Fast and Easy Brownie Berry Torte with Vanilla Custard Filling

July 3, 2024

Brownie Berry Torte – these decadent brownie layers topped with a vanilla custard filling and fresh berries make the most delicious and the easiest crowd-favorite dessert.

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Mom’s Brownie Berry Torte

After baking cakes all week, I opted for a simple dessert for Mother’s Day this year. Truly, this is one of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make. Plus, it’s done in less than an hour.

My mom first made us this Brownie Berry Torte when were in high school, and it’s been a favorite dessert ever since. We usually have it with a vanilla custard and fresh berries, but the flavor combinations are truly endless.

Ingredients You Need to Make a Brownie Berry Torte

The ingredients you need for this dessert are likely already in your pantry. If not, they’re all super common products you’ll find at any grocery store.

  • 1 box brownie mix of your choice – I love Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate or Double Chocolate Brownies.
  • Eggs
  • Oil
  • 3 ounce instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Fresh berries
  • Water
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How to Make a Brownie Berry Torte

To make this Brownie Berry Torte, you’ll start by making the brownie mix, using the instructions given on the box. Instead of baking them in a square or rectangular pan, you’ll divide the batter between two 8-inch round cake pans and bake them at 325 for about 20 minutes. After the brownie layers bake, let them cool completely before stacking.

To make the vanilla custard, you’ll mix the sweetened condensed milk with the water, followed by the pudding mix. Allow this mixture to set in the refrigerator while you whip the heavy cream. Once the cream is whipped and the pudding mixture set, you can then fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture.

To assemble, you’ll simply place one brownie layer on a plate or cake stand, spread with half of the custard filling, top with berries and then repeat.

Truly, how simple is that!

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Video Tutorial

To see a quick HOW-TO, be sure to check out my reel on Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/reel/COqrkZwBzYa/

Alternative Flavors

Want to mix it up? This recipe can easily be switched up to create multiple flavors:

  • Oreo Brownie Torte: instead of using vanilla pudding mix and berries, use Oreo pudding mix and Oreo cookies.
  • Peanut Butter Banana Brownie Torte: in place of the vanilla pudding and berries, use banana pudding mix + half cup peanut butter in the filling and fresh bananas between layers.
  • Triple Chocolate Brownie Torte: in place of the vanilla pudding and berries, use chocolate pudding mix and mini chocolate chips.
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Brownie Berry Torte

4.91 from 31 votes
Dark chocolate brownie layers, stacked with vanilla custard and fresh berries.
Servings 20

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box Brownie mix + ingredients called for on the box I use Ghirardelli, which uses eggs, oil and water
  • 1 3-ounce instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetended condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • fresh berries

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Spray two 8-inch round cake pans with nonstick spray, line the bottom with parchment paper, and spray again. Set aside.
  • Prepare brownie mix accordig to instructions on the box. Bake at 325 degrees F for about 20 minutes. Let cool completely.
  • To make the custard filling, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk and water until combined. Stir in the pudding mix and then refrigerate until set, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Using a whisk attachment, beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream into the pudding mixture.
  • Place one brownie layer on a cake stand or plate. Cover with half of the pudding mixture and then fresh berries. Repeat with second layer.
  • Serve immediately or coverate and refrigerate until you're ready to serve.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cake
Keyword: Brownie, Brownie Berry Torte,, Brownie Torte

Join the Conversation

  1. Can I make this ahead and freeze it?

  2. Hi, I’m in Canada and having a hard time finding out if my 300ml can of sweetended condensed milk is the same as your 14-ounce can sweetended condensed milk?
    Also with the 1 3-ounce instant vanilla pudding mix, my box says 102g? Do you know if these are the same? I believe the condensed milk is the same but not sure about the pudding mix. (I grabbed the jell-o brand if that helps)

    1. 300 ml is about 10 ounces.

  3. 5 stars
    This was so delicious!

    I wanted to make a few of these for a large group and was wondering if I could make it in a 9×13 and then just put the custard and berries on top. Do you think that would work?

  4. 5 stars
    This was soooo delicious and soooo easy! It was a hit at the dinner party I went to. I also may or may not have eaten it the next morning for breakfast…

  5. How do you get 20 servings from this recipe? brownie Berry Torte.

    1. I cut it “pizza” style into about one inch slices (one inch, measuring the outside edge)

  6. How much water? The recipe just lists “water”. And I’m the instructions is says to mix the sweetened condensed milk with the water. But what amount?

    1. It says 1/2 cup

  7. Keanna Williams says:

    Hey Courtney!

    I want to make this recipe for Valentine’s Day but I only have two 9-inch cake pans! Should I 1 1/2x the recipe?

  8. Cori Peacock says:

    Hi Courtney
    I have made your cluster cookies three times now, they taste great but are much too crumbly.
    I have added a couple of tablespoons of milk after doing a test bake each time .
    Is that the best solution?
    Thanks

    1. Yes that works great or let the dough get to room temperature and then make the cookies, making sure to pack them tightly in your cookie scoop.

  9. 4 stars
    Could you use Cool Whip instead of heavy cream?

  10. Kathie B says:

    3 stars
    All the components were good but ended up being a trifle! Brownie layers did not come out of the cake pans…

    1. Maria Malaveci says:

      Use cake goop next time or line your pans with parchment paper.

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