How to Make Brownies From a Cake Mix

Updated on January 18, 2020

So, there I was, staring into the pantry. I knew what I wanted and also knew I didn't have it. I wanted brownies. The warm, chocolatey, gooey brownies with a nice glass of milk. All we had in the pantry was cake mix. Blah . . . that's just not the same.

Then I remembered that on Pinterest lately there has been a huge deal of cake mix brownie bars going around, so I turned to the internet. I found a few recipes and decided to combine a few things here and a little there to make my own brownie bars. I must say, what turned out was really, really good!!!

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 12 bars (depending on how you cut the bars)


  • 9x13 inch baking pan
  • cooking spray
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 box moist-recipe white cake mix, any cake mix can be used but if you use chocolate you might not want to add the cocoa
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa, added just to make it more chocolatey
  • 3 square cubes grated bakers chocolate, you can use chocolate chips (I didn't have any)
  • Large spoon
  • Electric mixer with beaters
  • Large mixing bowl


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray the bottom and sides of a baking pan thoroughly with cooking spray. (I didn't have cooking spray so I just used the Crisco like my mom did when I was little.)
  3. Place the stick of butter in a microwave-safe container and heat for 30 seconds on medium-high heat or until melted.
  4. Combine cake mix, melted butter, brown sugar, egg, and water in a large mixing bowl. Mix it with an electric mixer for 1 to 2 minutes, or until thick and creamy. The mixture should resemble a thick cake or brownie batter (almost like cookie dough).
  5. Mix in cocoa and chocolate into the batter with a large spoon.
  6. Put the batter into the greased baking pan and press it into the pan firmly with the back of the spoon.
  7. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until a dry crust forms over the top of the brownies. (I took mine out at 30 minutes because my family likes the soft centers.)
  8. Remove the pan from the oven with pot holders or oven mitts and allow the brownies to cool completely. Place it on a cooling rack to speed cooling, if desired.
  9. Cut brownies into 2- or 3-inch bars and serve.
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Everything ready to be mixed together with the mixer.The batter should be thick and need to be pressed into the pan using a spoon or spatula.In the oven for 30 minutes.
Everything ready to be mixed together with the mixer.
Everything ready to be mixed together with the mixer. | Source
The batter should be thick and need to be pressed into the pan using a spoon or spatula.
The batter should be thick and need to be pressed into the pan using a spoon or spatula. | Source
In the oven for 30 minutes.
In the oven for 30 minutes. | Source

Tips and Warnings

  • Refrigerate any unused batter portion immediately. Cake-mix brownies will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.
  • Add frosting, sprinkles, caramel, etc. for more decadent brownies.
  • You can use white chocolate, caramel, mint, peanut butter, or butterscotch chips instead of the chocolate ones if you want.
  • This recipe will make brownies out of any cake mix! I suggest using any moist recipe, but any flavor will work. Red velvet, fruit-flavored, devil's food, white, yellow, chocolate, anything.

The Finished Cake Mix Brownies

3.2 stars from 54 ratings of Cake Mix Brownies


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    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Ann1Az2 - I sure hope you guys like them as much as my family did :) Thanks for the comment!

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      8 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Cassy, this sounds like an excellent idea for our Bible study class on Wednesday nights - thanks for the idea!

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Thanks teaches12345! If you were here I'd love to share :) Not sure my kids or hubby would allow it though LOL They are great, super easy to make, and a wonderful way to get rid of those cake mixes sitting around! Thanks for stopping by and the comment!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      Great recipe idea. I love your finished product photo.. Can I have a piece? Another winning idea!


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