Cake Mix Rolls

I’m a sucker for a good roll! They go along with so many dishes, and they’re just so…deliciously satisfying. I especially love how these Cake Mix Rolls have not only the perfect, soft texture like a roll should, but they also aren’t really sweet, so you can serve them alongside anything! Originally shared a few years ago, but resharing since this is a perfect dinner roll recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any meal!
Cake Mix Rolls / The perfect dinner roll recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any meal! This is a super easy roll recipe!
Adapted from Sugar N’ Spice Gals

Note: originally shared this amazing roll recipe in May 2013. No text except this blurb have been changed from the original posting.

This is our current situation: we just moved here in January, and are building a house. While that’s happening, we’re living in a small apartment with a one-person-only-or-your-bumping-each-other kitchen. As such, we don’t have visitors/family over very often. Or at all, I guess! My wonderful uncle and aunt, that don’t live terribly far (and on the same street our house is being built on), who live closer to our church building, have made it a habit of inviting us over for dinner after church on Sundays. I can’t tell you how WONDERFUL this is!!! I not only love it because 1. we get to see them and spend time (they have a new baby about 4 months old, and she’s so cute!) and 2. we don’t have to wait longer to eat dinner, but also 3. I get to try out fun new things to bring to go along with dinner, whether a side dish or dessert. LOVE IT!!!

We were having chicken enchiladas one week, and I decided that some rolls would be a great accompaniment. Problem was, I’d never made rolls in my life! I found this amazing recipe on Sugar N’ Spice Gals, and automatically thought ‘Rolls with cake mix…..who could resist that?!’ They turned out so delicious, there was a small discussion over who got the last roll (Wonder Woman ended up with it, I think because she did the cute guilty look thing)!

Cake Mix Rolls / The perfect dinner roll recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any meal! This is a super easy roll recipe!


  • 1 1/4 cup Yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 tbsp. Active dry yeast (or one .25 oz. packet)
  • 1 1/2 cups Warm water
  • 3 1/4 cups Flour, plus some for dusting
  • 1/4 cup Butter, melted (for brushing)
  • Oil, for brushing


  1. In a large bowl, mix the yeast into the warm water and let it stand about 10 minutes. Add the flour and cake mix and mix until well combined. Spread some flour on a counter or board, then knead the dough until no longer sticky. Add more flour if necessary.  Cake Mix Rolls / The perfect dinner roll recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any meal! This is a super easy roll recipe!
  2. Lightly oil a large bowl, and place the dough ball in. Roll it around until all sides are covered with oil. Cover with a wet towel (paper towel is fine) and let rise for about an hour, or until it’s double in size.  Cake Mix Rolls / The perfect dinner roll recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any meal! This is a super easy roll recipe!
  3. Place on board and roll into a large rectangle. (I realized our rolling pin was still packed away in storage, but made it work with a cup). Cut rectangles into about 2″ x 4″ pieces. Brush each piece with butter, then roll up short end to short end. Pinch the seam to help it stay closed, then place seam-side down on sprayed baking sheet.  Cake Mix Rolls / The perfect dinner roll recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any meal! This is a super easy roll recipe!
  4. Cover with a wet towel (again, paper towels work great) and let rise for about 30 minutes, or until double in size.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Brush tops with more butter and ENJOY!!!

Makes about 1-2 dozen

Cake Mix Rolls / The perfect dinner roll recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any meal! This is a super easy roll recipe!

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58 Responses to “Cake Mix Rolls”

  • I can totally relate..When my husband and I purchased a plot of land several years back, we did not realize what we were getting ourselves into. Sure I was super excited about customizing it to our taste, but very quickly, all I wanted to do was to move into the darn house! I wish my family lived closer. My parents live in Korea (a lil’ too far to pop in for dinner..such a shame bc I miss her cooking…and her of course ;)), and my sister and brother lives in a different city. And yes, I agree. Side dishes and desserts are sooo much fun to make! Cake mix rolls? What a clever idea! Will have to try soon!

    • Oh, that’s exactly how we are feeling – just want to be in the house already! 🙂 Wow, I shouldn’t complain about the distance between my family and us, that would be so hard! Do you get to visit them, or them visit you, often at all?

    • What kind of flour did you use? Bread flour, All purpose, self rising? I think I am going to attempt these in my bread maker.

    • I just used All-Purple for these. I’d be really interested to see how they turn out in the breadmaker, please let me know 🙂

  • I can totally relate with the one-person-only-or-your-bumping-each-other kitchen deal. My boyfriend and I recently purchased our first home and although the house is beautiful and has almost everything we wanted, our next one will certainly have a much larger kitchen! I saw these on the seven thirty three link party and I immediately needed the recipe. Who wouldn’t want to try these!

    • Glad to know someone else understands 🙂 At least this will make me appreciate my own kitchen when our house is done, though! Now you can also see what it is you’d like different in your next home – live and learn, right?

  • These sounds amazing…I’m going to try this! Thank you for linking up at HickoryTrail

    • Thanks so much, Angela! Let me know what you think of them if you’re able to give them a try 🙂 Hope you have a great week!

  • I have never thought of using a cake mix to make rolls, but they look delicious.

    • I didn’t either, but when I saw the idea on Sugar N’ Spice Gals I just HAD to try it 😀

    • Actually, they’re not extremely sweet – they are versatile enough that the amount of sweetness in them changes with what they’re served with! I had one with jelly, and it was sweet and perfect. Others with roast and mashed potatoes, it was just perfectly roll-ish 😀 Loved it!

