Scandinavian Brownies

(One-layer Chocolate Cake with Cocoa)
Yield: 24 servings


1¼ cup (140 g) all-purpose flour
1½cup (330 g) sugar
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup (170 g) butter
3 fl oz (0.9 dl) boiling water
3 eggs
5 oz (150 g) chopped walnuts or pecan nuts

Ingredients for frosting

6 oz (170 g) butter
1 fl oz (30 ml) strong brewed coffee (or 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water)
12 oz (340 g) icing sugar
1½ tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Scandinavian brownies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F (Gas mark 4 or 180 deg C).
  2. Line a 13 x 9 in (33 x 23 cm) cake tin with grease proof or other non-stick paper and grease the tin.
  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan.
  4. In a bowl combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and vanilla extract.
  5. Add eggs, melted butter and hot water and mix until smooth.
  6. Add chopped nuts.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Cool the cake. Glace with the chocolate frosting.
  9. For the frosting, melt the butter in a sauce pan and remove from the heat. Add coffee, mix with icing sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla. Stir until smooth and spread over the cake.
Please note that frostings made with chocolate are usually better than those made with cocoa! Click here for more frostings.

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