Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls


This recipe combines the rich taste of red velvet cake with the simple pleasures of warm cinnamon rolls.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
12 rolls



  • ½ cup warm water

  • 1 (.25 ounce) envelope active dry yeast

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 (15.25 ounce) package red velvet cake mix

  • ¾ cup warm milk

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon oil, or as needed


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • baking spray


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • ¼ cup milk

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine warm water and yeast for dough in the bowl of a stand mixer; beat until combined. Allow to sit and bloom, 5 to 10 minutes. Yeast should activate and mixture should have foam on top.

  2. Add flour, cake mix, warm milk, and salt. Switch to the dough hook and mix on low until dough comes together and starts to pull away from the sides, about 5 minutes.

  3. Grease a large bowl with a light coating of oil. Form dough into a ball and place in the greased bowl, turning to coat all sides. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel. Place the bowl over a pan of hot water and let sit until almost doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  4. Mix butter, brown and white sugars, and cinnamon for filling together in a medium bowl until well combined.

  5. Spray a large baking pan with baking spray.

  6. Turn dough onto a floured surface and roll into a large rectangle. Spread filling over the dough, then roll up into a long log. Slice into 12 rolls and place on the prepared pan. Allow to rise until doubled in size, 30 to 45 minutes.

  7. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  8. Bake rolls in the preheated oven until golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

  9. While the rolls are baking, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla for icing in a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and pourable. Transfer icing to a plastic zip-top bag.

  10. Remove cinnamon rolls from the oven. Snip a corner off of the zip-top bag and drizzle icing over the warm rolls. Serve immediately.

Cook's Note:

If you do not have a stand mixer, you can mix everything in a large bowl and knead the dough by hand on a well-floured surface.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

571 Calories
26g Fat
79g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 571
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 15g 77%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 336mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 79g 29%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 7g
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 111mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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