brownie

I didn’t just want to be a chocolate brownie. I didn’t want to be plain. I didn’t want to be ordinary.

I wanted to be Optimus Prime. The biggest, baddest goodest, most awesomeness Transformer ever. You can’t be plain and be Optimus Prime.

So I wasn’t just chocolate. I was nutty. And I was chocolate frosted. Chocolate nutty brownie overload. That was me.

more brownie!

Ok, so that wasn’t me talking above there, as in that wasn’t me ~ catty. That there was my brownie talking, and no I don’t have a multiple personality disorder. I mean, who the hell talks as if they’re a brownie?!

Yeah. Only cra-zee people.

Anyway, my brownie might have wished he was Optimus Prime but honestly? I’m a Bumble Bee kinda girl. Simple and sweet.

image courtesy of the interwebs

image courtesy of the interwebs

I was sort of excited plastering the frosting on the slab of brownie but truth be told, I thought the frosting overpowered the deliciousness of a plain nutty brownie and shhhh… I ended up scraping the icing off.

But if you’re still keen to give it a shot because oh I don’t know “your brownie” wants to be “Optimus Prime” (who the f*** comes up with this shit?), then here’s the recipe:

Frosted choc nut brownie
Brownie:
200 grams dark chocolate, roughly chopped
175 grams unsalted butter
325 grams caster sugar (I know, that’s a lot)
130 grams plain flour
50 grams chopped mixed nuts
3 eggs
Frosting:
200 grams icing sugar
75 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature
30 grams cocoa powder
150 grams cream cheese, cold
a 33 x 23 x 5cm baking tray lined with greaseproof paper
  1. Preheat oven to 170°C/325°F (Gas 3).
  2. Put the chocolate and butter in a heat proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Leave until melted and smooth.
  3. Remove from heat. Add the sugar and stir until well incorporated. Add the flour and stir until well incorporated. Stir in the eggs and mix until thick and smooth. Finally add the chopped mixed nuts and mix.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tray and bake in preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until flaky on the top but still soft in the centre. Be careful not to overcook otherwise the edges will become hard and crunchy. Leave to cool completely before frosting.
  5. For the frosting, beat together the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder in a medium slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed.
  6. Add the cream cheese in one go and beat until it is completely incorporated. Turn the mixer up to medium high speed.
  7. Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes, but do not overbeat as it can become runny.
Makes about 12 portions

16 Thoughts on “frosted. chocolate. nutty. the Optimus Prime of chocolate brownies

  1. OH.MY.GOD,Are you trying to kill us with your recipe?!! It is to die for!!

  2. That is a Brownie that wants to be a CupCake, but draws the line at whirlygigs…

  3. No, see, frosting on brownies is just wrong!

    *sigh*

    I guess you had to go and learn the hard way… ;)

  4. Mathilde: Haha I’m not so much trying to “kill” you as “help” you get in touch with your sweet buds :)

    Lynne: LOL, yes, this brownie has not yet come out of the closet.

    aforkful: I did learn the hard way, hence baking a whole new set a mere two days later! :D

  5. That’s serious frosting!! It almost looks like the surface of a Mars bar!

  6. So these were the brownies you were tweeting about! I understand why now. ;) I love the thickness of that frosting! Hehe.

  7. Sarah: LOL I know, I thought I’d have a little bit of brownie to go with the frosting :)

    Su-yin: LOL yeh there’s just a little bit too much frosting but hey, you only live once!

  8. Wow, that looks inteeeeense!!!

    xox Sarah

  9. Love the brownie, so yummy looking- I want to reach in and snatch it up! Look forward to learning how to make a Mac with you this winter. My first attempt was, well . . . not exactly perfect.

  10. Sarah: Yes, INTENSE. death by frosting INTENSE.

    Cristie: I haven’t made a mac! I don’t know how??? I’d rather just eat them, they take way too much finesse to make and well, that’s just something I don’t have!

  11. I wish you lived here so that you could make that for me =( Looks so damn good!!!!!

  12. this really is the flipping Optimus Prime of brownies. check out the frosting. you’ve got me, hun you really do. I’m sold. Wed me? x

  13. Loving that thick layer of gorgeous chocolate cream frosting…

  14. Anh: I wish I was living there so you can cook me Vietnamese food :) miss you babe xx

    diva: LOL I know right? There’s more frosting than brownie, if that isn’t Optimus I don’t know what is!

    Kitchen Butterfly: me too x

  15. Think my hubby just fell in love with you a little when he saw the photo of the brownie! These are similar to his favourite frosted brownies from Hummingbird Bakery – he loves those! I may have to make him some – pre-January dieting!

  16. LOL thanks Anne! Yes, it was actually an adaptation of the Hummingbird recipe ~ I didn’t use the brownie recipe, I also added some nuts, but I did use the Hummingbird frosting recipe :) Make some and let me know how you go :)

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