Red Velvet Cinnamon Buns

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I wanted make something that I’ve never made before.   I’ve seen so many recipes that include Red Velvet cake that I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  Can you believe that I’ve never tried it before?  Yup, you heard it right.  Never!  I don’t know why I haven’t, it’s just been something that’s never interested me.

But, seeing that Valentine’s Day involves so much red stuff, I went for the Red Velvet…..with cinnamon, of course!

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I don’t know about you, but Valentine’s Day isn’t a big deal for me.  Sure, I like it when my husband does something sweet or romantic for me, but I don’t get upset if he forgets.  To me, Valentine’s Day should be any day throughout the year when I get to be alone with my hubby and we can forget about packing lunches, driving kids to gymnastics practice, or breaking up fights about who got more dessert!     If those dates happen to involve Red Velvet Cinnamon Buns, well even better!

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Red Velvet Cinnamon Buns


  • 1 box of Red Velvet cake mix
  • 2 packages yeast
  • 2 & 1/2 cups of warm water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 5 cups of flour
  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1 & 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of salt


In your stand mixing bowl, combine the yeast and warm water. Stir until dissolved. Add the cake mix, flour, salt and vanilla. Using your dough hook, knead until all ingredients are combined. Move dough to a large, lightly greased bowl and cover. Let sit for about 1 hour. Once dough has almost doubled in size, punch down.
On a clean, floured surface, turn out dough. Shape into a ball, using flour when needed. Roll dough into a rectangle about 10X20 inches. Spread softened butter all over the dough. Mix brown sugar, white sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly over the buttered dough. Using a sharp knife, start cutting the dough into 1 inch strips from the top (so your strips are 10 inches long). To make the heart shapes, take each end and roll towards the middle. Pick up your strip of rolled-up dough and place on a cookie sheet. Use your fingers to shape into a heart, squeezing the bottom together to form the point. I had a whole left in the center so I filled it with the sugar mixture that fell out on the counter. Place each heart about 2-3 inches apart so they don't touch when baked.
Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes.
While the hearts are baking you can go ahead and make your frosting. In a stand mixer, using your paddle attachment, mix together cream cheese, butter, icing sugar, vanilla and salt. Mix until icing is creamy and smooth.
You can enjoy your frosting on warm buns or pipe on hearts once the buns have cooled.
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  1. My bf and I are the same way: we’ll do something nice if we have time, but really any day is V-Day in our books :) With that said, I DO love this idea for red velvet cinnamon buns! So unique and so adorable. And I bet so delicious !

  2. Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    Liz these are so pretty! I just love how perfect they will look for valentine’s day!!!

  3. I would be so happy to wake up to these on Valentine’s day! They look amazing!

  4. These are so pretty! I may have to make them on Valentine’s Day. Or a random Tuesday. Whatever. :)

  5. What a fun idea Liz! They are so pretty!

  6. These have to be the most beautiful cinnamon buns I’ve ever seen! So perfect for Valentine’s Day or really.. any day. I wouldn’t mind waking up to these. They are *almost* too pretty to eat. Almost. ;)

  7. Lillian (My Recipe Journey) says:

    What a cute idea! And very creative!

  8. These look wonderful! And so fun! I just recently tried red velvet too and I love it! Who knew?! =o)

  9. i never thought cinnamon buns could be dressed up for valentine’s day but looking at these, i was so wrong! there are adorable :D

  10. Looks like a yummy and festive treat! Come link up beginning tonight atThe CSI Project. The challenge is Valentine Treats and Eats. Each week is a new crafty challenge. Come on by!

  11. Wow! That is so cool and unique! Very lovely.

  12. Sweet! Just pinned and tweeted…too good not to share! :D

  13. Such a cute and delicious idea!! Thanks for sharing! Pinned ;)
    Have a terrific weekend! :)

  14. I know it probably tastes greats, but the look of these along make me want to bake them. Thanks for sharing your cinnamon buns with us on foodie friday.

  15. These are so cute – I love red velvet anything!

    • Thanks Michelle! I had never tried red velvet anything before. I’m still not so sure what the big deal is but I’m willing to try them again. Hope you have a great week :)

  16. Such a lovely and beautiful idea!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza – hope to see you there again this week with more of your deliciousness :)

  17. Yum! These look delicious.

  18. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

    Oh these make me happy! Thanks for linking at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  19. Those are the prettiest cinnamon rolls I have ever seen! I love the red heart shape! So fun!!!

  20. Red velvet cake mix is on my list of stuff to buy in the States when we visit soon! These look great :)

    Thank you for coming over and sharing this at The Purple Pumpkin Blog Link Party! Hope to see you again next time!

    Michelle xx

  21. Your red velvet cinnamon buns look so delicious! Thank you for sharing them on Whisk Away Wednesday. Don’t forget to link up with us tomorrow on Crafty Thursday Obsessions.

  22. Thank you for taking the time to link up your recipes at Saturday Share With Us! I hope you’ll come back tomorrow! I’ll be featuring these Cinnamon Buns!

  23. These look amazing. Can you please share how many this recipe yields? Thanks


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