Happy Birthday, Victoria Beckham! Try Her Brownies Recipe

04/17/2014 at 10:15 AM ET

Victoria Beckham: 40th Birthday Brownies Recipes

Happy birthday, Posh!

In honor of her 40th birthday, Victoria Beckham told PEOPLE 40 facts about herself, including some secret snacking habits: she loves seaweed rice cakes, popcorn, and lychee. Though she’s known for her celeb-loved designs and her slender figure (courtesy of healthy snacks like dried mulberries and an alkaline diet), she does dabble in junk food.

After all, she must’ve had to dig through multiple gummy bears (and probably eaten a few!) to find this mutant one, right? And she’s even unearthed a “vintage” Spice Girls-themed pizza and baked it, so we’re game to trust her on the fun food front.

In 2012 she finished off a birthday lunch with a fruit plate, last year she celebrated with an actual cake, and this year, after revealing that her “favorite thing to bake is brownies,” she shared her favorite recipe with us. These “easy” brownies are not too fudgy and definitely foolproof.

Victoria Beckham’s Easy Brownies
Makes: 20 brownies

1 cup butter, melted
2 cups sugar
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt

1. Preheat oven to 350˚. Stir together melted butter, sugar and cocoa. Add eggs and vanilla, stirring until blended. Combine flour and remaining ingredients; stir into cocoa mixture. Pour into a lightly greased, aluminum-foil-lined 13- x 9-inch pan.

2. Bake at 350˚ for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. Use edges of foil to lift uncut brownies from pan; cool completely on wire rack. Peel back edges of foil, and cut evenly in 20 squares.

—Catherine Kast

To read all 40 secrets Victoria Beckham shared with us, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on stands Friday.

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

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Lindsay on

Love love love Victoria Beckham! – but I don’t for one second believe she eats these. Her version of a brownie is:
1 choc chip
1 piece of letter
Enjoy!

Lindsay on

“lettuce” ugh – spell check!

joules on

Lindsay – you mean 1 piece of chocolate laxative.

anon on

She wouldn’t even eat a lettuce wedge so there is no way these get consumed by her.

Brenda on

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VICTORIA!!!!!!

guest on

For once in your life JUST SMILE. I would like you better if you smiled!! Happy Bday.

Heide M. on

Sounds yummy!