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Birthday Cake Cinnamon Rolls

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When you’re looking to turn a classic recipe into something so irresistibly delicious, there’s only one thing to do … add a kick of cake mix. Dry cake mix lends a delicious cake batter flavor to the dough, filling, and icing of these totally incredible (and totally easy!) cinnamon rolls. Whether you’re serving them up for a big day or just adding a bit of oomph to your weekend breakfast table, these Birthday Cake Cinnamon Rolls are totally fab!


  • Roll out the dough. 1 of 10
    Roll out the dough.
    On a floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll the dough to about 1/2" thick.
  • Drizzle melted butter on top. 2 of 10
    Drizzle melted butter on top.
    Go big or go home. You want an ample amount of butter on top to adhere to your sugar and cake mix.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon. 3 of 10
    Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon.
    The flavor of brown sugar in these cinnamon rolls is to die for!
  • Sprinkle cake mix over the top of the sugar. 4 of 10
    Sprinkle cake mix over the top of the sugar.
    Add a smidgen of dry cake mix to the top of your cinnamon rolls!
  • Tightly roll the dough into a spiral. 5 of 10
    Tightly roll the dough into a spiral.
    Gather the dough into a spiral, pinching off the edges to keep the dough from unrolling.
  • Cut the rolls into 2″ pieces. 6 of 10
    Cut the rolls into 2" pieces.
    Place them into a greased baking dish and bake them in an oven preheated to 375 degrees for 14-18 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Drizzle with cake batter icing. 7 of 10
    Drizzle with cake batter icing.
    The addition of cake mix to the icing lends a sweet, birthday cake-y flavor.
  • Finish it off with rainbow sprinkles! 8 of 10
    Finish it off with rainbow sprinkles!
    What Birthday Cake Cinnamon Rolls would be complete without sprinkles?!
  • Serve immediately. 9 of 10
    Serve immediately.
    These cinnamon rolls are amazing when they're warm!
  • Eat & enjoy! 10 of 10
    Eat & enjoy!

Birthday Cake Cinnamon Rolls
1 1/2 cup very warm water
1 packet of yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup yellow cake mix (I prefer Betty Crocker.)
2 cups flour

For the filling:
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup yellow cake mix

For the icing:
6 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cake mix
4 tablespoons butter, melted
3-5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Pour the water into a very large bowl. Whisk in the yeast. Then the sugar. Allow the mixture to rest for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the salt, olive oil, and 2 1/4 cups of the flour. Sprinkle just enough flour over the dough until it becomes pliable enough to knead. Knead the dough until it becomes soft and elastic. Cover with a clean cloth and set aside, allowing the dough to rise for 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, until it’s about 1/2″ thick. Drizzle butter across the dough, sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon, and cake mix. Roll tightly into a roll, then slice into 2″ pieces with a sharp knife. Place rolls on a lightly greased baking sheet and allow them to rise for 15 minutes more before putting them in the oven and baking for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

In a stand mixer, beat together all icing ingredients until a spreadable frosting is formed. Drizzle over hot rolls. Sprinkle with rainbow sprinkles. Serve and enjoy!

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