July 11, 2014

This recipe, courtesy of Squidoo is by far the best dessert I have made in a long time, combining a moist cake with cinnamon roll flavors. But to make me feel better, I actually cut up a strawberry so I felt like I was making the dish healthy!

Cinnamon Roll Cake

Cake Ingredients:

  •  3 cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ cup butter, melted

Topping Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Cake Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 glass baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In an electric or stand mixer add the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Mix until well combined. Slowly stir in the melted butter. Pour into the prepared 9×13 baking pan.

Topping Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl mix butter, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon together until well combined and creamy. Drop evenly over the batter by the tablespoonful and use a knife to marble/swirl through the cake.
  2. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or when a toothpick inserted near the center comes out nearly clean.

Glaze Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla together with a whisk. Drizzle evenly over the warm cake.
  2. Serve warm or at room temperature.

And if you really want to do a cinnamon roll breakfast, here is a wonderful pancake recipe that will have the whole family clamoring for second helpings.

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

These delicious pancakes from Recipe Girl are to die for! It seems like a lot of work, but it’s definitely worth it.

Cinnamon Filling Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon

Cream Cheese Glaze Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons butter (room temperature)
  • 2 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Pancake Ingredients (can also make from a mix):

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil

Cinnamon Filling Directions:

  1. Combine brown sugar, melted butter, and cinnamon in a medium size bowl.
  2. Scoop into a plastic bag and set aside. Before using, open up bag and stir to make sure the butter is fully mixed in.

Glaze Directions:

  1.  In a small pan melt the butter over low heat.
  2. In the pan, whisk together the cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar.
  3. Take off of the heat and set aside until ready to use on pancakes.

Pancake Directions:

  1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Whisk together the milk, egg, and oil.
  3. Heat skillet to medium low. Once preheated, spray with non-stick spray.
  4. Add about ½ cup of the batter to the skillet. Wait until bubbles start to form.
  5. Snip the corner of the cinnamon filling, and create a swirl pattern in the center of the pancake. Be careful not to get it too close to the edge.
  6. With a wide metal spatula flip the pancake over and continue cooking for an additional 1-2 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Wipe out the pan each time and repeat with the remaining batter.
  8. Warm the glaze if needed and drizzle over pancakes.

They say cinnamon is a good spice for you. So, don’t feel too guilty eating these delicious cinnamon bun twists.