Friday, July 29, 2011

Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Do you know, it took me 44 years to try anything Red Velvet. Now, I love just about anything Red Velvet! When I crave something sweet and different, I make these Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Frosting. Chewy, dense, bright red brownie that is great alone, but even better topped with a fluffy white chocolate buttercream frosting..  These babies get rave reviews.

Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 oz red food coloring (this is one small bottle or a scant 2 tbsp)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract, divided
1/2 cup (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
white chocolate buttercream frosting:
1/2 cup (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 oz good-quality white chocolate (not chips), melted – I recommend Callebaut
1 – 2 tbsp heavy cream
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter and flour an 8″x8″ baking pan.
In a small bowl, slowly stir together the cocoa powder, food coloring, and 1 tsp vanilla into a thick paste until no lumps of cocoa remain. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition, then stir in the remaining 1 tsp of vanilla.  With the mixer off, add in the cocoa mixture, then turn the mixer to medium and beat the two mixtures together until they are one uniform color.  Slowly add in the flour and salt and mix on medium-low speed, just until combined.  Do not overmix.
Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir up the batter with a rubber spatula once or twice just to ensure all of the flour has incorporated from the sides of the bowl and there isn’t anything stuck on the bottom of the bowl.  You’ll want one uniformly colored (red) batter.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the brownies.  Allow brownies to completely cool in the pan on a baking rack, about 45-60 minutes.  Frost brownies in the pan, cut into 12 bars, and serve, or remove the entire batch from the pan to a cutting board, cut into 12 bars, frost, and serve.
To make the frosting:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until soft and fluffy then beat in the vanilla.  With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time; allow the sugar to mix in before adding the next 1/2 cup. Once all of the sugar has been added, beat on medium speed for 30 seconds and scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Add in the melted white chocolate and beat on medium speed until incorporated.  With the mixer on low, add in heavy cream 1 tbsp at a time and beat at medium speed until the frosting has reached your desired consistency.


Jill said...

oh they look wicked!!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success


Thanks for posting this Red Velvet Recipe. I think the recipe is just like the one I was referring to in my post. I don't know who created it but it looks delicious.

Julie said...

That looks amazing--I love red velvet and have never tried it in brownie form :)

The Farm Girl

the cape on the corner said...

this is just cruel, as it is not quite lunch time, and i'm already hungry. deelish!

Erin of said...

Oooo. I have never even heard of red velvet BROWNIES! Yum!

Brianne said...

I saw your post because you linked up at, and I have to say I LOVE your recipe!!! I'm a sucker for anything red velvet.

suzyhomemaker said...

These do look yummy. I found this post on Real Food Wednesday @ Kelly the Kitchen Kop but I noticed you didn't link back. Just a reminder.

Teri@thefreshmancook said...

These look wonderful. I send treats to my son at college, and I know he will love these.I saw your post at Tuesdays Tasty Tidbits with Permanent Posies. You have a beautiful blog. Thank you!

Katie said...

These look and sound wonderful. I'm going to pin this to my Pinterest board.

Thank you for linking up on Sew Woodsy yesterday, but unfortunately I had to remove them from our party. We are a craft only link party.

Keli said...

These look awesome! My dad loves red velvet anything so I'll have to make these for him :)

Thanks for sharing at What's Cooking Thursdays!

Michelle said...

Sounds yummy! I have never heard of red velvet brownies, but would love to try them. Thanks for linking with DIY under $5!

Miz Helen said...

I am sitting here thinking that one of those Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting sure would be good right now with my afternoon tea. I will have one very soon! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see again real soon! Hope you are having a great week end!
Miz Helen

Anonymous said...

Thanks for linking to WorkShop Wednesday. I featured your post for my sweets week! My mom loves brownies and I tried your recipe last sunday they were to die for!

sheryl said...

Thanks so much for sharing your recipes with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow for another party filled with GREAT RECIPES!
I hope to see you there!

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

Yum!! Thanks so much for linking your delicious recipes to Thrifty Thursday!

Karima said...

Hi saw your post mentioned on a linky party, they look so yummy! Now google friend following you, would love it if you popped by and maybe followed me too, Karima x

Desiree @ The 36th Avenue said...


I just want to let you know that I'll be featuring this recipe on my blog tomorrow... make sure you come over to button-up ;)

Jami said...

Yummmm!! Thanks so much for linking to the Tuesday To Do Party!