Bumblebee & Butterfly Brownie Cake
This rich chocolate sheet cake has a creamy peanut butter and honey frosting; a real crowd pleaser for a summer barbecue.
60 min.prep time
1 cup water
4 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 12 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey
Tiny pretzel twists
Vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark), melted
Decorator sugars and sprinkles
Rainbow licorice, cut into 2-inch strips
Blackberry-shaped gummy candies
Large yellow jelly beans
Black string licorice
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 15x10x1-inch baking pan; set aside.
Combine 1 cup butter, water and unsweetened baking chocolate in 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat 6-7 minutes or until mixture just comes to a boil. Remove from heat; cool slightly.
Meanwhile, combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in large bowl; mix well. Add eggs and chocolate mixture; beat at medium speed until well mixed.
Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.
Combine all frosting ingredients except half & half in medium bowl. Beat at medium-high speed, adding enough half & half for desired frosting consistency. Frost cooled cake.
To create butterfly wings, dip double rounded ends of pretzels half way into melted candy coating. Immediately sprinkle each with decorator sugars. Place onto waxed paper; let stand until set. Place 2 coated pretzels with non-coated edges touching. Place onto cake. Attach 2 pieces licorice over center using small amount of melted candy coating.
To create bees, cut 1 blackberry candy and 1 yellow gumdrop in half; attach cut-sides together, with small amount of melted candy coating, alternating colors. Attach small piece of black string licorice for antennas; place onto cake with candy coating.
- For extra creamy frosting, make sure your butter is softened to room temperature.
- Make butterflies and bees a day ahead and store in container with tight-fitting lid.
- If desired, garnish cake with chopped peanuts and omit butterflies and bees.