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Switch Up Flag Cake for Brownie Fruit Pizza this Fourth of July

Kate S
Posted by Kate S on Jul 1, 2021

For as long as I can remember, I’ve made a flag cake every Fourth of July, and it’s become an integral part of my summer holiday tradition. I often spent the Fourth of July on a Sebec Lake in Maine with my family. I’ve even had the opportunity to pass my love onto the newest generation of bakers, including my cousin Ella.

kate and ella flag cakeYou know what cake I’m referring to, right? A rectangular cake, white frosting, decorated with strawberries, blueberries, and/or raspberries in the shape of the American flag. Flag cakes are simple, delicious, and fun for kids to make, but I have to admit, after these years, it’s time for something a little more innovative! For a new twist on this Independence Day classic dessert, try my brownie fruit pizza this weekend! My mom approved, and agreed that the best part of this dessert is that you can personalize and make it for any occasion with whatever fruit you like – try blackberries, mango, kiwi, etc.

kates momI love that you (or the kids) can get creative with the pattern of the fruit, and of course, I love that it includes a fudgy chewy chocolate-y brownie (though you could substitute a sugar cookie base if chocolate isn’t your thing – but then, we can’t be friends). I’m a no-nuts-in-my-brownies type of girl, but if you like the crunch, go right ahead and add them. The cream cheese topping means that you have a creamy element without having to get messy with ice cream, though I always fully support adding ice cream on top, if that sounds good to you!

 

Brownie Fruit Pizza

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Servings: 24

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 40 min

Inactive Time: 1 hour

 

Brownie

2 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/3 cups cocoa

1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

1/3 cup milk chocolate chips

1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt

4 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup water

2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

 

Cream Cheese Topping

1 8 oz block cream cheese

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/4 cup powdered sugar

4 oz whipped topping (like Cool Whip), thawed

 

Fruit

6 oz blueberries

6 oz raspberries

8 oz strawberries, quartered

 

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together dry ingredients: granulated sugar, flour, cocoa, chocolate chips and salt. Set aside.

dry ingredients-Jun-30-2021-07-50-22-14-PM3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together wet ingredients: eggs, oil, water and vanilla.

wet ingredients-34. Add dry ingredients to wet, in thirds, until incorporated. Batter will be thick.

brownie batter5. Grease and line a 16-inch pizza pan with parchment paper (you can use an 8-inch pan, but make half the batter), you could also use a jelly roll pan and make a rectangle if that’s what you have available).

6. Spread the brownie batter evenly in the lined pizza pan.

batter in pizza pan7. Bake 30-40 minutes, until set.

baked brownie8. Let the brownie cool for 45-60 minutes.

9. While the brownie is cooling, in a small bowl, mix together cream cheese, vanilla, powdered sugar and thawed whipped topping.

whipped topping10. Once the brownie is cool, spread cream cheese topping onto brownie leaving 1-2 inches from the edge, for the “crust”.

brownie with topping11. Decorate the cream cheese topping with fruit in whatever pattern you choose.

brownie with fruit12. Cut into slices, and enjoy!

sliced brownie fruit tartIf this brownie fruit pizza has you in the mood to up your baking skills, join us for some upcoming hands on baking classes at Lincoln Square:

Or maybe you’d like to bake in your own kitchen? Join us for:

We’d love to help you stock your kitchen for all your baking needs. Visit us at Lincoln Square if you need Callebaut chocolate chips, vanilla bean paste, fine salt, spatulas, baking pans and more!

If you didn’t know that that chocolate pairs well with bubbles, now’s the time to learn! Pick up a bottle of Adami Prosecco, Pierre Moncuit Champagne, or Gruet sparkling rose to enjoy along size your Brownie Fruit Pizza.

bubblyCheers to having a happy and safe Fourth of July, full of family, friends, good food, and lots of Brownie Fruit Pizza!

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Brownie Fruit Pizza

Brownie Fruit Pizza

Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 40 Mininactive time: 60 MinTotal time: 2 H & 9 M

Ingredients

For the brownie
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/3 cups cocoa
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
For the cream cheese topping
  • 1 8 oz block cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 oz whipped topping (like Cool Whip), thawed
For the fruit
  • 6 oz blueberries
  • 6 oz raspberries
  • 8 oz strawberries, quartered

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together dry ingredients: granulated sugar, flour, cocoa, chocolate chips and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together wet ingredients: eggs, oil, water and vanilla.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet, in thirds, until incorporated. Batter will be thick.
  5. Grease and line a 16-inch pizza pan with parchment paper (you can use an 8-inch pan, but make half the batter), you could also use a jelly roll pan and make a rectangle if that’s what you have available).
  6. Spread the brownie batter evenly in the lined pizza pan.
  7. Bake 30-40 minutes, until set.
  8. Let the brownie cool for 45-60 minutes.
  9. While the brownie is cooling, in a small bowl, mix together cream cheese, vanilla, powdered sugar and thawed whipped topping.
  10. Once the brownie is cool, spread cream cheese topping onto brownie leaving 1-2 inches from the edge, for the “crust”.
  11. Decorate the cream cheese topping with fruit in whatever pattern you choose.
  12. Cut into slices, and enjoy!
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