Friday, June 25, 2010

King's Hawaiian Rolls (Copycat)

Last month my sister Caron threw a surprise party for her hubby Brian. She did a Hawaiian themed party and she did an amazing job. The food was delicious, fun games, great decorations, and no kids. Anyways, I told some people that I would post the recipe I used to make homemade King's Hawaiian Rolls, sorry I'm just now doing it. They taste so much like the real thing, people didn't know they were homemade. They are in the picture in the back. I made 108 rolls, which was three batches. So here is the recipe, if I forgot anything let me know.
King's Hawaiian Rolls (Copycat)
1 pkg. yellow cake mix
2 pkg. yeast or 4 1/2 tsp.
1 1/4 cup pineapple juice, warmed (110 degrees)
1 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees)
1/2 tsp. salt
5 cups flour
First, in a large bowl combine pineapple juice and water, making sure it's very warm, but not hot. Add the yeast and stir until it's dissolved. Add the cake mix and stir. Put in 4 cups flour and the salt at the same time. Mix until smooth. Slowly add the rest of the flour until the dough isn't sticky, but not dry. Let dough rise. Shape dough into 2" balls and arrange on greased baking pan. Let dough balls rise. Bake in oven at 350 degrees, for about 20 min. or until tops are golden brown. Brush the hot rolls with butter. Yield 36 rolls.


  1. We loved this bread when we were in Hawaii. I'm going to try it! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Warmly, Michelle

  2. I just placed these in the oven to rise. I'm very excited to try them.

  3. Christine,
    I found your copycat recipe of King Hawaiian Rolls and made them to go with our Sunday lunch. They were a great hit! My husband ate 4 and our 4-yr-old son ate 2! Thank you so much for posting! I have leftover rolls to share with coworkers as well!
    Thanks again!

    1. Two questions- What sort of pan? Cake pan? and how many per pan? I'm new at roll making but want to try this.

    2. Answer: I usually use a large cookie sheet and place them with about an inch of space between them. You could also use a 9" x 13" baking pan, which could do about 12 to 15 rolls. I hope this helps. The important thing is to give them a little space for rising, but close enough so they touch when baked.

  4. These also freeze very well. I made them for a birthday party and had extras, so we froze them for about 2 months before pulling them out again. Amazing. Thanks for the simple, delicious recipe!