Red Velvet Soft Pretzels

This is a super fun way to eat cake – as a soft pretzel! These Red Velvet Soft Pretzels taste like cake, but with the texture of a soft pretzel.

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A few months ago I posted Cake Mix Soft Pretzels, a boiled and baked soft pretzel that was made out of cake mix. I had figured, if Christi can make cinnamon rolls out of cake mix, why can’t I make pretzels? And I was delighted to find that it worked!

I think it helped that they were funfetti pretzels. I mean, there really is nothing better than sprinkles.

Hi, my name is Dorothy and I’m addicted to sprinkles. Especially Valentine’s Day Sprinkles. I pink puffy heart red and pink.

Red Velvet Soft Pretzels (3 of 6)

Since my only Valenine’s Day inspiration right now seems to be red velvet, I thought, why not do a red velvet soft pretzel? Covered in cream cheese frosting? This is a Valentine’s Day #win people!

Red velvet cake mix is mixed with flour and yeast and a few other things and left to rise. Don’t be afraid of yeast! I was for so long, until I started using it. Now I can’t get enough! I love Red Star Yeast. I use Active Dry, and I buy it in a jar. With the amount I use it, it’s way cheaper to go the jar route. But you can use a packet if that’s what you have.

Once the dough has risen, you cut it into pieces and roll each out into a long red velvet rope and twist that into a pretzel. You can just bake them but I love the chewiness of a boiled-then-baked soft pretzel, so I do that. Really, it doesn’t add much time to your process and it makes them taste so much better!

Once you’ve boiled them and baked them and they cool, it’s time to add the frosting (and sprinkles!) I used a can of cream cheese frosting because I was feeling super lazy. You can totally make your own if you’d like (this is my favorite recipe).

The magic of using the canned frosting is (1) powdered sugar won’t coat your counters, clothes, mixer, and curtains, and (2) You can heat it so that the pretzels can be dipped like a glaze. The more you heat it, the thinner the glaze and vice versa. Then simply add sprinkles!

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These are like having a red velvet cupcake, but with the texture of a soft pretzel. *Minds blown everywhere*

Happy Tuesday!

Red Velvet Soft Pretzels

Yield: 16 pretzels

Red Velvet Soft Pretzels

Ingredients

  • 1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1 3/4 cups Red Velvet Cake mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 3/4 - 3 cups flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • Water
  • 1/2 cup canned cream cheese frosting
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Add yeast to warm water and stir gently. Let sit for a few minutes. Meanwhile, add cake mix and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attached. Stir to combine. Slowly pour the water into the mixer while it’s running on “Stir.” Add flour. Turn it to “2” and let it run until most of the flour is mixed in, then turn it to “4” until the dough comes together. It will pull easily away from the sides of the bowl. (I started with 2 3/4 cups flour but increased the amount to 3 cups after I noticed the dough was too sticky to touch.)
  2. Note: you can do this without a stand mixer, but I haven’t. Stir the ingredients together in a large bowl until you can’t stir anymore, then use your hands to knead the dough until it comes together.
  3. Place the dough in a bowl sprayed with cooking spray. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let sit for at least 1 hour (or as many as 4 hours).
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  5. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead just a few times to form a ball. Cut into 16 equal pieces.
  6. Place a pot of water on the stove to boil (about 10 cups).
  7. Form your pretzels by rolling each piece of dough into a long rope, about 15” long. Bring the two ends up, cross them and wrap them, and bring the ends down to the bottom, forming the pretzel shape.
  8. When water boils, add 1 tablespoon baking soda to the water. Working in batches (2-4 to a batch, depending on your pan size) carefully place the pretzels in the boiling water. They will sink to the bottom. When they float, just a few seconds, pull them out using a slotted spoon. Drain well and set them on a cookie sheet covered with a silpat baking mat or parchment paper that's been sprayed with cooking spray (they'll stick to the parchment since they're damp).
  9. Bake for 11-15 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely before glazing.
  10. To glaze: heat frosting in a microwave safe bowl for about 20-30 seconds. The longer you heat your frosting, the thinner the glaze gets (it will either drip off or be more like a thin frosting). If you heat it too much, just let it sit for a minute or two and firm up.
  11. Dip your pretzels upside down in the glaze. Place back on cookie sheets and sprinkle with sprinkles. Let the glaze dry, then eat!
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Comments

  1. Yeasted cake mix, in pretzel form, with all that cream cheese frosting. Now THIS is my kind of pretzel. I posted pretzels today too but I want yours :) pinned

  2. What a yummy little snack!!

  3. Just made pretzels yesterday, but now I want these! So fun, Dorothy!
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  4. If these aren’t the cutest little pretzels in the world, I don’t know what are!!
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  5. You are the queen of soft pretzels! Love!!!

