This post is sponsored by Imperial Sugar but all opinions are 100% my own.
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 a minute.
So when I was playing in the kitchen last weekend I decided to try my hand at a flavored brownie with buttercream. 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. Since it's Choctoberfest I knew that I wanted to make a rich chocolate brownie but I wanted to add in a little more flavor.
I decided on Mocha Brownies because coffee and chocolate are basically the perfect pair. I whipped up a batch of my classic brownies using Imperial Sugar in the batter 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!
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!
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!
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.
A Hezzi-D Original recipe
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