Triple Layer Cappuccino Brownies

Triple Layer Cappuccino Brownies
By now we’ve established that Ryan and I are coffee people, but we aren’t those crazy coffee people who need their coffee to function each morning. We’ve tried Mocha Truffle Cookies, Espresso Chip Muffins, Coffee Oreo Fudge Ice Cream Pops, and Cappuccino Rice Krispies. But I have to say that my absolute favorite coffee flavored food is espresso chip ice cream. Oh and now maybe these triple layer cappuccino brownies.. :-)

Triple Layer Cappuccino Brownies
Layer #1- Chewy, Rich Brownies with Chocolate Chunks
Layer #2- Espresso Buttercream
Layer #3- Chocolate Ganache

This recipe is definitely on the list of ‘more time consuming recipes’ along with this amazing gardner’s pie recipe, but it is so worth it.

It would have been the perfect pseudo birthday cake for my birthday last week. But Ryan and my family did surprise me with something for my birthday..


Ta da!!


I am so excited but I have a lot to learn in order to figure it out.

Triple Layer Cappuccino Brownies

Yield: 1 8x8 pan


    For the brownies
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped in pieces
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate chunks (or chips)
  • For the espresso buttercream
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder (or instant coffee crystals)
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • For the chocolate ganache
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • For the garnish, optional
  • Chocolate-covered espresso beans or dusting of espresso powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Thoroughly coat an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and the unsweetened chocolate until smooth, stirring frequently.
  4. Remove the chocolate from the heat and let cool slightly.
  5. Add the sugar, mixing well.
  6. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  7. Add the vanilla.
  8. In a separate small bowl, mix the flour and the baking soda.
  9. Add the flour to the chocolate mixture and stir until just combined.
  10. Add the bittersweet chocolate chunks to the batter and mix until combined.
  11. Pour and evenly spread the batter into the pan and bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely.
  12. Espresso Buttercream Frosting
  13. Dissolve the espresso powder (or coffee crystals) in the heavy cream in a bowl.
  14. In the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer), beat the powdered sugar and the butter on medium speed until crumbly.
  15. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the coffee/cream mixture until smooth, adding more cream if necessary for your desired consistency.
  16. Spread the frosting evenly over the cooled brownies.
  17. Chocolate Ganache
  18. In a small saucepan, heat the cream and the chocolate chips over low heat, stirring frequently, until smooth and slightly thickened.  
  19. Let cool to room temperature before frosting (or chill in the fridge until ready to use).  
  20. Once smooth, frost the brownies with the chocolate ganache.  
  21. Top with chocolate-covered espresso beans or a dusting of espresso powder

Recipe adapted from The Curvy Carrot

Triple Layer Cappuccino Brownies
It’s best to keep these bad boys in the fridge.

Mmmmm, I am definitely craving coffee right now

Triple Layer Cappuccino Brownies

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  1. These brownies are looking HEAVENLY !!

  2. This recipe looks insanely delicious!! :D

    What did you get for your birthday? I can’t tell from the picture?

    Let the celebrations continue!

  3. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Oh my heavens! Those look amazing!
    I’m a HUGE chocolate fan . . and you can’t go wrong pairing it with cappuccino or espresso.
    Can’t wait to try these!
    Thanks for sharing,

  4. Beth, these brownies look and sound delicious! Happy birthday! You are going to love your camera – I got the same one just a few months ago. Lots to learn but have so much fun with it. Pinning the brownies! Have a great weekend!

  5. I love my daily coffee, but I might just need to eat these brownies instead! great birthday gift, can’t wait to see some of the great photos you take!

  6. Wow, these look so delicious, I’ll take a glass of milk as well, please! I would love for you to link these up with me this week!

    Found these at Show & Tell Saturday!

  7. Ah Maze Ing!!! craving them now

  8. These look oh so good, Beth! I love cappuccino. And I love brownies. Perfect combination. Pinning and sharing on Facebook and Twitter tomorrow. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

  9. O M G! I must try this! I feel like grabbing one right now! Thank you for the recipe! Pinning!


  10. Those look absolutely amazing — “drool-worthy” and getting pinned! Congrats on the camera. I have that one (or similar, can’t tell from the pic — Nikon?), and you will love it!

  11. Congrats on the new camera! :) They’re always fun to figure out. Those brownies look absolutely amazing- definitely want to eat one now!

  12. Wow, these look so yummy! Sounds like a perfect chocolate fix.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

  13. Holy bejeebus, I could use a handful of THAT to get me going today. YESSSS!

  14. These brownies look delicious!
    Happy Birthday!

  15. Happy belated birthday, Beth – and what an awesome gift for a food blogger :) Your brownies need to go on my list of things to try – I love coffee and barely function without it lol. Pinning it and I shared it on Facebook earlier today! Thanks for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends this week :)

  16. These brownies look AMAZING! :)
    Thank you so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week!

  17. I hope your birthday was wonderful! I know these brownies sure look wonderful! Thank you for linking this recipe to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. I am featuring it at the Top 10 Favorites post that will go live on Monday morning.

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  19. oh no you didn’t! This looks so delish! you had me at cappuccino ;) Saw you at 6 Sisters and had to stop over!

    Would love to see this linked up to Super Sunday at Who Needs a Cape! It’s still live right now ;)

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  21. Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into My Paradise TGIF Link Party! I just wanted to let you know I am featuring you this week. I would love for you to grab my button to add to the post or your sidebar. I would love for you to share your news of being featured on your social media. I can’t wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a great week!
    Hugs! Cathy

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  23. I tried these, ended up with a mushy mess of goodness. Looked awful (didn’t bother with the top ganache layer) but geez they taste good.

    • Oh no! Did you let each layer set before adding the next? I let the brownie set over night, and then add the buttercream in the next and put that in the fridge to cool for about an hour before adding the ganache.

  24. OH MY!!! I’ve been putting this Espresso Buttercream Frosting on absolutely everything chocolate!

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