Vintage Cake

This Vintage Cake combines two layers of white cake, with a surprise brownie layer soaked in a decadent chocolate sauce. And the cream cheese frosting takes it right over the top!

This Vintage Cake combines two layers of white cake, with a surprise brownie layer soaked in a decadent chocolate sauce. And the cream cheese frosting takes it right over the top!

Despite taking all of Wilton’s cake decorating classes, my frosting piping skills still leave a lot to be desired.  Cake decorating…I’m not so good at.  Cake eating…well, at that, I’m a pro.;-)

Recently, I got the opportunity to get my cake-happy hands on Amanda’s (of I am Baker and the originator of the rose cake) new book, Surprise Inside Cakes.  Based on the cover alone, I knew Amanda’s book would not disappoint – and it certainly didn’t.

Each cake is not only beautiful on the outside, but also contains a “surprise” when you slice into them.  From rainbow cakes to ombre cakes to a candle shape baked inside a Jack O’Lantern cake, Amanda expertly shows you step-by-step how to recreate these gorgeous cakes at home.  She even makes it look easy!

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As much as I wanted to start with a more complex cake, I decided to start with a cake I can handle, and work my way up…I’m hoping by Doodle’s birthday in July I can give something like this a try:

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Amazing, right??

But for today’s post, I’m sharing this Vintage Cake…primarily because I knew I could handle swirling the cream cheese frosting on the top.  Oh, and also because the decadent layers inside really appealed to my taste buds.

This Vintage Cake combines two layers of white cake, with a surprise brownie layer soaked in a decadent chocolate sauce. And the cream cheese frosting takes it right over the top!

The surprise inside this particular cake?  Sitting below two layers of the fluffiest, most-fabulous white cake I’ve ever tasted, was a layer of decadent brownies…which were layered with a slathering of chocolate sauce.

I’m not lying when I tell you eating a slice of this cake had me drooling as much as watching Adam Levine perform shirtless. ;-)

This Vintage Cake combines two layers of white cake, with a surprise brownie layer soaked in a decadent chocolate sauce. And the cream cheese frosting takes it right over the top!

Plus, it was super-duper easy to make!  I used Amanda’s white cake recipe – which I highly recommend: it was without a doubt, the best white cake I’ve ever eaten.  I also used her recipe for Decadent Brownies, and yes, they were truly decadent and perfect.  The coolest part about using Amanda’s white cake recipe is that she specifically designed the cakes to bake level, stable, and sturdy – making them much easier to frost.  For a novice cake decorator like me, this was a must. ;-)

However, I love that Amanda also notes that you can substitute your favorite box mixes for both the cake and the brownies.  You can still have an amazing surprise inside cake, without quite as much work.  If you’re a beginning baker, this is a great way to get started with some of her amazing creations and wow your friends and family.

This Vintage Cake combines two layers of white cake, with a surprise brownie layer soaked in a decadent chocolate sauce. And the cream cheese frosting takes it right over the top!

Vintage Cake

Vintage Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix or your favorite white cake recipe
  • 1 box brownie mix
  • 2 squares (2 ounces) semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk (half of a 14-ounce can)
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Prepare white cake as directed on the box, and pour into two 9-inch round cake pans. Allow cakes to cool to room temperature.
  2. Prepare brownies as directed, baking in a 9-inch round cake pan.
  3. To make the chocolate sauce, place the chocolate, sweetened condensed milk and 1 tablespoon water in a small saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring until the chocolate is melted (about 5 minutes).
  4. While the brownies are still warm, place the brownie layer on a cake stand. Slowly pour the chocolate sauce on top, letting it soak into the brownie. Allow the sauce to soak in for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, make the cream cheese frosting (see below).
  5. Place a white cake layer on top of the brownies and top with approximately 1/4 cup of the frosting using an offset spatula.
  6. Add the second white cake layer and cover the cake in a layer of cream cheese frosting. Since I'm not a pro at decorating, I used Amanda's tip and just swooped my spatula through the frosting in a "C" shape.
  7. Chill the cake until ready to serve.
  8. To make the frosting:
  9. Combine the cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a stand mixer and mix on medium speed until incorporated, about 1 or 2 minutes. Add the confectioner's sugar 1 cup at a time, until the frosting is light and creamy. For thicker/stiffer frosting, add more confectioner's sugar 1/4 cup at a time. If the frosting is too stiff, add milk 1 tablespoon at a time.
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This Vintage Cake combines two layers of white cake, with a surprise brownie layer soaked in a decadent chocolate sauce. And the cream cheese frosting takes it right over the top!

