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Brownie Strawberry Torte with Condensed Milk Filling

by Adina 20/06/2016 39 comments

Brownie Strawberry Cake

An amazingly decadent strawberry torte with a brownie base and a luscious filling made with vanilla pudding, sweetened condensed milk and cream.

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Secret Recipe Club time again and this time I was assigned Loving Life, a blog about Kirstin’s life where she posts not only recipes, but as she says it herself – whatever goes through her mind. Kirstin lives in Washington State and has two beautiful, almost grown-up daughters. She’s been blogging for almost 9 years now, so you can imagine, there is a lot to read on her blog.

I chose to make her Brownie Strawberry Torte and while searching for a fitting recipe for my strawberry theme, I found many other delicious ones, I have been pinning like crazy. Some of my favorites are the Mozzarella SticksHomemade TortillasOven Baked Zucchini Fries, Spicy Sesame Udon Noodles with Chicken,  Stuffed Bell Peppers , Sticky Chicken and many many more.

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And what can I tell you about today’s recipe? It is probably one of the best cakes I have made lately. Every single person loved it and it was gone in one go, so to say. My son ate two huge pieces of it in less than 10 minutes and he was reaching for a third one before I stopped him.

I changed the recipe a little bit, first of all due to the lack of the original ingredients. I wasn’t sure about the instant vanilla pudding, but I chose something similar I could find here and it worked (thank God, I was a bit worried about that), then I took heavy cream instead of the cool whip, I imagined that would be more or less the same thing. And I didn’t use a brownie mix, I preferred to make one of my quickest and easiest brownie recipes, it doesn’t take much longer to mix the ingredients then it would take to make the cake from the box. I poured some chocolate glaze on top because I’ve made another chocolate glazed cake on the same occasion. It fit the strawberry cake well, but I wouldn’t bother making some extra glaze just for the strawberry cake, it isn’t really necessary.

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The end result was just amazing and the cake looks so beautiful, it is hard to believe it is so quick and easy to make. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed! And make sure to check the other Secret Recipe Club links, you will find many delicious recipes, for sure.

brownie strawberry cake Brownie Strawberry Torte with Condensed Milk Filling


Brownie Strawberry Torte


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Serves: 12

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  • For the brownie base:
  • 180 ml/ ¾ cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250 g/ 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 90 g/ ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 60 g/ ½ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • scant ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • For the filling:
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz/ 400 g)
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding (see note)
  • 120 ml/ ½ cup cold water
  • 200 ml/ 1 cup heavy cream
  • 500 g/ about 1 pound strawberries
  • some chocolate glaze for garnish, optional
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 24 cm/ 9 inch round spring form and line the base and the sides with baking paper.
  3. Mix together the oil, vanilla extract, sugar and eggs and whisk until well combined.
  4. Mix together the flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt and add slowly to the wet mixture. Combine well and pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Level the batter and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out with only a few crumbs. Leave the brownie base to cool completely.
  5. For the filling mix together the sweetened condensed milk and the cold water in a large bowl. Beat in the instant vanilla pudding according to the package's instructions, I had to beat mine in for only 1 minute. Chill while you whip the heavy cream.
  6. Whip the heavy cream until stiff and fold into the pudding mixture. Chill the mixture for about 10 minutes to allow it to thicken a bit.
  7. Wash and dry the strawberries very thoroughly then slice them.
  8. Cut the brownie base horizontally, using a long, jagged knife, to obtain two slices. Place one slice on a cake platter. Spread half of the filling and some of the sliced strawberries on top. Place the second brownie slice on top, press gently and top with the rest of the filling. Arrange the remaining strawberries on top. Drizzle with some chocolate glaze, if using any.
  9. Chill until ready to serve.
I used 1 package Dr Oetker Galletta Instant Cremepulver for 500 ml milk.
Kirstin used 1 package instant vanilla pudding and pie filling (4 oz/ 120 g)

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Rosa 20/06/2016 - 07:42

This looks and sounds delicious!!

Adina 20/06/2016 - 19:11

Thank you, Rosa. 🙂

[email protected] Big Sweet Tooth 20/06/2016 - 08:19

Oh goodness! This is so beautiful… I don’t blame your boy for stretching his hands for a third piece… the brownie, the creamy layer and the strawberry just seemed to have married into each other quite well… Lovely selection for this month’s task… We all look for easy recipes so appreciate you trying your hands on one with a bit of work… 🙂

Adina 20/06/2016 - 19:10

Thank you for the nice words, Rafeeda. But I would say this cake looks more complicated than it actually is, everything went quite fast and was really no-fuss.

