The Best Orange Frosted Brownies

This recipe for Fudgy Brownies is my favorite – one bowl and so easy! Topped with Orange Frosting made with mandarine oranges, these are The Best Orange Frosted Brownies you’ll ever eat!


Happy Easter everyone! I hope you’re having a relaxing Sunday with your family.

We got back last night from a couple of days in San Diego, visiting family. Another word for this trip: the Eating Extravaganza of 2013.

Let me give you a rundown:

We were traveling, so eating a danish at the airport was perfectly acceptable.

So was the bagel sandwich I scarfed at Einstein’s. {Why oh why is there no Einstein’s in Rocklin, CA?}

Then there were hamburgers and chips for dinner.

Friday – now that took the cake. We went out to breakfast with Mel’s dad.

We went to Il Fornaio for lunch.

And I was still hungry for a sandwich at dinner. And frozen yogurt.

We celebrated early Easter Saturday morning with cinnamon rolls and eggs. Which I washed down with two pork carnitas tacos at Old Town.

All interspersed with handfuls of Cadbury Mini Eggs.

Oh, and we went for brunch this morning.

My new name: Fatty McBuffet Pants.

I wore leggings for a reason. None of my pants fit.

So I’m going on a fast for the next week.

As long as the fast includes brownies, I’m good.


I am totally eating crow with these brownies, BTW. I have scoffed at the orange-and-chocolate combo for years. I remember seeing one of those orange chocolate shaped thingies at Christmas when I was like, 12 and thinking EW OMG NO WAY.

People. I was wrong. So very, very wrong.

Orange and chocolate are totally BFFs. Like, they need to get broken heart-shaped necklaces and wear matching color hair ties on their wrists because OMG they can’t live without each other and they have to proclaim their love to everyone.

Orange + Chocolate = Heaven.


This brownie recipe isn’t new. It’s my favorite Fudgy Brownie recipe, the one I paired recently with Coconut Frosting. The same brownies I stuffed truffles inside.

These brownies are rich and fabulous and sinful and the best ever. I use two kinds of melted chocolate and cocoa powder in these brownies for a richness you wouldn’t believe. They are pretty much one bowl and are better than a box. Yes, I said it. They are better than a box brownie.

They’re good even by themselves with a fork, but they are even better with Orange Frosting.

You can use any kind of orange for this frosting, but I used Cuties (mandarin oranges). I had a bag and they were going to go to waste since Jordan decided she won’t eat them. The juice is so fragrant my mouth waters every time I juice them. I don’t like eating oranges (I have texture issues and pulp is a #1 offender) but I like peeling Cuties just so my fingers will smell like them.

The frosting is a basic one: butter and powdered sugar and flavoring. I added orange juice and zest to flavor the frosting. And, my secret for the best frosting ever? Heavy cream. Not milk. Certainly not non-fat milk. The real deal: heavy whipping cream. Just a tablespoon or two makes the frosting rich, creamy, and oh-so-good.


 Meh. I’ll start the fast on tomorrow. What’s one more day? 😉


The Best Orange Frosted Brownies


For the Brownies

  • 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate , coarsely chopped
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate , coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Place the two baking chocolates and butter in a large, microwave safe bowl. Heat on HIGH power for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until chocolate is smooth. Stir in sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, and cocoa and stir well. Add flour and stir carefully.
  3. Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake about 25 minutes, until a toothpick 2 inches from the outside of the pan comes out clean. Let cool before cutting.
  4. To make the frosting, beat butter in a large bowl with a hand mixer until smooth. Slowly beat in powdered sugar until crumbly. Beat in orange juice, then heavy cream (not together).
  5. Spread frosting over the top of the cooled brownies.

Other brownie love:

Fudgy Brownies with Coconut Frosting

Fudgy Brownies with Coconut Frosting 1 words

Brownie Mud Hen Bars

Brownie Mud Hen Bars by Crazy for Crust | A gooey brownie topped with a crunchy sweet meringue!

Sweets from friends:
Layered S’mores Brownies by Shugary Sweets
Microwave Brownie in a Cup by No. 2 Pencil
Better than Anything Caramel Stuffed Brownies



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  2. Mmm, love the orange frosting on these. I bet they really give them a fresh taste! And I’m a supporter of a good pair of leggings, pants are overrated anyways… but I’d probably better join you on that fast next week 😉

  3. Flavors + chocolate. It’s a hard call. I do scoff at it, too. Like I would never seek out a raspberry-filled truffle or those choc-covered gooey cherries around Valentines Day that you get in a box of! But there is a time and a place for fruit + chocolate. And this looks like the time and the place. The GOOEY and rich factor of the brownies. I just want those forever!

  4. I love orange and chocolate together, this treat looks so YUMMY!

  5. I can’t believe you made this! I made a cake brownie with orange frosting today! But I do have to say yours looks way better! Way better!

  6. Looks amazing Dorothy although I’ve never been a big orange and chocolate fan myself. BUT, since I totally trust you – I will have to give them a try 🙂 Totally digging your eating rampage in San Diego – wish I was there! Can’t wait for Phoenix…

  7. I’ve actually never been a fan of frosting on brownies but I do love oranges and chocolate together.
    I may just have to try out this recipe and see if these babies do the trick!

  8. Glad to see you’ve come back to the light. Chocolate and orange are so heavenly. Every Christmas I secretly wish I will get a chocolate orange. I never do. These look delightful. I can’t wait to try them.

