Red Velvet Brownies

These moist Red Velvet Brownies are topped with a creamy white chocolate frosting. They’re definitely rich and decadent, but you can handle it!Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Frosting - they're as pretty as they are tasty! the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Last week we did an unusual dinner date with ten of our friends. It was at restaurant by the beach in a private room in the back where they host a “Dinner in the Dark”. The room is completely dark and the waiter is the only one that can see anything with his night vision goggles. We had NO utensils and had no idea what we were eating. The dinner had six courses and after each course the waiter would tell us what we had just ate. When your sight is limited you have to rely on your other senses and every flavor of the food was accentuated. It was delicious…and tricky to eat with only your hands. Especially the dessert course which was a slice of carrot cake and ice cream.

As I was making these brownies I wondered if I could pinpoint what these were if I had to eat them in the dark. My whole hesitation on red velvet cake in the past was that I wasn’t sure what it was supposed to taste like. Was it vanilla cake or chocolate cake? Was it just white cake with red food coloring in it? It’s actually a vanilla cake with some cocoa in it. The cocoa gives the flavor some depth. Traditionally it has buttermilk in it but these did not. Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Frosting - they're as pretty as they are tasty! the-girl-who-ate-everything.comNormally red velvet is topped with this flour based frosting or cream cheese frosting, but this one is topped with a white chocolate frosting. It’s really good but if you’re a purist and want that cream cheese frosting, I’ll leave it in the notes of this recipe just in case. Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Frosting - they're as pretty as they are tasty! the-girl-who-ate-everything.comI actually loved these chilled which is weird for me because I usually like my brownies room temperature. Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Frosting - they're as pretty as they are tasty! the-girl-who-ate-everything.comThe texture of these are what sold me. It’s the perfect amount of softness and structure.

5 from 2 votes
Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Frosting - they're as pretty as they are tasty! the-girl-who-ate-everything.com
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Red Velvet Brownies
Servings: 16
Ingredients
  • 1 ⁄2 cup butter , at room temperature
  • 1 1 ⁄2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1 ⁄4 cups flour
  • 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
Frosting:
  • 1 ⁄2 cup butter , at room temperature
  • 2 1 ⁄2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 ounces white chocolate
  • 1 -2 tablespoon milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8 x 8 pan with Baker's Joy or lightly grease and flour it. I also line the pan with aluminum foil if I want to take the whole pan out after baking to frost it.
  2. In a small bowl, mix cocoa powder, food coloring and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla to form a paste. Set aside.
  3. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, then add second teaspoon of vanilla. With mixer on medium, beat in cocoa paste. Add flour and salt, and mix just until combined.
  4. Spread in pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool before frosting.
  5. For the frosting: Melt the white chocolate according to the instructions on your package and set it aside to cool slightly. Cream butter with mixer till fluffy and add the vanilla. Slowly mix in powdered sugar, then white chocolate. Add enough milk to reach desired consistency. Frost the top of the brownies and cut into squares.
  6. Serve cold or room temperature. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.
Recipe Notes
The white chocolate frosting is great with this but if it's too rich for your taste or you crave that cream cheese frosting, this is my go-to.
Cream Cheese Frosting: 1/4 cup butter, 4 ounces cream cheese, 2 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk to desired consistency. Mix together with a mixer until light and fluffy.
Source: Food.com

 

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  1. We’ve never tried white chocolate frosting on red velvet cake and it’s about time we do! Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait!

  2. These look perfect for Valentine’s Day! I might have to bring a tray in to my office!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  3. What! Dinner in the dark sounds amazing!! What a fun idea. I would pay good money to see you eat cake and ice cream with your hands, by the way. I bet the waiter with the night vision goggles totally spies on guests to laugh at how ridiculous they look 🙂 These brownies!! Amazing!

  4. Lisa HerrNeckar says:

    If I wanted to use gel food coloring, would I need to add some other liquid to make up the 2 Tbsp of regular coloring? Maybe the buttermilk? Or, would it not matter?

    Thank you!

  5. oh yummy! I would love these! And the Dinner in the Dark sounds so creative and a little scary to ha!

  6. I’d like to double this recipe. I’m wondering if you can.

  7. What would happen if you added cream cheese to the chocolate frosting……too much?

  8. Love the red velvet brownies! Dinner in the dark! What a great idea! Was it easy to guess what you were eating?

  9. I didn’t grease my pan well, and as I was doing it I knew I wasn’t, but I went ahead like a fool. Of course they wouldn’t come out of the pan nicely, so I got creative and chunked it all in the frosting and mixed in some cream cheese and turned them into truffle balls and then dipped them in the rest of the white chocolate melted. Red velvet brownie truffles!!

  10. You are amazing! I love this recipe, how can I store this if I want to give as a gift and need to make it few hours earlier… let it be in the fridge? Thanks in advance!

  11. I love that you made the frosting white chocolate….delicious!! Thanks for the yummy recipe 🙂

  12. I measured the food coloring, cocoa, and vanilla extract and it was not even close to a paste. What happened?!