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Brownies from Cake Mix Devils Food

Brownies from cake mix Devils food variety are amazing. If you’ve never made Nutella cake mix brownies out of boxed mix let me show you what you’ve been missing! Fudgy with just 3 ingredients to delicious.

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Have you ever made cake mix brownies?? They’re really easy and just as ooey gooey as if you used a traditional brownie boxed mix but you can really amp it up with lots of other flavors like making Nutella style as we did here! Brownies with Devils food cake mix variety is a great base for a chewy brownie with nuts and we added your favorite chocolate spread to the mix to make them really chocolatey. (affiliate links present)

Ok so we have used this same idea to made strawberry brownies too, and yes those were delicious as well. There are so many flavors to choose from this is just going to be the beginning….

Cake Mix Devil’s Food Brownies

Ever since then we’ve gone wild with cake mix recipes of all kinds and have even made cake mix donuts for fun too. This time I thought I’d add some Nutella because it’s such a fun nutty add in on sandwiches and just about anything really and let me tell you they turned out amazing!

brownies from cake mix devils food

How to Turn Betty Crocker Cake Mix into Brownies

First off, don’t follow the directions on the back of the box! Use our ingredients below. When done the key is to NOT overbake these beauties. You want to bake them just enough so the edges get golden brown and look like they’re getting somewhat cakey but the middle seems like it still will be underdone, that is when they are perfect!

You’re going to allow them to totally cool in the pan so it will continue to bake a bit while they’re sitting on your cooling rack and solidify a bit more in the middle.

We like our baked or air fryer brownies from mix really ooey gooey but if you like more of a cake like brownie then cook just a wee bit longer and you’ll love them too.

Cake Mix Brownie Ingredients

  1. Devil’s food cake mix – this is the one I use
  2. Eggs
  3. Oil
  4. Nutella is optional but makes them richer and fudgier
  5. Walnuts – optional but good

Literally that is it to perfection!! You can bake them like you see here to make Crockpot brownies with them too.

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How can you make a Betty Crocker devil’s food cake better?

Whether you make a cake or these out of this deep chocolate mix you do NOT want to bake it too long. You see how ours are still ooey gooey but not liquid and raw, perfection I tell you. 24 minutes is perfect for us but you can fool around with the timing your first go around and see how “well done” you want them the next time. I guarantee you won’t regret leaving them a bit underdone.

We have other cake mix hacks here you can follow like adding an extra egg yolk if you are making a cake for richness or using hot water to bloom the cocoa. So many tips.

Should you let brownies cool in the pan?

How long to cool brownies in the pan is ONLY for 15 minutes. This allows them to set and firm up slightly, making them easier to handle when cutting, but too long will dry them out. From there they should be enjoyed immediately.

How do you cool brownies out of the pan?

If you want them really really fudgy, remove immediately. Easiest way to do this is initially line pan with parchment paper before adding batter. Then when done carefully lift it out of the pan to transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. If you prefer fudgier brownies, you can chill them in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before cutting. This helps to set the chocolate and creates a denser texture.

How do you cut your Ghirardelli chocolate brownies?

This is best if you line the pan with parchment so you can lift it out. Once cooled and set, use a sharp knife to cut them into squares or rectangles. For cleaner cuts, you can wipe the knife with a damp cloth between cuts. Serve at room temperature or slightly warmed.

Of course you can immediately scoop your devils food brownies out of the pan immediately but they will kinda’ fall apart so if you want to be able to cut them into squares like this then wait until they are cool in the pan and then if you use non stick spray they will cut nicely and serve up pretty.

Then try our banana nutella muffins and have a hazelnut afternoon with a glass of milk. Here’s how easy these Devil’s food cake mix brownies are to make.

Try our red velvet brownies with cake mix next, or Instant Pot bread pudding can be made outside of the oven.

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Brownies from Cake Mix Devil’s Food

Brownies from cake mix Devils food variety are amazing. If you've never made Nutella brownies out of cake mix from Betty Crocker let me show you what you've been missing!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownies, cake mix, chocolate, devils food, nutella
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 431kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • 1 box cake mix devil’s food
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 c oil
  • 1/2 c chocolate spread we used Nutella, this is optional but makes richer
  • 1/2 c walnuts chopped, optional


  • Mix together your box of cake mix with your eggs and oil.
  • Fold in your Nutella and chopped nuts (can omit nuts).
  • Spray an 8×8 pan with non stick spray or line with parchment paper.
  • Spread batter evenly into pan and put into preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 24 minutes, do NOT overbake…timing depends on altitude and oven. Start at 21 minutes, check, add more min. if necessary until edges are just barely browned and middle is starting to firm up.
  • Put on cooling rack and leave in pan until completely cooled before cutting.


Nutrition Facts
Brownies from Cake Mix Devil's Food
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 431 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 439mg19%
Potassium 136mg4%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Calcium 151mg15%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Tuesday 4th of August 2020

This recipe is great! I'm planning on making it with the red velvet brownies recipe as well. If I ommit the nutella, will it affect the recipe other than flavor?

Bernadette Cosgrove

Thursday 11th of October 2018

I only want to make plain brownies using a Pillsbury devil’s food cake mix.What could I add to make them more like brownies instead of cake

The Typical Mom

Thursday 11th of October 2018

You can use this recipe but omit the nuts. Any brand cake mix works.

Terri lamprecht

Tuesday 19th of June 2018

Just wondering if Hersheys Chocolate could be substituted for the Nutella and still turn out ok?

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