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Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

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This recipe will show you how to make delicious red velvet cinnamon rolls using a cake mix shortcut, plus the most creamy, delicious cream cheese frosting! These cinnamon rolls are great for holidays and a special occasion like Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and the 4th of July!

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Why You’ll Love this Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Cinnamon rolls are something that I make almost weekly for my family. My kids love them!

A pan of red velvet cake mix cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting.

So, using a boxed cake mix as a shortcut to make homemade cinnamon rolls is a win in my book.

The beauty about using a cake mix is that you can vary the flavor combinations like these Butter Pecan Cinnamon Rolls with Salted Caramel Glaze.

Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese frosting being piped onto red velvet cinnamon rolls.

A couple of weeks ago, I needed to make a breakfast item for my neighborhood 4th of July party. I wanted to take something festive and colorful.

I decided to use one of my favorite flavor combinations, red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting and make cinnamon rolls!

I topped the cinnamon rolls with red, white, and blue sprinkles to celebrate the holiday.

A bowl of red, white, and blue sprinkles over a tray of red velvet cinnamon rolls.

Because of the red and white color of these cinnamon rolls, they would make a great breakfast for Christmas morning! 

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Cake Mix Cinnamon Roll Ingredients

*Ingredient amounts are located in the recipe card at the end of this post.

Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

Yeast: I used 2 packets of active dry yeast. Make sure to use yeast that is not expired, for best results.

Warm Water: This will be used to help proof the yeast before adding it to the dough. Warm milk can also be used.

Red Velvet Cake Mix: My favorite brand of cake mix is Betty Crocker, but feel free to use your favorite brand.

Flour: The best flour for these cinnamon rolls is all-purpose flour.

Salt: This is added to help balance the sweetness of the cinnamon rolls.

Vanilla Extract: The vanilla extract is used to add a little bit of sweetness to the rolls.

Butter: I recommend using unsalted butter in this recipe. You will want to have the butter softened to room temperature, or use melted butter.

Brown Sugar: Brown sugar is what helps create a caramel-like flavor in these rolls, as well as give them that nice and gooey texture.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon is what makes these rolls cinnamon rolls, so don’t skip it!

A pan of red velvet cake mix cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting with red, white, and blue sprinkles for the 4th of July breakfast.

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

Cream Cheese: The cream cheese is what makes the most amazing and rich cream cheese frosting for these cinnamon rolls. When making this frosting, make sure to use full-fat cream cheese for best results.

Butter: To help make some of the best frosting ever, use unsalted butter.

Vanilla Extract: The vanilla extract helps to give the cream cheese frosting a great flavor and adds a little bit of sweetness as well.

Powdered Sugar: This is what helps make the frosting light and fluffy! I don’t recommend skipping this ingredient.

Unbaked red velvet cinnamon rolls on a baking sheet.

How to Make Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

[1] Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and gently stir. Set aside to proof.

A measuring cup of water and yeast

[2] Place the cake mix, flour, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment and turn on for 10-15 seconds. 

Dry ingredients for Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls in a Bosch mixer

[3] Pour in the yeast mixture and mix.

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[4] Add the beaten eggs and vanilla extract.

Beaten eggs being added to a stand mixer to make Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

[5] Knead the dough for 3-5 minutes until the dough begins to pull away from the side of the bowl.

Red Velvet cinnamon roll dough in a stand mixer

[6] Spray a large mixing bowl with cooking spray and place the red velvet dough in the bowl, turning once to coat.

Red velvet Cinnamon Roll dough in a bowl covered with plastic wrap.

[7] Spray a square of plastic wrap, large enough to cover the bowl, and place it over the bowl to cover the dough.

Red Velvet Cinnamon Roll dough in a bowl covered with plastic wrap.

[8] Place the bowl in a dry, warm place and let the dough rise until double in size.

A hand punching down red velvet cake mix cinnamon roll dough

[9] When the dough has risen, remove the plastic wrap and punch down the dough.

