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Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

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These Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls are going to blow your mind!  They are so delicious, so decadent, so opulent.  Plus, they are the perfect treat for Valentine’ Day.

Since these red velvet cinnamon rolls start with a box of red velvet cake mix, you can save time and avoid messing up measurements. Woot! You know that I am a huge fan of easy cake mix recipes and I was excited to add this to my repertoire.

easy Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

That’s right!  Starting our base from a boxed cake mix hack means we don’t have to mess with any food coloring or cocoa powder.  You are so very welcome!  What busy mom has the time to make red velvet from scratch these days,? Much less red velvet, brown sugar and cinnamon rolls!?  Not this Momma, that’s for sure.

Anyway, we have even included instructions for making your own cream cheese frosting.  Personally, I would be happy just making up a batch of the cream cheese icing and eating that. LOL! Don’t tell my kids.

This is also great for brunch!

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.

Red Velvet Boxed Cake Mix – You can use any brand you want. We just happened to have Duncan Hines on hand, so that is what we used.

All Purpose Flour – This recipe calls for 5 cups, but make sure to pay attention as you will only be adding 4.5 cup to the recipe. The remaining half cup flour will be for your lightly floured surface.

Rapid Rise Yeast – Brand really doesn’t matter as long as you get rapid rise other wise you may be waiting forever for your cinnamon rolls to double in size.

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

Granulated Sugar – Don’t be fooled by the fancy name, this is simply regular white sugar.

Powdered Sugar – We keep confectioner’s sugar at our house – any brand is just fine.

Reminder, not all ingredients in the Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls 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.

red velvet cinnamon rolls boxed cake mix recipes for breakfast

Must Have Resources:

Now that you know how to make Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls at home, you really need to have the following Amazon affiliate tools on hand.

Large Bowl – This set is my favorite set on Amazon, by far! I use at least one of my bowls every single day. You will actually need a small bowl for the icing. This set includes both.

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

Cake Tester – I love my cake tester.  Instead of throw away toothpicks, just use this inserted in the center of your cupcake to see if it is done.

Mixer:  I included the link to the one I have because I am in love with it.  A stand mixer makes it easier to get all the ingredients well mixed.

Make it a Meal:

I am going to give you a special treat meal idea for Valentine’ Day since these red velvet breakfast rolls scream Valentine’s Day Brunch to me!

Main Dish: Bacon and Eggs – you can never go wrong with either.

Vegetable Side: Make sure to include some fried potato cubes as filler.

Refreshing Drink: Coffee is your best bet here.  However, if your special person doesn’t like coffee, go with an indulgent hot chocolate.

delicious red velvet cake mix cinnamon rolls for breakfast

Best Cinnamon Roll Recipes:

Special breakfasts are not just for special occasions! You can make cinnamon rolls anytime and once you make them, the kids are going to want them more and mroe foten. Consider this fari warning. LOL!  Here are some other, super delicious, cinnamon rolls for you to try.

Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls – the recipe that started it all. LOL! I kid. But, if you want just plain cinnamon rolls, go to that recipe.

One Minute Cinnamon Roll in a Mug

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake

KETO Cinnamon Rolls

cake mix red velvet cinnamon rolls

Can I make Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls ahead of time?

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls are a delicious and easy breakfast treat. But can they be made ahead of time? The answer is yes!

To make ahead, simply prepare the dough according to the recipe instructions. Then, instead of rolling it into a log, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

When you’re ready to bake, simply slice the chilled dough into rolls and bake as directed. You may need to add a few minutes to the baking time, but otherwise, these cinnamon rolls will be just as soft, fluffy, and delicious as if you’d made them fresh.

So go ahead and enjoy the convenience of making Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls ahead of time. They’ll be just as good – if not better! – than if you’d made them fresh.

And that’s a tasty guarantee!

What is the difference between red velvet cake mix and regular cake mix?

Red velvet cake is a type of cake that originated in the United States in the 19th century. The cake is usually made with a cocoa powder-based red food coloring and has a delicate, crumbly texture.

The traditional recipe for red velvet cake mix calls for buttermilk, which contributes to the cake’s distinctive flavor.

However, many modern recipes use sour cream or yogurt as a substitute for buttermilk.

Regular cake mix, on the other hand, is a blend of dry ingredients that is typically used to make sponge cakes. The most common recipe for regular cake mix calls for flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

While some recipes also call for milk or butter, these ingredients are not essential. As a result, regular cake mix is much less flavorful than red velvet cake mix.

