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How to Make the Best Brownies from Chocolate Cake Mix

If you’re craving delicious fudgy brownies but don’t have all the ingredients to make homemade brownies, here’s a simple hack for an easy dessert.

You can make delicious brownies with a box of cake mix.

The Best Gooey Brownies With Cake Mix

Picture of a brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The brownie is on a blue plate and there are some chocolate chips on the plate.

That’s right! No need for a boxed brownie mix either.

If you have a box of cake mix, you can make this cake mix brownies recipe for a quick dessert that satisfies all your chocolaty desires. 

The great thing about cake mixes is that they can help you make chocolate brownies in a pinch.

It’s perfect for anyone new to baking or if you need to fix a chocolate craving fast.

Even if you’re an experienced baker, you won’t want to miss this trick for whipping up these amazing chocolate brownies that start with a boxed cake mix.

A brownie on a yellow plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. There's a fork with a bit of brownie on it and some chocolate chips scattered around the plate.

A Great Recipe for Chocolate Lovers!

A boxed cake mix and a few additional ingredients will help you bake up a perfect pan of brownies. This is a great hack when you’re busy or aren’t comfortable with baking completely from scratch.

It’s a great recipe with an end result that truly delights. These come out tasting just like homemade brownies.

Enjoy the accolades when you bring them to potlucks or serve them at parties. Let your kids think you labored over them and hide the box.

These chocolate cake mix brownies help you create the perfect gooey chocolate brownie.

Two brownies stacked on top of each other on a yellow plate.

Ingredients For Brownies With Cake Mix

These are so good and so easy. To make the brownie batter, you only need a few simple ingredients.

  • Store-bought cake mix
  • Vegetable oil
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Picture of a brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The brownie is on a blue plate and there are some chocolate chips on the plate.

How To Make Brownies From Cake Mix

In just a few easy steps, these will be ready. 

  1. Grease an 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add the cake mix, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla extract to a mixing bowl and mix well.
  3. Next, add the chocolate chips to the bowl and mix with a spatula.
  4. Spread the brownie batter into the baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Cake mix in a clear glass bowl.

Start by adding the cake mix to a mixing bowl.

Pouring vegetable oil into a mixing bowl with cake mix.

Pour the vegetable oil into the bowl with the cake mix.

Adding eggs to a mixing bowl with cake mix and vegetable oil.

Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the bowl and mix well.

Chocolate chips in a bowl with cake mix brownies.

Finally, add the chocolate chips to the bowl and mix with a spatula.

It’s purely amazing that a simple box of cake mix can create a pan of brownies so delicious and rich with chocolate flavor.

You can use whatever chocolate chips you like – milk chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or peanut butter chips to create different versions.

You could even experiment with different cake box flavors.

Brownie batter in a square baking dish.

Spread the brownies into the pan.

Sometimes, I will line the pan with parchment paper to be able to lift the brownies out easily after they bake.

Baked cake mix brownies in a square baking dish. There is a green and blue kitchen towel by the dish.

Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Picture of a brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The brownie is on a blue plate and there are some chocolate chips on the plate.

My favorite way to satisfy my sweet tooth with these cake mix brownies is by topping them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s pure heavenly bliss!

Tips For Making The Best Cake Mix Brownies

  • Don’t over-mix the batter, just combine the ingredients, or your brownies will turn out tough.
  • Grease the baking dish well to prevent the brownies from sticking. Or, grease it and line it with parchment paper.
  • Let the brownies cool completely before slicing them, or they’ll fall apart.
Two brownies stacked on top of each other on a yellow plate.

Variations And Add-ins For Cake Mix Brownies

Cake mix brownies are incredibly versatile and can be customized in a variety of different ways. Here are a few ideas:

  • Peanut butter swirl combo: Swirl some peanut butter into the batter before baking for a delicious peanut butter and chocolate combo.
  • Mint chocolate chip: Add some mint extract and mint chocolate chips to the batter for a refreshing twist on classic brownies.
  • S’mores: Add graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows to the batter for a gooey s’mores-inspired treat.
  • Red velvet: Use red velvet cake mix and add white chocolate chips for a festive and decadent dessert.

How To Store The Cake Mix Brownies

You can store the brownies in an airtight container or cover with some plastic wrap. They do not need to be refrigerated, but they will last a few days longer in the fridge.

I like to reheat them in the microwave for about 30 seconds and then add a scoop of ice cream on top.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cake Mix Brownies

Can I Use Any Flavor Of Cake Mix For Brownies?

Yes, you can use any flavor of cake mix you like for making brownies. Chocolate cake mix is the most popular choice that people use, but you can get creative and try other flavors like vanilla, strawberry, or lemon for different occasions.

Can I Add Frosting To Cake Mix Brownies?

Absolutely! Frosting is always a good thing to add to brownies.

Some of my favorites include cream cheese frosting, chocolate ganache, and peanut butter frosting.

How to Make the Best Brownies from Chocolate Cake Mix

The best part of making these easy brownies is they’re ready in no time at all.

If you need easy ways to whip up chocolatey brownies, let this be your secret weapon.

You know you need some brownies in your life now, so scroll down for the full recipe, and let’s bake them!

Two brownies stacked on top of each other on a yellow plate.

How to Make the Best Brownies from Chocolate Cake Mix

Yield: 9
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

With just a few simple steps, you can have gooey brownies hot from the oven. The cake mix brownie recipe is easy to make and is done in less than one hour.

Ingredients

  • 15.25 ounce box of cake mix
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Add the cake mix to a mixing bowl.
  3. Next, add the vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla extract and mix.
  4. Finally, add the chocolate chips and mix with a spatula.
  5. Spread the brownie batter into the baking dish and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Notes

For this recipe, I used Betty Crocker Super Moist Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix.

The inside of the brownies will be gooey.

Tips

  • Don’t over-mix the batter, just combine the ingredients, or your brownies will turn out tough.
  • Grease the baking dish well to prevent the brownies from sticking. Or, grease it and line it with parchment paper.
  • Let the brownies cool completely before slicing them, or they’ll fall apart.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 487Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 370mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 3gSugar: 42gProtein: 5g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Diane L Shaffer

Wednesday 17th of January 2024

Can these brownies be frozen and reheated 2 weeks later?

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 17th of January 2024

Hi Diane,

You can freeze these. I would allow them to cool completely before freezing so you don't get any condensation trapped in there. Wrap them well and they will freeze great!

Nancy

Tuesday 6th of June 2023

I'm looking for a recipe for a strawberry torte with a very flavorful and moist yellow cake. Can

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 7th of June 2023

Hi Nancy,

I don't have a strawberry torte, but maybe this recipe will work for you? https://cheerfulcook.com/strawberry-torte/

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