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Welcome to Wake Up Wednesdays {Week 28}!! The day you get to take over our blogs!

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Did everyone have an awesome St. Patrick’s Day?

I guess I’m still sort of in the mood for all things mint and/or green, considering that’s what most of this week’s features entail! ;-)  You guys are all such a talented bunch that it really makes choosing features so hard.  And I can’t tell you all enough how excited we are for you to visit us each week and share your awesome creations with us!

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My kiddo LOVED the cheeriness of these Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies from Mom on Timeout, and I have to say…I agree!

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I’m a sucker for anything with Bailey’s in it, regardless of the season or holiday.  These Bailey’s Chocolate Cookies from Life, Love and Sugar are definitely calling my name.

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Breakfast definitely won’t be boring with these Homemade Crumb Donuts from Baking A Moment!

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Did you know mint chocolate anything (everything!!) is my favorite? I’ve got to try these Mint Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes from Beyond Frosting – they’re gorgeous, no??

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We’ve {finally!} had some nice weather days around here, so I’m definitely ready to celebrate spring with this Lime Sherbet Freeze from Your Homebased Mom!

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Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings

These baked Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings are the perfect gameday appetizer.  The combination of sweet honey and spicy Sriracha are a great crowd pleaser in this easy to prepare dish!

These baked Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings are the perfect gameday appetizer.  The combination of sweet honey and spicy Sriracha are a great crowd pleaser in this easy to prepare dish!

Well, it’s officially March Madness.  For my family, things usually get a little bit exciting this time of year.  While I’m generally more of a football fan, my husband and my father are huge NCAA basketball fans.  Historically, they’re huddled around the television cheering on the University of Kansas…but this year, it’s {one of} my alma matter that is getting all of the attention:

Wichita State University

The Shockers are entering the tournament with a 34-0 record, and the entire city is decked out in yellow and black.  Billboards along the highway boast the hastag #playangry, the Shocker mascot is everywhere you look, and strangers are high-fiving each other in stores and parking lots.  For a team from the Missouri Valley Conference that usually isn’t given a second thought {despite making it to the Final Four last year}, it’s pretty awesome.

Kinda like these Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings.

These baked Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings are the perfect gameday appetizer.  The combination of sweet honey and spicy Sriracha are a great crowd pleaser in this easy to prepare dish!

So we’re munching on these tonight while watching selection Sunday…and I have a feeling we’ll me making them again as the madness of March progresses.

For this recipe, I used my Wilton Armetale Casserole/Baker.  It’s the perfect baking dish for these wings because it’s oven-safe, and pretty enough to serve in.  I don’t want to spend my basketball watching time washing dishes, you know? ;-)

Plus, Armetele keeps hot foods hot longer {and cold foods cold longer}, cleans up in a flash, is super durable, and offers a lifetime warranty against breakage {don’t use it in the microwave or dishwasher, though}.  I have quite a few pieces I received as wedding gifts years ago, but I’m loving this new casserole baker – I can even use it on the grill this summer!

These baked Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings are the perfect gameday appetizer.  The combination of sweet honey and spicy Sriracha are a great crowd pleaser in this easy to prepare dish!

If you’re planning any game watching parties during March Madness, make sure you add these wings to your list!  And if you haven’t heard of Sriracha, it’s an Asian Chili sauce that you can find in the International food aisle of your grocery store (look for the green bottle with a rooster on it).

Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings

Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings

Ingredients

    For the Wings:
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for the pan
  • 2 pounds chicken wings, split at the joints, tips removed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • For the Sauce:
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup honey, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/4 cup Sriracha (or more, if you like things really spicy)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet or casserole dish with vegetable oil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, the melted butter, granulated garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Dry the wings with a paper towel. Pour the mixture over the wings and toss well to coat. Spread the wings in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake the wings until browned and crisp, 45 to 55 minutes.
  4. To make the sauce:
  5. Melt the butter in a small pot over medium heat. Add the honey, Sriracha, soy sauce and lime juice and stir until the mixture bubbles gently. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  6. Carefully remove the wings from the baking sheet and transfer to a large bowl. Pour the warm sauce over the wings and gently toss to coat. Transfer the wings to a serving platter back to your casserole dish and drizzle with more honey if desired. Garnish with lime wedges, sesame seeds and cilantro.

recipe from Food Network

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XO, Ashley

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Thin Mint Protein Shake

This Thin Mint Protein Shake comes in at under 250 calories, contains a whopping 38 grams of protein, and is only 6 Weight Watchers Points Plus per serving!

This Thin Mint Protein Shake comes in at under 250 calories, contains a whopping 38 grams of protein, and is only 6 Weight Watchers Points Plus per serving!

 I know, I’ve been a little MIA lately.  I spent a good portion of February with a cold/flu, which is the third time since October I’ve had the same junk.  And as I spent my days sucking on throat drops, downing hot tea, and generally feeling miserable, I came to a conclusion: I need to spend a bit more time taking care of me.  Between work, Doodle’s karate schedule, the blog, and trying to fit in all of the other stuff I have to do (i.e.: laundry, groceries, trying to tame the havoc left behind by a 6-year old boy, sleeping on occasion), there wasn’t much time left over for me.  And like most women, I tend to put my own needs at the bottom of the list.

And then I realized – I can’t take care of anyone else if I’m not taking care of myself first.

I’m not going to bore you with the details, but I decided one of the things I need to do for me is to make some changes to my eating habits – not an easy prospect when you’re a food blogger.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to totally change the focus of my blog, but I am going to share some of my “healthier” recipes with you here and there – if only so that I’m not tempted to eat so many cakes and brownies during photo shoots. ;-)

And because I am a long-time Weight Watchers participant, I’m going to do my best to calculate points to go along with some of the recipes I share.

This Thin Mint Protein Shake comes in at under 250 calories, contains a whopping 38 grams of protein, and is only 6 Weight Watchers Points Plus per serving!

I always, always, always eat breakfast (typically oatmeal), but it doesn’t always ever keep me full all morning.  As a result, I end up snacking on other stuff (junk) until lunchtime – and when you work a sedentary job, that’s not a good combination.  Lately, I’ve been mixing up protein shakes in the morning.  I used to think protein powder was primarily for weightlifters, but I’ve found a scoop in my morning smoothies really does helps keep me full.  I’ve been trying some various flavor combinations, and right now, this Thin Mint version is at the top of my list.

Thin Mint Protein Shake

Thin Mint Protein Shake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar-free chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/8 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ice cubes - I like my shakes thick, so I use 10-12; adjust to your preference

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and pulse until desired consistency is reached.
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Note: calorie count and points plus values do not include whipped cream or cookies.

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XO, Ashley

 

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Welcome to Wake Up Wednesdays {Week 27}!! The day you get to take over our blogs!

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Before we get started with the usual WUW details, I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who come back week after week to link up! This link party just keeps growing and growing and growing and each week it makes me so happy to see all the amazing things that are getting linked up. So THANK YOU!

With Spring headed our way, I can’t wait to see all the amazing things that you have for us this week! Pleas make sure that you are following us on all our social media outlets so that when we share your great work you can see it!

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Joyful Healthy Eats knows the way to my heart with this delicious Spicy Shrimp Pasta! Yummm! Right up my alley!

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Once this baby is out, I am going to be ready to run! I love this training program from Tone & Tighten because it is about way more than just running!

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It would be impossible for me to pass up a slice of this Lucky Charms Swirled Bundt Cake from Chelsea’s Messy Apron! How cute!

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I love a good no bake treat, and these No Bake Pound Cake Bites from Shaken Together are so sweet, cute, and tiny!

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I’m a total sucker for paninis and these Hawaiian Pulled Pork Paninis from Live Laugh Rowe have me drooling!

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And finally, this Vanilla Chai Mug Cake from Life With The Crust Off! I looooove chai and I can’t wait to make this!

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Easy Cheesy Turkey Chili Mac

This super quick Easy Cheesy Turkey Chili Mac comes together in 30 minutes with the help of Ragú Traditional Sauce.

This super quick Easy Cheesy Turkey Chili Mac comes together in 30 minutes with the help of Ragú Traditional Sauce.

I’m not sure how or when I got the idea stuck in my head that as soon as Doodle got a little bit older, things would get “easier” around my house.  I mean, surely when you’re no longer sterilizing bottles or changing diapers, you end up with all kinds of free time on your hands, right?  And bonus free time when your kiddo can get himself through the shower, into pajamas and teeth brushed all on his own.  With all of this “extra” time, I can now sink into my favorite flower chair for a quiet 30 minutes after work.  Maybe read a few pages of a good novel, casually sip a glass of red wine.

Other parents of school-aged children are probably chuckling as they read this.

In the approximate 30 minutes of “free time” I have after work, we’ve got to fit in first-grade homework, after-school snack, changing clothes (Doodle, not me), and driving to karate class.  Four.nights.a.week.  By the time we get home, it’s 6:45, and preparing a time-consuming meal is out of the question – not just because of my growling stomach, but for my sanity as well.

This Easy Cheesy Turkey Chili Mac can be on my table in just 30 minutes, and is a crowd-pleaser for parents and kids alike.

This super quick Easy Cheesy Turkey Chili Mac comes together in 30 minutes with the help of Ragú Traditional Sauce.

And despite our crazy schedules, we make it a priority to always sit down at the table and eat as a family.  Ragú is one of those comfort foods for me – it brings me back to my own childhood, sitting around the table with my family, dishing about our day with a healthy, yummy meal.

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Easy Cheesy Turkey Chili Mac

Easy Cheesy Turkey Chili Mac

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 2-3 garlic gloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce
  • 1 can (15-ounce) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 can (15-ounce) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I used cheddar)

Instructions

  1. Brown turkey with minced garlic in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes. Drain; then add in Italian seasoning, onion powder, basil, and red pepper flakes (if using). Sauté spices with the meat for about 30 seconds.
  2. Add Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce and diced tomatoes to the meat mixture and
  3. bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and add macaroni and kidney beans. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Stir occasionally.
  4. When the macaroni is tender, sprinkle with cheese, replace cover and let stand until cheese is melted.
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Welcome to Wake Up Wednesdays!

And just like that it’s March.  Except here it feels like mid-December.  We just got another round of snow/ice, and most of the area schools were closed here Monday because of super low temperatures (windchills in the negative double-digits).

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We can’t wait to see what you’re bringing to the party this week. Fingers crossed for Spring stuff! I’m so over this cold weather. I’m hoping if the Spring time projects and recipes start being popular, Mother Nature will get on board with us! #ThinkSpring

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Ok, let’s get into the super stars from last weeks’ party!

Is there anything better than chocolate & peanut butter? No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars are making me drool!

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Mostaccioli Bake looks like a comfort meal I’d love to have tonight!

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I have yet to meet a quesadilla I didn’t like…. so how could I pass up this Easy Quesadilla Round Up??!!

Tie Dyed Easter Eggs is just the kind of Spring craft I need in my life!

This St. Patrick’s Day Mocktail is perfect for the whole family!

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7 Layer Magic Bars is the perfect bite sized treat!

