I’m thrilled that so many of you enjoyed the Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls that I posted last week. While they are still traditional cinnamon rolls (yeast, rising dough, all that good stuff), I find them to be pretty simple to make and the results are outstanding. When I was making them, all I could think was “hmm, what would these be like with a chocolate cake mix?”. A reader posed the same question and that was all the motivation I needed to make some and find out.
Yeah, pretty darn delicious. The only changes I made to previous recipe were using chocolate cake mix in place of white or vanilla, I added in 2/3 cup cocoa (I went with dark cocoa) and I cut back the flour to 4 1/2 cups instead of 5 cups. Aside from that the directions are identical. I went with a straight vanilla frosting on these, but it would be fun to try other flavors out as well.
I will admit, for whatever reason I am not a huge fan of combining cinnamon and chocolate. I don’t know why, I love them both on their own, but together they aren’t my favorite. I still loved these, but I really want to try them and break out of the “cinnamon” roll thing, and use something in place of, or just omit, the cinnamon. I mean chocolate rolls on their own sound just fine to me.
If you are a bit hesitant to try and make cinnamon rolls (as I was for MANY years – I’d see the word “yeast” in a recipe and run the other way), I really encourage you to try these – in the regular or chocolate version. For a true cinnamon roll these are as simple as I have found. Simple enough that I won’t mind making them myself on Mother’s Day.
What are you making or hoping to have made for you this Mother’s Day? My husband is a big waffle maker, and I’m thinking we may need to try the cake mix waffles in a chocolate version. Oh my heck that sounds good. Yum yum yum.