In terms of texture, regular cake mix produces a lighter, airier cake than red velvet cake mix.

How long will these Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls stay fresh?

They will stay fresh for up to two days at room temperature or up to one week in the fridge.

However, these cinnamon rolls are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven. So, if you don’t plan on eating them all within two days, it’s best to freeze them.

Can you freeze Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls?

Yes, you can freeze Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls. Here’s how: bake the cinnamon rolls according to package directions. Allow the rolls to cool completely, then place them in a freezer-safe and airtight bag or container.

To reheat, remove the desired number of rolls from the freezer and place them on a baking sheet.

Cover with a damp towel and let thaw for about 30 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, then bake the rolls for 10-12 minutes, until heated through. Enjoy!

How do you store Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls?

Red velvet cake mix cinnamon rolls are a deliciously sweet treat. They can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.

For best results, place the rolls in the container so that they are not touching each other. This will prevent them from sticking together and becoming mushy.

If you need to store the rolls for longer than three days, they can be frozen for up to two months. Again, Place the rolls in the freezer so that they are not touching each other.

cinnamon rolls made from red velvet boxed cake mix

More Red Velvet Recipes:

There are many variations of red velvet cake, including adding different flavors to the batter or frosting, using different types of flour, and even changing the color of the food coloring!

Try any of these recipes for a delicious and unique take on red velvet cake:

Red Velvet Bread

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Earthquake Cake

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

cinnamon rolls made from red velvet boxed cake mix

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 8 jumbo cinnamon rolls
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

These delicious and fluffy cinnamon rolls are made with a red velvet cake mix for a sweet and unique flavor.

They can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days, or frozen for up to two months.


Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

  • 5 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 3/4 cups Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 packages rapid rise yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz (1/2 brick) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Lightly grease a 9x13 jelly pan and set aside
  3. To a large mixing bowl, add: 4 cups of flour, cake mix, and salt. Sprinkle the yeast on top and add the warm water (should be 105 to 110 degrees). Mix well
  4. Sprinkle 1/2 cup flour on top of the dough and knead in the bowl for 1 minute.
  5. Sprinkle remaining flour on your work space, dump the dough onto it. Knead the dough on your work space for a addition 6-7 minutes.
  6. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into the shape of an 8 x 16 rectangle.
  7. Spread the softened butter over the dough and sprinkle with the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon.
  8. Starting with the long end, roll the dough into a log and pinch the ends to seal tightly.
  9. Using a serrated knife, slice the dough into 8 even slices and place each on the greased pan.
  10. Drape a kitchen towel over the rolls and place in a warm, dry place for 15 minutes to allow the yeast to rise.
  11. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  12. Remove from the oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool for a few minutes. While cooling, you can make up the icing.

Icing Directions:

  1. Add the softened cream cheese and butter to a large mixing bowl.
  2. With an electric mixer, mix on medium speed for about 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in the vanilla, milk, and powdered sugar.
  4. Generously apply the cream cheese icing to the warm cinnamon rolls.
  5. ENJOY!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 roll
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 857Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 602mgCarbohydrates: 129gFiber: 4gSugar: 61gProtein: 11g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 5/26/2019

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Thursday 24th of February 2022

Goodness! These look very rich and decadent! I’m sure they are a sweet treat!

Thank you for sharing your recipe at the Homestead Blog Hop #380

Laurie Ridge Haven Homestead

Kelli Miller

Saturday 26th of March 2022

Thanks for your sweet words and for hosting such a great party!

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Wednesday 23rd of February 2022

Pinned! I am sure these are delicious. So glad you shared the recipe with us this week. #HomeMattersParty

Kelli Miller

Saturday 26th of March 2022

Yay! Glad you love it. Thank you!

patti @ Pandora's Box

Friday 18th of February 2022

WOW - these look delish!

Kelli Miller

Saturday 26th of March 2022

Thanks! Be sure to come back and let us know your thoughts after you make them :-)


Tuesday 9th of February 2021

How much yeast equals 2 packs? Mine comes in a jar!

Kelli Miller

Wednesday 10th of February 2021

Great question! According to Google: 1 Packet (Envelope) of Active Dry Yeast Equals: Weight 1/4 oz. Volume 2 1/4 tsp.


Wednesday 18th of November 2020

It says to sprinkle granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon onto the dough before rolling it. Granulated sugar isn’t even listed in the recipe. So confused

Kelli Miller

Saturday 21st of November 2020

1/2 cup granulated sugar

Great catch! Thanks so much for letting me know about my oversight. :-)

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