Kahlua Chocolate Decadence Brownie– A Perfect 5-Inch Cake to Save You Forevermore From Sending Pricey Mail Order Baked Goods

kahlua-decadence-brownie_thumb.jpgSuccess is sweet.  I feel like I kinda beat the system. My scratch-baked 5-inch Kahlua Chocolate Decadence Brownie fits in a mailable flat rate box. What started me on this project was the Harry and David cake ordered for my sis’s sinus surgery “get well” gift. GULP!

5 inch cake panFirst, I needed the box from the post office. Then I shopped for the right sized baking pan (here it is, cheap!). THEN I searched for a 5-inch cake recipe – nonexistent!  Pretty much everything out there makes full-batch recipes for 8-inch rounds and then says “save the rest of the batter” or make cupcakes. Sorry, but I want the RIGHT quantity of batter.  I set out to create this recipe from scratch.

What’s my deal with the box?  Frugality and efficiency. The Post Office smallest/cheapest flat-rate box is about the size of a paperback book. $5.85 to mail anything that will fit inside to anywhere in the U.S.  I shipped off a practice cake to Sandy in New York City on a Tuesday, she received it Thursday.

brownie and boxAnd I discovered that the right amount of batter is crucial – it’s easy to bake a cake that’s too tall for the box.

Note: a friend bakes an 8 x 8 inch pan of brownies, cuts to fit two layers into this box. Obviously the same postage. Great easy option. But I wanted a ROUND little cake – a special surprise in the box.

To summarize, the box is free, postage $5.85, pan (purchased once) is $5 or $6, the ingredients run under $1.  EFFORT makes up the difference, which I think matters a lot. Baked with love:

Kahlua Chocolate Decadence Brownie – makes one 5-inch cake

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and COOLED
  • 1 tablespoon Kahlua
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line bottom of a 5-inch cake pan with a circle of parchment paper. Line sides with a strip of parchment. Spray all lightly with non-stick spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients (I use a small whisk).

Into the cooled melted butter, stir Kahlua, vanilla and the egg until blended.

Stir liquid mixture into dry mixture.  Add chocolate chips. Using a spatula, scrape batter into baking dish and smooth down.

Bake 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Remove PAN from oven and let it cool completely on a baking rack.

To remove from pan, hold your hand over the brownie and turn it over so it gently slips out. You might need to loosen the sides with a knife between the paper and pan.  Sprinkle powdered sugar, if you desire.

TO SHIP: Wrap tightly in saran.  At this point, you can freeze it overnight to mail tomorrow. Wrap a decorative ribbon around the cake, if desired.

Place into a USPS Small Flat Rate Box (measures 5.375 x 8.625 x 1.625).  Tuck bubble wrap or tissue to hold the brownie in place.  Close, tape, add $5.85 postage and mail.  It will arrive at your destination within 2 to 3 days.

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