Chocolate Caffeine Cake with Chocolate Brandy Ganache

Chocolate Caffeine Cake with Chocolate Brandy Ganache

Prep Time

30 minutes

Cook Time

40 minutes


10 people

In need of a chocolate fix? This dessert has it all–Chocolate Brandy Ganache. It’s a luscious, decadent dessert that will satisfy those cravings and give you a little caffeine kick!


  • 1 roll sugar cookie dough
  • 1/2 cup chocolate covered espresso beans
  • 1 boxed brownie mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup strong coffee, espresso or coffee liqueur
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 - 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons brandy or orange liqueur, optional
  • Fresh mint and raspberries for garnish


  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • 2 Press cold cookie dough into bottom of pan half way up the side of pan (we used a 10 ¼” x 2” round, non-stick, fluted tart pan with removable bottom.) A 13”x 9”x 2” baking dish will work fine, too.
  • 3 Press espresso beans lightly in the crust on the bottom of the pan.
  • 4 Place dough in fridge to keep cold until mixture is done.
  • 5 Stir all ingredients together with the brownie mix.
  • 6 Pour into chilled cookie dough and bake 35 minutes. If you use the 9”x11” baker, time is shortened to 25-28 minutes.
  • 7 Allow ganache to cool for 15 minutes before pouring desired amount in top of caffeine.
  • 8 Let cool further, then garnish as desired.
  • 9 Chocolate Brandy Ganache:
  • 10 Coarsely chop chocolate.
  • 11 Bring cream to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • 12 Add salt.
  • 13 Pour over bowl of chocolate.
  • 14 Let sit 10 minutes without stirring.
  • 15 Add a teaspoon of softened butter, then add brandy.
  • 16 Stir until smooth and creamy.
  • 17 Adjust the consistency with a little more boiled cream to be more fluid, if need be.
  • 18 Serve with whipped cream on the side, dusted with a little cinnamon.


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