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Cake Mix Brownies

This cake mix brownies recipe is knock your socks off delicious! Learn how to make brownies from cake mix in a pinch. All you need is just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to prep this recipe. An easy and crowd pleasing dessert thanks to our secret weapon: dark chocolate fudge cake mix. 

three brownies stacked on top of each other

These cake mix brownies are a ridiculously simple dessert that you can throw together in about 5 minutes flat.

Don’t have brownie mix on hand?

I’ve got you covered. 

Or maybe you want to make some pecan pie brownies but don’t have brownie mix? Use this recipe instead!

two brownies on a plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce on top

This recipe uses just 5 ingredients:

  • chocolate cake mix
  • olive oil or vegetable oil
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • chocolate chips
cake mix, chocolate chips, oil, eggs, vanilla extract

My cake mix cookie bars were such a hit with everyone who makes them, and I decided to create more recipes featuring cake mix!

cake mix brownies with hot fudge and ice cream

While I love a good dessert made from scratch, sometimes you need those secret weapon recipes to throw together a crowd pleasing dessert in only minutes. 

three brownies stacked on top of each other

How to make brownies from cake mix

First, you’ll need a box of your favorite chocolate cake mix.

dark chocolate fudge cake mix in a bowl

For this recipe, I used Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge, but any chocolate cake mix will work. 

duncan hines dark chocolate fudge cake mix box

Add the cake mix, olive oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and chocolate chips to a large bowl.

eggs, vanilla, oil, and cake mix in a mixing bowl

Use a rubber spatula or spoon to mix until completely combined. 

the ingredients in the bowl with a rubber spatula
four images showing the progression of adding the ingredients and mixing them together

Spray an 8 X 8 baking dish with cooking spray, then add the batter in.

cake mix brownie batter in a bowl

Smush it down into the edges, and flatten out any lumps.

spreading the brownie batter into a baking dish using a rubber spatula

Bake at 350 degrees until done, around 20 – 25 minutes!

four images showing the spreading of the batter, and then the finished brownies with ice cream and fudge sauce on top

Allow to cool completely before cutting for easiest results.

If you’re like me, this is pretty much impossible!

two brownies on a white plate topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce
three brownies

I have been known to ruin batches of brownies because I just couldn’t wait to dig in and try one. 

a scoop of cake mix brownie on a spoon

Share these at a party, with your friends and neighbors, or just make it for yourself when you deserve a treat. 

Enjoy!

stacked brownies

More Cake Mix Recipes

Hungry for more easy cake mix recipes?

Cake mix is such a great hack for quick and delicious baking. 

brownies on a plate with the cake mix box in the background

You’ve got to try my cake mix cookie bars – everyone loves them!

Like this recipe, they are only a few ingredients and so easy to prep.

Perfect way to use up that cake mix you already have!

brownies topped with vanilla ice cream and fudge sauce

Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Cookies are always a winner!

Another favorite of mine is cake mix banana bread – It’s so simple and a great way to use up those ripe bananas!

If you’ve got a big chocolate sweet tooth, these 4 ingredient chocolate cake mix cookies will hit the spot!

Cake mix pumpkin muffins are quite possibly the easiest muffins ever and a fun seasonal treat!

Another fall favorite is this cake mix pumpkin bread

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Cake Mix Brownies Recipe

Yield: 16 brownies

Cake Mix Brownies

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These fudgy cake mix brownies are so simple to make and everyone will love them! Easy and delicious recipe to make with a box of chocolate cake mix!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 15 oz box chocolate cake mix (I used Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Add cake mix, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and semi sweet chocolate chips to a bowl and use a rubber spatula to mix until well combined.
  2. Transfer the cake mix brownie batter to a greased 8 X 8 baking dish
  3. Bake the brownies at 350 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean (mine were perfect right at 25 minutes)
  4. For best results, allow brownies to cool completely before cutting

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 215mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g

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Anne

Friday 8th of January 2021

My 9 year-old granddaughter and I made these for the first time today and she said, these aren’t brownies, they’re heaven in a square. These aren’t just good for a cake mix brownie, they’re our favorite brownie ever!

Joy Shull

Sunday 10th of January 2021

Anne, I am so happy you and your granddaughter enjoyed the recipe, thank you for taking time to share a review! :)

Dorinda

Friday 18th of December 2020

I had a box of extra fudgy chocolate cake mix in my pantry and found your wonderful shortcut for brownies. I used coconut oil and added shredded coconut, chopped walnuts, and a little oatmeal to make myself feel less guilty. Delicious!!

Joy Shull

Saturday 19th of December 2020

So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

PAMELA R.

Monday 16th of November 2020

I had been craving brownies but didn't have a mix on hand, and didn't want to make them homemade. This recipe was the perfect antidote! We had it for dessert tonight and loved it! The chocolate chips made it perfectly scrumptious! There is a difference overall between the boxed cake mix and the boxed brownie mix- I'm guessing it's the flour component? But in a pinch, this recipe satisfies the decadent richness of brownie goodness! Will save this one for the recipe box! Thank you for the great recipe!

Therese

Sunday 15th of November 2020

My friend wants Cakey brownies not fudgy. I have a devils food cake mix, she won’t like the chocolate chips. How do I do this?

Cheryl

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

@Therese, Add extra egg for cake like and just leave out the chips

Ronda

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

I made the chocolate cake and substituted orange juice for the water and added 1 tsp orange zest. Homemade whipped cream frosting. Drop dead delicious!!!

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