Chocolate BlogHop: Red Velvet Brownies

I've been experimenting with brownies lately and couldn't wait to try making Red Velvet Brownies. My last attempt at making brownies didn't go so well and I really didn't want to mess with my original recipe this time around. This is my first attempt at making something "red velvet" and I wanted it to be similar to a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting. My only problem was I had no idea how much red food coloring gel to use. I looked up tons of recipes but they were all different to mine and all used different amounts of color. I could have followed a different recipe but I wanted these to be based on my quick easy brownies. I feel I used enough red coloring gel but it didn't show though on the pictures unless I used the flash, see the picture after the jump to see the true redness of these red velvet brownies! These really did turn out great, I loved the cream cheese frosting on top of the brownies. These would make a great Valentine's Day treat.

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Recipe 
Ingredients: 
Brownies:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp red food coloring gel
1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Frosting:
inspired by the pink whisk
70g butter
200g cream cheese
400g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Steps: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Grease a 9x9 inch baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time. 
  3. In a small bowl, mix together cocoa powder, vanilla, and red food coloring gel. Press the gel into the cocoa until you can no longer see it and there are no big lumps. Mix thoroughly into the egg mixture.
  4. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually stir into the egg mixture until well blended. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the brownie begins to pull away from edges of pan. Let cool on a wire rack before cutting into squares.
  6. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese until it is well combined. 
  7. Add in the vanilla and 100g of icing sugar until fully mixed in. Keep adding 100g at a time until it is all added in. 
  8. Place the frosting in the fridge until the brownies are completely cooled and ready to decorate. 


Co-hosts:


In this picture you can see the redness of these brownies. In person, they looked red and with the flash on it really showed, just wished it showed in the pictures above.

Reactions:

25 comments:

  1. the red in your red velvet looks amazing! These are a pinner for sure. I can't resist a good brownie. Glad to be in the bloghop with you!

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  2. How beautiful is that batter?? Love the way you piped the cream cheese frosting on top, too.

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  3. That shot of the batter is so tempting. These look wonderful and the piped frosting is perfect:)

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  4. That shot of the batter is so tempting. These look wonderful and the piped frosting is perfect:)

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  5. You always seem to amaze me with all of your recipes!

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  6. looks delish! Brownie with cream cheese = chocolate love to me :) great recipe.

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  7. Red Velvet and brownies, mmmm. That's a great combo. And I love the cream cheese frosting, too.

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  8. These look so moist...and chocolately!

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  9. Delicious combination, red velvet and brownie!Beautiful pics as well :)

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  10. Your frosting looks divine and yes you can definitely see the red in the final shot! Sending you some #chocolatelove :)

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  11. Your red velvet brownies turned out perfect. Absolutely delicious!!

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  12. Another clever idea..red velvet and brownies! I shall try with a vegan version :)

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  13. These look marvellous! I'd never heard of the red velvet cake now they seem to be coming up everywhere! Your brownies look really moist - yum!
    Lin xx

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  14. oh yum, I love brownies with cream cheese frosting, these would be perfect for me.

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  15. Yum! I've been meaning to try out Eric Lanlard's version, which makes the red by a chemical reaction instead of food colouring (cah-razay, right?!)

    http://www.channel4.com/4food/recipes/chefs/eric-lanlard/red-velvet-cupcakes-recipe

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  16. Red velvet brownies-oh my! And, your cream cheese frosting is totally calling out my name!!! Happy #chocolatelove

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  17. I love cream cheese! These brownies look fantastic! :)

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  18. I have never tried red velvet brownies, but I will now! Thank you for sharing :)

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  19. Wow, love the combo! I am going to have to try! :)
    Dropping by to share some #chocolatelove! Glad to be co-hosting with you!
    Cindy
    (Vegetarian Mamma)

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  20. Love the combination, and the red is perfect for Valentine's Day!

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  21. This looks so good....
    I love how perfectly red it looks...
    Yum...
    #chocolatelove your way...

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  22. love, love this Mike! looks so moist, just how I want my brownies to be :)

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  23. these brownies look fabulous, mike! i love the mix btwn red velvet and brownies here! sending some #chocolatelove to you!

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  24. That cream cheese frosting looks to-die-for! Great job on the recipe, it looks super rich and decadent. Sending #chocolatelove your way! :)

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