Cake Mix Brownies

Cake Mix Brownies |

This recipe for Cake Mix Brownies is so simple, and makes the fudgiest, easiest brownies ever!


I feel like I’ve been holding out on you here.

With these brownies, I mean.


Everyone’s so worried about making the perfect “from scratch” brownie…

Fudgy vs cakey…

Dark vs Milk…


And I do have a few pretty stellar “scratch” brownies here on my site.

My Kid’s Favorite Brownies are a lighter chocolate flavored brownie, and MY favorite Fudgy Brownie Recipe are richer brownie made with melted semi-sweet chocolate.

Both are solid.


But today we’re talking about an “in a pinch” option.

Of course you can use a brownie mix.  Duh.


But these Cake Mix Brownies, are so super easy and seriously good!


I used Pillsbury’s® New Dark Chocolate Cake Mix.  This stuff is great.  Pillsbury® also sent me some fun new frostings too for the holidays.

These fun mixes make it easy to “Celebrate More” in my daily life!

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My idea was to top the brownies with the frosting, but I couldn’t keep my fat fingers out of them long enough to cover them in frosting.

Which, by the way, is against everything I stand for.

But the thought of these with Peppermint Frosting makes my heart have a palpitation.

In a good way.


So let’s discuss…

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Also, you might notice the ginormous chunks of chocolate in the brownies.

Well, yeah.

I decided to make the executive decision and throw in some Hershey’s Baking Melts.

Good choice, all around.

The batter is super simple…

Just your cake mix, a little oil, an egg and some milk.

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Then stir in your extra chocolate, if you’re going there.

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You could totally stir in a few cups of chocolate chips if you can’t find the baking melts!

Then spread it in a greased 8×8 pan…

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Bake them and let them cool completely before cutting into squares…

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Now you’ve got some eating to do!


4.8 from 5 reviews
Cake Mix Brownies
makes 16 brownies
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 10 oz chocolate chunks
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray an 8x8 pan with baking spray, set aside.
  3. IN bowl mix all ingredients with a spoon until combined.
  4. Stir in chocolate chunks.
  5. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. The center might seem underdone, but as the brownies set, they will be fine!


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December 19, 2013 8:58 am

Wow! These chocolate chunks..that’s all I can say about those. I can not wait to hit the stores..I had no idea Pillsbury had a dark chocolate (my favorite) cake mix! Thanks for another great recipe..and Merry Christmas!

December 19, 2013 8:58 am

Whoaaaaa goodness!!! These are a dream!

December 19, 2013 9:05 am

OMG drool, I am simple in love this deep chocolate of these brownies!

December 19, 2013 9:34 am

Oh this sounds awesome! Can you do this with other cake mixes? I’m envisioning Funfetti blondies…

Jessica B
December 19, 2013 5:57 pm

I was thinking the same! With some white chocolate chips mixed in, for good measure.

Jessica Buckley
December 20, 2013 2:17 am

I was thinking the same thing! I made the recipe tonight with a white cake mix and white chocolate chips. It was rich and delicious!

December 19, 2013 11:25 am

Why have I never thought to do this? Genius! These brownies look incredible, Shelly. I love how easy they are!

December 19, 2013 1:17 pm

I want a brownie in one hand and a fistful of peppermint icing in the other…and some privacy please

December 19, 2013 2:41 pm

I love how easy these are! And,oh man, those huge chocolate chunks!? Genius way to use cake mix instead of brownie mix. Need this in my face!

December 19, 2013 3:02 pm

The extra chocolate in there is calling my name!

December 19, 2013 4:52 pm

It constantly surprises me that people use cake mix for brownies, which is the easiest and quickest cake ever..

December 19, 2013 6:03 pm

The brownies look incredibly fudge and moist, I can’t believe it came from a cake mix! And those chocolate chunks look divine!

December 19, 2013 7:44 pm

Chocolate & mint are best friends and always better with more chocolate!

December 20, 2013 2:25 pm

What brand are those massive chocolate chips?

December 20, 2013 8:05 pm

These look amazingly delicious! Chocolate attack officially diverted : )

December 23, 2013 1:56 am

Brownies are my all time favourites. Thank you for the recipe. I’m defiantly going to try this out!

December 29, 2013 9:10 pm

ooh! These look so rich! I appreciate a good brownie, wether from scratch or a box.


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February 10, 2014 9:41 pm

My daughter is allergic to Chocoalte. I’m gonna try this with red velvet cake!!! Wish me luck!!

Jessica B
February 11, 2014 8:35 am

Careful – red velvet is chocolate, too. I made it with vanilla and it was delish!

May 12, 2014 4:35 pm

I followed this recipe exactly except I used an 11×8 pan because I didn’t have an 8×8, and it was a flop- mushy all over and tasted like uncooked batter specially the center pieces, and I put back in for 9 more minutes and it was worse somehow. Any suggestions for next time or do I just need to buy an 8×8??


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jen peters
December 9, 2014 12:22 pm

I Just mixed up a pan of these and added some chopped mint oreos (not too chopped) and some mint chocolate chips…heavenly and so easy!

December 15, 2014 2:59 pm

I just made these with Devil’s Food cake and cinnamon chips. They came out delicious and interesting! Thanks for the recipe, it’s a keeper.

Alma Perotto
March 27, 2015 9:09 pm

Loving the site!!!! I like making treats for the family !!!!

June 26, 2015 11:25 pm

I just made these – loved by everyone. Thanks for posting!


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July 19, 2015 9:59 pm

I will never make box mix brownies again. These are my new favorite!

Dee Blake
August 25, 2015 9:59 pm

My husband is a diabetic so I used the chocolate sugar fee mix Pillsbury offers. The were awesome

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February 8, 2016 2:47 pm

These are AWESOME. They may not be much easier than from scratch but are moist and flavorful. I used chocolate chips in the mix and topped the batter with toffee bits which added some more flavor. Great brownies.