Cake mix brownies are seriously easy! Use your favorite flavor mix to create delicious brownies with just a few ingredients.
Cake mix can be used for so many things like these strawberry bars or cake mix lemon cookies. It’s a great thing to keep in your pantry when you want to make a quick dessert.
Can you make brownies from a cake mix?
Yes and they are so good and simple to make!
Now I am the first to admit, there is nothing better than a homemade brownie, however, sometimes it’s nice to have a quick and easy option for making this chocolate treat.
So how do you make box cake mix better? Use it to make brownies!
Why this recipe works
- Only 3 ingredients!! We won’t count the chocolate chips.
- Kids can make them. This is a great recipe for kids to make on their own.
- Flavor options. Don’t feel restricted to chocolate. Try strawberry, lemon or even red velvet.
Cake mix – Choose your favorite. For this recipe, I am using chocolate.
Vegetable oil – This is the fat used for brownies.
Eggs – Help keep moist and tender.
Optional add-ins – I am using chocolate chips here, but feel free to use your favorite chips, candy, nuts or nothing at all.
How to make fudgy brownies from cake mix
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- Ingredients: Pour cake mix, oil, egg in a large bowl. Give it a good stir to fully combine ingredients.
- Fold: Fold in chocolate chips or if you are using something like nuts or candy.
- Bake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place batter in prepared baking dish and cook for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool: Let them cool before cutting to serve.
Is it better to use oil or butter for brownies?
Oil is a great option if you are looking for fudgy brownies. Butter offers more flavor but creates an aeration in the batter that cause them to me more cakey.
There really are so many ways to jazz these brownies up. Here are a few great add-ins to try:
- Nuts: Peanuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts and pecans are all delicious.
- Candy: M&M’s, Reece’s Pieces, and toffee bits are always delicious.
- Cake mix: Dark chocolate, Devils food, Lemon, Strawberry, Cherry chip, Red velvet, Butter pecan and Yellow are great as brownies.
How to store
These are best stored in an airtight container for 4-5 days, but something tells me that won’t last that long.
Can you freeze these brownies?
These can be frozen. Make sure to let them completely cool. I like to cut mine into individual squares and then place in a freezer safe bag. You can also wrap squares individually in plastic wrap and then place in freezer bag if you would want to thaw them one at a time.
- Make sure to use an 8 x 8 baking dish or pan.
- This batter is super thick so don’t be alarmed. Make sure to either grease your baking dish well or line it with parchment paper and spray.
More amazing ways to use cake mix
- Cake mix banana bread – This is a simple way to make a quick banana bread.
- Cake mix cookie bars – These are some of my favorite. Another great recipes for kids to help make.
- Holiday bars – Perfect to make for an easy holiday dessert.
- Apricot nectar cake – One of the most popular cakes on this site.
- Chocolate chip bundt cake – Chocolate cake filled with mini chocolate chips.
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Full video below.
Cake Mix Brownies
- 1 (15.25 oz) box chocolate cake mix or any flavor you like
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup chocolate chips or white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 8 x 8 -inch baking dish with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray. (If you don't have parchment, just spray dish.)
- Mix together cake mix, oil and eggs until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Spread batter in baking dish and bake for approximately 20 minutes.
- Let cool before cutting.
Great when you need a quick dessert. Simple yet pleasing.
Chocolate with salted caramel chips is nice. But the variations are endless.
Why not lemon white chocolate chips with a tart lemon drizzle?
I went 35 minutes and then finally took them out, but I think the mistake I (and probably others) made was that there’s so many chocolate chips in here that when you stick the toothpick in, if it hits a melted chocolate chip it’s going to come out looking gooey and wet still. It’s still tasty, but I think I overcooked it quite a bit.
I just did this recipe and I added chopped pecans and it was wonderful. I’m going to try different things next time. It is the greatest !!!!
They were delicious. I added about a tbsp water. Did not hurt anything. Turned out delusions. I used a Duncan Hines chocolate fudge cake mix. Ty
I added a tablespoon of water also.
