Dutch Oven Red Velvet Rolls

Dutch Oven Red Velvet Rolls


This semi-homemade recipe transforms store-bought cake mix into a decadent and visually stunning dessert or breakfast treat. These bright red rolls are filled with cinnamon, brown sugar, and cocoa powder and crowned with a heavy dollop of cream cheese frosting for a sweet, tangy finish.

Cook Time
40 minutes
Total Time
4 hr 10 min
9 rolls

How to Make It

1. Step
Make the dough: In a large bowl, whisk together the red velvet cake mix, flour, salt and yeast.
2. Step
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the buttermilk and stir to combine, just to warm the milk slightly. Remove the pot from the heat.
3. Step
Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and use a wooden spoon to stir together. Turn the dough out onto a clean surface and knead into a smooth, cohesive ball, about 10 minutes. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with a kitchen towel, and let proof until it doubles in size, about 2 hours.
4. Step
Meanwhile, make the icing: In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar until well combined and smooth. Set aside.
5. Step
Make the filling: In a separate medium bowl, stir together the melted butter, cocoa powder, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon until smooth. Set aside.
6. Step
Grease a 6-quart Dutch oven with nonstick spray.
7. Step
Once the dough has risen, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out into an 18 x 12-inch (45 x 30 cm) rectangle, about ½ inch (1.24 cm) thick. Spread the filling evenly over the dough. Starting from a long side, roll the dough into a tight cylinder. Cut the dough into 9 equal pieces and place in the prepared Dutch oven. Cover with the lid of the Dutch oven and proof until the dough has expanded to 1½ times its size, about 1 hour.
8. Step
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
9. Step
Remove the lid from the Dutch oven. Transfer to the oven and bake until the rolls are cooked through and beginning to turn golden brown around the edges, about 40 minutes.
10. Step
Let rolls cool slightly, about 10 minutes, then spread the icing on top.
11. Step


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