  • say what?!! These looks absolutely melt-in-your-mouth HEAVENLY! You’ve got a new follower out of me from Marvelous Mondays with this yummy recipe 😉

    • Oh thanks so much Alycia! They really DID turn out melt-in-your-mouth Heavenly. Seriously, soooo good! They’re my new favorite roll recipe 😀 Hope to see you around here again!

    • Thanks so much, Jill! I got them up that night 🙂 I LOVE that party – so many fun ideas and links!!! Hope you have a great week!

  • This sounds delicious {and very interesting!} Would never have thought of using a Cake mix 😉 Thank you for sharing this at the WEDNESDAYS ADORNED FROM ABOVE Blog Hop !

    • Thanks so much, Linda! It really did sound weird to me at first, but I just HAD to try it, and was so glad I did. Hope your week is fantastic!

  • These sound absolutely delicious! I will definitely have to try them out!

    • Thanks so much for visiting Ruth! Let me know what you think if you give them a try 🙂 I’m considering adding something else instead of cake mix next time….possibly another flavor….just to see what turns out. Scary, but could be delicious! Hope your week is great!

    • Thanks so much Jackie! I’d love some feedback if you’re able to give them a try 😀 I hope you have a lovely week!

  • Never heard of making rolls with a cake mix. Intriguing. Do they come out pretty sweet? Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.

    • Actually, the sweetness is totally dependent on what they’re served with! Jelly or honey = a bit sweet. Roast and potatoes = moist but ‘warm’, not very sweet. It’s really great! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  • I never would have thought of this! So glad we found you! Thanks for linking up with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend!

  • This is such and awesome idea! I think I might make these for my brother’s welcome home pot luck party that I am throwing.

    thank you for sharing this, I have never even heard of cake mix rolls before!

    Victoria @ My Thoughts for Thought

    • Awww, that’s so wonderfully sweet of you! If you do, let me know what everyone thinks of them, please 🙂 Where’s he coming home from?

  • Wow! Very creative!
    I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven’t already this week. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight. AND starting Wednesday June 4th I will be hosting a Wordless Wednesday link party. Hope you will join us!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

    • Thanks so much Cathy! LOVE that party, and definitely appreciate all the time you put into hosting it! What will the new Wordless Wednesday party be like?

    • Thanks so much, Ritchil (or should I call you Cheng? Do I count as a friend?) I had to give your site a visit, and LOVE it – now following you 🙂 I especially love the Worlds Greatest Dad book printable – darling!

  • YUM!! Ill have to make these next time I go to my inlaws! Love your blog, found it on the Mad Skills link up

    • Ooooh, please do, and let me know what everyone thinks about it 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting my little blog! I hope you have a marvelous week 😀

  • Wow. Cake mix rolls – what’ll they think of next? 😉
    Transition is difficult, but seems as if y’all are making the best of it!

    • Thanks so much Rachel! Ya, it’s rough, but it’ll just make us appreciate ‘upgrading’ when our house is finished 😀

  • So, sweet or savoury!? My brain can’t decide! Lol, but I do know that I’ll be trying this! 🙂 THanks for sharing’ I’ve pinned this recipe as well!

    • Mine couldn’t, either! I learned it depends on what you serve it with – with something sweet like jelly then yes, the rolls have a mild sweetness to them. If they’re served with roast or teriyaki chicken, no sweetness just moist yummy goodness. It’s wonderful!

    • You’re so sweet, Amber, thank you! I agree on this, as well – a little added sweet is fantastic 😀

  • It amazes me what can be done with cake mix!! I never even would have thought about rolls. Great recipe Danielle ~ thanks for sharing it at Wonderful Food Wednesdays!! 🙂

    • Thanks so much Jaime! Ya, cake mix is so flexible, I love it! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  • These look and sound delicious! So many ways to enjoy cake mix 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Thanks, Trish! I totally agree – cake mix is Da Bomb! (I’m in a goofy mood, can you tell?) How’s your summer been so far?

  • This is great! I usually think it is too much trouble to make my own rolls but with your shortcuts, I may actually try this. I saw your post as it was featured over at The 36th Avenue blog party.

    • Thank you so much! I agree – that’s one reason I never made rolls from scratch before this recipe. I’m not one for taking a lot of time cooking – I love it, but shortcuts are my best friends! Oh, I love The 36th Avenue blog – isn’t Desiree just the neatest lady ever? Love her! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

  • These do look delicious, thanks for linking up at Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff!

  • YUM! Your rolls look delicious…  they’re being featured at Super Saturday Show & Tell today… come on over and grab a featured button! 🙂  I’d love to have you party again with me too!  xoxo~ Ruthie

    • I saw that today and definitely made my morning – great way to start the day, being featured at one of my favorite parties! Thanks so very much! I wouldn’t miss your party, definitely 🙂 I appreciate all the time you spend doing the party every week – it’s such a blast!

  • Wow Danielle, these looks so good! Do they taste like a roll or do they have a sweet undertone? Either way, it sounds great!

    • Thanks so much Adele! Honestly, they’re mostly like a normal roll but a tiny TINY bit sweet undertone to them. Kind of hard to explain….if you pair it with something sweet it brings it out more, but with something like roast or potatoes it’s less sweet. Not sure if that helps :S

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