Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Buns are a tasty twist on good old fashioned cinnamon rolls! Enjoy warm as breakfast or dessert.
Does your family have a tradition of Christmas morning cinnamon rolls? It's one that we've had for years now and I look forward to it every year - the smell of delicious brown sugar cinnamon filling the house while the family digs through their stockings.
While old fashioned sticky buns are always a hit, I got a little creative this year and created this red velvet cinnamon buns recipe that resulted in the most gourmet cinnamon rolls I've ever had...without the hassle of a gourmet breakfast or dessert.
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These cinnamon rolls made with cake mix are surprisingly easy to make. The cake mix itself has most of the ingredients and there's just a few steps to turn them into this delicious treat.
Though they look - and taste - gourmet, the truth is these are some easy peasy cinnamon rolls. The red velvet completely elevates the flavor and combined with some tasty brown sugar and cinnamon filling...you're going to have to stop yourself from eating just one.
Diving into ooey gooey cinnamon rolls should not be reserved just for Christmas, of course! While I do love that special Christmas tradition, I also love these cinnamon buns any day of the year...for any meal of the day!
Do you consider cinnamon rolls breakfast or dessert? In my house, we consider them whatever meal is closest!
Apparently my family is not the only fan of this dessert - did you know there's an annual National Cinnamon Bun Day? This year, it falls on October 4!
Ingredients for Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls
- Red Velvet cake mix
- Fast-acting dry yeast
- All-purpose flour
- Warm milk
- Caster sugar
- Unsalted butter, softened
- Brown sugar
- Cream cheese
- Confectioner’s sugar
- Vanilla extract
Supplies Used in Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls
To make the cinnamon bun dough, stir together yeast, water and sugar in a bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes until the mixture is foamy. Add warm milk.
Combine cake mix, flour and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the yeast mixture.
Sprinkle flour on the dough and knead for 5 minutes.
Let the dough rest in a well-greased bowl, covered with plastic or a towel, for about one hour until the dough has doubled.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter the pan you'll be baking the cinnamon rolls in and set aside.
Roll the red velvet cinnamon roll dough out into the shape of a rectangle.
Mix all ingredients for the cinnamon filling. Spread the filling over the dough.
Carefully roll the dough into a log. Cut into approximately 16 rolls.
Bake Red Velvet Cinnamon Buns
Place the cinnamon rolls into the buttered pan and bake for 18-20 minutes.
While the rolls cool, prepare the frosting. Mix cream cheese and frosting together in a large bowl on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add in vanilla, milk and confectioners sugar.
While still warm, frost the tops of the cinnamon rolls. Enjoy while still warm!
Ceylon Cinnamon vs Cassia
Did you know there are different types of cinnamon? The most common cinnamon varieties are Ceylon and cassia.
Cassia cinnamon is what you are most likely consuming - it is from China and cheap, making it the most common cinnamon available in supermarkets around the world.
Ceylon, on the other hand, has a milder aroma and is harder to find but considered "true cinnamon".
If you read any articles on the benefits of cinnamon, they are most likely the Ceylon cinnamon benefits.
Is It Safe to Eat Cinnamon During Pregnancy?
If you are just consuming the amount of cinnamon used in recipes like this one, you have nothing to worry about. Any issues with cinnamon and pregnancy typically arise with those taking cinnamon supplements - not enjoying a baked good seasoned with cinnamon.
Other Red Velvet Dessert Ideas
- Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies - Red Velvet Cookies
- Recipe for Hot Chocolate Bombs - Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
- Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies Recipe
- Pink Velvet Cupcakes