You might be thinking that it doesn’t get better than than a strawberry cake and brownie baked together, but it does!
This Strawberry Crownie is baked in that time-tested vintage vessel — the beautiful Bundt pan — which earns you immediate brownie points for keeping it retro!
The original Crownie recipe, the Birthday Crownie, is made with yellow cake and brownie baked together and topped with a chocolate ganache glaze. Combining two classic favorites — brownies and birthday cake. It’s the perfect birthday dessert.
The Strawberry Crownie was inspired by the delicious duo of strawberries dipped in chocolate. Mmm!
What you’ll do is doctor up a strawberry cake mix so that it is super-moist and intensely strawberry-y, and whip up some delicious dark chocolate brownie batter. You’ll bake the strawberry cake and brownie together for an hour, then top it off with a homemade Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting. The frosting is a pretty pink and pairs perfectly with both of the layers.
Here’s a 1-minute video of the Strawberry Crownie in action:
How to make a Strawberry Crownie (Cake and Brownie Baked Together)
First, prepare a box of brownie mix according to the instructions on the back (water, oil, egg).
My absolute favorite? Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix.
While you’re on a chocolate kick, try my Caramel Macchiato Brownies with Dark Chocolate Espresso. You’ll never think of coffee the same way again. I also like Ghirardelli’s Double Chocolate brownie mix, which I used in this Brownie Crunch Ice Cream Cake. For you dark chocolate lovers, I present to you Gold Medal Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie.
Chocolate. Can you tell I’m a fan?
Brush softened butter all over the inside of a Bundt pan and dust with flour. Tap out excess flour. Pour the brownie batter into the pan.
Next, whip up some strawberry cake batter by following the instructions on the package. I use Duncan Hines Strawberry Supreme. It’s quite tasty but even better when you add the next three ingredients. . .
How do you doctor up a cake mix to make it super moist?
The answer is simple: Add in a package of Jell-O instant pudding plus two additional egg yolks.
For this Strawberry Crownie, I used a small box of Jell-O Cheesecake Flavor Instant Pudding mix.
To intensify the strawberry flavor in your cake, fold in a cup of diced strawberries.
Pour the strawberry cake batter on top of the brownie batter and smooth it out with a spoon.
Bake the cake and brownie together in the Bundt pan at 325° F for 60 – 65 minutes or until it no longer jiggles in the middle and it passes the press test: Gently press on the top of the cake with your finger. If it bounces back fully, it’s done. Otherwise, give it another 5 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes. I like to cover the top with a damp, steamy dish towel during the initial cooling process. The steam helps the Crownie release from the Bundt pan.
After 15 minutes of cooling, place a piece of parchment paper on top of the Bundt pan followed by a cooling rack. Then flip it over. If the Crownie seems to be sticking a little, flip it back over and gently run a butter knife around the inside and outside edges. That should do the trick.
Make Strawberry Cream Cheese frosting while your Crownie is cooling.
Puree strawberries in a food processor until you have about 3/4 cup strawberry puree.
Add the strawberry puree to a mixing bowl along with softened butter, cream cheese, vanilla, and salt. Beat with electric mixer until creamy.
Continue to beat the mixture while adding about 3 cups of powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time. You can add more or less powdered sugar depending on how thick you want your frosting. If it ends up too thick, thin it out with a little milk. Add more powdered sugar for a thicker frosting.
I use 3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar to get a consistency that is thick yet pourable.
Just before serving, slice your strawberries and place on top for garnish.
See Recipe notes for tips on storing your Crownie without the strawberries on top (to minimize weeping/strawberry juices).
Here’s the complete, printable recipe for Strawberry Crownie – Cake and Brownie Baked Together:
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