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Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are rich and delicious with a beautiful red velvet color. My semi-homemade chocolatey brownies are sweet and tangy — a distinctive characteristic of red velvet desserts — only require a few basic ingredients and are a cinch to make!

These pretty red and white cake mix brownies are perfect for Valentine’s Day — or any other time of the year, whether it’s a special occasion or a well-deserved weekend dessert.

Why you’ll love this Red Velvet Brownie recipe!

  • A Year-Round Treat. This dessert is a lovely deep red color for Valentine’s Day, but it fits any special occasion. The hint of red is fantastic for Christmas, baby showers, and the Fourth of July.
  • Simple Ingredients. These easy red velvet brownies use minimal ingredients and still produce a scrumptious, fudgy texture!
  • Semi-Homemade Brownies. The best part is when you want to make a special treat but don’t have enough time to make it from scratch; this is an excellent happy medium!
ingredients for red velvet brownies on a table.

Ingredient notes

  • Cake mix | Choose your favorite box of red velvet cake mix from the grocery store.
  • Oil | Canola oil moistens the brownie batter. If preferred, use vegetable oil, avocado oil, or a similar alternative.
  • Eggs | A couple of eggs help produce the desired texture of the brownies.
  • Vanilla | Bring creamy notes with a bit of vanilla.
  • White chocolate | Include white chocolate chips for creamy and sweet bits in every bite.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Butter | Keep it creamy with unsalted butter — real butter will produce the best results.
  • Cream cheese | Give the frosting a tangy and creamy flavor with cream cheese. Full-fat is best, but you can use low-fat if preferred.
  • Powdered sugar | Mix powdered sugar for sweetness and fluffy cream cheese frosting.
  • Milk | Make the frosting moist and creamy with milk. Whole milk works the best, but milk alternatives, like coconut milk or almond milk, will also do the trick.
  • Vanilla | Deepen the creamy notes with vanilla extract.

How to make this Fudgy Red Velvet Brownies Recipe

Just pour your boxed cake mix into a bowl, mix with some essential ingredients, bake, and add the homemade cream cheese frosting!

STEP 1 | Prep for recipe

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line an 8×8-inch square pan with parchment paper or lightly coat it with cooking spray.

mixing the cake mix, eggs, oil, and vanilla in a bowl for brownie batter.

STEP 2 | Combine red velvet brownie batter 

Next, empty the cake mix into a large bowl, then add the oil, eggs, and vanilla, stirring with a rubber spatula until well combined.

tips

  • If preferred, combine the ingredients with an electric mixer at medium speed.
  • Remember to watch the edges to avoid overbaking.
  • For the best results, the butter should be at room temperature, and cream cheese should be softened.
folding white chocolate chips into red velvet brownie batter and spreading it into a pan lined with parchment paper.

STEP 3 | Fold in chips and bake 

Next, gently fold in the white chocolate chips. Then, slowly pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it evenly. Bake the brownies for 25 to 28 minutes, until they have a slightly crackly top.

Check to ensure they are done by inserting a toothpick in the center. When it comes out clean or with just a few crumbs, the brownies are finished baking. 

STEP 4 | Cool

Transfer the pan to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting. When cooled, you can easily remove them from the pan by lifting them with the parchment paper.

mixing together ingredients for cream cheese frosting; spreading frosting on top of red velvet brownies.

STEP 5 | Start making the frosting

Begin making this delicious cream cheese frosting by adding the butter and cream cheese to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer until smooth and creamy.

STEP 6 | Add the powdered sugar

While the mixer is turned off, add the powdered sugar all at once. Then, mix on low speed for about a minute, until incorporated.

STEP 7 | Complete the frosting, spread, and enjoy!

Next, add the milk and vanilla, mixing until smooth. Once the brownies are completely cooled, spread the frosting on top and serve! 

If you love the fun and festive color of this red velvet brownie recipe, try more of my favorite pink and red confections, like Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies, Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream, Strawberry Brownies, and chewy Raspberry Crumble Bars.

frosted red velvet brownies on a plate before being sliced.

