Strawberry Chocolate Bars

These strawberry and chocolate cake mix brownies are moist and delicious and are served with layers, featuring a strawberry cake mix brownies layer too. This chocolate dessert bars recipe is so easy to make because it comes from a cake mix and it’s perfect to serve up a sweet treat all year long.

A cake mix brownie feature chocolate and strawberry layers, is on a plate. The text above it reads, "Strawberry Chocolate Dessert Bars."

I love having easy dessert recipes that I can throw together quickly. Because you never know when an impromptu party opportunity is going to happen. Those impromptu parties are the best! But I hate to show up empty handed.

That’s where making brownies from cake mix sure comes in handy!

What is the difference between cake mix and brownie mix?

Most chocolate cake and brownie mixes will have a lot of the same ingredients, including flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and so on. However, the main difference is that cake mixes will have some kind of chemical leavening, like baking powder and baking soda.

Can you make brownies without egg?

It’s easy to make brownies without egg, whether using a mix or making your own homemade brownies. A simple substitute to use 1/4 cup of applesauce or even canned pumpkin for each egg in your brownie recipe to keep your brownies moist and delicious!

A glass baking dish has cake mix brownies in it, featuring chocolate and strawberry layers, and lots of toppings like chocolate chips and sprinkles.

How to Make Cake Mix Brownies

Cake mixes are made with leavening, such as baking soda. That’s what makes cake light and fluffy. So, how can you make brownies with a cake mix? It’s actually pretty easy.

  1. Make a creamed filling by combining milk, cornstarch, ground flaxseed, chickpeas, and oil in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse this until smooth, up to a minute or so.
  2. Pour the cake mix into a mixing bowl and pour the creamed filling mixture into the bowl and stir to combine. This creates a very thick batter, more like a cookie dough.
  3. Press the thick batter into the bottom of a prepared 9X13 pan.

As you can see from the pictures, I created two layers: a chocolate cake mix layer and a strawberry cake mix layer. I found these two flavors worked wonderfully together!

Brownie Toppings

You can add some tasty brownie toppings, like any of the following:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Chopped nuts (like walnuts, pecans, or even almonds)
  • Colorful sprinkles
  • Vanilla drizzle (optional).

Marly’s Tips

  • This recipe calls for one can of chickpeas, or you can substitute 1 1/2 cups of homemade cooked chickpeas.
  • You can try different cake mix flavors based on your preference, such as cherry, or even a yellow cake mix.
  • Be sure to look at the cake mix ingredients to make sure they’re made without eggs or dairy.
  • You can substitute gluten-free cake mixes to make this recipe gluten-free.
  • This makes a very thick batter, more like a cookie dough, but the results are a delicious, fudgy cake mix brownie!
  • To make the optional vanilla drizzle, combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite extract (vanilla, strawberry, coconut, etc), and 1 – 2 teaspoons almond milk.

Storing Suggestions

Making brownies using cake mix creates wonderfully gooey brownies. To keep them nice and soft, be sure to store them in an airtight container. They will keep at room temperature for up to 3 days, in the fridge for up to 10 days, and they can be frozen for up to 2 months.

New to Vegan Baking?

The idea of making cookies, cakes, or muffins without eggs or dairy can seem like a hill too tall to climb. But with the simple tips in my Guide to Vegan Baking, you’ll be baking like a vegan pro in no time!

A plate has a chocolate strawberry dessert bar with a fork sitting beside it.

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Cake Mix Brownies

Love on these easy chocolate cake mix brownies, made with chocolate and strawberry layers. It's a fun, easy dessert recipe!
5 from 1 vote
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 24
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Namely Marly


Cake Mix Brownies

  • 1 cup dairy-free milk I used almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 box Duncan Hines Dark Fudge Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 box Duncan Hines Strawberry Cake Mix


  • 1 cup chocolate chips , divided
  • ½ cup pecans , chopped
  • 4 tablespoons heart sprinkles


For the Cake Mix Brownies

  • Heat your oven to 350F and spray a 9X13 cake pan with vegetable spray.
  • Add milk, corn starch, ground flax seeds, chickpeas, and oil in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until smooth, up to a minute or so.
  • Pour the chocolate cake mix into a mixing bowl. Now pour half the chickpea mixture into the bowl and stir to combine. You will have a thick batter, more similar to a cookie dough. Press this into the bottom of your prepared 9X13 pan. Sprinkle half the chocolate chips over the top of this layer.
  • Rinse out your mixing bowl and dry. Then pour the strawberry cake mix and the remaining half of the creamy filling mixture. Stir to combine. Again, you will have a thick batter. Gently press this layer over the top of the chocolate layer. I find it helps to get your fingers wet and press the strawberry batter evenly across the top. Sprinkle the top with the chopped pecans and remaining chocolate chips.
  • Bake at 350F for 45 – 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

For the Toppings

  • Top the brownies with the sprinkles. You want the dessert bars to be warm enough to cause the sprinkles to stick with the gooey chocolate chips.

