Tina's Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls from Helen Hartman

Tina Swain


I worked with a delightful woman named Helen who had owned a café. One day she brought the tastiest, softest sweet rolls to work. I was amazed at how tender they were. She told me her secret...cake mix! Now I was amazed again....it was easy, SOOO very easy and SOOOO very, very good. I make these all the time for family and neighbors. I just love it when I can bring joy to tummies and tables. Thank you Helen!

You can use a Jiffy Cake Mix and half the recipe but I encourage making the whole recipe. Share with any friends, widows and widowers who may not get home made baked goodies.

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1 box
yellow or white cake mix (reguar size not jiffy size
5-6 c
all purpose flour
2 pkg
active dry yeast (1/4 oz or 2 1/4 tsp.each)
2 c
warm milk (please not skim milk)


!/4 c
melted butter
1/2 c
1 tsp
ground cinnamon


1Grease a half sheet pan or 2 9x13 cake pans.

2Mix 4 cups flour, cake mix, yeast. Add warm milk (120-130degrees) Mix until smooth. I use a Danish whisk or paddle on my stand mixer..you could just a wooden spoon and elbow grease too.

3Change to dough hook and work in 1-2 ( I make do with 1/2 cup usually) Knead for 5 minutes at what ever speed is recommended for your stand mixer. Or turn out on to floured board and knead by hand 5 minutes. I have done it both ways and both ways are delish

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4Put in large oiled bowl, turn dough over to coat both sides. Cover, place in warm place and let raise until double in bulk.

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5Gently punch down. Cut into two. Turn one section out onto lightly floured board. Roll out to 10x14 rectangle. Brush 1/2 of the melted butter on to dough leaving 1 inch along the 14 inch side unbuttered (so it seals better) Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle 1/2 on butter.

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6Starting at the 14 in side that is buttered and sugared. Roll tightly toward and pinch the end together to seal.

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7Cut into 12 pieces. I use a piece of dental floss (yeah, I know I should mention a CLEAN piece of dental floss) to cut the roll. Just slide it along the bottom and cross over and tighten. Cuts clean as a whistle and keeps the shape. Place in a greased 9x13 pan. Repeat with other dough half, butter, sugar mixture and pan.

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8Let raise until doubled. Bake on a 400 degrees 10-15 minutes. Cool and frost

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy