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Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

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If this isn’t your first time here at 3 Boys and a Dog, you already know that I like to make things homemade, but have zero problems starting with a box!  Yep, I am all about easy cake mix recipes at Miller Manor!  I think people call that semi-homemade. LOL!

These Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls are everything you could possibly want for brunch or breakfast and they require very little measuring.

cake mix cinnamon rolls

You and I both know that fluffy goodness looks delicious!  Is there anything more decadent for breakfast than a soft and sweet cinnamon roll?  Not to me!  My family loved this brown sugar and cinnamon recipe.

For a little extra pizzazz, cover the tops with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

While this recipes calls for a simple sugar icing, it would also be delicious with cream cheese frosting.

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The following items can be found in my kitchen here at Miller Manor. Simply click the image that interests you – yes, they do contain affiliate links.

Specialty Ingredients:

The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store.  I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using.

Brown Sugar – I prefer light, but you can choose your preference.

Yellow Cake Mix – I have said it before, but let me reiterate. I am not a brand snob about boxed cake mix.  I will use whatever is the cheapest. I have yet to notice a difference.

Quick Rise Yeast – Again, brand doesn’t matter.  You need to just be sure that you get quick rise yeast. Otherwise when you mix yeast and warm water, nothing will happen!

All Purpose Flour – Although the recipe only calls for 5 cups, be sure you have enough for a lightly floured surface as well.

Reminder, not all ingredients in the Cinnamon Rolls Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for.

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Must Have Resources:

When making cinnamon rolls at home, you really need to have the following Amazon affiliate tools on hand.

Sheet Pan – I like this one because it comes with a cooling rack.

Large Bowl – This set is my favorite set on Amazon, by far! I use at least one of my bowls every single day.

Kitchen Towel – In addition  to cleaning up your messes and wiping hands between steps, you will need a good towel to cover the cinnamon rolls while they rise.

Whisk – I like this set of three because you never know what size you may need.

Make it a Meal:

Main Dish: The choice is totally your own, but you and I both know that you can never go wrong with fried ham or bacon.

Side: This would be perfect with some pan-fried potato cubes or hash browns.

Refreshing Drink:  This would be perfect with a glass of milk or some yummy orange juice.

delicious cake mix cinnamon rolls for breakfast

Best Cinnamon Roll Recipes:

Once you make this recipe, the kids are going to love it so much that they are going to start asking for even more cinnamon rolls.  Don’t fret! I have picked out the best homemade ones. From single serve to keto friendly and even one that is more dessert than breakfast!  You and your family are going to LOVE these picks.

One Minute Cinnamon Roll in a Mug

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake

KETO Cinnamon Rolls

cinnamon rolls made from boxed cake mix

More Boxed Cake Mix Recipes:

It’s really the best of both worlds and one of five ways to make cake mix better.

While these Grinch Crinkle Cookies were made for the new movie coming out, they can be enjoyed at anytime of the year!

Or you can try out a recipe from this huge list of cake mix cookie recipes.

cinnamon rolls made from boxed cake mix

Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 8 rolls
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow cake mix
  • 2 packages quick-rise yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, softened and divided
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons ground cinnamon

Glaze Ingredients

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons milk, more if needed


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13 x 9 jelly pan and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add 4 cups flour, cake mix, yeast and salt. Whisk lightly to combine.
  3. Add the warm water and mix until well combined.
  4. Add 3/4 cup flour to the mixture and knead for one minute in the bowl. Sprinkle your workspace with an additional 1/4 cup flour and knead the dough until soft and elastic (about 5-6 minutes).
  5. Roll the dough out to the shape of a large 8 x 16 rectangle and spread 4 tablespoons of softened butter all over the dough.
  6. Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and whisk to combine. Generously sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top of the buttered dough.
  7. Starting with the long side of the dough, roll into a log and pinch the ends to seal tightly.
  8. Cut into 1 1/2 inch slices and place on the greased pan. Cover loosely with a towel and place in a warm place for 15 minutes or until the rolls double in size.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes or until the rolls are a light golden brown in color. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes before drizzling the vanilla glaze on top.

Glaze Instructions:

  1. Add the powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons softened butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 3 tablespoons milk. Mix well. If you prefer a thinner glaze, add another tablespoon of milk.
  2. Drizzle the vanilla glaze on top of the warm cake mix cinnamon rolls and ENJOY!!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 609Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 509mgCarbohydrates: 120gFiber: 4gSugar: 48gProtein: 10g

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Tuesday 16th of April 2019

Can they be made the night before? I’d like to serve them for breakfast the next morning. What is the best way to reheat them? They look delicious!

Kelli Miller

Tuesday 28th of January 2020

Yes, they can absolutely be made the night before. I would #1 make sure to allow them to cool completely before sealing them in an airtight container and #2 not frost/ice them until the morning. Then, in the morning, set a wet paper towel on them and stick them in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. When they come out, remove the wet paper towel and ice them. The wet paper towel adds the soft moisture back into them making them taste fresh from the oven!

Miz Helen

Tuesday 19th of February 2019

What a great idea, I can't wait to make this recipe! Hope you are having a good week and staying warm. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday! Miz Helen


Monday 18th of February 2019

Cool idea, I want to try it! Thanks for sharing at the To Grandma's House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More Link Party! I pinned this. Hope to see you at the next party.

Shirley Wood

Sunday 17th of February 2019

I have never met a Cinnamon Roll I didn't love and the easier to make the better. I love tricks with cake mix too! Stopping by from Merry Monday. See ya next week.

Mother of 3

Tuesday 12th of February 2019

I love doctoring up cake mixes when I don't have the time or energy to cook/bake from scratch. These look amazing! Pinned.

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