Red Velvet Cake Mix Brownies with Cream Cheese

Start with a cake mix to make these easy, cheesecake topped red velvet brownies. So perfect for Valentines Day!

I love red velvet.

It’s my all time favorite cake (only second to tres leches) and I’m pretty sure it’s because I want any excuse to eat cream cheese. I’ve made red velvet cocktails and even popcorn but never brownies—until today!

This recipe is quick and easy thanks to a good old cake mix. No need to reinvent the wheel, right? I used a red velvet cake mix, which you can find just about at every grocery store these days. But if you can’t find one, just use a chocolate cake mix and add about 2 tablespoons of red food coloring.

Watch the video below to see how easy there are to make!

Start with a cake mix to make these easy, cheesecake topped red velvet brownies. So perfect for Valentines Day!

Red Velvet Cake Mix Brownies with Cream Cheese

For the brownies

1 red velvet cake mix
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 egg
1 tbsp water

for the cream cheese topping

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and spray a 13×9 non-stick pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl beat together the red velvet cake mix, melted unsalted butter, egg and water. Spread the mixture into the prepared baking sheet.
  3. In a medium bowl beat together the softened cream cheese, egg, sugar and vanilla. Spread the mixture on top of the brownie batter.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes, remove from the oven and use a knife to gently swirl the cream cheese topping. Return the pan to the oven and continue baking until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Place on a rack to cool before serving.
  5. Optional: use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut the brownies into heart shapes. Then the bonus is you get to eat all the scraps!

Start with a cake mix to make these easy, cheesecake topped red velvet brownies. So perfect for Valentines Day!

Cutting out the brownies is a breeze when using my non-stick silicone baking mat! Grab one today and have it in time for Valentine’s Day because it’s available on Amazon Prime.

Leave some love:

  1. This was a wonderful recipe.i made this for Valentine’s day.It was special surprise for my hubby.He loved it.

  2. I’m terribly craving for some cream cheese based sweet treat and bless you for sharing this wonderful dessert.
    I’m just wondering if I can modify the recipe by having a banana muffin for the brownies instead of red velvet. Do you think it matches the whole recipe? If not, I’ll try to look at other options like carrot cake since I’d be sharing this to my friends that are so religious with their vegan lifestyle. Hahaha
    Thanks again!

  3. Simple is always best, I will have to try this for our next date, thanks!