This was such a quick and easy dessert I used Duncan Hines butter golden cake mix added pecans and mini white chocolate chips. Left it in the oven for 24 minutes and they are so moist chewy and buttery. Thanks for this quick and Amazing recipe !!!
My kids LOVED these! I used chocolate cake mix and Andes crème de menthe baking chips. Baked exactly as directed (yes batter is thick but it works!) Perfect St. Patrick’s Day recipe!
Thanks Susan! Glad they liked them.
One thing to add is that they might not SEEM done if they are still warm. My son tried these an hour out of the oven and told me “they are good but not done in the middle). Today they are just fine, though. The texture is fantastic!
Made these today..when i was craving something chocolatey! So easy and so good. I also iced them with a nice thick chocolate icing! I followed the recipe exactly and baked for 20 mins. And they turned out perfectly! A great recipe!
That first photo is SO enticing. I love recipes that are simple and come together like this with things we often already have in the pantry. Thank you for sharing.
Question: How can you tell when done baking? The surface looked cooked at the 20 minutes cook time specified in the recipe. Tried the toothpick test at 20 minutes and it came out gooey. Tested again at every 5 minutes thereafter, but still gooey. Finally took it out at 35 minutes for fear it would become too dry. The toothpick was still gooey when tested on the middle area of the pan and the edges had become more cake than brownie.
Did you add chocolate chips? The toothpick might have been going through them making it appear gooey?
No. Made the recipe without chocolate chips. Just used the basic three ingredients – cake mix, ergs and cooking oil.
We really liked this recipe. We used only slightly more oil than was indicated … but the brownie texture was moist and a little chewy. My sons love it!
Pregnant and craving brownies, but the corner store only had cake mix. This was a helpful recipe! I used chia instead of eggs and it still turned out like chewy brownies. I did need to add a few tablespoons of water to get it to brownie batter consistency but that may be because of the chia.
“Batter” was so thick I had to knead it like dough. Added an extra egg and some more oil hoping it works out…
The batter is thick but there shouldn’t be a need to add anything extra as you can see in the video.
Figured I would try out the brownie concoction and it came out really good . Was surprised and satisfied.
They weren’t exactly as I expected but satisfied my craving on short notice.
I added chopped walnuts, the brownies turned out great. I enjoyed the texture much better than standard brownies. Will definitely bake again and will try other flavor combinations.
Larissa De Guzman
Mine didn’t turn out like brownies at all, it’s just like cake. Not bad but not what I was expecting.
This was great! As mentioned, the batter was really thick, but then that’s why you only bake for 20 minutes! I added chopped up pretzels to my cake mix brownie 🙂
Kerry Halloran Collis
Smell delish by at 25 minutes they are still jiggling did I miss read 20 minutes?
Some ovens vary a little in cooking time, if they are still jiggly you might want to add another 5 minutes and then test them.
I don’t know, I’m scared! Just wishing I’d inherited my mother’s kitchen abilities! This batter was so thick I spread in the pan by hand! Eight more minutes and we’ll see if it worked!
dolores a urato
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A kids approval rating is best! My cousin made these and my 4 year old, who normally doesn’t like chocolate, ate TWO of these! We’re making them today and turning them into bats for Halloween!
So fun! Hope you have a great Halloween!!
Delicious recipe and very easy to make. Would highly recommend trying this
So happy you enjoyed them!
My batter was so thick, I had to layer the batter, chips, batter. Next time. I think I would double the recipe and add one extra egg to help, and put it in a 8/11 to feed more!
My batter was thick too! Added an extra egg. In oven now. Hope it turns out ok.
That batter is really thick for these brownies but they turn out delicious.
I decided to use strawberry cake mix and white chocolate chips. I gotta say this may be my new favorite dessert!
Yay! That combination sounds delicious!!
I love a good easy baking hack and these brownies turned out so rich and moist! Such a great recipe.
YUM – these were so delicious! Can’t wait to make them again!
katerina @ diethood.com
WOW! These brownies look incredible! I bet they taste amazing!!