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Brownie Bottom Chocolate Mousse Cake

Everyone deserves the chance to create a gorgeous dessert, even if it’s only semi-homemade. I’ve always believed in using boxed baking mixes as a way for a novice baker to get their feet wet, or a busy mom to throw together something for a birthday party. You can’t beat the convenience.

I like to try all different types of mixes because each one offers their own unique flare. When Annie’s Homegrown asked me to make a recipe with their new baking mixes, I jumped at the chance. You might be familiar with Annie’s because they make the BEST boxed mac and cheese with white cheddar. But did you know they offer a variety of baking mixes and refrigerated doughs that are certified organic? I recently came across their cinnamon rolls in the refrigerator section too! I can’t wait to try them.

There are actually several different types of chocolate in this recipe. Besides the brownie layer, the mousse has both cocoa powder and melted chocolate. Plus, there’s that layer of hot fudge sauce on top! Can you tell I like chocolate?

Annie’s brownie mix is made with only the best stuff: unbleached flour, no hydrogenated oils and no high fructose corn syrup. The brownie baked up nice and evenly, crispy on the outside and soft in the middle.

I was also pleasantly surprised the brownie was still fudgy even after being in the refrigerator. It does help if you leave it ever so slightly underbaked in the middle. I don’t bake brownies nearly as much as I’d like to. Did I mention the brownies are filled with chocolate chips??

INGREDIENTS
For the brownie:

  • 1 package Annie’s Double Chocolate Brownie Mix (18.3oz)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water

For the mousse:

  • 2 packages cream cheese (8 oz each), softened
  • 2 tablespoons water, divided
  • 2 teaspoons gelatin, divided
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons hot fudge sauce
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. For the brownie: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the brownie mix, melted butter, eggs and water. Stir until the batter is well combined and there are no dry ingredients left.
  3. …………………………………..

for full instruction please see : beyondfrosting.com

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