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Irish Cream Brownies with Brown Butter Icing {The Recipe Girl Cookbook Giveaway}

How’s this for decadence?  Irish Cream is incorporated into the batter in these Irish Cream Brownies with Brown Butter Icing.  It’s also brushed on top of the warm brownies right out of the oven.  Finally, it’s incorporated into the brown butter icing that is spread on top.

Irish Cream is incorporated into the batter in these Irish Cream Brownies with Brown Butter Icing.  It's also brushed on top of the warm brownies right out of the oven.  Finally, it's incorporated into the brown butter icing that is spread on top.

I made these over the weekend, and was so thankful when Monday rolled around so I could send them off with the Tall Boy to work.  Otherwise, I was likely to eat the entire batch.  These were some of the best brownies I’ve eaten in a long time – and I sort of consider myself a brownie connoisseur.

Actually, everything in The Recipe Girl Cookbook looks simply amazing.  You follow her blog, right?  She has over 2,500 recipes (!!) and I want to make every.single.one. of them.  Recently, I had the opportunity to peruse her new cookbook, and now I have dozens of new recipes I want to try: from French Toast with Crunchy Cinnamon Crust to Sweet Chili Pulled Pork to Mango Margaritas, there’s something in this cookbook for everyone.

Of course, I flipped right to the dessert section, because that’s how I roll.

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And while flipping through, this recipe for Irish Cream Brownies with Brown Butter Icing caught my eye.  Since St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, I felt it was my duty to give these brownies a try.

Not that Irish Cream is necessarily synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s certainly a good excuse to pull the bottle out from the liquor cabinet. ;-)

Irish Cream is incorporated into the batter in these Irish Cream Brownies with Brown Butter Icing.  It's also brushed on top of the warm brownies right out of the oven.  Finally, it's incorporated into the brown butter icing that is spread on top.

You’ll start by incorporating 1/2 cup of Irish cream into your brownie batter.  After your brownies bake, and while they are still warm, you’ll brush more Irish cream over the top.  It sort of melts down into the brownies, and makes ‘em extra soft and decadent and marvelous.

Even better?  After the brownies cool, you’ll brown some butter, add in some powdered sugar and a little more Irish cream, and then smear it over the tops of the brownies.  Trust me, these are heavenly!

Irish Cream is incorporated into the batter in these Irish Cream Brownies with Brown Butter Icing.  It's also brushed on top of the warm brownies right out of the oven.  Finally, it's incorporated into the brown butter icing that is spread on top.

Don’t have Irish cream on hand?  You may use Kahlua in its place.  Lori also suggests adding a teaspoon of espresso powder to the egg mixture – it will intensify the flavor of the chocolate.

I sprinkled a little bit of cocoa powder to the tops of some of mine – purely optional, but you can never have enough chocolate, in my opinion.

Irish Cream Brownies with Brown Butter Icing

Irish Cream Brownies with Brown Butter Icing

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (16 tablespoons or 2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon Irish cream liqueur, divided
  • For the icing:
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a microwavable safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and butter at 30-second intervals, stirring after each time. Once chocolate and butter are melted and smooth, set it aside to cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and 1/2 cup of the Irish cream. Add the melted chocolate mixture and whisk until combined and smooth. Stir in the flour mixture to combine.
  5. Spread brownie batter into prepared pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the top of the brownies crack slightly and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. While the brownies are still warm, brush them with the remaining 1 tablespoon Irish cream. Allow brownies to cool completely.
  6. For the icing:
  7. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat for 3 to 5 minutes and stirring constantly, until it is lightly browned. Remove from heat as soon as the butter has browned and then add the Irish cream and heavy cream. Whisk in 1 cup of the powdered sugar. Add remaining sugar 1/4 cup at a time, until desired consistency is reached. The icing should be thick and smooth, but still pourable.
  8. Pour on top of brownies and spread to the edges. Refrigerate until the icing is set.
  9. Store brownies in a covered container for 2 to 3 days.
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Irish Cream is incorporated into the batter in these Irish Cream Brownies with Brown Butter Icing.  It's also brushed on top of the warm brownies right out of the oven.  Finally, it's incorporated into the brown butter icing that is spread on top.

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