Mel's Awesome Brownies Recipe -
Mel's Awesome Brownies Recipe
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Mel's Awesome Brownies

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"The best brownies ever! This is a very cakey version."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 9x13 inch pan Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    50 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking soda and 1/3 cup cocoa. In a small saucepan, combine water and 2/3 cup of butter; bring to a boil. Allow the butter and water to cool down a bit before adding to the dry ingredients. Beat in the buttermilk and eggs last. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before frosting.
  4. To make the frosting: In a large bowl, stir together the confectioners' sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa, milk and vanilla until smooth. Beat in the melted butter until light and fluffy. Spread over brownies while they are still slightly warm. Cut into squares when cool.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 30, 2003

Good, easy to make but very much like chocolate cake. If you prefer a more fudge like brownie then skip this one.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 30, 2003

This is actually a delicious cake recipe I've usually seen as "Texas Cake". However, I wouldn't call them brownies at all.


11 Ratings

Jul 27, 2009

This is what I call a Texas Sheet Cake, not brownies. There are better sheet cake recipes out there than this, but having said that, this is super easy and pretty decent. Next time I would probably add a dash of salt to the batter and some vanilla. You can sub sour cream for the buttermilk, too.

Jan 20, 2009

Cake-like texture, neither too sweet nor too chocolatey. My kids ate them with whipping cream instead of frosting and the pan was clean.

Jul 25, 2008

These were soooooooo good! I just made a couple of adjustments! Used 3/4 cup of cocoa & milk instead of buttermilk! Yum!!!

Jun 28, 2008

I loved this recipe, very like cake taste, but what is a 'Texas Brownie'?

Oct 25, 2007

I have been making this cake for years. This is actually a buttermilk cake recipe as well. The froasting is not supposed to be thick. You should cut the cake while it is still warm, and then pour the froasting over top letting it seep into the cake. I have many requests for this cake. It isn't a normal chocolate cake recipe but it is good.

Mar 21, 2006

I am really not sure why this is a recipe for brownies. It's a chocolate cake with chocolate icing and I have to say that it did not get very good reviews in our house. Ice cream makes it a little better so we'll have to get extra plump with this cake.


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  • Calories
  • 281 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 46.3 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 41 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 10.6 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 2.4 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 134 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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