Brownie Frosting

filed under: Brownies on June 20, 2014

I have a confession.  I have never liked Brownie Frosting. Until now! Pair it with the Best Brownie Recipe and you will be in heaven!


The Perfect Chocolate Frosting for Brownies

Brownie Frosting

I made some From-Scratch Brownie Mix this week.  I just decided that my brownies deserved a little decadence.

Let me tell you why this is the perfect frosting specifically for brownies.

  • It’s soft, but ‘crusts’ ever so slightly after sitting out.  The texture and consistency are natural and pure.
  • It is complimentary.  It adds to the overall flavor combination, not making one or the other the star of the show.
  • It is made to be applied to warm brownies, meaning that it locks in the moisture of the brownie itself and creates this seamless transition of velvety smoothness to a chewy gooey brownie.

Brownie Frosting

How to Make Brownie Frosting

You only need a few simple ingredients to create this fabulous recipe:

  • butter
  • cocoa powder
  • honey
  • vanilla
  • confectioners sugar
  • whole milk (try homemade buttermilk for a tangy twist!)

The 3rd ingredient is what throws people off, as it is not usually what we add to frosting. But don’t leave it out! It really does something magical to this recipe.

Why is it “Brownie” Frosting?

By far my favorite way to enjoy this frosting is on brownies. When you have an ooey gooey brownie (stop judging my picture above of those gooey-licious brownies, that is how I make them!) with a sweet chocolate frosting melting into every nook and cranny, it’s just magic. However, this frosting would be amazing on my Zucchini Cake as well as my Cream Cheese Pound Cake. The kids loved it there, but I prefer my pound cakes naked. 😉

Minute Frosting

Not only is the brownie frosting perfectly delicious, but it is also fast and easy. Take about a minute to come together and spreads easily over cooled brownies. I have added it to brownies right out of the oven before, and while that tastes AMAZING, it doesn’t look as pretty. If you want to tackle that delicious option, double the recipe and use half immediately then the other half after the brownies are cool.

I think it’s safe to say that I am officially converted into a fan of frosting on brownies! Hope you are too. 🙂

4.91 from 20 votes
brownie frosting
Brownie Frosting
Prep Time
2 mins
Total Time
2 mins

This frosting is so smooth and creamy, you might not use it on just brownies!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brownie Frosting
Servings: 9 brownies
Calories: 106 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (125g) confectioners sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk, or heavy cream
  1. In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment (a hand mixer works excellently here), combine room temperature butter, cocoa, honey, vanilla, and confectioners sugar.
  2. Turn mixer on low and let it combine ingredients for about 30 seconds.
  3. Slowly add milk, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach desired consistency. You may not need all 3 tablespoons, you may need 1 more, it can vary from season to season and kitchen to kitchen.
  4. Spread over warm brownies.

Recipe Video

Check out my other amazing brownie recipes:

The Best Brownies

Zucchini Brownies

Mocha Brownies

Beer Brownies

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  • Guadalupe Reyes says:

    Damn that looks good

  • Felicia Jerden says:

    I just love Ian so much good deserts keep em coming

  • Dienna Schiro says:

    I made the blueberry muffins,it made a lot but they didn’t last long I did add some nuts so good.

  • Dee says:

    Does this need to be refrigerated?

  • Barbara Vinchesi says:

    Brownie frosting looked so good I have to try it

  • Christel Schmidt says:

    Going to try right Now !!!

  • Erin Costante says:

    Oh my goodness. This is absolutely delicious. The honey definitely adds something special. Keeping this recipe in my files, thank you!

  • Renate Haeckler says:

    I bought a box of Betty Crocker’s Supreme Frosted brownie mix and they hadn’t put the frosting pack in the box! I was so disappointed after splurging to get the kind that was supposed to have icing! But Iam Baker to the rescue! This is as good, probably better, than what would have come with it, and now I can make my own brownie frosting whenever I want!

  • Donella says:

    I like the Texas Sheet Cake icing on my brownies. It also gets crusty.

  • Christina says:

    Can you substitute something else instead of honey a family member is allergic to honey.

  • caroline scheffer says:

    What size pan does this Frost

  • Dysie says:

    Brownie icing was excellent/ Definitely a keeper. Added dash vanilla.

  • Constance M. Lee says:

    I have made several recipes for brownies, this theeee best, thus far!!!it light, creamy and not gritty! can’t wait to smear it on my brownies!! love that it calls for honey. I also added some sour cream to my whole milk!
    Thanks, the best!!

  • Donna says:

    Great recipe

  • Louise ciccone says:

    Delicious frosting. I’ve never frosted a brownie before because they were always opera gooey and I felt they were perfect. However this frosting that I made for my granddaughter was absolutely yummy. I would make it again. Had to stop myself from devouring it before I frosted the brownies.

  • Chasity says:

    Delicious!! Loved the texture of it I just added a bit of salt to cut the sweetness 😁💜 will make again

  • Debbie says:

    What is the “third” secret ingredient? Although there’s more than 3 ingredients. It sounds good!

    • Amanda Rettke says:


  • Pam Timpe says:

    Love your recipes.

  • Melissa says:

    I made this frosting for my brownies and it came out so perfect!!!!! Highly recommend!

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