Cake Mix Dinner Rolls

Cake Mix Dinner Rolls – homemade yeast bread made with cake mix. Super simple to make and ready to eat in under two hours. Yeast, water, cake mix, flour, and butter. The rolls are a little sweet and a whole lotta delicious! They go with everything – chicken, pork, beef, casseroles, soups. They are perfect for any upcoming holiday meals!

Originally posted November 24, 2010

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Yeast Rolls Made with Cake Mix

These Cake Mix Dinner Rolls are a family favorite. They are a little sweet and a whole lotta delicious! These yeast rolls are really easy to make. I used my KitchenAid mixer and the dough came together in no time. The dough doesn’t require a lot of attention and there is no kneading (my kind of recipe). You just mix it up, let it rise, roll it out, let it rise, and bake. Slather with butter and enjoy!

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How to Make Cake Mix Dinner Rolls

These homemade yeast rolls are very simple to make. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add flour and cake mix, and mix until dough is smooth.  Cover the bowl and let rise until doubled in size.

Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two equal pieces and form into rounds. Let rest for 5 minutes and then roll into 12-inch circles. Cut each circle into 10 wedges. Brush melted margarine onto the circles. Roll up the wedges, beginning at the wide end. Place the rolls on a baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled in size and bake until golden brown.

Tips and Frequently Asked Questions

  • This recipe makes 20 rolls. If you don’t need that many, you can make rolls with half of the dough and cinnamon rolls with the other half! YUM!
  • I used a box of Jiffy Golden Yellow Cake Mix. You can substitute an equivilent amount of any cake mix you would like.
    • If you use a standard size box of cake mix, you need to measure out 9-ounces of mix. Do NOT use the whole box. I use a kitchen scale to weigh the cake mix.
  • I made crescent rolls, but you can make any shape rolls that you prefer.
  • Can Cake Mix Dinner Rolls be made in advance? Yes. You can bake the roll ahead of time and reheat them when you are ready to serve them.
  • Can Cake Mix Dinner Rolls be frozen? Yes. You can bake the rolls and freeze them for later.
    • Freezing unbaked yeast bread can be tricky. The yeast doesn’t always hold up after being frozen. The bread may not rise as much after freezing.
    • If you want to try freezing the rolls, make the bread and shape into crescent rolls. Place the rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze immediately. Once the rolls are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag and leave in the freezer until you are ready to bake them. To bake, place the frozen rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet and let thaw and rise until doubled in size. Brush with the egg wash and bake as directed.
    • Frozen rolls will keep approximately 2 weeks in the freezer.

Important Tip

Make sure to use a 9-oz box of cake mix, such as Jiffy Golden Yellow Cake Mix. Do NOT use a whole box of a standard cake mix.

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What to Serve with Homemade Yeast Rolls

These rolls are always a hit! There is a little sweetness from the cake mix. Kind of like the sweetness of a Hawaiian roll. SO yummy! These rolls go with absolutely everything – chicken, pork, beef, casseroles, soups, and stews. They are also perfect for your holiday meal. If you are still looking for an easy homemade dinner roll for Thanksgiving give these a try!

crescent roll in a basket with butter and cake mix in the background

Cake Mix Dinner Rolls

Yield: 20 rolls
Cake Mix Dinner Rolls – homemade yeast bread made with cake mix. Super simple to make and ready to eat in under two hours. Yeast, water, cake mix, flour, and butter. The rolls are a little sweet and a whole lotta delicious! They go with everything – chicken, pork, beef, casseroles, soups. They are perfect for any upcoming holiday meals!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (0.25-oz) package active dry yeast
  • cups warm water
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (9-oz) package yellow cake mix
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp water

Instructions:

  • In a large bowl of an electric stand mixer, dissolve yeast in 1½ cups warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in the flour and cake mix. Mix until the dough is smooth.
  • Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  • Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two equal pieces and form into rounds. Let rest for 5 minutes and then roll into 12-inch circles.
  • Cut each circle into 10 wedges. Brush melted margarine onto the circles. Roll up the wedges, beginning at the wide end.
  • Place the rolls on parchment-lined baking sheets. Whisk together egg and 1 Tbsp water. Brush the rolls with the egg wash. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Bake the rolls 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.

Notes:

  • This recipe makes 20 rolls. If you don’t need that many, you can make rolls with half of the dough and cinnamon rolls with the other half! YUM!
  • I used a box of Jiffy Golden Yellow Cake Mix. You can substitute an equivilent amount of any cake mix you would like.
    • If you use a standard size box of cake mix, you need to measure out 9-ounces of mix. Do NOT use the whole box. I use a kitchen scale to weigh the cake mix.
  • I made crescent rolls, but you can make any shape rolls that you prefer.
  • Can Cake Mix Dinner Rolls be made in advance? Yes. You can bake the roll ahead of time and reheat them when you are ready to serve them.
  • Can Cake Mix Dinner Rolls be frozen? Yes. You can bake the rolls and freeze them for later.
    • Freezing unbaked yeast bread can be tricky. The yeast doesn’t always hold up after being frozen. The bread may not rise as much after freezing.
    • If you want to try freezing the rolls, make the bread and shape them into crescent rolls. Place the rolls on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze immediately. Once the rolls are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag and leave them in the freezer until you are ready to bake them. To bake, place the frozen rolls on a parchment-lined baking sheet and let thaw and rise until doubled in size. Brush with the egg wash and bake as directed.
    • Frozen rolls will keep approximately 2 weeks in the freezer.

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Comments

  1. These sound perfect for Thanksgiving! I don’t yet own a stand-up mixer. Do you think the dough will work by using a simple hand mixer?

  2. Looks really delicious! Would love to have this with a cup of hot steaming black coffee. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Another new one on me. I like that you find different recipes that I've never heard about before.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

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