This giant cinnamon bun cake is a fun, delicious spin on classic cinnamon rolls. Perfect for a unique birthday cake!
Tuesday October 20, 2020
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Yeast
We found that using a bread knife was the best way to serve this cake. Slightly warmed up this made such a delicious treat, especially with all that cream cheese icing. After making this, I have decided that everyone should get to have a massive cinnamon roll cake at least once in their life. It's pretty fun to make, and even more fun to talk about and show off!
So how is this giant cinnamon roll done? It's really very much like making traditional cinnamon rolls. First, you make the dough, then let it rise. After than, roll it out, spread some butter onto the dough, sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top, then cut into strips. Once you have your strips start rolling them up into one continuous swirl. Finally, carefully transfer to a greased pan, pour the cream overtop, then allow to rise again while your oven preheats. Bake, then allow to cool, spread your icing, and serve! I stacked two on top of each other to get a larger cake, but doing two single layer "cakes" would be just as good I think!
So that's the story of how this giant cinnamon bun "cake" came to be. I adapted my cinnamon bun recipe to be a bit firmer of a dough with cinnamon throughout, and slightly different filling style to help keep it neater. The result was a beautiful 8 inch swirl that held its shape really nicely! We brought it over to my parents to get some help eating it, and everyone really enjoyed it. It is the perfect birthday cake for people who don't like traditional cake, or who just really like cinnamon buns, like my husband. Another great idea for a unique birthday treat that isn't cake comes from my friend Heather at Whisking Wolf, with her Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Bars. They are so beautiful and so yummy!
For my husband's birthday this year, I asked him "what kind of cake would you like?". After some back and forth he came up with "cinnamon buns, except one giant one that's as big as a cake!!". If you've read my Cinnamon Buns post this response is hardly surprising. I, however, responded with "Nope, sorry, that's not happening", not because I didn't want to, but because I wasn't sure it was even possible. How would I roll an 8 inch cinnamon bun? Would it cook properly? Would it fall apart as soon as I took it out of the cake pan? The next day, his actual birthday, I overheard him sadly telling his friends at work I wouldn't make him a giant cinnamon bun cake. And that, my friends is all it took. Challenge accepted. Is it possible? Yes, yes it is.
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Hi I’m Natalie. I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband, daughter and our cat. Since I was little, I have always enjoyed discovering new recipes and sharing food with loved ones. When I’m not in the kitchen you’ll probably find me crocheting, reading, or crafting.
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