This easy and creamy chocolate frosting for brownies recipe is full of chocolate flavor and a creamy, heavenly texture that, together, makes everyone swoon.
Sweet Chocolate Frosting
I’m telling you, you will say to yourself, “I’ll just have one,” and before you know it, you’ll only be left with a tray of crumbs and telltale chocolate smudges all around your lips!
Creamy Chocolate + a Pan of Brownies = Chocolate Perfection
The secret ingredient will likely surprise you too, and I think it’s what gives this frosting that old-fashioned homemade taste that will remind you of baking with your grandma!
Ingredients For Easy And Creamy Chocolate Frosting For Brownies
- Softened butter
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Vanilla extract
- Powdered sugar (aka confectioner’s sugar)
- Heavy cream
- Maple syrup
Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.
Lucky for you, you will probably have everything you need in your kitchen, though if not, everything is easy to find in your local grocery store.
You’ll need butter, unsweetened cocoa, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, heavy cream (which is why this stuff is so luscious!), and the secret ingredient…maple syrup.
The Ultimate Frosting Recipe for Fudgy Brownies
Use my favorite brownie recipe, and you can slather it with this epic frosting on top.
This versatile frosting recipe isn’t just good for chocolate brownies. You can put it on top of pound cakes, chocolate bars, and other treats too. Holiday brownies are even better with rich frosting on top.
How To Make The Delicious Brownie Frosting
- Add the butter, cocoa, vanilla extract, and maple syrup to a medium mixing bowl and mix well.
- Next, add the powdered sugar and heavy cream and mix.
- Spread over cooled brownies.
Start by adding the softened butter to the bowl.
Next, add the cocoa powder to the bowl.
Pour the vanilla extract into the bowl.
Next, pour the maple syrup into the bowl and mix the ingredients.
Add the powdered sugar to the bowl next.
Finally, pour the heavy cream into the bowl.
Mix the ingredients with an electric mixer until all the lumps are gone.
If the frosting is too thick, add a tad more heavy cream. If it’s too thin, add a tad more powdered sugar until it reaches the perfect consistency you’re happy with.
Spread the frosting on top of the brownies.
Word to the wise, and for best results – only apply frosting to cooled brownies. If they’re still warm, the frosting will melt and ooze off the top, and you’ll have melted chocolate everywhere (not that I wouldn’t still eat it – ha!).
For this recipe, I used Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownie Box Mix.
You can even swirl some creamy peanut butter into the frosting for those chocolate peanut butter lovers.
From Christmas to Valentine’s Day and for any time of year, it’s going to be your new favorite way to make brownies even more addictive. Add a scoop of ice cream for a special dessert treat.
More Delicious Dessert Recipes
- Pecan pie brownies
- Chocolate fudge brownies
- Fruit salad with condensed milk
- Coffee cake without sour cream
- Easy pecan tarts
- Best ever chewy fudge brownies from Insanely Good Recipes
How To Store The Brownie Frosting
Store the frosting in an airtight container and refrigerate. If you don’t have an airtight container, just place some plastic wrap over the container to keep it fresh.
Easy And Creamy Chocolate Frosting For Brownies
Homemade brownies are one of the most delicious acts of love you can bake up in your kitchen. Soft, chewy brownies with a layer of homemade chocolate frosting are the perfect balance for life.
- 6 Tablespoons softened butter
- 6 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons of maple syrup
- 2 cups of powdered sugar
- 3 Tablespoons of heavy cream
- Add the softened butter to a medium mixing bowl.
- Next, add the cocoa, vanilla extract, and maple syrup and mix.
- Add the powdered sugar and heavy cream and mix until all of the lumps are gone.
- Spread over brownies or cake.
If the frosting is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar. If it's too thick, add a little heavy cream until it reaches the desired consistency.
If you don't have any maple syrup, you can use Karo syrup instead.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2089Total Fat: 88gSaturated Fat: 54gTrans Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 234mgSodium: 620mgCarbohydrates: 324gFiber: 6gSugar: 276gProtein: 8g
Nutrition is approximate.
Hi there! I’m Julie Pollitt from ‘Back To My Southern Roots.’ My love for cooking started way back on my grandparents’ farm in Tennessee. Those sunny days, the smell of biscuits in the oven, and all the family fun really sparked my passion for cooking. On my blog, I share more than just recipes – they’re like stories from my life, full of Southern warmth and homey goodness. The best part? Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a kitchen pro, you’ll find my recipes super easy to whip up. So, come on, pull up a chair, and let’s make some delicious memories!