My grandmother gave me this recipe and I was intrigued by the fact that a box of cake mix was part of the ingredients of this recipe. They turned out fabulous! This was so easy to make and the dough turned out tender with a deep rich taste (I was shocked because there are no eggs or oil in this recipe). I wanted to have these for breakfast, so I prepared them the night before and let them sit in the refrigerator over night on the last rise. In the morning I set the pans out for about an hour so they could come to room temperature and then baked them according to directions and they turned out perfectly.
- 5 -6 cups flour
- 1 (18 ounce) package yellow cake mix
- 2 (1/4 ounce) packages fast rise yeast
- 2 1⁄2 cups warm water (120 to 130)
- 1⁄4 cup melted butter or 1⁄4 cup margarine, melted
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 6 tablespoons butter or 6 tablespoons margarine, softened
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 -3 tablespoons milk
- In a mixing bowl, combine 4 cups of flour, dry cake mix, yeast and warm water until smooth.
- Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
- Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes (I did this step with my Kitchen Aid Mixer).
- Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
- Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
- Punch dough down.
- Divide dough in half and let rest covered 10 minutes.
- Turn onto a lightly floured surface.
- Roll each portion into a 14 X 10 rectangle.
- Brush with butter; sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar (I prefer brown sugar myself, so I used about 3/4 cup brown sugar with a teaspoon and half of cinnamon).
- Roll up jellyroll style, starting with long side.
- Cut each roll into 12 slices; place cut side down in two greased 13 X 9 baking pans (At this point I just kind of flatten them a bit with my hand so the middles don't raise up).
- Cover and let rise until almost doubled, about 20 minutes (this is where I put them in the frig over night).
- Bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool for 20 minutes.
- *For frosting, in a mixing bowl, cream butter, powdered sugar and vanilla.
- Add enough milk to achieve desired consistency.
- *I prefer a cream cheese frosting on cinnamon rolls so I changed that as well, but this works out just great.