Red Heart Brownie Teacakes with almond icing

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I have a fun recipe all your little ones (and big ones) will love.  Whether for the Valentine’s Tea or mid-morning tea time, this recipe will bring the tea to the occasion.  Actually, it’s not a tea recipe but a recipe for the cutest little Red Heart Brownie Teacakes {with almond icing}.  Close enough, right?  With a delicious chocolate layer and drizzle of sweet creamy almond icing, these dainty Red Heart Brownie Teacakes are perfect for tea time or anytime.  They will be the hit at any party–especially a tea party!

Red Heart Brownie Teacakes with almond icing |

My oldest, LouLaw (check out my ABOUT ME page if you’re wondering about the name 😉 ), loves to play dress up and tea party.  Tea parties are a big deal in our home.  I recently bought some vintage 1950’s glass brunch tea plates from an estate sale for a screaming deal.  I honestly thought they would make for a great tea party piece.  So, last weekend I decided to take them out of their dusty boxes, clean them up and help LouLaw through a little tea party for lunch.

She was thrilled at the idea of throwing her own tea party.  “Oh, mom we can have apple juice for our tea”–because we don’t actually drink tea.  “We can have little sandwiches.”  As I, being almost as excited as she was, made a platter of tuna pinwheel sandwiches, dill pickles, strawberries and cucumber slices, she homemade little invitations to each person she wanted to invite.

We still needed the perfect dessert for the tea party.  I had made a batch of homemade cake-style brownies that morning.  Why not cut these into little finger cakes… a teacake?!  We did.  We cut them into little teacakes, drizzle our super simple almond icing and added a cute little red heart sprinkle.  They were perfect for LouLaw’s little lunch tea party.  They were a hit!

So if you’re looking for a fun finger dessert especially around Valentines or for a tea party, you’ve found it!  These Red Heart Brownie Teacakes with almond icing will be a hit.

Let’s start with the brownie teacakes.  They are pretty easy to whip up and are great because they are like a heavy cake.  They won’t crumble or break even though you will cut them into long strips.  The full printable recipe is below.

In a large mixing bowl, melt the butter then add the cocoa powder.  I like to use dutch processed because it has a darker, richer flavor.

Brownie batter steps

Once the cocoa powder is all mixed in, add the sugar.  Once the sugar is incorporated, add the eggs.

brownie steps

Beat batter until blended.  It should be a fairly runny batter.  Once the eggs are incorporated mix in the vanilla extract and vanilla yogurt.

brownies ready for dry ingredients

Next, add the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder).

Add the flour

Mix only until the dry ingredients are incorporated.  It will look something like this.

brownie mixed

I like to bake these brownies in a half size baking sheet.  It makes the brownies about 3/4 to 1-inch thick which is perfect for a teacake like these.  Once the batter is mixed, pour it out onto a baking sheet.  I usually flour the bottom or use a silicone mat to help the brownies release when they’re ready to be removed from the pan.

Spread into pan

Next, spread the batter evenly over the pan.  Here’s what mine looked like before it hit the oven.

Ready for the oven

Lastly, bake the sheet brownie for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean.

brownie sheet baked

Let the sheet of brownies cool completely before cutting.  While the sheet of brownies are cooling, make the simple almond icing.  The full printable recipe is below.  In a mixing bowl, add powdered sugar, cream and almond extract.  Mix until all the sugar has been incorporated.  If the icing is too thick, add 1-2 teaspoons of cream at a time until your preferred consistency is reached.  If too runny, add powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time.  You want the icing to drizzle off a spoon or be squeezed from a bottle BUT you also don’t want it to ooze everywhere once it’s on the teacakes.

Simple almond icing

I poured the icing into a bottle to make it easier to pipe onto the brownie teacakes.

Once the sheet of brownies are cooled, cut them into 1-inch by 3-inch pieces.  If you bake this recipe in a half size baking sheet and cut into 1 x 3 inch pieces, it will make about 90 teacakes.

ready for icing and hearts

Now, for the fun part.  Place all the cut brownies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper.  Drizzle or pipe the icing onto each teacake.

ice the brownies

Lastly, place one red heart sprinkle onto each iced teacake.  The icing will act as a glue for the sprinkle.  Let the icing dry a bit before moving to a serving platter.  Aren’t they just so cute?!

brownie teacakes

Once the icing has sat for a bit, you can move the red heart brownie teacakes to a fun serving platter and get ready for the tea party! 😉

Tea party time

I just love how the brown makes the white and red pop as they are such contrasting colors.  It makes these little cakes look that much more fun.  When LouLaw saw the final tea party setting her giant smile and wide eyes said it all.  We had a fantastic tea party and enjoyed these cute little teacakes for dessert.

Red Heart Brownie Teacakes with almond icing |

What do you like to serve for dessert at a tea party or brunch?

Red Heart Brownie Teacakes with almond icing

With a delicious chocolate layer and drizzle of sweet creamy almond icing, these dainty Red Heart Brownie Teacakes are perfect for tea time or anytime.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 90 teacakes
Author Rachel


Brownie Teacakes:

  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder dutch processed preferred
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Simple Almond Icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Red heart sprinkles


To make the Brownie Teacakes:

  1. In a mixing bowl, add melted butter and cocoa powder. Blend.
  2. Next, mix in sugar. Once sugar is incorporated, add eggs.
  3. Add vanilla extract and vanilla yogurt. Blend well.
  4. Add, flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Only mix until blended. Do not over mix.
  5. Pour onto a half size baking sheet (cookie sheeand spread evenly. You may want to flour the bottom of the pan or use a silicone mat to avoid sticking and provide an easier release after baking.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the sheet comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely.

