Here’s how to make insanely yummy (and beautiful) strawberry brownies from a cake mix, along with all the tips, tricks and tools to make them perfect.
This strawberry brownies recipe is the most repinned item from my sweet tooth pinterest board and most popular recipes on Family Savvy, and for good reason. These strawberry brownies call for only five ingredients, take less than 30 minutes to make, and look and taste like a lovely bakery confection.
I’ve made these for baby (girl) showers, wedding teas, and teen get-togethers. The pink obviously doesn’t bother the guys, as I once had a boy mom email for the recipe (per her son’s request). These brownies definitely appeal to guys as well as girls LOL.
The key ingredient in these brownies is strawberry cake mix. I’ve always used Duncan Hines, as that is my favorite brand. I am sure others would work also as long as they don’t have pudding in the mix. Although I’ve never used pudding mix for these, I fear it would make them too soft.
Do you know how to make brownies from cake mix? It really is as simple as this recipe. Just follow the directions for Strawberry Brownies, and substitute another cake mix for a different flavor. Here is how I would tweak this recipe with different cake mixes.
Lemon Brownies: Substitute lemon cake mix for strawberry; use almond extract instead of vanilla.
Funfetti Cake Mix Sugar Cookie Brownies: Substitute funfetti cake mix for strawberry. Add white chocolate chips to the batter (optional). Use almond extract instead of vanilla. (for glaze). Add sprinkles to glaze.
Make ahead: If making and taking these to an event, I usually bake them, cut them into squares, and freeze them for up to four weeks. The day of serving, I let them thaw in the freezer bag (opened) for a few hours before arranging on a small platter. If gifting these brownies, I use the Wilton boxes (link below).
Removal from pan: To make these strawberry brownies pretty, they need to be cut AFTER removing from the pan. It is necessary to release the entire pan of brownies nicely so that cutting will be easy.
Options for easy release of brownies before cutting.
- Lining the baking pan with parchment paper is one option, but parchment can “bunch up” in corners and make getting a smooth end result difficult. My fave parchment paper was aluminum foil on one side and parchment on the other. It is no longer sold in stores but can be found here on amazon.
- If you buy a small silpat, you can put it in the bottom of your baking pan and spray the pan (including silpat) with baking spray. The silpat will help make release easier.
- If you use a high quality baking pan, spraying very well with Baker’s Joy (or any flour-based baking spray) should be enough. I link to my favorite below.
NOTE: No matter which of the easy release options you use, it is important to let brownies cool at least 20 minutes before releasing.
Pan Size: When making a single batch of brownies, I use either a 9 x 9 or a 9 x 13 (which is the size of a quarter sheet pan). It is hard to specify baking time for each pan size, as oven temps vary. I follow the general cooking times below and watch my brownies closely toward the middle/end of cooking.
Cook Time: Oven temps and pan size both affect cook time. I put 15 minutes in the actual recipe so that cooks will start checking at 15 minutes and be ready to remove brownies the minute they look ready. I pull mine out when tiny cracks begin appearing on the surface and when edges begin pulling from the side of the pan. Remember, they will cook a bit more and firm up as they cool.
Batter will be very thick; don’t be alarmed! In fact, it is so thick that I tend to use my hands to press it into my baking pan. I spray my (clean) hands with cooking spray and press the dough into the pan as evenly as possible. If you don’t like using your hands, a spatula sprayed with cooking spray should work fine.
Baking Tools: I am all about having the right tools for baking these brownies (or any other baked good). I’ve listed the ones I use below.
In the short video below, you can see how easy it is to glaze the brownies once they are pulled from the oven.
If you want another fabulous recipe using strawberry cake mix, check out these strawberry white chocolate chip cookies. These taste almost identical to the Publix strawberry white chocolate chip cookies that are a holiday seasonal item.
If you want even more fabulous strawberry recipes, I’ve listed some of my most popular ones below:
- Croissant French Toast with Fresh Strawberry Syrup
- Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Bundt Cake
- Strawberry Butter (Served at Neiman Marcus)
- Strawberry Nut Bread
- Strawberry Layer Cake
If you try these, please let me hear back. Feel free to share any helpful tips or suggestions as well. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!