Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Frosting

 I have yet to meet a number of my best and dearest friends…Patti is one of those!  We’ve bonded over our love of food, family and home. She had a lovely personal blog, Southern Home Style Living (now retired), which focused on her home and family life…and these red velvet brownies are one of the recipes she shared.  Of course, she read the directions and added milk to her icing, and therefore could pipe lovely stars on each slice.  I, on the other hand, made the icing without following the instructions (or the list of ingredients, obviously!), and ended up with a delicious paste (it seriously tasted wonderful).  I smeared it on my brownies…and voila, my version.  Patti shared these with her fellow teachers and they disappeared in a flash…as they did in my home.
Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Frosting
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
  • 1 stick (1/2cup) butter, at room temperature
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1¼ cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 1 stick ( ½ cup) butter, at room temperature
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 ounces white chocolate, melted
  • ½ tablespoon milk (remember to add this!)
  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line 8 x 8 pan with nonstick foil or regular foil. Grease regular foil with cooking spray if using.
  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.
To make frosting:
  1. Cream butter with mixer till fluffy. Add vanilla. Slowly mix in powdered sugar, then white chocolate. Add enough milk to reach desired consistency. Ice cooled brownies or pipe a star of icing on individual brownies.
Yield: 16 brownies


  1. I am a fan of Red Velvet ANYTHING! These are so pretty! I am going to try this one for sure! I think they look absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing :)

  2. These were good, Liz. Also, they had tremendous eye appeal.

  3. These look fabulous Lizzy!

  4. Pegasuslegend says:

    Even though I am not a fan of this kind of cake …. yours would change my mind these look amazingly good! I really haven’t seen them with a contrast so I am betting I would like this style!

  5. This cake looks fabulous! Never try Red Velvet Brownies before, your creation is lovely!

  6. I think the blog universe is seriously trying to tell me to try red velvet cake ASAP! Looks so delicious!

  7. Annie's Dish says:

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  8. Annie's Dish says:

    Those look so good! I love the idea of using white chocolate instead of cream cheese for the icing, it’s so different!

  9. Patticake says:

    Thank you for such kind words, liz! You are one of my dearest friends as well!!

    Your icing adventure made me laugh out loud! It looks absolutely delicious however the process.
    I think this has been the most requested recipe of any I’ve shared. I’m glad you all enjoyed them too.


  10. Pretend Chef says:

    These look amazing. I imagined sinking my teeth into these. Brownies make me giddy. Yummy!

  11. The Country Cook says:

    I love that it has a white chocolate frosting on it instead of cream cheese – such a great twist on the classic red velvet cake. 2 people I work with absolutely adore red velvet anything. I gotta make these!

  12. Lizzy,
    I think I’ve just died and went to heaven. A couple days ago I tried a Red Velvet Cheesecake that was out of this world delicious. Now, I have a brownie recipe to try. I can’t wait! Thanks for posting these. My hips love you.

  13. briarrose says:

    Quite the decadent brownie. I love it! The red velvet base just tickles me.

  14. Katrina (Betty Ray) says:

    My fav, my fav. I love the sounds of this icing and can’t wait to try it out. These look too good for words.

  15. Lizzy these brownies look amazing! My bff loves red velvet anything so I think I need to treat her to some of these. Yum!

  16. I must try these! I love anything red velvet and these look heavenly!!! I wish I had one now!

  17. I made these awhile back and my family LOVED them. I wasn’t expecting much and was surprised at how good they are. I think even with your frosting changes they look beautiful and I love the thick coat of frosting. Yum!

  18. Butrcreamblondi says:

    Lizzy these look amazing! I love white chocolate and I like that you put a really good amount of frosting on them! I have so many things to bake today and now all I want are these brownies!!!

  19. These red velvet brownies look delicious! Can’t beat that frosting either. Yum!

  20. ButterYum says:

    Lizzy – you never fail to disappoint. Lovely pic, and great idea. RV brownies are new to me.


  21. says:

    Oh my, Liz, wow! They are so gorgeous!! I think I need to make these for the upcoming bridal shower that I have to attend… they will be a hit!

  22. I’ve had red velvet brownies before, but your white chocolate frosting sounds like the way to really make them shine. Delish!

  23. gingerbreadcake says:

    Oh Lizzy I just LOVE these!!! Red velvet is my favorite cake and I have always wanted to make red velvet brownies. And the white chocolate frosting is making me drool even more. These look incredible. :) I can’t wait to make them!

  24. OMG-Lizzy! I have never tried a Red Velvet brownie before…a red velvet cupcake, yes, but never a brownie, and so decadent elegant and fancy looking. I’m totally in love with it, and want to save this recipe!

    Please stop by my blog and check out this new Game Plan that I received an invitation for, which I’m passing it on to you. I hope you find it worth your while:D

  25. Eating in Winnipeg says:

    oh my gosh this looks wonderful, i’ll have to try this! thanks for sharing!

  26. baking.serendipity says:

    Yep, these would disappear in my house or work fast too! I love your thick layer of frosting…it’s the perfect touch :)

  27. I’m usually not a brownie person, but I may have to become one with that white chocolate frosting! Yum!

  28. Red Velvet Cupcakes…wonderful! I am going to make these, for sure, Lizzy. They are perfect and the brownies are just the right portion size!

  29. Le Petit Lapin says:

    I’ve never seen Red Velvet brownies, and yours look delicious! And I’m glad the frosting worked out without the milk…it looks lovely!

  30. I love red velvet cupcakes so I am sure these would be a hit too. They look so perfect – really great job!

  31. stefanie says:

    oh my goodness, these look amazing! i may have to try these sometime soon. i love red velvet!

  32. The Pastry Chef says:

    These look gorgeous! I’ve made red velvet cake, cupcakes and cookies but never brownies. I might have to try these – thanks!

  33. These look amazing! I am going to make these!!

  34. motherrimmy says:

    Red Velvet Brownies are a new concept to me. Considering how popular Red Velvet Cake is, this is a must try.


  35. Lizzy, these are sublimely beautiful! I’m a red velvet cake convert & would love brownies made out it. Now to search for vegan white chocolate…

  36. Our Eyes Eat First says:

    these look absolutely gorgeous! I always look forward to your lovely posts – thanks for sharing!

  37. The Pastry Chef says:

    I made these yesterday and they were fantastic! I posted them on my blog with a link back to your post for the recipe – thanks again!

  38. Oh wow! These looks amazing!!! I love red velvet and the white chocolate frosting on them must be divine!

  39. vanillabeanbaker says:

    These are so pretty, striking actually. What a great idea.

  40. Im so glad you sent this out via foodbuzz again because I somehow had missed it. Red velvet is a favorite of mine. I can’t wait to try these.

  41. These look amazing!

  42. Cookin' Cowgirl says:

    Hey there! I made these and linked back to you! These are SO yummy! Thanks for the recipe! Here they are:

  43. Lj's Gourmet Kitchen says:

    These look amazing!

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