Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls

I can’t think of a better way to jump back into the world wide web than with Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls.

Truth is, I missed you guys.













These ooey-gooey, sugar rush cinnamon rolls are insane! Plus they are incredibly easy to make.

I am not usually a fan of baking with yeast, but this was super simple. It just takes some time for the dough to rise, so plan ahead!













Start off by adding 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup cream to a large pot.













Add 1/2 cup sugar.













Then throw in 1/2 cup of oil.













Scald the mixture (bring it to an almost-boil), then turn off the heat and let cool for about 45 minutes. So it is still warm, but not hot.













Add one packet of active dry yeast.













Toss in 4 cups of flour, and give it a good mix with a wooden spoon. Keep mixing till a dough forms.













Here’s my little dough-ball!













Cover with a clean towel and let it rise for about an hour.













After that hour add another 1/2 cup of flour, some salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

Get in there with your hands and incorporate it into the dough. Turn it out onto a generously floured surface.













Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a rectangle.













Try and make it as even as possible.













Brush with melted butter.













Give it a generous helping of sugar, cinnamon, cake mix, and sprinkles.

{for the cake mix just use a yellow cake mix}













Roll the dough into a tube. Cut the dough into 1-2 inch pieces. Brush two 9 inch round cake pans with butter.













Place the cinnamon rolls in the pan and let them rise for about 30 minutes. Then bake.













See, wasn’t it worth all the time?













Trust me, it was!













These cinnamon rolls are outstanding, with just the right amount of cake batter taste.













It just so happens to be my father’s birthday today…so I added some more sprinkles…

It was necessary.













It’s so nice to be back.

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Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls

These ooey-gooey, cinnamon rolls are outstanding, with just the right amount of cake batter taste.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Rise Time2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time2 hrs 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 14
Calories: 421 kcal
Author: Shawn


For the Cinnamon Rolls:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 stick butter-melted
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup yellow cake mix
  • Sprinkles

Icing Ingredients:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream or milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • more sprinkles


  • In a large pot combine milk, cream, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup oil. Heat on high until just about to boil and then turn off heat. Let the mixture cool to warm (about 45 minutes to an hour).
  • Add the packet of yeast and let it sit for a few minutes. Then add 4 cups of flour and stir with a wooden spoon till a dough forms.
  • Cover with a clean towel and let rise for an hour.
  • After an hour add the remaining 1/2 cup flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • Use your hands to incorporate into the dough, and turn it out onto a floured surface.
  • Roll the dough out into a rectangle shape. Brush with melted butter and generously apply cinnamon and sugar. Then sprinkle on the 3/4 cup of cake mix, and sprinkles. Roll the dough into a tube and cut into 1 to 2 inch pieces and place into two round 9 inch cake pans that are greased. Let rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 13-15 minutes.

For the Icing:

  • Combine the powdered sugar, milk/cream, and vanilla and stir till smooth. Pour over warm cinnamon rolls and sprinkle with sprinkles!


Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 306mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 349IU | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords: cake batter, cinnamon rolls, sprinkles
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And in case you were wondering…we welcomed Girl #3 into this world on July 13th! She’s just perfect! These are all my girls…my poor little boy is so out numbered now!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
19 Responses
  1. Julia

    So glad I found your blog via pinterest (and Pat’s famous frosting) so I will keep coming back for inspirations. Congratulations on your baby girl. Look how she is waving at the camera – like a pro. All the best for you and your gorgeous family!
    ~ And thanks for sharing Pat’s recipes. I so love the story behind them.

      1. Shawn

        Hehe, no worries Julia! I appreciate your sweet comments! My little one is so much bigger now, it’s crazy to remember how little she was, and how fast she’s grown. 🙂

  2. Michelle

    Not sure what I am doing wrong but I have followed this recipe to the letter twice now and both times my dough does not rise (also my dough looks nothing like yours when I add the flour).. Mine is dense and almost biscuit like. Is there something I am missing? I have tried different yeast both times thinking my packaged yeast was bad the first time.

    1. Shawn

      Hi Michelle,

      Working with yeast can be very tricky. There are a couple things that can go wrong, but let’s trouble shoot to find out what might have happened!

      If your milk mixture is too hot it can kill the yeast and not let it rise. When you let the milk cool, make sure it’s no hotter than 120 degrees F. (You can use a thermometer to check, but I usually check by sticking my finger in it. You want it about as hot as the hot water coming out of a faucet)

      You can also check your yeast to make sure it’s still active. Take some hot water (out of your faucet and around that 110 to 120 degree range) and place it in a bowl or cup. Add a little bit of yeast and let it sit for 10 minutes. If it doesn’t start to foam up, then the yeast is bad. If it foams up, then you can rule out that problem.

      If the yeast is good, and the temperature of the milk is right, try scaling back on the amount of flour you add. Start with just 2 cups and keep adding till it comes together and is no longer “sticky”.

      Cover the dough and put it in a warm location (by a sunny window, near the hot stove, or sometimes I’ll turn the oven on to 110 degrees, then turn it off and place the bowl inside the oven).

      Let me know if these tips help. I sure hope we can get you those cinnamon rolls! They are delicious! 🙂

    2. Sara

      My dough didn’t rise either… I think there might have been too much flour? I followed the recipe exactly as well. If I make this again I’m going to try it with less.

      1. Shawn

        I would try it again and make sure your yeast is fresh. Also, make sure the milk isn’t too hot or it could kill the yeast. Hope that helps!

    1. Shawn

      The cake batter is to give these cinnamon rolls the taste of cake batter. (for all of us that love cake batter) 🙂 It’s delicious!

  3. Deborh H. Bateman

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I bet my grandchildren would love these, especially with the sprinkles on them. If you get a chance stop by my blog Recipe for Life and check out some of my family favorite recipes at:
    Deborah H. Bateman – author

  4. Carrie @ Frugal Foodie Mama

    I absolutely hate baking with yeast (unless it is in my bread maker) and my attempts at making homemade cinnamon rolls have failed miserably so many times. I vowed I would just buy the Pillsbury ones in the cans and never try again, but your cake batter ones are making me rethink that. 😉

  5. amber

    so so so happy to see you blogging again. you always have yummy ideas!!! oh and that baby is adhorable, can't wait to get my hands on her!!!

  6. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom}

    Yay! Congratulations Shawn! She is gorgeous and I can't imagine a better way to celebrate than with cake batter cinnamon rolls!

  7. Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry

    Thanks guys!

    Sandra- I have always been adverse to using yeast too, but I have been giving it a try lately, and it's been pretty easy! This recipe is a great one to start out on. Give it a try!

  8. Sandra

    Congratulations your girls are so precious! I'm a bit yeast challenged but I love the cake mix element. Have to get up my nerve to try this.

  9. Tara @ the pleased plate

    Congratulations on your sweet baby girl! I just found your site from and love it! I am a stay at home mom with 3 and 5 year old daughters. Can't wait to see more on here, when you find the time between feedings and sleeping!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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