Brownie Flashback

My camera is on the fritz again today so here is a recipe from this summer. I made it for my dad’s birthday, and it was a success, a little ugly, but a tasty success.

happy birthday dad

The frosting is super sweet but makes the perfect companion to a scoop of vanilla ice cream. So, recipe:

Cocoa Brownies with Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting
Adapted from Chocolate Fantasies from Oxmoor House

Brownies

– 2 cups sugar
– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 tsp baking soda
– ¼ cup plus 1 Tbs cocoa powder
– 1 cup butter or margarine (I used salted butter)
– 1 cup water
– ½ cup heavy cream (the original recipe calls for buttermilk)
– 2 eggs, beaten
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate-Marshmallow Frosting:
– 2 oz unsweetened chocolate
– ½ cup butter
– 2 cups marshmallows, miniature are best
– 3 cups sifted powdered sugar
– 1 egg
– 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400° and grease two 9” round cake pans.

Combine sugar, flour, baking soda, and cocoa in a large bowl; stir well and set aside.

In a small saucepan, combine butter and water, cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until butter melts.

stirring chocolate

Pour melted butter over the flour mixture. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer for about 1 minute. Add the heavy cream, eggs, and vanilla; beat just until blended.

Pour into 2 greased 9” round cake pans and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

pouring batter

Cool on rack completely. While cooling, start on frosting.

Combine chocolate, butter, and marshmallows in a double boiler; bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring constantly, until chocolate melts. Let cool for 3 minutes.

marshmallows and chocolate

Combine powdered sugar, egg, vanilla, and chocolate mixure in a medium bowl; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.

poured icing
Turn out first brownie layer onto cake stand or whatever you’ll be presenting it on, pour ½ of frosting onto the cake and spread round with spatula, allowing frosting to drip down the sides. Carefully place second layer on top of the first one, (I say carefully because your cake may turn out like my cake, and be half the size… ) and pour remainder of frosting over top. Let cool completely. Cut up and serve…. Mmmmm

The weather here is gorgeous, light and breezy, the sun is shining and with the windows open I can smell my herbs and flowers. I’m also watching Stranger Than Fiction, I want to have a bakery of my own so badly. Or at least a house full of people to bake cookies and cakes for.

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