CINNAMON ROLL CAKE FOR EM'S 22ND B-DAY

My cousin Emily turned 22 on February 1st and I absolutely HAAAAAaaaD to make her day special! My Aunt Diane and I spent the afternoon decorating the house while she was out with her boyfriend. We almost surprised her with some pretty wild stuff but decided to keep it more tame, she loves cozy vibes, so we stayed in that vein of party.

I knew I wanted to make her a cake of some sort but cake isn’t really her fave thing. I do know every-time I slept over we would wake up in the morning and she always asks, “Do you want cinnamon rolls for breakfast?”. So a cinnamon roll cake makes perfect sense.

If you guys want super detailed instructions on how to make this cake, scroll all the way to the bottom! The recipe I used is from here.

So I mixed all the ingredients together and covered it so it could rise.

Then while I waited for 30 minutes, I got the pan ready and then cinnamon sugar topping.

The dough should rise almost double in size.

Next, you want to roll your dough out as square as you can get it. Don’t worry I took like 5 times to roll it out and make it as square and even as possible.

Once you roll it out, you rub butter over the entire surface. I would say use the entire amount from the recipe, it adds great flavor and moisture. Once the butter is spread, you sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over it. The recipe recommended cutting it into 6 even pieces. Mine were fairly even lol.

Then you just start rolling each strip around each other starting in the center of the dish. You want to leave a little bit of space so it has room to expand even more.

You then cover it again and put in a warm place. I did what the recipe said which was to preheat your oven to 200 degrees F and turn it off. Then leave the cake for an hour!

I baked my cake at Emily’s that way it would be as fresh as possible.

We decorated with the Valentine’s Day theme and a little pinch of Brittney Spears (she dressed as Brittney in elementary school… HAHA). Anyways, we did that and also set up beer pong, karaoke, and a painting station!! We had SO much fun.

It was so so much fun! I hope you guys love this little story for the week. I can’t believe Valentine’s day is already tomorrow!

I hope you guys have something fun or relaxing planned for yourself! Online shopping, eating your fave meal, or spending time with your significant other! If you still need ideas check out the blog posts I posted for gifts and whatnot! b

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making emily's cinnamon roll cake


INGREDIENTS

Dough

  • 2 and 3/4 cups All-Purpose Flour

  • 3 tbs Granulated Sugar

  • 1 tsp Salt

  • 1 package Instant Yeast = to 2 and 1/4 tsp

  • 1/2 cup Water

  • 1/4 cup Milk

  • 3 tbs Unsalted Butter

  • 1 Egg

Cinnamon Filling

  • 2 tbs Unsalted Butter room temperature

  • 1 and 1/2 tbs Ground Cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar

Glaze

  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar

  • 1 tbs Milk

  • 1 tbs Pure Maple Syrup

  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

INSTRUCTIONS

Dough

  1. In a bowl, start by stirring together 2 and 1/4 cups of flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Set the additional 1/2 cup of flour to the side.

  2. In another bowl, heat the water, milk and butter together in the microwave until the butter is completely melted and the mixture is hot.

  3. Add the butter mixture to the flour mixture.

  4. Add the egg to this mixture.

  5. Slowly begin adding that leftover flour until it forms a dough that does not stick to your hands or the bowl.

  6. Then on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for a couple minutes. Form into a ball and place into a lightly greased bowl. (I used the bowl with the melted butter residue).

  7. Cover tightly and let rest for 30 minutes. The dough will rise a little.

Filling


  1. Roll out the dough into a rectangle the best way you can.

  2. In a bowl combine the cinnamon and sugar.

  3. Once you have the dough rolled out, get the butter and spread it across the rolled out dough. Then sprinkle your cinnamon mixture over the butter.

  4. With a knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into 6 equal sections about 2 inches wide.

  5. Spray a round pan with nonstick spray. Get ready to start spiraling!

  6. Take your first strip and make a loose spiral in the center of your dish. Keeping it loose allows for the dough to rise even more.

  7. Start the next strip at the end of the last one.

  8. Once you finish, if your spirals are still too small for the dish, do not fret. The dough will continue to rise after this.

  9. Cover tightly again and let rise for an hour. As her recipe recommended I preheated my oven to 200 degrees F then turned it off. Then I put my cake in for an hour.

  10. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes until lightly browned.

Glaze

  1. Mix together all the ingredients. I added some extra powdered sugar and a little salt for a thicker and less sweet consistency.

  2. Pour the glaze over when ready to serve.

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