  6. LOVE soft pretzels, and using cake mix is such a fun way to mix up the flavors. Yay for Valentine’s Day (and sprinkles) :)
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  7. Didn’t even know that you could make pretzels with cake mix. Looks delish!
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  8. I have been craving soft pretzels- what a fun V-Daytreat
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  9. Red Velvet pretzels?! How do you come up with this stuff?! Sounds amazing, but then again, I would eat my finger with cream cheese icing!
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  10. These so make me smile :) What a fun idea for anytime… but especially for Valentines Day!
    Laura @ Laura’s Baking Talent recently posted..Eggs in a BasketMy Profile

  11. Now this is my kind of pretzel! And so pretty too!
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  12. It’s a happy Tuesday indeed just staring at these!! Red velvet and sprinkles on a soft pretzel defines what good days are made of :)
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  13. Brilliant! I love, love this idea…Pinned!
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  14. I have yet to make my own pretzels but I need these! They are so ADORBS! I am dying over the cute factor here.
    These sounds awesome Dorothy..so perfect for Vday!

  15. I love that these are made from a cake mix-so many flavor possibilities and so easy!
    Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen recently posted..Mini Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls {No Yeast!}My Profile

  16. Oh my word! I puffy heart love these! And all the sprinkles!!!! This is my kind of sprinklelicious treat!!!
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  17. These are so brilliant… who knew you could make soft pretzels with cake mix? Love it!
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  18. Oh my word! These look fantastic. I can’t wait to try them!
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  19. These are so cute! One of these days I am going to make something red velvet…maybe for the 4th of July? LOL!
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  20. these are really cute!
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  21. Pure.brilliance. Pretzels from cake mix? Who knew! And red velvet to boot. Love love love these!
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  22. I couldn’t get over how creative your funfetti pretzels were last fall, and now you’ve blown me away again with your red velvet ones! They’re seriously the most perfect thing ever for Valentine’s Day. I need to get on this red velvet bandwagon really soon… I’ve only attempted it once, but that was almost 2 years ago!
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  23. Oh, Dorothy, these are pure brilliance! And I am 200% ok with the canned frosting. Sounds absolutely delectable. Totally pinned and planned for Valentine’s Day! :)
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  24. Wow I had no idea you could use cake mix for pretzels. That is so cool!
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  25. I’ve never tried to make pretzels but you’ve persuaded me! Thanks for posting this fun recipe- WAY too cute. I’m so excited for Valentine’s Day. It’s not even a real holiday but I still treat it like it is- go pink, sprinkles, frosting, flowers, home made cards, and chocolate!
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  26. This is pretty darn genius! Perfect for so many events too..
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  27. Yummy! and so cute too!

  28. Eeeeeek! I am in love with these beautiful pretzels, Dot! Not only are they stunning to look at, I simply can’t believe they taste like red velvet cake with the same irresistible texture of a classic pretzel! In. Love. Also, thanks for the linky love!
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  29. These are beautiful!! And so clever!! Pinned.
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  30. Yum…Red velvet pretzels, they sound heavenly.
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  31. Using cake mix is a great shortcut but using cake mix to make pretzels is ingenious!! I have no idea how I missed the other cake mix pretzel recipes but they are all pinned now! I can’t wait to try them. :)
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  32. I love this idea, how easy to make too, just perfect for Valentines!
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  33. What a fabulous idea!!! I’m addicted to anything Red velvet with cream cheese! Love how fun these are!
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  34. Ah! I still have yet to make your funfetti pretzels and now you come up with this?
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  35. I am assuming that the flour is added in step one with the cake mix and salt, right? Or is it added slowly before/after the water?

    • I add the flour after some of the water is mixed in with the cake mix. I like to add it slowly, so that I make sure not to use too much. After about 2 cups, I start to add it 1/2 cup at a time. The amount you use can vary depending on the dryness/humidity, etc.

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