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


Recipe Summary

15 mins
20 mins
1 hr 35 mins
2 hrs 10 mins
12 rolls


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Spray a large baking pan with baking spray.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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

571 calories; protein 6.8g; carbohydrates 78.8g; fat 26.3g; cholesterol 62.8mg; sodium 335.8mg. Full Nutrition