Cake Mix Brownies

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This Cake Mix Brownies recipe is the easiest brownies recipe ever! They’re super fudgy brownies made with just 5 simple ingredients – you’ll want to make them every week!

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.

How to Make Cake Mix Brownies

I used a Dark Chocolate Cake Mix, but you can use whatever chocolate cake you like!

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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…Sigh.

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Now you’ve got some eating to do!

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Cake Mix Brownies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 16 brownies 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American

Description:

This Cake Mix Brownies recipe is the easiest brownies recipe ever! They’re super fudgy brownies made with just 5 simple ingredients – you’ll want to make them every week!


Ingredients:

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 10 oz chocolate chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray an 8×8 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!

Keywords:: cake mix brownies, easy brownies recipe, fudgy brownies recipe, best brownies recipe, best homemade brownies, easy homemade brownies, how to make cake mix brownies, how to make homemade brownies, easy brownies

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Breann
Breann

Oh Lawdy these are great. I just took them out of the oven a bit ago and couldn’t wait for them to cool completely. I’ve only sampled the edge but dang they’re good! I MIGHT have put in more chocolate chips than the recipe calls for (which is pretty much what I do with every recipe…never enough chocolate chips for me). So good. I really want to try this with a yellow cake mix. I bet it would be amazing!

Edit: I didn’t have milk on hand so I had to use water. But they were still delicious!

Marlene Reynolds
Marlene Reynolds

Has anyone tried this? Did you go with the 8×8 or a different size? A regular cake mix makes a 9×13, so wondering how they turned out.

Breann
Breann

I did 8×8 and it was great! (Hey, that rhymed!)

Erika
Erika

Wow these were surprisingly really good! I had a just expired chocolate cake mix that I wanted to use up – didn’t want to make a cake w frosting etc & so googled & found this recipe. With ingredients I already had I whipped it up in a few & it was really good! I was a little worried after seeing some other comments saying it would not set which was strange as my batter was realllly thick – baked it 20 mins exact in my convection oven & it was prefect in the center , definitely cooked. I added… Read more »

Twyla Robinson
Twyla Robinson

Happy accident: I accidently switched the amounts for the milk and oil. Followed everything else exactly (I used toffee chips instead of chocolate because toffee is love) and just crossed my fingers hoping for the best.

You know the texture of lava cakes when they are slightly overcooked? The batter doesn’t flow but it is only just barely gathered? That’s how these were. I could still hold it like a bar brownie, no fork required, but otherwise it was a dense, moist, rich, glorious thing.

Sometimes being in a hurry works out!

(Sometimes not. LOL)

Hilary
Hilary

I’m back with a follow up comment! I found a solution to the undercooked batter problem. I cooked them for 32 minutes instead of 20, then shut the oven off but left the pan in for another 10 minutes. It came out still seeming a bit wet but after about a half an hour of standing, everything had firmed up. The corners and bottom were not burnt and having now cut them up, I can confirm that the better is cooked through. If you’re having the same problem I did, give this a try. 🙂

Theresa Conner
Theresa Conner

I have a 12kg sack of cake mix I’m trying to use up how much cake mix qualifies as a ‘box’?

Thank you

Theresa UK

Lori
Lori

Made this with dark chocolate cake mix and chocolate chips. Batter seemed a bit dry so I added more milk and a touch more oil. They came out cakey, not chewy like brownies. Tasted ok warm from the oven, but I’m afraid they’ll be dry when they cool. Wonder what they’d be like if you added chocolate syrup in the batter…?

Hardstone
Hardstone

“I changed the recipe and it was bad!” Get it together, Lori.

Sheryn
Sheryn

I just can’t get enough of these brownies. My family says they were the best brownies that I’ve ever made {& I’ve tried alot of recipes} Thanks so much

Paula
Paula

I made this with King Arthur Gluten Free Chocolate cake mix and it was fabulous! I used the recipe exactly as presented – just needed to cook about 10 mins more (total 30 mins). The batter was VERY thick but came out perfectly.

Vicki Fitts

I didn’t have any issues at all. Followed the recipe exactly.

Patty
Patty

Yummy ? this recipe was awesome! i melted some chocolate chips with coconut oil and swirled it on the top of these, they were awesome. Chewy fudgy delicious. I can’t wait to try other flavored cake mixes and chips

Elaine
Elaine

The brownies were a hit. Should have left in oven just a bit longer, but everyone likes gooey brownies. Have been asked for Brownie recipe. Saved me time from making cake and frsting.

Robin
Robin

Not fudgy. Not consistency of brownies. They were cake consistency. Tasted okay, but if they’re not fudgy and dense, they’re not brownies. It’s a cake claiming to be brownies.

Colleen
Colleen

I loved this recipe. Used chocolate chips and devils food cake mix. it came out perfect. Best brownies I ever made!

Devin
Devin

I’m baking at high altitude. Are there any changes I should make or just leave it as is?

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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