With the arrival of October, we also have the arrival of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I usually try to come up with a few unique treats to help my friend Jen with her Breast Cancer Awareness fundraising she always does. It’s far more personal for her this year, as her mother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. In addition to that, a friend of mine was also diagnosed this year. It’s certainly brought it all very close to home. So in trying to come up with something creative for fundraising and awareness, I thought why not make cinnamon rolls… PINK.
Not only could these be a great option for an early morning bake sale fundraiser, but also a great treat for so many of those who will be up early and walking in fundraisers this month.
I made these the same way I make all of my cake mix cinnamon rolls but with two changes. I added a teaspoon of pink gel food coloring and instead of brown sugar in the filling, I used white sugar (mainly just to keep the filling from getting too dark in color). I added the food coloring at the same time that I added the yeast/water mixture to the dry ingredients.
The color was a nice bright pink. You could certainly back off a bit on the color for more of a pale pink.
Ah. Cinnamon rolls. The color pink. Love it.
I was happy that they maintained their color while baking. Ah, I have visions of Christmas colors in the future…
Add a frosting or glaze of your choice and some pink ribbon sprinkles, and you have some super cute cinnamon rolls to help in whichever way works best for you.
They taste just like the un-colored version of my birthday cake mix cinnamon rolls.
Some other pink ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness treats you may like are…
Hopefully some of these ideas can help those of you that are fundraising this month. And if you are looking to help someone who is fundraising, please head over to my friend Jen’s “Tutus for Tatas” 2012 Race For The Cure fundraising page and send even a dollar or two that way.
Pink Cinnamon Rolls
- 1 box standard size white cake mix
- 2 packages of dry yeast
- 2 tsp pink food coloring
- 2 1/2 cups of warm water
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp salt
- 5 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2-1 cup butter softened
- 2 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon half and half milk can be used
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1. Mix yeast, food coloring and warm water until dissolved.
- 2. Combine cake mix, salt and flour in a large bowl.
- 3. Add warm water/yeast mixture and vanilla to cake mix, salt and flour mixture. Mix well. This may require kneading with your hands a bit to completely combine ingredients.
- 4. Cover tightly. Let rise for one hour. Punch down and let rise again for another 30-60 minutes.
- 5. On a floured surface, roll dough into a rectangle shape, approx 1/4? thick.
- 6. Once dough is rolled out, brush with softened butter. I found that one stick was adequate for this recipe, but you could use more (or less) if desired.
- 7. Sprinkle with sugar. Sprinkle with cinnamon – use as little or as much as you like.
- 8. Starting at end opposite from you, roll the dough towards you until all dough is rolled into one long piece.
- 9. Slice dough into 24 equal sized pieces.
- 10. Place rolls in two greased 9×13 pans. Cover and let rise until doubled in size. I usually sit my rolls on my stovetop while my oven preheats to 350 degrees. This allows them time to rise and provides a bit of warmth from the oven warming.
- 11. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-25 minutes or until golden brown. My rolls took approx 22 minutes. This will depend on your stove and your preference for how brown you like your cinnamon rolls.
- 12. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
- Beat cream cheese and butter with a mixer until creamy. Add in vanilla and milk, mix until well combined. Slowly add in powdered sugar and salt and beat until fluffy. Spread onto cinnamon rolls while they are still hot, allowing frosting to melt into the cinnamon rolls.
You can find the pink ribbon sprinkles here.