To make the Simple Almond Icing:

  1. In a bowl, mix powdered sugar, cream and almond extract. If too thick, add 1 teaspoon of cream at a time. If too thin, add 1 tablespoon powdered sugar at a time. The consistancy should be thin enough to drizzle off a spoon or squeeze out of a bottle AND not ooze off the brownie teacakes.

To assemble:

  1. Cut brownie sheet into 1 inch by 3 inch pieces. This recipe will make 90 teacakes if baked in a half size baking sheet (cookie sheet).
  2. Drizzle or pipe almond icing onto each teacake.
  3. Add red heart sprinkle to each teacake. Icing will act as a glue for the sprinkle.
  4. Let icing set a dry a bit before plating to avoid sticking or smearing.

Red Heart Brownie Teacakes with almond icing |

Red Heart Brownie Teacakes with almond icing |

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49 Responses

  1. These look absolutely delicious and the icing is so dainty and special!!

    Sophie x

  2. Tine says:

    These look gorgeous and delicious! They are the perfect Valentine treat!

  3. Jessica Egbert says:

    I love brownies and these look decadent. These would be perfect for a valentine’s party!

  4. Belle says:

    Yum! That looks good and so cute too!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  5. Ashlyn says:

    These look so pretty and festive! Perfect for the holiday

  6. This recipe looks so delish. Brownie teacakes are perfect for Valentine’s Day. The icing looks super yummy too.

  7. I absolutely love these. Perfect for Valentine’s Day.

  8. Jessi says:

    These look amazing. My daughter loves baking so maybe we can do this together for Valentine’s day.

  9. What a seriously fabulous idea. I never would have though to do a low pan and spread it out like that. Having little bits instead of massive pieces is awesome!

  10. Theresa says:

    This looks very delicious and not too hard to make. I’ll have to try these sometime.

  11. Janel says:

    I too love the 1950 era. I’ve never heard of this type of tea cake and almond icing sounds delicious

  12. Teresa says:

    Homemade brownies are pretty much irresistible! At least to me they are. I think with the tea sie portion, I may be apt to eat even more!

  13. Morgan says:

    These look so pretty and delicious! Pinning!

  14. Heather says:

    Those look so yummy yet too cute to eat! I’d hate to mess them up! Lol! The decoration is so perfect!

  15. amer says:

    I’m not waiting until Valentines to make these. I’m definitely making these this weekend. Looks sooo good.

  16. Ali Gilbert says:

    Okay, this is ADORABLE! I love it. It would probably be easy to make it a football for the superbowl too. I am so excited to try this. Pinning now!

  17. Katriza says:

    Pinned for later! These look delicious and I love your presentation on a simple recipe! I want to make this for my husband for Valentine’s Day! I think he will love it!

  18. Debra says:

    These are so cute and would be so fun for a little tea party! I love having them with my nieces!

  19. Leah says:

    These are adorable, and they sound so tasty! Yum!

  20. These are so cute!!!! Perfect for Valentine’s day. I am pinning this to make later! Thanks for sharing.

  21. These Brownie Tea Cakes look festive, fun, and delicious! I think I’ll make a batch (or two) to bring to the office for Valentine’s Day.

  22. Heather L. says:

    The tea party sounds like so much fun. I remember having our own little parties when my daughter was younger. These teacakes look delicious.

  23. These brownies are perfection and the perfect accompaniment to Valentines day. So simple to make as well which is great x

  24. Kecia says:

    These teacakes looks amazing! I would like apple juice too, as I don’t care for tea. But with these brownies, I’d drink anything!

  25. From start to finish I was basically drooling over this post. I loved how great your photos look to make me wanna eat the screen. Can I be your taste tester, please!

    Danielle | <3

  26. These look so good! I love anything chocolate, and I love the touch of almond in the icing! So cute and festive!

  27. Robin Rue says:

    These look so delicious! I love brownies and these look fantastic to snack on.

  28. Mmmmm those look absolutely scrumptious!!

  29. Rochelle says:

    Oh my this looks delish! Now I want brownies…

  30. These brownie teacakes are so decadent and sweet. They are the perfect treat to enjoy with your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day.

  31. Sona Sethi says:

    cakes & brownies are my weakness. These look delicious. Easy recipe too and something that I can definitely try.

  32. Jeanine says:

    Yum. These look so yummy, and brownies are one of my faves! This looks easy, and like I could make in the kitchen with my two girls!

  33. CourtneyLynne says:

    Omg how cute are these brownies!?!? Perfect for Valentine’s Day!!!! I will have to make these

  34. These are the cutest things ever! I love the idea of cutting the brownies into little bite sized tea cakes and that almond icing sounds awesome!

  35. Irina says:

    Thank you for sharing such clear directions and beautiful pictures. I love brownies. The heart and icing sure adds an extra touch to it.

  36. Angie says:

    These look utterly amazing. I need to eat them now! Thanks for sharing them, I definitely have to try this.

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