Real Recipes From Real Home Cooks ®

tina's cake mix cinnamon rolls from helen hartman

Recipe by
Tina Swain
Beaver Dam, WI

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 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.

yield 24 serving(s)
prep time 1 Hr 30 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For tina's cake mix cinnamon rolls from helen hartman

  • 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

How To Make tina's cake mix cinnamon rolls from helen hartman

  • 1
    Grease a half sheet pan or 2 9x13 cake pans.
  • 2
    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 could just a wooden spoon and elbow grease too.
  • 3
    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
  • 4
    Put in large oiled bowl, turn dough over to coat both sides. Cover, place in warm place and let raise until double in bulk.
  • 5
    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.
  • 6
    Starting at the 14 in side that is buttered and sugared. Roll tightly toward and pinch the end together to seal.
  • 7
    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.
  • 8
    Let raise until doubled. Bake on a 400 degrees 10-15 minutes. Cool and frost

Categories & Tags for Tina's Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls from Helen Hartman: