• Cooking Time: 25
  • Servings: 48
  • Preparation Time: 120


This is a fun and easy cinnamon roll recipe with only a handful of ingredients! You & your kids can have fun together throwing in flour and kneading the dough. Plan on having a free evening to do everything start to finish,

for a great night of family fun! You can watch a favorite tv show, play a game, or go for a walk while the dough rises. This recipe originated from a 1970's era GE employee's cookbook.


  • 1 box white or yellow cake mix
  • 2 packages yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 5 cups flour
  • Extra flour on hand for kneading, approx. 2 cups
  • Melted butter or margarine, approx. 1 cup
  • cinnamon, approx. 2 tablespoons
  • light brown sugar, approx. 1-2 cups
  • 1 can Vanilla cake frosting


  • In large bowl, combine cake mix, yeast and salt.
  • Add warm water and stir.
  • Add 5 cups flour; mix well.
  • Cover bowl with a cloth or towel and allow dough to rise, approx. 1 hour.
  • Sprinkle dough with flour, approx. 1/4 cup, to make it easy to handle.
  • Use a fist to punch down dough
  • Divide into halves or thirds for easy handling.
  • On a floured cloth, knead each portion of dough 3-4 minutes until smooth. (should handle easily without sticking)
  • Use a pastry roller to roll each ball of dough to approx. 12 x 16 x 1/2" thick. Top with melted butter and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Roll up jelly-roll fashion. (start at one short end and roll toward the other).
  • Cut into 1" segments.
  • Place in pans that have been coated with nonstick cooking spray (Pam), with about 1" between each piece.
  • (a 9x13 pan will hold 12 rolls; a 9x9 pan will hold 9 rolls.)
  • Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free area til double in bulk (approx. 1/2 hour).
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Place pans in oven, leaving a few inches of space between pans to allow air circulation.
  • Bake for approx. 20 minutes.
  • Remove pans from oven and let set for a minute or two.
  • Invert onto foil that has been sprayed with nonstick oil.
  • Let cool a few minutes, then invert onto sprayed foil so rolls are upright. Drizzle with white cake frosting that has been warmed for approx. 20-30 seconds in the microwave.
  • Makes approx. 4 dozen rolls!

Author Credit: GE Employees Cookbook, Decatur, IN

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