Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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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
 
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 Comments

  1. This looks amazing! I bet it was first to go!

  2. More is better, I always say. I am now inspired to bake something and frost it… though that probably won’t happen for several weeks!

  3. pretty darn glorious! i’m sure these didn’t last very long at the sale!

  4. 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 🙂

  5. Love this frosting Inger, look amazing !!

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