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How to Make Brownies From a Cake Mix

Cassandra has spent a lot of time in the kitchen and has lots of tips to share with her readers.

Brownies...but from cake mix!

Brownies...but from cake mix!

Craving Brownies, and No Ingredients

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 timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

30 min

40 min

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 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 for 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.

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.

The finished cake mix brownies.