Brownie Batter Frosting

filed under: Brownies on May 1, 2018

This Brownie Batter Frosting is the best of both worlds. Rich chocolate delicious frosting that tastes just like brownie batter!


4.63 from 8 votes
Brownie Batter Frosting
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This Brownie Batter Frosting is the best of both worlds. Rich chocolate delicious frosting that tastes just like brownie batter!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brownie Batter Frosting
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup (57g) unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups (256g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup (35g) baking cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth using a hand-held mixer. You can also use a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  2. Add in confectioners' sugar and cocoa and mix until combined. I prefer to mix on low even though it takes about 3 minutes to fully incorporate. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed. 

  3. Add in vanilla and brown sugar and mix until smooth. Test frosting and if you can detect any graininess, continue to mix on high until completely smooth.

    Sprinkle with mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. (optional)



Brownie Batter Frosting

Brownie Batter Frosting

The moment I saw this over on Taste of Home I knew I wanted to make it. The moment I made it I knew I was hooked. This simple frosting really does taste like brownie batter and seriously kicks your cakes and cupcakes up a notch! There is no raw egg, no raw flour, really nothing to hold you back from making it ASAP!

Brownie Batter Frosting Recipe

I was so happy with how well it piped and how versatile it is. You can leave the recipe as is and pipe perfect billows of ribbony chocolate brownie batter perfection or you can add more confectioners sugar to stiffen it up for cake decorating.

Brownie Batter Dip

Another awesome thing about this frosting? It can also be served as a dip! (That’s actually what it is called in the original recipe.) In just a few minutes you could have a bowl of Brownie Batter Dip in front of friends and family. They will be begging you for the recipe!

Tips and Tricks

Be sure that you have a powerful hand-held mixer. If you do not, use your stand mixer. If the brown sugar is not fully incorporated the frosting can be a little grainy, but if you mix long enough it won’t be.

The longer you leave it out the better it gets. If you are serving this for a party feel free to frost the cupcakes the day before and store in the refrigerator. It is delicious chilled and at room temperature, but my preference was room temperature.

If frosting a cake you can add more confectioners sugar for a stiffer consistency. I would start with 1/4 cup at a time.

Easy Brownie Batter Frosting Recipe

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  • Erma Tiña says:

    I learn so much about baking by watching you, thank you so much.

  • Anne burnett says:

    I use to make cup cake gorgeous my church for 50 people’s, so you said I don’t need refrigerator frosting? Leave out over night?

    • Amanda says:

      I recommended refrigeration.

  • Anne Rheault says:

    I’m not really a baker but I’m going to try to make the cheesecake . I’ll let you know .

  • Patricia Smith says:

    I am going to add in the brown sugar with the butter beer well, then add the cream cheese. Then of course add in the rest of the ingredients. I think that will avoid any grittiness from the brown sugar. My thoughts, but it sounds delicious

    • Janet says:

      I was typing this very same thing, Patrica. It would seem to me to make more sense to add the brown sugar right at the beginning to allow it more beating time.

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  • Melanie says:

    Thank you Amanda for sharing your recipe & Ideas I loved it so much the icing wow yummy god bless 😊

  • Stephanie says:

    Your recipes are awesome thank you so much for sharing them. I’m going to try the no bake cheese cake.

  • Karen C says:

    I feed the high school robotics club and make about 120 cupcakes each time. Rummage sale, etc for them. Love your ideas and recipes. So grateful for your website. Thank You

  • Elizabeth Stewart says:

    Lovely but a little soft doesn’t hold its shape when piped so added a little more icing sugar

  • Katt says:

    Good consistency. Tastes awful. Not a fan of that straight cream cheese taste. So overpowering. Regardless a smooth icing.

  • Verónica says:

    Love it!! U the best

  • Rosebel Bitangcol says:

    I love it❤️.

  • ED HAYWOOD says:

    Amanda, did you use light or dark brown sugar?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I used light. 🙂

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