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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  • Kathleen says:

    This is so delicious. I made it tonight.

  • Deonna says:

    Looking forward to making your brownies with the frosting and chips…Great gift idea for Christmas…brownies with directions in a jar…Wow great and easy…

  • Hannah says:

    can i make the frosting without the honey?

  • Sarah M. says:

    YUM!!!!!!!!! I never thought honey would be put in a chocolate frosting. It turns out it was delicious!! The frosting had a nice chocolaty flavor and the honey evens out the sweetness. Will definitely make this again!

  • Heather says:

    Is there a way to make this vanilla? My friend likes brownies with frosting but only white. Didn’t know if just leaving out the cocoa would work?

    • Patty McKee says:

      You can, but honey adds to the flavor. If you do not like the taste of honey leave it out.
      To make it white Icing or any other flavor, add a little more sugar and flavoring to taste, and leave out the cocoa.

  • Fides Em says:

    looking forward to make this.

  • Candy says:

    Can’t wait to try your recipes

  • Helen says:

    This sounds yummy! A must try. I don’t usually frost as it never tasted right. The honey sounds key. Thank you for this great idea.

  • Mary says:

    You have awesome recepies keep them coming

  • Jeanne says:

    I had been told that if you use milk or cream in a frosting, whatever you frost has to be refrigerated. How long can this stay out? My husband and I take a few days to eat even an 8×8 pan of brownies.

  • claire k says:

    I really would not have believed it, but with so few ingredients and hardly any effort, this really is a truly excellent brownie frosting. Not too sweet and it really is complimentary. One batch was just the right amount to put a nice layer on my approx 11×8 tray of brownies. I used low fat condensed milk, no issues, I have left them sitting out, never even thought about refrigeration – we are all still fine!

  • Tanya says:

    Hi Amanda.
    I really want to try and make your brownies with the brownie frosting…
    My question is – could I substitute the honey with something else like syrup?
    Honey in any amount makes me sick 🙁

  • Linda Leone says:

    I have recently found you on line and started following you. I have made several of your recipes and have saved just about all the recipes you post. One word to describe your recipes and blog “PERFECTION” Thanks so much, I look forward to more!
    Frosting on brownies? Why not!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much Linda! <3

  • Teresa Geis says:

    I am making this delicious brownie frosting to go on the amazing brownie mix creating D-A-D brownies surprising my husband on his 2nd Father’s Day this coming Sunday. It’s going to be amazing because brownies are his favorite. I’m going to have our twin baby girls who will be turning 2 years old on the 22nd help make this special treat for Daddy. I am very excited I will also be making my daughter’s 2nd birthday Unicorn cake and cupcakes out of recipes from I am a baker. Thank you for sharing these amazing recipes with us.

  • Gail says:

    Is it teaspoons or tablespoons of milk you said both

  • debbie gueho says:

    recipe for “tea cakes” My Grandparents made these all the time. I loss my recipe. Can you help

  • Victor says:

    Can the chocolate frosting made with skim milk

  • Terrie Jacobs says:

    About to ice brownies or not.
    Once I made brownies for a church fellowship and I had made them with chocolate chips added to the dough. I told a friend that I had thought about icing them but thought that was too much chocolate, and she said ‘You can’t have too much chocolate.’ and I said “Well that is so true”. so now if I want I use icing. The last brownies (with pecans) I made was for VBS a couple weeks ago and put Icing and sprinkled pecans on top. They disappeared and everyone loved them.
    The recipe I found to be the best and I’ve used for years. I melt the butter and cocoa together in the microwave then add sugar, eggs, (lots of eggs) vanilla then flour. (no leavening), then I can use pecans and/or chocolate chips or just plain. bake 325* for 30 minutes in a large jelly roll pan so they won’t be thick.
    Thank you for sharing yours.

  • Blackshear says:

    I recently started baking and I just love your recipes — thank you for sharing

  • Jan says:

    How can I print this? There’s seems to be something blocking me from printing or copying.

  • Laura says:

    Made this. Love it but it was way too sweet. Would consider not putting honey or have less sugar.

  • Bonnie Frist says:

    Looks delicious

  • Beryl Sanders says:

    Thank you for tjis delicious and easy Brownie Cake recipe.
    I took it out of the oven 5 minutes early and it was just gooey enough that when combined with the icing, was Heaven on a plate.

  • Doris says:

    This brownie frosting is amazing!!! Don’t change a thing!!!

  • Judi says:

    Trying it

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