Few days ago I was looking for something sweet to prepare for breakfast and then I decided to mix too of my recipes to make a two-tone cake. The bottom layer is made of walnut brownie and the top layer is a simple mascarpone cake. I loved the result of this “experiment”: the bottom is crunchy and at same time chewy and the top is airy and fluffly!

Brownie-mascarpone cake

Ingredients

  • For the mascarpone cake
  • butter softened: 200 grams
  • caster sugar: 200 grams
  • eggs at room temperature: 2
  • yolk at room temperature: 1
  • self-raising flour: 300 grams
  • baking powder: 1/2 tsp
  • mascarpone cheese softened: 80 grams
  • whole milk: 50 grams
  • For the brownie
  • dark chocolate chopped: 100 grams
  • butter cut into small pieces: 150 grams
  • eggs at room temperature: 3
  • caster sugar: 250 grams
  • plain flour sifted: 100 grams
  • baking powder: 1/2 tsp
  • walnuts roughly chopped: 100 grams

Instructions

  1. Start preparing the brownie: line a 25x25 cm (about) baking tray with parchment paper. Put the chocolate in medium bowl and melt it. Add the butter and mix until it melts. Let the mixture cool down a little then add the eggs, one at a time, mixing with a wooden spoon (don't use a balloon whisk because you don't want too much air into the batter), add then the sugar and continue to stir. Add the flour and baking powder, stir well and fold in the walnuts. Transfer the batter into the baking tray and set aside.
  2. Prepare the mascarpone base: put butter and sugar into a big bowl and start beating them using an electric mixer; add the eggs and the yolk and slowly add the flour with the baking powder; pour in the milk continuing to mix at medium speed then add the mascarpone and mix until you have a smooth batter. If the batter appears too solid add some extra milk.Pour the mixture over the brownie batter and bake into the preheated oven at 180 ºC for about 40/45 minute or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
  3. Once cool you can cut the cake into 5x5 cm squares and serve with coffee or tea.

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