Fudgy Brownies with Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream
Recipe type: Dessert
Makes: 30
Super thick and fudgy brownies covered in bakery-style vanilla frosting. A great alternative to cake for a celebration.
  • 256g unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 340g (1½ cups / 3 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 415g (~2 cups) granulated sugar
  • 400g (~1¾ cups, packed) light brown sugar
  • 275g (~5 large) whole eggs, at room temperature
  • 89 milliliters (6 tablespoon) strong brewed espresso (4 grams (1½ tablespoons) espresso + 89 milliliters (6 tablespoons) water))
  • 10 milliliters (2 teaspoons) vanilla extract
  • 290g (~2 cups + 2 tablespoons) all-purpose flour
  • 2g (1/2 teaspoon) salt
Vanilla Buttercream
  • 280g (19½ tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 300g (1⅞ cups) powdered sugar
  • 33 milliliters (2¼ tablespoons) milk, any type
  • 11 milliliters (2 teaspoons) vanilla extract
  • 1g (1/8) teaspoon salt
For the Brownies:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees;
  2. Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper; set aside
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and salt; set aside
  4. Melt butter and chocolate in large pot over low to medium heat; remove when melted
  5. Stir in sugar until combined; stir in eggs, espresso and vanilla until smooth
  6. Whisk in flour mixture just until combined; do not overmix
  7. Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake 40-45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean
  8. Set brownies aside to cool completely before removing from pan prepare frosting
For the Buttercream:
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, beat butter on medium speed for eight minutes or until pale and creamy
  2. Add half of powdered sugar, mix on low for 30 seconds
  3. Add remaining powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and salt; mix on low for one minute and then increase speed to medium and beat for six minutes or until very light and fluffy
  4. Use a flat metal spatula to frost the brownies
Buttercream recipe source: Sweetapolita
Brownies can be baked ahead of time (store well-wrapped in freezer up to one month or at room temperature up to three days); frost day of serving for best results
Recipe by Keep It Sweet Desserts at https://www.keepitsweetdesserts.com/fudgy-brownies-with-fluffy-vanilla-buttercream/