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Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

Turn a box of red velvet cake mix into this easy dessert—or breakfast! The icing tastes good and makes a pretty contrast with the rolls. —Erin Wright, Wallace, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 package red velvet cake mix (regular size)
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 cups warm water (120° to 130°)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • ICING:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons 2% milk


  • Combine cake mix, 1 cup flour and yeast. Add water; beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky). Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead gently 6-8 times. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 2 hours. Meanwhile, in another bowl, mix brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll dough into an 18x10-in. rectangle. Brush with melted butter to within 1/4 in. of edges; sprinkle with sugar mixture.
  • Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut crosswise into 12 slices. Place cut sides up in a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Cover with a kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Bake until puffed and light brown, 15-20 minutes. Cool slightly.
  • Beat confectioners’ sugar, butter, vanilla and enough milk to reach a drizzling consistency. Drizzle icing over warm rolls.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Want 'em even more decadent? Spread a fluffy layer of cream cheese frosting over the top.
  • Make these morning beauties your own by swapping in your favorite flavor of cake mix. We particularly love spice cake, devil's food and orange.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cinnamon roll: 429 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 311mg sodium, 81g carbohydrate (48g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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    • Elaine
      Dec 20, 2020

      No comment left

    • Brittaney
      Aug 5, 2020

      Great recipe to use.I made a Oreo cream cheese filling. Which was awesome, but you recipe definitely helped me.

    • Tabatha
      Mar 28, 2020

      Good, but nothing to write home about. Meh. They were easy to make which was nice since I hadn't worked with yeast prior to this. Unfortunately the centers were still mushy while the outside was hard and they popped open while baking. Butter in the icing stayed clumpy even with it being softened in the microwave. If I do make them again I will certainly try a different cake mix flavor, maybe just plain chocolate or lemon with a lemon icing.

    • broadwayeyes
      Mar 28, 2020

      Followed the recipe to a T and it didnt rise. Maybe instant yeast should be used instead? Then it might have a fighting chance. Its brand new yeast but after 3 hours of "rising" time I decided to just continue. The yeast was just sitting there and hadn't dissolved at all. This was a fail.

    • Marika
      Feb 9, 2020

      Amazing! We added a small amount of chocolate chips on top of the sugar/cinnamon and they turned out very well! My friends were thrilled and impressed!

    • Michelle
      Feb 4, 2020

      To Lisa who asked the question on 1/6/20: No, you just mix the dry cake mix with the 1 cup flour

    • RebeccaV
      Jan 30, 2020

      Question--can these be made and then refrigerated to bake the next morning?

    • menkens
      Jan 28, 2020

      Lisa -- I would just use the "dry" cake mix and continue on. Sounds like an interesting recipe, I'll be making in the future!

    • David
      Jan 11, 2020

      No comment left

    • Lisa
      Jan 6, 2020

      Do you mix up the cake mix?