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Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Our Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls are my new go to cinnamon roll recipe. They are foolproof and delicious, and the bread has a hint of sweetness to it, from the cake mix. You are going to love how easy and delicious these cinnamon rolls are.
Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Breakfast, Cinnamon and sugar, Homemade cinnamon rolls, sweet bread
Servings: 24
Calories: 356kcal


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Hand or Stand Mixer
  • Rolling Pin
  • 9x13-inch Baking Pan (2)


  • 1 box white or yellow cake mix
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups flour


  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • ½ cup butter softened


  • 1 can cream cheese frosting


  • Mix yeast and warm water until dissolved.  Combine cake mix, salt and flour in a large bowl. 
  • Add warm water/yeast mixture and vanilla to cake mix, salt and flour mixture.  Mix well. 
  • This may require kneading with your hands a bit to completely combine ingredients.  Cover tightly.  Let rise for one hour.  Punch down and let rise again for another 30-60 minutes. On a floured surface, roll dough into a rectangle shape, approx 1/4" thick. 
  • Once dough is rolled out, brush with softened butter.  Sprinkle with brown sugar. 
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon, use as little or as much as you like. 
  • Starting at end opposite from you, roll the dough towards you until all dough is rolled into one long piece. 
  • Slice dough into 24 equal sized pieces.
  • Place rolls in two greased 9×13 pans. 
  • Cover and let rise until doubled in size. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15-25 minutes or until golden brown. This will depend on your stove and your preference for how brown you like your cinnamon rolls.
  • Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
  • If you prefer your frosting to melt into your rolls, frost after rolls have cooled for 10-15 minutes. If you prefer your frosting to stay on top of your rolls, wait until rolls have cooled until frosting.


  • I usually sit my rolls on my stove top while my oven preheats to 350 degrees. 
  • This allows them time to rise and provides a bit of warmth from the oven warming. 


Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 321mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg