Easy Brownie Fruit Pizza Recipe
It’s a simple premise, bake a large pan of brownies, slather the top with creamy, cream cheese frosting and pile it high with seasonal fruit. Brownie pizza is so easy, the kids can make it, but the presentation and taste is impressive enough for any celebration or gathering you have in your upcoming calendar ~ think birthdays, holidays, potlucks and dinner parties.
The base of this dessert is a brownie crust that provides a chewy and chocolatey foundation for the toppings. The crust is baked until firm and then cooled before being topped with the creamy and tangy cream cheese frosting. The frosting is made with cream, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract, and it’s whipped until light and fluffy.
The finishing touch and what makes this dessert so beautiful is the array of fresh fruits arranged on top of the cream cheese frosting. This dessert is incredibly versatile, as you can use any combination of fruits you prefer, such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, kiwis, blackberries, cherries, anything you love. The colorful fruit not only add a beautiful visual element to the dessert, but also provide a refreshing and healthy contrast to the rich chocolate and creamy frosting.
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Using Boxed Brownie Mix vs. Brownies from Scratch for Brownie Pizza
Brownies are a clever hybrid between a cake and a cookie. They are a dense, chocolaty bar cookie, often baked in a rectangular pan. But they they can also be fudge-like, cake-like, or anything in between.
When I bake brownies from scratch, I lean towards a more fudge-like version, with dark chocolate and dark cocoa powder. When eaten, they easily fall apart and are quite messy. It’s not what I prefer for this recipe.
I have found using a (my preferred) boxed mix, I get the needed cake-like texture that’s required to keep this whole cake and each slice in tact, not to mention the time-saving aspect and for many the cost-saving bonus of using a boxed mix.
Since this fruit pizza is quite popular during the summer months, using a boxed mix also guarantees you will not be stuck in the kitchen preparing dessert. It’s a win-win.
Recipe Notes for Chocolate Brownie Fruit Pizza
- There are so many fruit combinations and possibilities you can use. You can also stick with one fruit variety if that’s your favorite.
- Stud this cake with candles, it’s perfect for a birthday celebration.
- Brownie pizza makes a great red, white and blue dessert for patriotic holidays.
- Using a tart pan with a removeable bottom, ensures your brownies will come out perfectly as a whole, but you can use other round or square baking pans, just make sure they are well greased.
- Make sure to not over bake your brownies.
- Your fruit on top will determine how long the cake lasts in the refrigerator.
More Fruit Forward Desserts to Enjoy
Who doesn’t love making and eating desserts filled with fruits, especially berries! Fruits offer a balance of sweetness and tanginess that tantalize the taste buds and go perfectly with chocolate, sugar cookies, cakes and so many other sweet treats.
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Brownie Fruit Pizza
- 1 box brownie mix (my preferred brand is in the post above) + ingredients for that mix (water, oil, egg etc.)
- 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 tbsps heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- Preheat oven according to package directions of the brownie mix. (I prefer 325 degrees F for brownies.)
- In a medium bowl, add ingredients like water, oil/softened butter, egg...whatever your brownie mix asks for. Mix together with a wooden spoon or fork until the egg is fully incorporated. (Tip: I prefer to use softened butter (not melted), which will not fully mix together with the water and the egg, but it will incorporate once you put it together with the brownie mix. Using softened butter keeps the butter pieces whole and adds air to the batter, allowing for a light, fluffy and moist brownie. I also prefer the flavor butter adds and the cakier texture for this recipe.)
- Add wet mixture to a large bowl with the brownie mix and combine with a wooden spoon until fully incorporated.
- Spread batter evenly into your 9" tart pan with removeable bottom. Bake as directed on box, about 39-43 minutes.
- Once time has been reached, center is set and edges have started to pull away from the pan, remove brownies from the oven. Do not over bake them.
- Let brownies cool completely before removing from the pan.
- In a medium bowl add cream cheese, heavy cream, confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Beat together until a fluffy, smooth consistency is reached. (Add another tablespoon of cream if you prefer a softer more pillowy frosting.)
- Remove brownie cake from baking pan and place on a serving tray and spread frosting on top. Arrange desired fruit on top.
- Can serve immediately, but it's best when chilled for at least an hour.
- Brownie cake can be made the day before if necessary, just wait to frost until closer to serving time.
- Cut brownie cake into wedges and serve. Keep any leftovers in the refrigerator.
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