Way back when I was still living in Burma, I became enamoured with this recipe for Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls over at No 2 Pencil. Being in Burma, certain ingredients (like red velvet cake mix) were hard to find. So I did what any sensible person would do and adapted the recipe using ingredients I could find. And, boy, did I go to town on it. I used a box of spice cake mix. Then I figured, you know what goes well with spice? Apples! Apples go nicely with spice! So I diced up a bunch of apples and spread those over the dough before I rolled it. Then I thought of carrot cake and how people often put raisins in it, so I generously sprinkled a bunch of raisins over the dough before I rolled it as well. When the rolls were finished, I topped them with a glaze. Delicious, no?
After making these delicious cinnamon rolls, was I satisfied? No, no! I still wanted to have my red velvet cinnamon rolls, so I promised myself that when I went to Canada for Christmas, I would whip up a batch. Again, a promise any sensible person would make to herself, no? But when I actually got to Canada for Christmas and started gathering ingredients, disaster struck! Red Velvet Cake mix was impossible to find! Now, I’m not usually a cake mix kinda gal (I make my red velvet cake from scratch), so it had never occurred to me that I might not have an easy time getting red velvet cake mix, because I’d never had occasion to actually look for it before. I still had my heart set on making these cinnamon rolls again, though. I probably should have just stuck with the adaptation which I knew would turn out really well, but I can’t help myself when it comes to experimenting in the kitchen, and when my brother suggested that he liked funfetti cake, I grabbed a box of that and decided to try funfetti cinnamon rolls.
Unfortunately, the funfetti in the cake mix gave my fresh rolls a slightly moldy appearance. The taste was alright, but I don’t like serving people ugly food. I wish I had known about Chef in Training‘s cake batter cinnamon roll recipe when I’d made the funfetti rolls because I have a hunch they would have turned out better that way.