Both cake and Brownie are baked and are loved by all. So are these the same? 

No! The difference between brownie and cake is not only in the texture, softness but there are differences in the ingredients and baking time too.

If you are offered a piece of chocolate cake as well as a Brownie, won't you easily see the difference? 

Brownie! An exotic dessert comes with its own Brownie points. There is a craze for this brown beauty. At the same time, Cake has its own plus points with a huge fan following.

Before we dig into their differences, let us first understand their meanings, and then we will understand the difference between chocolate cake and brownie.


What is a Brownie?

Chocolate Brownie

  • If we talk of the definition of Brownie then it is a baked dessert that is normally square. It may include chocolate chips, nuts, or other ingredients. They usually have a dry and somewhat crispy top layer with a soft and sometimes gooey body.
  • It is denser than a cake and softer than a cookie. Thus, it lies somewhere between the cake and cookie.
  • The Brownie was first made in Chicago for an event attended by ladies only. It is believed that Brownie was actually a baking disaster wherein the baker presented his not-so-fluffy chocolate cake in an appetizing way, which eventually became a hit. Whatever the story maybe, but it’s true that Brownie today is an exotic and much-loved dessert.



Brownies are classified into three categories, namely, Fudgy, Chewy, and Cakey.

  • Fudgy brownies: Made with melted chocolate.
  • Cakey brownies: Made with cocoa powder
  • Chewy brownies: With a  combination of both melted chocolate and cocoa powder. 


Special Things About Brownie

  • Ideally, no leavening agents are added in Brownies, (however, in eggless Brownies, we do add Baking Powder). This is the reason Brownies are flat and not rise like cakes.
  • No Baking Soda is added. If you add, it will be like chocolate cake.
  • Also, healthy chocolate brownies are slightly under-baked which means that unlike cake when a skewer is inserted then some crumbs stick to it. Remember, only the crumbs and not the batter.
  • Best Chocolate Brownies are supposed to have crumbled rough-looking crust but shiny at the same time.
  • Normally, while baking a cake we don’t beat the batter once the flour has been added but for brownies beat it well. This will give your brownies a chewier texture along with a shiny crust. When you beat the batter, gluten develops which in turn makes the brownie chewy and the crust gets shiny. This is the reason why the cake batter is not beaten whereas the brownie batter is beaten.


Can I make Healthy Chocolate Brownies?

  • Brownie is no doubt an exotic dessert but you can make it healthy by using millet. Yes, a Ragi brownie made with Ragi (finger millet) is a classic example of this.

 ragi brownies recipe

  • And then there are No-bake Brownies made with nuts only. This recipe is flourless and is without any cooking or baking involved.

No Bake Brownies


What is Cake?

Chocolate Mud Cake

  • A cake is like sweet bread made from a  batter that is usually baked. Typical cake ingredients are flour, sugar, eggs, butter/oil, liquid, and leavening agents like baking soda or baking powder.
  • The cake is often served as a celebratory dish on ceremonial occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, Birthdays (nowadays for breakups also). There is a special cake for every occasion.
  • There are countless cake recipes with countless flavors.
  • Cakes can be served plain or decked up with various types of frostings. The plain ones are preferred as tea time cakes. The decorative ones can be filled with chocolate or fruit compotes or buttercream/whipped cream. They are further laden with marzipan or fondants or piped borders and various other toppings.


Types Of Cakes

Like Brownies, cakes also come in a variety of types. These can be Pound cakes, Sponge cakes, Teatime cake, Chiffon cake, Cheesecake, Mud cake, and many others.

 Now, let's summarize the Differences Between Brownie And Cake.

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The Difference Between Brownie and Cake





A cross between a cake and a cookie. A type of sweet bread


 Flour, Sugar, Eggs, Cocoa Powder, Butter, Dark  Chocolate Flour, Sugar, Eggs, Cocoa Powder, Butter, Leavening Agents


Chocolate is more Flour is more


Dense and Crumbly Light & Fluffy


Cracked with a shiny top Smooth, Creamy Top

General Purpose

As a Dessert. It can be served with whipped cream or Icecream On Ceremonial Occasions


Normally, no icing. At the most, melted chocolate or Ganache is drizzled With or Without Icing.


Only Chocolate Endless flavors

Hope the brownie vs cake is clear now. 🙂 And now you will not get confused either while eating nor while making it.



Q) Are brownies and cake the same thing?

Cakes are soft and fluffy, while brownies are more crunchy and have a dense texture.

Q) Can you turn a brownie mix into a cake?

No, you need to make certain changes, only then you can make cake from it. .

Q) Do brownies harden as they cool?

Brownies should be removed from the oven before the center is fully cooked, as the brownies will continue to set as they cool and this gives the brownie its soft texture

Q) Does a Brownie have to be chocolate?

The classic brownie consists of only butter, sugar, chocolate, eggs, and flour. Bakers typically use unsweetened chocolate, so more sugar is required to balance out the bitterness.


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