Anca 20/06/2016 - 12:04

It’s the first time I hear about the Secret Recipe Club and it sounds interesting. I will apply these days, after I’ll change a few things to my blog.
The cake looks beautiful and it must be delicious too. xx

Adina 20/06/2016 - 19:08

I hope you will join, Anca. I think you would like it, I love discovering a new blog every month, the best part for me is searching for a recipe. 🙂

Amy (Savory Moments) 20/06/2016 - 12:24

This looks awesome! So pretty and very tasty. Nice SRC pick!

Adina 20/06/2016 - 19:05

Thank you, Amy.

kirstin troyer 20/06/2016 - 14:27

Yay! Glad you chose it and glad you all liked it, it’s one of our favorites. I haven’t made it in awhile. I chuckled because you were saying you had to change some ingredients, etc….I had a blog from an aussie gal and struggled with a few recipes/ingredients/measurements, because of conversions or not knowing or having access to certain things. Glad you were able to improvise and it looks so good I might try your version 🙂 I made a dessert yesterday that called for instant pudding but in trying to avoid processed stuff as much as possible, made my own. It turned out good. I’ll be trying your version of this recipe this summer.

Adina 20/06/2016 - 19:05

Thank you for the recipe, Kirstin, we loved it!!! I hope I was close enough when choosing the ingredients… 🙂

Dawn @ Girl Heart Food 20/06/2016 - 14:57

This looks like a delicious recipe! Those strawberries on top adds such a pretty touch. I’m a brownie fan so this would be a recipe I’m sure to love as well. Sounds like the Secret Recipe Club has some great recipes! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Adina 20/06/2016 - 19:03

Thank you, Dawn. You should check the other recipes too, I think this month there were several brownies on the list.

Rebekah @ Making Miracles 20/06/2016 - 15:54

That is just GORGEOUS!! Perfect treat for summer berries.

Adina 20/06/2016 - 19:02

Thank you, Rebekah, I can imagine this being also good with raspberries or blueberries or a mixture of many different berries…

Sissi 20/06/2016 - 16:00

What a gorgeous summer cake! And such a beautiful presentation. I find the filling particularly interesting: it sounds creamy but fresh and not too fatty (not like old-fashioned butter creams…).

Adina 20/06/2016 - 19:01

I’m with you concerning butter cream, not really my thing, a little bit it’s ok, but I could never eat it in this quantity.

[email protected]'s Recipes 20/06/2016 - 19:00

This is a stunner! I Brownie, sweet creamy pudding filling and juicy sweet berries…just irresistible.

Adina 20/06/2016 - 19:00

Thank you, Angie!

Stephanie 20/06/2016 - 19:45

This Brownie Torte looks divine! Wonderful SRC post.

Adina 24/06/2016 - 21:07

Thank you, Stephanie.

Sarah E. 20/06/2016 - 19:51

Love that you conquered some improvisations! I always worry that non-US bloggers will have problems finding different ingredients because there are so many US bloggers in the club. But y’all international bloggers never cease to amaze me. Y’all are so quick on your feet and your recipes always look amazing! 😉

Adina 24/06/2016 - 21:06

Thank you, Sara. I have to google sometimes to find out what some things are, but it usually works. I had some fails though… 🙂

Anne 20/06/2016 - 21:38

I am drooling over this – it looks delicious!

Adina 24/06/2016 - 21:05

Thank you, Anne.

Tara 21/06/2016 - 01:02

Such a beautiful torte! That filling with condensed milk sounds incredible!

Adina 24/06/2016 - 21:05

Thank you, Tara. I love condensed milk, it’s not exactly healthy but it tastes so good.

Susan @ My Wholefood Family 21/06/2016 - 07:59

This looks stunning Adina! I so enjoyed having your blog this month 🙂

Adina 24/06/2016 - 21:04

Thank you, Susan, that is nice to hear. 🙂

Sweet Treats by Dani 21/06/2016 - 14:32

almost too pretty to eat…. but just almost 😉

Adina 24/06/2016 - 21:04

Thank you, Dani. 🙂

Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair 21/06/2016 - 23:33

It looks amazing!! Plus you can’t go wrong with chocolate and strawberries. Yum!

Adina 24/06/2016 - 21:02

A great combination!

Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook 22/06/2016 - 05:20


Adina 24/06/2016 - 21:02

Thank you. 🙂

Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop 23/06/2016 - 13:50

Oh my goodness! I just love this! Brownies are one of my favorite desserts….and you just made it even better!

Adina 24/06/2016 - 21:01

Thank you, Kathy.

Evi @ greenevi 24/06/2016 - 10:54

No wonder everybody loved this cake, it looks so pretty! You just can’t go wrong with chocolate and strawberry, such an amazing combo 🙂

Adina 24/06/2016 - 20:46

It is, isn’t it? 🙂

Cakes Indore 23/08/2016 - 23:09

Thanks for the recipe, it really helped me


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