What’s better than a brownie?? A brownie in the middle of a cupcake! What’s better than a brownie in a cupcake? A brownie in a GIANT cupcake! In an effort to continue bringing you all some of the best baking shenanigans on Pinterest, we decided to give this a try. According to this pin, you can bake brownie,  put it in cake batter, and then bake the cake around the brownie to create yummy dessert-inception! We thought that there was no way this could work- surely the brownie would get hard baking twice. Shenanigans!

As it turned out, it worked perfectly! You can see our finished product below; we can assure you it is as delicious as it is adorable. Here’s how we did it:


First we gathered our ingredients:

  • 1 box of cake mix (We used marble cake)
  • 1 box of brownie mix
  • Giant cupcake pan (optional but awesome), of course you can also use normal cupcake pans, but if you want an epic cupcake like this one, here is the link the the Wilton Giant Cupcake Pan that I used 🙂


1) Mix the brownie batter according to the package directions and bake it completely in a regular brownie pan.


2) Once your brownie is baked and cooled, mix the cake batter according to the package directions. Set aside a few cups of the cake batter, then pour the rest into a a well greased pan. Because we used the marble cake mix, we just set aside the chocolate batter and poured the white batter into the pan. If you are lucky enough to be able to use the Wilton Giant Cupcake pan, make sure that you pour the cake batter evenly in both halves (we had a little difficulty doing this).


3) Place a piece of your cooled brownie in the middle of the cake batter (the size of the piece(s) of brownie will depend on the size and shape of the pan you are baking in). Because we were baking in the giant cup cake pan, we cut out a circular piece of the brownie with a small bowl.

Circular Browniemake-brownie-cupcake

Pour the batter that you set aside over the brownie piece(s) and bake it according to the package directions. We baked it for the minimum amount of time listed on the cake box and then checked every 5 minutes until it looked golden brown.We don’t remember the exact amount of time it took, but different pans and different amounts of brownie will change the baking time.


Fresh out of the oven this is what ours looked like!


4) Finally, we evened out each side of the cake and glued them together with a thin layer of icing. Then we topped it with a layer of icing on and our homemade Pinterest edible glitter recipe.



As you can see, this Pinterest Project came out just like the pin said it would! We love it because it’s an awesome way to make your cupcakes more interesting- next time you bring them to a party everyone will be thrilled when they bite in and find a hidden brownie! The original Pinterest pin did this with normal sized brownies using the same steps, but obviously smaller pieces of brownie. If you try it let us know how it goes!

Shananometer- hot chocolate balls

Here’s a picture of Kristen and her friend, Laurie, who helped out us out with the Pinterest Project! (We also have to give a shout out to Laurie for thinking of using the bowl to cut out the brownie, she’s pretty much a genius) This picture gives a little more perspective of how GIGANTIC the cupcake really was.


Click here for some of our other baking shenanigans!

Brownie-in-a-mug                      easy-pumpkin-muffins baked                 Special Piñata Cookies!

Brownie in a mug               Ridiculously Easy Pumpkin Muffins                   Pinata Cookies

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  1. naomimgruer

    Thanks so much for stopping by my lifestyle blog Bmore Energy, http://bmoreenergy.wordpress.com, and liking “Sweet Tooth Sugar Cookies.” Is that really a baked brownie in the middle of a giant cupcake? Did I mention I have a sweet tooth? Your G.B.C. is now on my “must-try” list! 🙂