  9. I SO love and enjoy orange and chocolate together! The brownies look fabulous – I’m all for one bowl anything when mixing. Pinning this recipe! Have a great week and hope it won’t be long til you fit back into your pants. We all gotta live it up sometimes! =)

  10. I am all for a fast for the next week. I definitely ate way more than I should have this weekend…the scale is going to scare me tomorrow I’m sure!!! Those fudge brownies look amazing! And with orange frosting…I am dying over here! Yum!!!

  11. I love chocolate and orange together. I’m still spring breaking at my parents house this week, but starting April 8 I need to fast. For a month. Or two.

  12. Fatty McBuffet Pants- bahaaahahaaa I laughed out loud 🙂

  13. I used to eat those creepy orange chocolate candies like nobody’s business, but I’ve never had orange frosting on a brownie, sounds FANTASTIC!

  14. Love that these have orange frosting! Chocolate and orange go so well together, but I’ve never thought to frost my brownies with it! These are going on my “to bake” list! 🙂

  15. Good call on the leggins. I’m sportin’ some today for the same reason. psh.

  16. Orange and chocolate … great combo … thanks for sharing the recipe.

  17. This post made me hungry!

    I actually liked those chocolate oranges as a kid, and was gonig to try some chocolate orange brownies, but never got around to it. This frosting recipe looks to-die-for.

  18. Those look really good. I would have to agree with you on that combination!

  19. Love chocolate and orange together! It is one of my dad’s favorite combos. I am pinning this so that I can make this for him when he visitis next!

  20. I used to love those orange chocolates! My mom would buy me one every year on the holidays but I never thought about making it into a brownie. That orange frosting with the heavy cream looks good enough to eat alone.

  21. sounds a LOT like my entire week – BUT you cannot utter the words fast, and then share these…that’s just mean

  22. Never thought of having orange frosting on brownies, but this sounds amazing. I know what you mean about eating too much over Easter. I didn’t even go out of town, but I baked a lot of treats and felt like I should truly celebrate, but now I’m regretting it just a bit.

  23. I love citrus desserts but have to say I have reservations when they are combined with chocolate. Your amazing pictures have me salivating though and I am totally reconsidering.

  24. Wow I love your eating extravaganza!! That sounds like so much fun! Tomorrow is always the better day to start a fast – lol! I have to say I have always loved orange and chocolate and I would for sure love these brownies too! Thanks for sharing the recipe! 🙂

  25. Thank you…I needed a good laugh on this Monday! I must must must try your fudge brownies asap. Although I fear I may be next in line for some stretch pants. 😉 Have you ever tried your fudge brownie recipe in a smaller pan? I was just curious if you preferred the 9 x 13.

    • You can totally do them in a 9×9 – but they’ll be thicker. Thicker is sometimes better. 🙂 Check the bake times too – it’ll be longer. I just naturally gravitate towards the bigger pan. 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

  26. Ohhhhh yummm Dorothy!! I love orange and chocolate together….this frosting looks delectable and I would probably ask for double 🙂

  27. That sounds like a wonderful trip of eating.I love those and hate those all at the same time.

    I am a chocolate orange fan but oddly not an orange fan on its own, except for the little ones.

  28. You know, I’ve never been a huge fan of the chocolate/orange combo, but seeing these pictures has totally changed my mind. These look so good, Dorothy! Seriously. SO. GOOD.

  29. Orange and chocolate are a perfect combo. These look delish! Glad you had a yummy trip.

  30. Mmmmmm, I think I need an all brownie diet 😉 I love how fudgy these look, and cutie frosting?? That HAS to be good! I need to try these!

  31. My mind has yet to be blown by an orange/chocolate combination, but this looks like a good way to do it! Especially with oranges sitting in my fridge right now…

    And I need to find me a go-to brownie recipe. I feel so left out for not having one.

    Btw, you had me laughing on this post. Especially the part where you washed down cinnamon rolls and eggs with 2 pork carnitas tacos. Wear those leggings proudly, you’ve earned them with my admiration and respect!

  32. Sounds delicious! I am with you on the love of those Christmas oranges!

  33. I, too, have a bag of iffy cuties sitting on the kitchen counter because my dear two year old suddenly decided he doesn’t like them. And I, too, should be eating crow over that whole chocolate/orange combo, thanks to a very successful batch of chocolate orange muffins a while back. The good news is that I think I would eat anything, crow included, if you smothered it in that beautiful frosting. I’ll be making these soon. Thanks for sharing!

  34. These look so good! I love a frosted brownie!

  35. Want. these. now! I seriously love chocolate and orange! Great recipe Dorothy!
    Mackenzie 🙂

  36. I was feeling like I need a laugh or at least a smile. So I came over here to do some catch up reading. You never disappoint 🙂

  37. Your brownies look and sound amazing, I love the idea of the orange frosting!

  38. I love your pictures and recipes, they are mouth watering. Would love for you to share them with us at We are new but at we are not photography snobs, we are just foodies.

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  40. Would you believe I am not a huge chocolate lover, crazy right? So adding a fruity frosting to your brownie is beyond AWESOME to me:-). They look soooooooo delicious! Hugs, Terra

  41. Interesting combo, now I’m curious! Saw them on Back For Seconds Social LInk Party.

    Not Your Average Super Moms!

  42. These sound great!! I love the combination!!!

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  46. oh my gosh. must make these!

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  54. I didn’t like the orange/chocolate candy, either, but I like that flavor combination. I used to make a fudgy chocolate cake with orange frosting. I used powdered sugar, butter, heavy cream, and (of all things) TANG! It worked great, and I didn’t have to have oranges on hand. Delicious!

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  57. I have ALWAYS loved anything chocolate and orange, can’t remember a time I didn’t! These brownie/orange and everything else combos make my mouth water and I can’t wait to get to the store and buy some oranges!! Oh my stars.

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