?
Let’s face it – most of us aren’t thinking about being healthy when we tuck into a slice of cake or brownie. We want a treat, to satisfy our sugar cravings. There may be healthier options, but this will depend on the ingredients. If it’s loaded with chocolate – the heart of all great brownies – then perhaps healthy wouldn’t quite be the right word. However, just like cake, they are a sweet, indulgent treat to be enjoyed as a dessert, snack or when you’re on the go.
Now that we’ve got you thinking about brownies, why not satisfy your cravings by ordering a box or two? At Cakehead, we have plenty of recipes to share with you. From the classic double-chocolate brownie to our exquisite raspberry and coconut slice featured in our Happy Box. We also have vegan and gluten-free options for those with more considered dietary requirements.
Order yours online today. We make ordering easy – simply select your 18-portion brownie box and we can get your brownies delivered the very next day.