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 33 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

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  • Maya Fanella says:

    I love this creamy frosting 😀
    Thank you very much!!
    ❤I am baker ❤

  • Lisa says:

    Hi..i really want to try making these brownies and wondering if you leave the seeds in the zucchini before grating it or if you use whole.

  • Karen says:

    Can this frosting be used to frost a cake and piping?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Karen! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. This frosting could definitely be used to frost a cake. If you are using it for piping, you would probably need to double or triple the recipe to have enough. Have a great day!

  • Katie G. says:

    I made boxed brownies and wanted to make them a little more special so I whipped up this easy frosting recipe and I absolutely love it!! So easy and I already had everything on hand. I used heavy cream and added as much until my desired thickness. I accidentally added them on HOT brownies instead of warm so be careful as it melted a little bit but it’s still delicious! Definitely a recipe I will keep forever.

  • Mary Ansel says:

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  • Rick McCollum says:

    Easy to make, if you like honey this is for you. I will cut it a teaspoon.

  • KarenAnne says:

    I use a table spoon of light Karo syrup.
    It gives such a mild flavor and a nice texture and shine.
    I just use 3tlb. butter,3 tbl coco kayro syrup, 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
    One cup of powdered sugar. It mixes fast and does not sugar

  • Lyson says:

    It was better for me if you add some flour at the end to make it less liquidy.

  • Pam says:

    Smooth and creamy. I used it on top of a brownie recipe from Yummly. I substituted coconut milk because it’s what I had leftover from last nights Indian curry

  • Karen says:

    Can I put this on cold brownies. I bake at night and ran out of cocoa and vanilla. So the stores was closed. I had to get it the next day.

  • Cindy says:

    I made the Ucchini brownies and frosted them but didn’t know whether they need to be refrigerated or not because of the milk and butter? They are amazingly moist and yummy!

  • Deedee says:

    I made a triple chocolate bundt cake for a friend (as requested) and decided to try this frosting recipe. It is awesome! Definitely a keeper. Thank you!

  • Marlene Dinkelmann says:

    I, sometimes, make brownies and once I go all out and made a frosting from a fudge-recipe! Took it from the heat about 5minutes before cooking time was up! What a feast! The fudges did not solidify and taste so good with the brownies! And, I must admit, I usually shorten the browny-baking time!

  • Franklin Steer says:

    It needs a bit a salt.

  • NLG says:

    I used buttermilk. This is really easy and yummy!

  • Connie Butera says:

    Going to use the Brownie Frosting recipe on Brownies for a group gathering. The Brownies will be in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Is this frosting recipe enough for a 9 x13 dish or should I double the recipe. I could not find the size of the brownie dish in this posting. Thanks.

    • Lea Palm says:

      Hi, Connie! I am part of the iambaker team. With this recipe you would have a thin frosting, you may want to increase your amounts to make sure you have enough. Enjoy your get together!

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