Cake Batter Cinnamon Buns

I can never eat too many Cinnamon Buns.  I’m always looking for new ways to make them or new flavours to add to the inside. These Cake Batter Cinnamon Buns added a whole new flavour that made them disappear pretty quick in my house!

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This past weekend was our first long weekend of the summer.  Although it’s not summertime yet, it’s a weekend that most people open their cottages, put their boats in the water, plant their gardens and kick off the nice weather after a long winter.

We spent our weekend installing a railing on our front porch and spent time with family.  The weather was cooperative that we spent most of the weekend outside.   Bar-B-Q’ing and our first outdoor movie on the big screen were some of the highlights for sure!

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The only thing I didn’t get done this weekend was my garden.  I love spending time weeding, planting my flowers and deciding what new plants I want to add.  I only like to plant perennials in my gardens so that I can see them grow year after year.  I do buy annuals for my planters so I can add bursts of color throughout my yard.  We also want to add a vegetable garden this year so I think we better get things planted real soon!

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Once my vegetable garden is planted and ready to harvest, I can’t wait to make some of these things:

If that’s not enough inspiration for you, you can always check out Life Made Delicious.   You won’t be disappointed by the amount of recipes you can find and inspiration for any occasion.    Here’s to the beginning of summer!

Cake Batter Cinnamon Buns
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Serves: 12-16
 
Ingredients
For the Cake Batter Cinnamon Buns:
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 package dry yeast (or 2¼ teaspoons)
  • 4½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup Betty Crocker French Vanilla Cake Mix
  • ½ cup Betty Crocker Rainbow Bit Cake
  • cinnamon
  • sugar
  • sprinkles
For the Cake Batter Glaze:
  • ½ cup Betty Crocker French Vanilla Cake Mix
  • Icing sugar (to taste)
  • 10% cream (add enough to get desired consistency)
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, combine milk, oil and sugar, Scald the mixture and let cool for 45-60 mins. Once mixture is lukewarm, add the yeast, stir and let sit for one minute.
  2. Add 4 cups of the flour and stir to combine all ingredients.
  3. Cover tightly with a lid and let sit for one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 F and lightly grease a 9X13 glass baking pan and set aside.
  5. After one hour, whisk together the remaining ½ cup flour, baking soda and baking powder and add to the dough. Mix with your hands to combine.
  6. Sprinkle flour over a clean work surface and roll out dough until you have a long rectangle.
  7. Using a pastry brush, cover the dough with the melted butter.
  8. Sprinkle both cake mixes over top, followed by the cinnamon, sugar and sprinkles.
  9. Starting with the end away from you, roll dough up tightly towards you and pinch ends closed.
  10. Using a sharp knife or unflavoured dental floss, cut dough into 1 - 1½" pieces and lay cut-side down in prepared pan.
  11. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  12. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
For the Cake Batter Glaze:
  1. In a small bowl, add the cake mix and desired amount of icing sugar.
  2. Slowly add enough cream to get the desired consistency.
  3. Pour over cinnamon buns and then cover with sprinkles.
  4. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is

 

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Homemade Ciabatta Buns

Two weekends ago my husband made an amazing pulled beef dinner and asked me if I could make some homemade buns to go with them.  When I want a bun to go with my pulled pork/beef, I want a chewy ciabatta bun.  So, I made Homemade Ciabatta Buns and they went perfect with the mouthwatering pulled beef.

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This recipe makes one loaf or 8 buns which is perfect when you need something quick to go with dinner.  I made up the dough at lunch time and by dinner we had fresh, warm buns on the table. While I was taking the pictures for these I couldn’t resist ‘testing’ one (warm with butter, or course) just to make sure they were going to be good!  Needless to say, these buns were the best I’ve made yet!

Homemade Ciabatta Buns | A Sweet Baker

Homemade Ciabatta Buns | A Sweet Baker

Another thing about this recipe is that you will be surprised by the dough.  It will be very runny, almost like pudding, but it will turn out perfect so don’t be worried.  I had never made ciabatta buns before so I was a little skeptical at first but my family quickly devoured them so I knew they were a hit. Soft and moist inside but chewy and fresh on the outside.

