Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

What’s better than a big chocolate brownie?  How about a big chocolate brownie with chocolate buttercream frosting!  

How do you make a brownie (even more) irresistible? Mix cocoa powder, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla and top with a delicious chocolate buttercream.

Chocolate buttercream frosted brownies

Recently my husband got a request to bring baked goods for a fundraiser.  Our daughter offered to bake brownies and I decided to make chocolate buttercream to put them over the top.  If you are a food blogger there’s nothing more embarrassing than making food that’s last to sell! 

Not a chance with chocolate buttercream frosted brownies.  

How do you make a brownie (even more) irresistible? Mix cocoa powder, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla and top with a delicious chocolate buttercream.

Mmmm…

I adapted a basic vanilla buttercream, but found that one thing was truly different.  With vanilla buttercream, I don’t always add extra milk (or water or cream).  Just powdered sugar, butter and vanilla can be perfect.  

How do you make a brownie (even more) irresistible? Mix cocoa powder, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla and top with a delicious chocolate buttercream.

Making chocolate buttercream

But with the addition of the dry (but delicious!) cocoa powder adding some milk (or half & half in my case) was important for a frosting that is creamy, chocolate-y and smooth. 

How do you make a brownie (even more) irresistible? Mix cocoa powder, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla and top with a delicious chocolate buttercream.

Brownie with Chocolate Buttercream

This amount works perfectly for an 8 x 8 pan of brownies.  Double for a 9 x 13 pan.  We used a mix for this batch of brownies.  But if you want a healthier, homemade version, here is a whole wheat brownie that is rich and delicious!  

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
 
How do you make a brownie (even more) irresistible? Mix cocoa powder, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla and top with a delicious chocolate buttercream.
Ingredients
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 t vanilla
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 2-4 Tablespoons milk, half & half or cream
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and vanilla using a mixer. Add powdered sugar a half cup at a time. When smooth, mix in 2 tablespoons of milk, then add cocoa powder and mix until well blended. Add additional milk if needed.
Notes
Note: if you don’t have any milk or cream, you can use water instead. It won’t be quite as creamy but will still be delicious and the difference isn’t worth a trip to the store.

 

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10 thoughts on “Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  1. Juliana

    It sure looks delicious Inger…creamy and chocolate-y as you say…and I can imagine how the brownies would taste with a layer of this chocolate buttercream.
    I hope you are having a great week 🙂

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