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Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls
Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls are a delicious twist on a classic breakfast treat. Loaded with actual carrot cake mix, rum soaked raisins, and slathered in cream cheese frosting these cinnamon rolls will be sure to get your morning started off right.
Yield 18 cinnamon rolls




  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 7 to 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 (0.25oz each) packages (14g) or 4 1/2 teaspoons Platinum Yeast
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons table salt
  • 1 large egg (slightly beaten)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots (added after the first rise)


  • 1 cup carrot cake flavored cake mix (without the carrot and raisin pack)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 cup warm rum (optional and in use with raisins)


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  • Make the rolls: Warm 2 cups milk and 1/4 cup butter in a microwave-safe dish until it reaches 120-130°F. Butter does not need to melt.
  • Add 7 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt to a stand mixer bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Add warm milk/butter mixture and egg. Using a paddle attachment, mix until dough comes together. Add additional flour, 1/4 cup at a time until a soft dough forms.
  • Transfer the dough to a well-floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. (You may also use your stand mixer fitted with a hook attachment.) Place the dough in a large, well-greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  • Grease two 9×13-inch pans; set aside. Place the raisins (if using) into the warmed rum and let sit for 15 minutes. Drain the raisins and set aside. You can discard the rum (or drink it — Cheers!).
  • Make the filling: Add cake mix and cinnamon in a small bowl; stir to combine and set aside. Melt butter and set aside.
  • Punch the dough down, place on a lightly-floured board, and knead in the chopped carrot pieces. Do your best to evenly distribute them.
  • Cut dough in half. Roll dough out into a 10×18-inch rectangle and brush it with half of the melted butter (or enough to cover the dough). Sprinkle half of the filling mixture over the buttered dough. Evenly distribute half of the rum soaked raisins, if using.
  • Starting at one of the long sides, roll the dough up, and pinch the seam well to seal. Using a serrated knife, cut the dough into 1½ -inch thick slices, and then place them in the prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap. Repeat with 2nd dough.
  • Let rise until doubled in volume, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. When the rolls have risen, bake until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes. While rolls are cooling, prepare the cream cheese frosting.
  • Make the frosting: Using your stand mixer with a paddle attachment beat together the butter and cream cheese about three minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  • Once cooled, frost cinnamon rolls.


Recipe by Sweet Recipeas.

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Review & Comments

Sandy Gagich | Reply

Do you have to use the cake mix or is there an appropriate substitute with flour and spices?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Sandy,

We do not have a substitution. I would say it’s a combo of flour, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon and a small amount of some kind of fat like butter or shortening.

Happy Baking!

Beth | Reply

Do you have an alternate ingredient list if you wanted to make the filling homemade?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Beth – we do not have a homemade carrot cake cake mix ingredient list.
Happy baking!

Deby Wine | Reply

What brand of carrot cake mix?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Deby,
You can use your favorite brand of cake mix.
Happy baking!

Miranda | Reply

Can you make the dough overnight and bake it the next day?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Miranda,
Yes. After you place the rolls in the pan, cover and put rolls in the refrigerator for 8-12 hours. Let them rise to room temperature – about 1-2 hours. After the rolls have risen, preheat the oven to 350°F and bake as directed.
Happy baking!

Miranda | Reply

Thank you!

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Wayne | Reply

5 stars
This recipe looks absolutely amazing. I will definitely put this on my “to do” list of recipes to try.

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