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You can substitute 1/2 cup of applesauce for the oil in this recipe.
If using homemade cooked chickpeas, use 1 1/2 cups.
Nutrition Facts
Cake Mix Brownies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 339mg14%
Potassium 97mg3%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 11IU0%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

21 Responses to Strawberry Chocolate Bars

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCourtney @ Neighborfood Reply

    I’m so glad you could join us Marly! And how cool that you’re on the board for your Parks and Rec department! These look stunning. So perfect for girl’s night. I’m so glad we were able to meet this year. Can’t wait to learn more from each other in the year to come!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyHeather || Heather's Dish Reply

    SQUEAL! What a perfect Galetine’s Day treat! I love it!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLiz Reply

    What gorgeous, festive bars, Marly! They look amazing!!!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen Reply

    Wow! You really pulled out all the stops here. This looks so rich and delicious. That is so funny that you work in Parks and Recreation!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlycynthia Reply

    Marly, that is too funny that you actually do work in Parks & Rec — what a fitting holiday! And I love these vibrant dessert bars. Definitely fit for a girls’ get-together. Glad to be celebrating with you 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I always like to clarify, I’m on the board. The incredibly talented and hard-working staff do all the work…I just like to take the credit.

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKaren @ The Food Charlatan Reply

    This looks awesome Marly! And perfect for Galentine’s Day OR Valentine’s Day. I love that there are 2 cake mixes, you’re doin it right 🙂 Also, I can’t believe you live in Real Life Parks and Rec. Awesome!! Although probably not quite as awesome since Aziz Ansari is not there to call you his boo.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I cannot trust any man who talks like this: “Zerts’ are what I call desserts. ‘Trée-trées’ are entrées. I call sandwiches ‘sammies,’ ‘sandoozles,’ or ‘Adam Sandlers.’ Air conditioners are ‘cool blasterz’ with a ‘z’ — I don’t know where that came from. I call cakes ‘big ol’ cookies.’ I call noodles ‘long-ass rice.’ Fried chicken is ‘fry-fry chicky-chick.’ Chicken parm is ‘chicky-chicky-parm-parm.’ Chicken cacciatore? ‘Chicky-cacc.’ I call eggs ‘pre-birds,’ or ‘future birds.’ Root beer is ‘super water.’ Tortillas are ‘bean blankets.’ And I call forks ‘food rakes.”

      Although, it does kind of grow on you. Tortillas as bean blankets? It kind of works!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKaren @ The Food Charlatan

      BEST QUOTE EVER MARLY!!! oh my gosh I’m still laughing. How could you not trust him?? 🙂 I call forks ‘food rakes.” bahaha.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I know! What about Chicka-chicka Parm Parm? That’s just fun to say! I may have to come up with a vegan version of that recipe and that’s what I’ll call it!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMorgan @ Peaches, Please

      Marly’s comment reminds me of this comic:

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Love it!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySusan Reply

    Admit it, you’re actually Leslie Knope. Right? Right? Okay, kidding aside these bars are great, I love the color and I bet they taste delish!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Well, we are both fond of vegetable puns. She says “porn on the cob” and I say, “corn in its natural state that tastes really good.” Oh wait. I guess I need to work on my puns.

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain Reply

    Like whoa. I’ll take 47 of these bad boys!

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAbby @ The Frosted Vegan Reply

    Yay! Happy Galentines day ! Love these : )

  10. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyNancy @ gottagetbaked Reply

    It’s so nice to meet you, Marly, and discover your wonderful blog! It’s awesome that you’re on the board of directors for your park ‘n rec dept. What a perfect connection to today’s post. These strawberry chocolate dessert bars are divine. Fabulous flavour combination, perfect layers and gorgeous photos. I’m dying over the amazing lighting you’re getting (despite the frozen tundra outside!). Happy Galentine’s Day!

  11. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAngie | Big Bear's Wife Reply

    These are perfect for the party!! Happy Galentines Day!!

  12. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyStephanie @ Girl Versus Dough Reply

    I want to marry these dessert bars. SO YUM.

  13. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMorgan @ Peaches, Please Reply

    Wow. I would never have thought to use chickpeas like that. That’s really cool!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      You’d be surprised what you can do with chickpeas. I wonder what Aziz would call them? Maybe Chicka Chicka Peas?

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