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Homemade Ciabatta Buns

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Yield: 8 buns

Moist and chewy Ciabatta Buns are easy to make and even easier to eat! Perfect with pulled pork or just slathered with butter!

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups + 2 Tbsp. warm water
  • 2 tsp. olive oil plus more to oil to bowl

Instructions

In a stand mixer bowl whisk together flour, yeast, salt and sugar.
Place bowl in your stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, and slowly add in the water and mix ingredients on medium speed for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, remove paddle attachment and replace with dough hook. Turn on mixer again for another 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, grab lots of flour with your hands and grab big handfuls of the dough and throw them back into the bowl. Repeat several times until you've thoroughly thrown the dough into the bowl. This step allows you to add air into the dough so your buns with have nice holes throughout.
Pour 2 tsp. of oil olive on top of the dough, cover with plastic wrap and then a towel and let sit in a warm place for 1 hour. (I turned my oven on to 300 F before I began the throwing of the dough, for about 5 minutes, and then I shut it off. This is where I placed the bowl of dough for 1 hour to let rise).
Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper and liberally sprinkle with flour. Set aside.
Remove dough from oven.
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Pour dough out onto floured baking sheet and divide into 8 equal balls. I used my kitchen scraper for this which cut the dough perfectly. I also kept extra flour nearby to help lift the balls into place on the baking sheet.
Sprinkle dough balls with flour and bake for 30-35 minutes or until buns are golden brown and sound hollow when you tap on the middle of them.
Remove from oven and let cool.
Enjoy!

Notes

* Total time includes the one hour of rise time.

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Red Velvet Cinnamon Buns

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I wanted make something that I’ve never made before.   I’ve seen so many recipes that include Red Velvet cake that I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  Can you believe that I’ve never tried it before?  Yup, you heard it right.  Never!  I don’t know why I haven’t, it’s just been something that’s never interested me.

But, seeing that Valentine’s Day involves so much red stuff, I went for the Red Velvet…..with cinnamon, of course!

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I don’t know about you, but Valentine’s Day isn’t a big deal for me.  Sure, I like it when my husband does something sweet or romantic for me, but I don’t get upset if he forgets.  To me, Valentine’s Day should be any day throughout the year when I get to be alone with my hubby and we can forget about packing lunches, driving kids to gymnastics practice, or breaking up fights about who got more dessert!     If those dates happen to involve Red Velvet Cinnamon Buns, well even better!

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Red Velvet Cinnamon Buns

Ingredients

  • FOR THE DOUGH:
  • 1 box of Red Velvet cake mix
  • 2 packages yeast
  • 2 & 1/2 cups of warm water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 5 cups of flour
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • FOR THE FROSTING:
  • 1 package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1 & 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

In your stand mixing bowl, combine the yeast and warm water. Stir until dissolved. Add the cake mix, flour, salt and vanilla. Using your dough hook, knead until all ingredients are combined. Move dough to a large, lightly greased bowl and cover. Let sit for about 1 hour. Once dough has almost doubled in size, punch down.
On a clean, floured surface, turn out dough. Shape into a ball, using flour when needed. Roll dough into a rectangle about 10X20 inches. Spread softened butter all over the dough. Mix brown sugar, white sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly over the buttered dough. Using a sharp knife, start cutting the dough into 1 inch strips from the top (so your strips are 10 inches long). To make the heart shapes, take each end and roll towards the middle. Pick up your strip of rolled-up dough and place on a cookie sheet. Use your fingers to shape into a heart, squeezing the bottom together to form the point. I had a whole left in the center so I filled it with the sugar mixture that fell out on the counter. Place each heart about 2-3 inches apart so they don't touch when baked.
Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes.
While the hearts are baking you can go ahead and make your frosting. In a stand mixer, using your paddle attachment, mix together cream cheese, butter, icing sugar, vanilla and salt. Mix until icing is creamy and smooth.
You can enjoy your frosting on warm buns or pipe on hearts once the buns have cooled.
Enjoy!
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