Difference Between Cake and Brownie

Desserts are of many types that including cakes and brownies. When it comes to choosing the dessert, people get confused as there are many types to choose from.

People often get confused between cake and brownies because both look more or less similar. Both share almost the same ingredients but differ in some ways.

Cake vs Brownie

The main difference between cakes and brownies is that the brownies mostly contain chocolate flavor. On the other hand, the cake comes in different flavors, including chocolate flavor. The brownies are mostly fudgy brownies or cakey brownies, while the cakes are simply referred to as sweet bread type. Brownies come in square and rectangular shapes, while cakes come in different shapes.

Cake vs Brownie

The cake is referred to as sweet bread type and is served on occasions such as birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries, office functions, celebrations such as new year’s eve/night.

Unlike brownies, cakes come in different shapes such as square, rectangular, circle, star-shaped, etc. They are garnished with chocolate chips, piped fresh cream flowers, etc. 

Brownies are a type of dessert. They mostly come in chocolate flavor and look brown in color. People prefer two types of brownies, the cakey one, and the fudgy brownie type.

The ingredients for both the brownies are more or less the same. The latter one contains extra chocolate. Brownie recipes are one of those popular recipes when it comes to baking.

Comparison Table Between Cake and Brownie

Parameters of ComparisonCakeBrownie
DetailsThe cake is typically a soft and spongy sweet bread.Brownie comes in-between cake and cookie.
SimilarityThey share similar ingredients.Both cake and brownie come in the pastry section.
OriginThe cake is said to originate in EgyptThe USA is where the brownies developed and become popular.
Main Ingredients usedFlour, eggs, butter, baking powder, sugar.Flour, eggs, butter, sugar, baking powder, chocolate.
OccasionsBirthday parties, celebrations like new year’s eve, weddings, etc.Brownies are preferred anytime by people.

What is Cake?

The cake is considered to be a sweet flavored bread and is served on many occasions such as birthdays, celebrations such as new year’s eve, and new year’s night.

The cake is made from ingredients such as all-purpose flour or cake flour, butter, eggs, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and so on.

They are garnished with confectioneries, whipped cream, buttercream, piped flowers, and even fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, and so on.

Cakes are made in wide ranges such as fruit cake, milk cake, ice-cream cake, plum cakes, pound cake, biscuit cake, upside-down cake, lemon cake, cheesecake.

Some of the most common cake flavors include chocolate, vanilla, pineapple, butterscotch, black forest cake, red velvet cake, and so on.

The cake is said to be originated from Egypt and now is one of the most popular and go-to desserts on many occasions. The cake is generally made by combining all the ingredients and forming a batter.

They are then baked to form soft and fluffy bread. They are baked in several shapes such as circle, star-shaped, heart-shaped, and so on.

Nowadays, the ingredients of cakes are replaced with a healthy substitute like wheat flour, jaggery, olive oil to make the cake a healthier one. Sugar-free cakes are also a healthier option for those who avoid the consumption of high sugar.

What is Brownie?

Brownies are a type of cake dessert that mostly comes in chocolate flavor. They mainly come in shapes such as rectangles and squares.

Unlike cake, which is served on several happy occasions such as birthdays, celebrations like anniversaries, new year’s eve/night, brownies are consumed anytime whenever people feel like eating them.

Just like cake, the ingredients for brownies too remain the same.

Brownies are made from rich chocolate, baking powder, baking soda, all-purpose flour, eggs, butter/oil. They are usually combined together to make a thick batter (thick as well as smooth) and baked to the consistency of a brownie.

Brownies are preferred to be eaten as fudgy, cakey, or crispier. One of the most popular brownie desserts includes the one which is served with vanilla ice cream.

The other type is the one which is served as sizzler (popularly known as brownie sizzlers) in which the They come in different types such as fudgy brownie, hazelnut brownie, caramel brownie, peanut butter brownie, chocolate chips brownies, and so on.

By the end of the 19th century, brownies had become very popular in the United States and slowly started to get popularized in Canada. Brownies come in different variations and names and are served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

Main Differences Between Cake and Brownie

  1. The cake is a type of sweet bread that is soft and spongy. On the other hand, brownies are something more chocolatey and come in between cookie and cake.
  2. The cake is said to be originated from Egypt. On the other hand, the brownie is said to have initially developed in the United States and later become popular in Canada.
  3. The cake comes in different shapes such as circle, square, rectangular, star-shaped, etc., whereas the brownie comes mostly in a square and rectangular shape.
  4. Both the brownie and cake share the same ingredients, such as flour, eggs, butter, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, etc.
  5. Cakes are served mostly on happy occasions such as birthdays, weddings, celebrations, anniversaries, while the brownies are consumed anytime by people.
Difference Between Cake and Brownie


Pastries are of different types that mainly include cakes and brownies. Both cakes and brownies are pastries but have a few differences.

Brownies are mostly coming in chocolate flavor, while cakes come in different flavors such as pineapple, strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, coffee flavors.

Brownie also comes in different types such as chocolate brownies, hazelnut brownies, chocolate chip brownies and are served with vanilla ice cream. They are also served as sizzlers (Brownie sizzlers).

Cakes are served on many happy occasions such as birthdays and celebrations. They are generally known as sweet bread type with the soft and spongy outer layer and are garnished with whipped cream, confetti, etc. 


  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S019188691530043X
  2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1878450X19301015
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