Recipe Box, Carrot Cake Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze

Uh oh…

carrot cake sweet roll with maple cream cheese icing

I am so sorry…

maple glazed carrot cake rolls

Well, maybe not sorry…

carrot cake roll 2

These are just a leeeeeetle bit too tasty….BUT!

carrot cake sweet roll

These rolls would make a wonderful addition to your Easter brunch!

carrot cake with maple buttercream

They aren’t hard to make, just plan on putting them together when you’re going to be home for a while  because they rise twice

carrot cake roll

Once they are in the pan, you can refrigerate them overnight and bake them in the morning

carrot cake rolls

I read several recipes for sweet rolls made with Carrot Cake Mix, and then made up my own version

carrot cake sweet roll 2

Make the dough by mixing Carrot Cake mix with flour and a yeast mixture


I opted to use vanilla sugar* instead of vanilla.  You can read more about it at the end of this post

Pour yeast into warm water and let it proof [get foamy] for 5 -10 minutes.  Combine cake mix, salt, and flour in a large mixing bowl and stir in proofed yeast mixture


If the dough is super sticky, add more flour a little at a time until it forms a workable dough.  Form into a large ball and cover bowl with plastic wrap.  Place in a warm spot to rise for 1 hour

PicMonkey Collage

Punch dough down after 1 hour, re-cover and let it rise for 30 more minutes.  Roll dough out into a large rectangle and spread with butter


I didn’t use the packaged raisins and carrots from the cake mix and opted to use freshly chopped pecans instead


Sprinkle sugars and nuts evenly over dough and roll up into a log


Cut log into 16 slices


Put slices into a greased 9″ x 13″ baking dish


At this point the rolls can be covered and refrigerated overnight and baked the next day

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While rolls are baking make the glaze


DO NOT lick the glaze off the spreader…  ^^’


Spread a thick layer of glaze on the rolls when they come out of the oven

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Try not to drool…and moan…

Carrot Cake Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese

Sweet rolls made with Carrot Cake mix
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16


Carrot Cake Rolls

  • 1/2 box Carrot Cake Mix
  • 1 pkg active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 2 1/2 cups flour plus additional 1/4 cup for flouring board and adding to dough if necessary
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vanilla sugar*
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 T unsalted butter

Maple Cream Cheese

  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 4 Tbsp real maple syrup
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar


Carrot Cake Rolls

  • Sprinkle yeast on top of warm water and let proof 5-10 minutes. Combine flour, cake mix, and salt. Mix in the water with yeast and combine to form dough. Add flour until dough is no longer sticky. Form into a ball, cover with saran, and put in a warm spot to rise for 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down, re-cover and let rise 30 more minutes.
  • Roll dough out on a floured board into a large rectangle about 1/4″ thick. Spread with softened butter.
  • Sprinkle all over with brown sugar and vanilla sugar. Top with chopped pecans.
  • Starting from the long side, slowly roll dough into a log, trying to keep it in an even roll. Cut the log into 16 slices, starting in the middle. Cut log in half, then the halves in half again, and so forth until you have 16 even slices.
  • Grease a 9 x 13″ baking dish and fill with the roll slices. Refrigerate overnight or bake.
  • Bake at 350 15-20 minutes or until done. Rolls are done when you start to smell them and the dough is set on top. Frost immediately with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze

Maple Cream Cheese

  • Blend everything together to form a smooth frosting, adding more sugar if necessary


*I bought my vanilla sugar at Whole Foods. You can make your own by scraping the inside of a vanilla bean and mixing it with 1 cup of sugar and letting it sit tightly covered for a week or two. You can also keep a vanilla bean in your sugar canister.
Keyword carrot cake, Easter, maple cream cheese, sweet rolls
maple glazed carrot cake rolls

Save some for the bunnies!

carrot cake sweet roll

Juicy Details

*Vanilla sugar: I bought mine at Whole Foods, you can see the varieties of other sugars and what’s in them listed below


You can also make your own vanilla sugar by scraping the inside of a vanilla bean into a cup of sugar, put it in an air tight container [jar] and let it sit for a week or so~ the scent is divine~

bunny cupcake stand/Pottery Barn

You might also like these recipes made with Carrot Cake Mix

Baby Carrot Cakes with Brown Sugar Icing and White Chocolate Glaze

carrot cakes

Cotton Tail Cake

cotton tail cake

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14 Responses to “Recipe Box, Carrot Cake Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze”
  1. Mary says:

    Oh my…how tempting Jenna! Everybunny would love these carrot cake sweet rolls, especially with a maple-cream cheese glaze! I love the idea of doctoring a cake mix for these rolls too. Perfect for Easter Brunch! ♥

  2. Lynn says:

    Tis the season for carrot cake Jenna and these sound great! Lovin’ the cotton tail cake too:@)

  3. Jodi says:

    Oh yum yum!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Jenna, what a great addition to a breakfast or brunch buffet. I have a feeling they would go quickly and I would love one anytime with my coffee!

  5. Ellen says:

    Well now you now I will have try this. I would never have thought about combining cake mix with yeast, but I am thinking that there might be limitless possibilities to this idea!

  6. These look great! Pinning to make for Easter!

  7. Miz Helen says:

    This is a great recipe and has left me drooling, I would love one or two of these. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a fantastic weekend!
    Miz Helen

  8. anna4t2014 says:

    um…YUM!!! 🙂 These look absolutely delicious! Craving everything carrot cake this time of year! Pinned!

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