Rich, chocolate brownies made with a hint of coffee then topped off with a coffee butterceam frosting.
Brownies are always a favorite in our house. They are one of my husband's favorite desserts and since they are so easy to make it's one of the desserts I make most often.
People often ask me why I bother making them from scratch and the answer is easy...they taste so much better than a box mix and they are just as easy to make! Plus I always have the ingredients on hand so I'm able to whip them up in just a few minutes.
So when I was playing in the kitchen last weekend I decided to try my hand at a flavored brownie with buttercream frosting. Usually I don't even bother to put a layer of frosting on top of my brownies but in this case I thought it would help elevate the flavors. That's where the Mocha Brownies with Cafe Latte Frosting come in.
- cocoa powder
- baking powder
- strong coffee
- powdered sugar
To Make the Brownies: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl combine the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside. In a large bowl mix together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and mix until combined. Stir in the vanilla. Add half the flour mixture to the butter mixture along with the coffee. Mix well. Add the remaining flour and mix well. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and cook for 30 minutes.
Mocha Brownies were a great choice because coffee and chocolate are basically the perfect pair. I whipped up a batch of my classic brownies then I added in vanilla and some strong brewed coffee.
The smell of these brownies baking in the oven was incredible. I couldn't wait to get them out and frost them!
Do I have to add the coffee to the brownies and frosting?
In order for them to be mocha brownies and cafe latte frosting then you do. If you don't care about that then you can substitute milk for the coffee in both places.
Can I make the frosting chocolate?
Yes you can! Add in ¼ cup of cocoa powder with the first cup of powdered sugar to the frosting. Then add the remaining powdered sugar by ¼ cup until desired consistency is reached.
How do you store these brownies?
I simply cover them and store them on the counter for up to 4 days. You can also put them in an air tight container. To last up to 1 week put them in an air tight container and keep them in the refrigerator.
After they had cooled I made a simple buttercream frosting then added in some of the cooled strong brewed coffee. It turned out to be the color of a cafe latte and had a subtle coffee flavor. I topped the brownies with the buttercream and they were ready to go!
More Mocha Recipes:
- Pecan Caramel Mocha Cake with Cherries
- Frosted Mocha Brownies
- Salted Caramel Mocha
- Mocha Caramel Cake
- Chocolate Raspberry Mocha Cupcakes
The brownies really puffed up and ended up being somewhere in between a brownie and a cake. They had a strong chocolate flavor with notes of coffee.
The frosting added additional coffee flavor which was perfect for these brownies. My husband and I enjoyed them with a cup of coffee which was the perfect choice!
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For the brownies:
- ½ c. cocoa powder
- 1 ¼ c. flour
- 1 t. baking powder
- ½ t. salt
- 1 c. granulated sugar
- ½ c. melted butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 t. vanilla
- ¼ c. strong brewed coffee
For the buttercream:
- ½ c. butter, softened
- 2 T. milk
- 2 T. strong brewed coffee
- 2-3 c. powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
In a medium bowl combine the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well then set aside.
In a large bowl mix together the butter and sugar. Add in the eggs and mix until combined.
Stir in the vanilla.
Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture along with the brewed coffee. Mix well. Add remaining flour mixture and mix until combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and cook for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool completely.
To make the frosting beat the butter in a large bowl. Add in the powdered sugar until a thick consistency is reached.
Add the milk and coffee and beat until smooth. Add more powdered sugar if needed.
Spread the frosting on top of the brownies and cut into 16 pieces.
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