Red Velvet dough on a floured counter top with a rolling pin

[10] Place dough onto a lightly floured surface and sprinkle the top with flour.

A stick of butter and red velvet dough

[11] Use a rolling pin to roll dough into a large rectangular shape.

Butter spread over red velvet cinnamon roll dough

[12] Use a silicone spatula to gently spread softened butter over the rectangle.

Brown sugar being sprinkled over cinnamon roll dough

[13] Cover the top of the dough evenly with the brown sugar.

A bowl of cinnamon over cinnamon roll dough

[14] Sprinkle the cinnamon over the brown sugar.

Dough being rolled into a roll

[15] Roll the dough up tightly starting with the long side of the dough.

[16] To cut the rolls, gently slide a piece of unwaxed dental floss under the roll.

A roll of red velvet cinnamon rolls being cut with dental floss

[17] Find your desired place to cut (about two inch slices) and pull the two ends of the floss up over the roll and cross them. Pull them tight around the roll and the floss will cut through.

Unbaked red velvet cinnamon rolls on a baking sheet.

[18] Place the rolls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes.

Freshly baked red velvet cinnamon rolls on a baking sheet.

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

[1] Place the softened butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat for 1 minute.

Two sticks of butter being held over a stand mixer to make cream cheese frosting

[2] Add the softened cream cheese and beat with the butter for another 2 minutes.

A block of cream cheese over the bowl of a stand mixer to make cream cheese butter cream frosting

[3] Measure 2 cups of powdered sugar and add the the bowl along with the vanilla extract. Cover and mix for 1 minute.

A bowl of powdered sugar over a stand mixer to make cream cheese frosting for Red Velvet cake mix cinnamon rolls

[4] Add the remaining powdered sugar and whip the frosting for 2-3 minutes, until it is light and fluffy.

Cream cheese buttercream frosting on the whisk attachment of a stand mixer.

Cake Mix Cinnamon Roll Frosting Options

When adding the frosting to this easy cinnamon roll recipe, there are a few things you can do.

First, you can spread the frosting over the warm cinnamon rolls and let it melt a little bit, kind of like a glaze.

Second, you could wait until the rolls have cooled and them use a spatula to spread the frosting over the top.

Cream cheese frosting being piped onto red velvet cinnamon rolls.

The third option is what I choose to do for our picnic because it looks so good!

How to Pipe Frosting on the Cinnamon Rolls

I used a large star tip and a piping bag to pipe the cream cheese frosting on top of the cake mix cinnamon rolls!

It is really easy to do and makes your cinnamon rolls look professional! Here are some step by step instructions:

[1] Place the star tip into a piping bag (I like to use disposable bags for easy clean up).

A Piping bag and a star tip over red velvet cinnamon rolls

[2] Put the bag into a large cup and open the bag around the edges.

A cup with a piping bag next to a bowl of cream cheese frosting.

[3] Add the frosting to the piping bag and twist the end.

A piping bag of cream cheese frosting over a pan of red velvet cinnamon rolls.

[4] Place the tip in the center of the cinnamon roll and go in circular spiral until you get to the edge of the cinnamon roll.

Cream cheese frosting being piped onto red velvet cinnamon rolls.

[5] Add festive sprinkles, if desired.

Sprinkles on red velvet cake mix cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting.

Helpful Kitchen Tools:

A Bosch kitchen mixer

How to Freeze Cinnamon Rolls

Freezing these Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls is a great way to make a batch of these go a long way. Here’s how I do it:

  1. Prepare the cinnamon roll dough according to the included directions.
  2. Once you have cut the dough into rolls, place rolls on a baking sheet.
  3. Put the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze the rolls for one hour.
  4. Transfer the frozen cinnamon rolls to a freezer-safe ziplock bag.
  5. To bake, remove the rolls from the freezer and place them on a baking sheet.
  6. Allow them to thaw/rise for one hour then bake according to the directions.

How to Store Leftover Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

To extend their shelf life, you can also store them in the refrigerator or freezer.

If refrigerating or freezing the rolls, make sure to remove them from the baking sheet and place them in a sealed container before storing them.

Freshly baked red velvet cinnamon rolls on a baking sheet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Make Cinnamon Rolls Ahead of Time?

The answer is yes! You can definitely make these red velvet cinnamon rolls ahead of time. I make them a day ahead all the time. To do this, follow all of the directions to make the cinnamon rolls and then store them for a day in an airtight container before serving.

Can You Freeze Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls?

Yes! I love to freeze these red velvet cake mix cinnamon rolls. Simply follow all of the directions up until you place them on the baking sheet.
Then, put the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze the rolls for an hour. When they have frozen solid, transfer them to a freezer-safe ziplock bag and return them to the freezer. To bake, remove the rolls from the freezer and place them on a baking sheet. Allow them to thaw/rise for an hour before baking according to recipe instructions.

What brand of cake mix is best for cinnamon rolls?

There is no definitive answer to this question, as different brands of cake mix can vary in flavor and texture. Some popular options include Duncan Hines, Betty Crocker, and Pillsbury. Ultimately, the best brand of cake mix for cinnamon rolls will depend on your personal preferences and what is available in your area. You may want to try out a few different brands to find your favorite. However, many bakers do prefer using store-brand cake mixes for their cinnamon rolls, as these tend to produce more consistent results.

A pan of red velvet cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting.

Final Thoughts

Cake mix cinnamon rolls are a delicious and easy way to make your favorite homemade treat in less time. It is one of the easiest cinnamon rolls recipes to make!

Whether you choose to freeze them for later or enjoy them right away, these red velvet rolls are sure to be a hit with family and friends. So why not give them a try today?

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A pan of red velvet cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting.

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 24 Rolls
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours

This recipe will show you how to make delicious red velvet cinnamon rolls using a cake mix short cut, plus the most creamy, delicious cream cheese frosting!

Ingredients

Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

  • 4 1/2 Teaspoons Yeast, or 2 packets
  • 2 1/2 Cups Warm Water
  • 1 Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 5 1/2 Cups All-Purpose-Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, softened
  • 2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar

Instructions

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and gently stir. Set aside to proof.
  2. Place the cake mix, flour, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment and turn on for 10-15 seconds. 
  3. Pour in the yeast mixture and mix.
  4. Add the beaten eggs and vanilla extract.
  5. Knead the dough for 3-5 minutes until the dough begins to pull away from the side of the bowl.
  6. Spray a large mixing bowl with cooking spray and place the red velvet dough in the bowl, turning once to coat.
  7. Spray a square of plastic wrap, large enough to cover the bowl, and place it over the bowl to cover the dough.
  8. Place the bowl in a dry, warm place and let the dough rise until double in size.
  9. When the dough has risen, remove the plastic wrap and punch down the dough.
  10. Place dough onto a lightly floured surface and sprinkle the top with flour.
  11. Use a rolling pin to roll dough into a large rectangular shape.
  12. Use a silicone spatula to gently spread softened butter over the rectangle.
  13. Cover the top of the dough evenly with the brown sugar.
  14. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the brown sugar.
  15. Roll the dough up tightly starting with the long side of the dough.
  16. To cut the rolls, gently slide a piece of unwaxed dental floss under the roll.
  17. Find your desired place to cut (about two inch slices) and pull the two ends of the floss up over the roll and cross them. Pull them tight around the roll and the floss will cut through.
  18. Place the rolls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Place the softened butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat for 1 minute.
  2. Add the softened cream cheese and beat with the butter for another 2 minutes.
  3. Measure 2 cups of powdered sugar and add the the bowl along with the vanilla extract. Cover and mix for 1 minute.
  4. Add the remaining powdered sugar and whip the frosting for 2-3 minutes, until it is light and fluffy.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 396Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 235mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 1gSugar: 34gProtein: 5g

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Janet Brown

Wednesday 14th of September 2022

How would you make these into Blue Velvet cinnamon rolls I’m looking for a recipe can you help me?

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