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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Cake Mix Brownies |

Now you’ve got some eating to do!




makes 16 brownies


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


  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!


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Karen @ Sugartown Sweets

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!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Whoaaaaa goodness!!! These are a dream!


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


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

Jessica B

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

Jessica Buckley

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!

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

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

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

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

Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

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!


The extra chocolate in there is calling my name!


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


true and normally I make most things from scratch but I have no cocoa or chocolate to melt but I have a cake mix!

Renee @ Tortillas and Honey

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

Coco in the Kitchen

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


I love chocolate and mint too…such a great combo!!!


What brand are those massive chocolate chips?

Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent

These look amazingly delicious! Chocolate attack officially diverted : )

USB data recovery Maidenhead

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

Laura @ Laura

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


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

Jessica B

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


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??

jen peters

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!


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

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


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


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

Dee Blake

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


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.


I want to make these right now however I’m out of veg oil. Does anyone know if it would be OK to use coconut oil instead and still have them come out the same?


I made these. I love these!! I am making more today. I will eat too many! I am going to try with white cake mix next. Maybe. I do love the chocolate soooo much. We’ll see.


tHanks for this. Tomorrow is my son’s bd celebration. He didnt want cake just brownines. I tried to make healthy brownies following another blogger’s recipe. VERY bad results and big waste of exp cacao choc and 4 organic eggs. Thankfully i bought a choc cake mix way ahead of time for his bd and found this recipe to make brownies…batter tasted great looked great i am confident they will save the day. thanks

Amy L

Just what I was looking for! I am trying this with orange cake mix & vanilla chips tonight. Orange & Cream brownies anyone?


I might have just made these and I might have added in a bag of dark chocolate and mint morsels….

Randee bill

can these be cooked in muffin tin like cupcakes?