A few weeks ago I was able to combine Sam’s love for red velvet with my love of cinnamon rolls to make these guys. They went down well with all the men Sam works with as well. I think the RSC should have been paying me to provide dressing room snacks.
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls
They are at least slightly better for you than Cinnabon.
(Adapted from No. 2 Pencil)
(For the dough)
5 cups of flour
2 packets of yeast
2 1/2 cups of warm water
1 box of red velvet cake mix
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of salt
(For the filling)
1 stick of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of brown sugar
(For the frosting)
2 sticks of butter
3 cups of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
16 oz of cream cheese
pinch of salt
I love the color of red velvet dough.
Combine two packages of active dry yeast with warm water in a bowl. Stir until dissolved. Add cake mix, flour, vanilla and salt. Use dough hook to knead dough together, just for a minute or two. Move to larger bowl, cover, and let rise for about an hour. Punch dough down after an hour, and let rise again for another hour.
Look how huge it gets when you roll it out!
Use plenty of flour on a clean surface and turn dough out. Shape into a ball, then roll into a rectangle shape, mine measured about 28×17. Spread softened butter over dough. Sprinkle with brown sugar, white granulated sugar and cinnamon.
A pure layer of butter, sugars and cinnamon. Diabetes waiting to happen.
Start from farthest edge and roll dough tightly into a long skinny log shape. Slice into 24 rolls.
Everything rolled into a log. Kitchen officially destroyed.
Place rolls in two 9×13 pans that have been greased with butter, or sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Let rise a final time in pan for about 30 minutes.
Cinnamon roll pre-frosting.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
All the little rolls snug in their tray.
While the rolls are baking, prepare cream cheese frosting. Combine room temperature butter with powdered sugar. Beat until well combined, then add vanilla and pinch of salt. Mix again, then while mixer is going, drop cubes of softened cream cheese in the bowl one at a time until frosting is well mixed.
There was enough frosting leftover to enjoy a cheeky spoonful.
Spread on warm rolls and enjoy.
Watching the frosting slowly melting. Yum!