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 Hr 30 Min


15 Min




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

Directions Step-By-Step

Grease a half sheet pan or 2 9x13 cake pans.
Mix 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.
Change 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
Put in large oiled bowl, turn dough over to coat both sides. Cover, place in warm place and let raise until double in bulk.
Gently 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.
Starting at the 14 in side that is buttered and sugared. Roll tightly toward and pinch the end together to seal.
Cut 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.
Let 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