Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

I’m so excited to share these Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls with you today! These are so easy and gorgeous, and are definitely going on my holiday baking must list. For months I’ve wanted to make a red velvet cinnamon roll. When I stumbled across a Duncan Hines recipe for cake mix cinnamon rolls, I had a feeling I was about to make Red Velvet Cinnamon Roll magic.

Let’s get started.

Combine two packages of active dry yeast with warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir until dissolved. Add cake mix, flour, vanilla, and salt. Use dough hook attachment to knead dough together, just for a minute or two. Move to larger bowl, cover, and let rise for about an hour. Punch dough down after an hour, and let rise again for another hour. Here is my dough after the second rise. I was giddy over this gorgeous red yeast dough.

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Use plenty of flour on a clean surface, and turn dough out.  Shape into a ball, then roll into a rectangle shape. Mine measured about 28×17.

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Spread softened butter over dough.

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Sprinkle with brown sugar, white granulated sugar, and cinnamon.

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Start from furthest edge and roll dough tightly into a long skinny log, trying to keep it neat and even. I like to trim off the uneven edges.

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Slice log evenly into 24 rolls. Place rolls in two greased 9×13 baking pans. Cover with plastic wrap and let cinnamon rolls rise a final time in the pan, about 30 minutes, or until they have doubled in size.

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Bake at 350 degrees for 15- 20 minutes.

I made a cream cheese frosting to go over the top. It’s decadent and delicious on these beautiful Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls. Spread it on while the rolls are still warm.

If you are a first time cinnamon roll maker, or if you haven’t used yeast before, this would be a great recipe to start with. The dough is simple and easy to work with.

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

adapted from Duncan Hines Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

These take about 3 hours from start to finish, mostly inactive prep time.

Makes 24 rolls

1 box of Duncan Hines Signature Red Velvet Cake Mix
2 envelopes (1/4 oz each) of Active Dry Yeast
2 1/2 cups of warm water
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
5 cups of all-purpose flour

Cinnamon Filling

1 stick of softened butter – you can add another stick of butter if you want them really gooey
1 cup of packed dark brown sugar
1 cup of granulated white sugar
Cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting

2 sticks of softened butter
3 cups of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
Pinch of kosher salt
2 packages of softened cream cheese – 8 ounces

Combine two packages of active dry yeast with warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir until dissolved. Add cake mix, flour, vanilla and salt. Use dough hook attachment to knead dough together, just for a minute or two. Move to larger bowl, cover, and let rise for about an hour. Punch dough down after an hour, and let rise again for another hour.

Use plenty of flour on a clean surface and turn dough out.  Shape into a ball, then roll into a rectangle shape, mine measured about 28×17. Spread softened butter over dough. Sprinkle with brown sugar, white granulated sugar and cinnamon. Start from farthest edge and roll dough tightly into a long skinny log shape. Slice into 24 rolls.

Place rolls in two 9×13 pans that have been greased with butter, or sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Let rise a final time in pan for about 30 minutes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

While the rolls are baking, prepare cream cheese frosting. With paddle attachment on the stand mixer, combine room temperature butter with powdered sugar. Beat until well combined, then add vanilla and pinch of salt. Mix again, then while mixer is going, drop cubes of softened cream cheese in the bowl one at a time until frosting is well mixed.

Spread on warm rolls and enjoy.
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Comments

  1. Oh my gosh, Melissa, those are GORGEOUS! They definitely need to happen during the holidays, or, uh, any day!

  2. I can see these adding beautiful color to my Christmas family breakfast this year! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  3. These look so delicious. I want one right now. :)

  4. Oh my!! I think I’m going to the grocery store today. ;) Thank you so so much for sharing this wonderful dessert!

  5. Seriously drooling!!!!!!!!!!! I have been meaning to make regular ones for a while now- but after seeing this- clearly it’s the only way to go.

  6. Just gave these yummy cinnamon rolls a shout out on FB :) These look SO delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  7. This looks so good im making them for Christmas but first i have to make a batch first to have some fun with my kids, thankyou for the recipe.

  8. This idea is amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

  9. You just blew my mind with these! You have me at red velvet. Then you said cinnamon rolls and now I’m in heaven :)

  10. I had a thought, since these are red velvet, how about sprinkling cocoa powder on instead of cinnamon :)

    • I was thinking the same thing. I can’t imagine cinnamon with red velvet but cocoa powder sounds spot on! Has anyone tried it yet?

  11. This is so innovative – red velvet cinnamon rolls! Beautiful presentation!

  12. Found and followed you through 36th Avenue’s link party. I just love your blog! Feel free to stop by mine as well :)

    http://www.the-not-so-desperate-chef-wife.com

    Krista

  13. Anonymous says:

    Is there a way to let them rise over night? Or would that be too long?

    • They might over rise. I would suggest par baking them the night before and finishing them off in the morning, if you want fresh baked rolls.

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  15. This looks delicious! I just shared this recipe on my red velvet blog http://momelite.com/red-velvet-heaven/. I hope you don’t mind!

  16. Just pinned these – found you through Nikki’s linkup. Wow. They are incredible looking! I’ve never seen RED dough like this and how cool. And fabulous tasting I bet!

  17. Hi, I was wondering the specific measurements are for the active dry yeast were.

  18. I really want to make these for a party this weekend, but I’ll be short on time after today. Can I make them and freeze them before baking? Maybe I could parbake them and then freeze them?

  19. tanya1234 says:

    ooo Ooooooo luv it thank u

  20. Lisa12345 says:

    I made these and I have cooked them 3x now, and they are still raw.
    I think they are too thick .. I’m not sure where it went wrong :(

    • I’m sorry you are having trouble. Did you notice the recipe is for two 9×13 pans of cinnamon rolls? If you make two pans, the rolls aren’t thick at all.

      The middle rolls will be slightly firm to the touch when they are cooked through.

  21. How much cinnamon do u put in the filling???

  22. Do you have to use the packet mix or does it work making the cake from scratch???

  23. I am from Cape Town, South Africa and we don’t get the Duncan Hines Signature Red Velvet Cake Mix here. Do you have a replacement recipe I can use for this cake mix?

  24. I made these last year for Thanksgiving morning and had a whole pan left over and I did freeze them before the final rise. I pulled them out of the freezer a few weeks later and let them thaw on the cabinet and complete the rise, then baked them. They were wonderful.

  25. Hi, Melissa! I’m stopping by to let you know that I’ve featured your Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls on my blog today in a “Merry Breakfast!” round up -> http://www.chattingoverchocolate.com/2013/12/merry-breakfast.html … Thanks so much for sharing!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!! :)

  26. Hi, I made these over Christmas and they were delicious! I blogged about the ones I made. It will post on Wednesday. I made sure to mention your blog in the post. Thanks for the idea!

  27. what a brilliant idea, i can just create my own dough only to taste like a red velvet instead of buying the cake mix :D thnxxx for the idea :D

  28. I made this. I cheated at the end and microwaved cream cheese icing………… bad idea! next time i will stick to the recipe. my family still loved them thank you for this recipe

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