Sunday, April 4, 2010

Cinnamon Rolls with a Twist

This was my Easter brunch contribution:

The twist is that there is an entire cake mix in the dough.

Here is the recipe:

Mix together (I just mixed slowly with a wooden spoon):

1 white cake mix ( I used one that had pudding in it, but I don't think it matters what kind)
2.5 cups warm water
4 cups flour
2 packages of yeast (the fast rise powdered kind)

Add approximately 1.5 more cups of flour in half cup increments until a soft dough forms.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.

Oil a bowl (vegetable oil is fine) and place the dough inside, turning it once to get the top oiled. Cover and let rise about 45 min., or until doubled. I put the bowl in my oven and used the "Proof" feature, which just heats it to 100 degrees).

Once it's doubled, remove from oven and punch the dough down. Cut into two pieces and let rest 10 minutes.

Roll each piece out into a rectange that is approximately 10 x 14 inches.

Brush with butter - I melted about a 1/4 cup in the microwave for each section. Mix about 3/4 cup of brown sugar with 2 tsp. cinnamon and sprinkle over the buttered dough. I used at least this much for each section as I don't like cinnamon rolls that skimp on the sugar and butter.

Starting on the long side, roll up jelly roll style. Cut into 12 pieces. Cover and let rise until almost doubled - takes 20 min. to half an hour.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Keep an eye on them and remove when lightly browned. I think mine too a few minutes longer.
Make about a cup of your favorite frosting. I like a cream cheese frosting. I used 1/4 cup butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 cup cream cheese, 1 tsp vanilla. Then add a bit of milk and beat it until it is soft and spreadable.

Everyone really liked these and two people asked for the recipe.


  1. so glad you can't gain weight by just looking...

  2. These cinnamon buns look amazing..I made this recipe some time ago and was surprised that it called for cake mix. I agree they were really good!

  3. Wish you could email me a couple of those cinnamon buns! lol They sure look delicious and I'm going to save the recipe. Having the cake mix in them is very unusual but I bet it makes them even moister. xoxo

  4. Oh my gosh, love these and they sound easy to make. Thanks for sharing. : )

  5. those look really yummy! MMMMMN!

  6. Wish I had one with my morning coffee right now.


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