Variations and substitutions

  • Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies. Like my Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies, you can add a swirl of cheesecake to make this dessert extra decadent. Just be sure to adjust the bake time accordingly.
  • Other Frosting Options. Everyone knows that cream cheese frosting and red velvet are a classic duo. However, if that’s not your cup of tea, try my pretty pink buttercream frosting from this Cherry Cake recipe or my silky smooth Sour Cream Frosting.
  • Gluten-Free Brownies. For gluten-free red velvet brownies, choose a GF cake mix — Easy!
  • Use dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of white chocolate chips for rich chocolate flavor.
a red velvet brownie with sprinkles on a serving plate on a table with a bowl of sprinkles in the background.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the difference between red velvet cake mix and chocolate cake mix?

Chocolate cake is flavored with chocolate or cocoa powder, while red velvet includes cocoa powder but also has buttermilk and vinegar to bring a subtle tartness to the overall flavor.

Do brownies taste better with butter or oil?

Butter and oil serve a similar role in brownies. However, butter tends to yield richer and more flavorful results.

What causes brownies to be fudgy?

The difference between fudgy and cakey brownies is the fat-to-flour ratio. More fat, like oil, butter, or chocolate, produces a fudgier texture.

What is the best way to cut brownies?

For clean edges and easy slicing, use a warm, sharp knife dipped into hot water and wiped after each cut. It’s also vital to let the brownies completely cool before slicing.

Storage and reheating tips

  • It’s not likely, but if you have leftover brownies, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for five to seven days without the icing. With the frosting, they need to be refrigerated in an airtight container or tightly wrapped with plastic wrap.
  • You can also freeze this recipe by wrapping the brownies in plastic wrap, foil, and an airtight freezer bag. They will freeze well for two months. Thaw them in the fridge overnight to enjoy the following day.
a red velvet brownie missing a bite on a plate.

Serving suggestions

I love serving the chewy brownies with a chilly scoop of homemade ice cream.

Try my Strawberry Ice Cream! These little red velvet desserts are also excellent when enjoyed with juicy White Chocolate Strawberries, a Valentine’s Day classic!

Looking for more of the Best Brownie Recipes?

Brownies are truly a love language. They’re perfect for Valentine’s Day but also great for other times of the year! Enjoy these Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies during fall, or these Mint Fudge Brownies that taste like mint chocolate chip ice cream to brighten and refresh the hot summer! You must also try my Malted Mousse Brownies with chocolate malt powder in the brownie batter and the creamy topping. 

a platter of red velvet brownies on a table.

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two red velvet brownies with cream cheese frosting stacked on a plate.

Red Velvet Cake Mix Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Cake Mix Brownies with Cream Cheese are rich, delicious, and so easy to make – Perfect for Valentine's Day!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 19 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 44 minutes
Course Cookies & Bars
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 322 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 15.25 oz. box red velvet cake mix
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper or lightly coat with cooking spray.
  • Empty the cake mix into a large bowl. Add the oil, eggs, and vanilla and stir with a rubber spatula until well combined. Fold in the white chocolate chips.
  • Empty and gently spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 – 28 minutes, until the top is crackly and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (Watch the edges, and don't overbake.)
  • Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Add the butter and cream cheese to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer until smooth and creamy.
  • While the mixer is turned off, add the powdered sugar all at once, then mix on low speed until incorporated, about a minute.
  • Add the milk and vanilla and mix until smooth. Spread the frosting on the cooled brownies and serve.

Notes

    • If preferred, combine the ingredients with an electric mixer at medium speed.
    • Remember to watch the edges to avoid overbaking.
    • For the best results, the butter should be at room temperature, and cream cheese should be softened.
    • Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for five to seven days without the icing. With the frosting, they need to be refrigerated in an airtight container or tightly wrapped with plastic wrap.
    • You can also freeze this recipe by wrapping the brownies in plastic wrap, foil, and an airtight freezer bag. They will freeze well for two months. Thaw them in the fridge overnight to enjoy the following day.
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Nutrition

Calories: 322kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 3gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 57mgPotassium: 70mgFiber: 0.03gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 296IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 0.2mg

Life Love and Good Food does not claim to be a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information shared on this site is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

Keyword brownies, cake mix, Christmas, frosting, Valentine’s Day, white chocolate
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About Sheila Thigpen

Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Food Writer

Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

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