Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls.

Soft & fluffy Cake Batter Cinnamon Buns from scratch. They taste like cupcakes! 

Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls from scratch. No cake mix needed. Soft, fluffy, and irresistible!_

I’m not sure you’re ready for this. I mean it’s only Monday. But a little sprinkle and funfetti to my mundane Mondays never hurt anyone, right?!

I made cake batter cinnamon rolls over the weekend and I didn’t even have to touch the box of cake mix I have in the pantry.  That’s right! It’s possible to make these without cake mix. I found the inspiration for today’s recipe from my Mini (no yeast) Cake Batter Cinnamon Buns. I made those rolls last summer before I began baking with yeast and before I began using less cake mix in my homemade recipes. For a shortcut AND a mini version, try those instead.

Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls (without cake mix) by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls from scratch. No cake mix needed. Soft, fluffy, and irresistible!

The dough recipe I used for these rolls is the same dough recipe I used for my Raspberry Swirl Sweet Rolls.  And it’s really quite easy!  If you are afraid of yeast, please do not be intimidated; there is hardly any “work time” involved, just some “wait time” as the yeast does its job.  Again, if you are fearful of using yeast, do not let that stop you from making these. It is a simple and straightforward recipe.

I chose to use this particular dough recipe as the base for today’s colorful rolls because I love how fluffy the end result is. The rolls are soft, tender, buttery, and sweet and truly make a wonderful “starter” dough recipe for any sort of filling.  And I figured their fluffy, pillow-y texture and buttery taste would make the perfect base for a funfetti center.  Swirls of sprinkles and sweet dough – how can you go wrong?

For the yeast, I used Red Star Platinum.  I highly suggest this yeast as it significantly cuts down on waiting/rising time. And no, I am not compensated to say it – I swear by Red Star Platinum yeast for ultimate fluffiness!

Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls (without cake mix)

Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls from scratch. No cake mix needed. Soft, fluffy, and irresistible!

I wrote a lengthy post about each and every step making this dough in my Raspberry Swirl Sweet Rolls post. **I highly suggest you read that before making these rolls because there are extra notes to know beforehand, especially if this is your first time baking with yeast.**

While the dough ingredients and prep methods are the same, I obviously used a different filling and I altered the glaze recipe a bit as well. Let’s start with the filling. The crème de la crème of today’s rolls.  And there is no cake mix, preservatives, or funky little ingredients you can’t pronounce involved.  It’s a win-win situation. ;)

How did I achieve the cake batter flavor without cake mix? Well, I began thinking about the texture and taste of actual cake mix.  Creamy, buttery, powdery smooth, vanilla-y, and sweet.  I took those 5 main attributes and brainstormed ways to get them without using a box mix.  For a creamy texture, I used dry milk powder.  I had a box of dry milk powder in the pantry from when I made DIY hot cocoa mix a few weeks ago. You may find it in the coffee section of most grocery stores where the dry coffee creamer is.  And in fact, you could also use dry coffee creamer instead of the dry nonfat milk powder.  For the buttery flavor, I used cold butter.  For the powdery smoothness, I used all-purpose flour.  For the vanilla taste, I used vanilla extract. And for the sweetness, I used sugar.  A cake batter filling without any cake mix.

Pulse it all in a food processor a few times with some salt to reach a crumbly texture. Stir in 1/2 cup of sprinkles – do not use nonpareils (the little balls) in your homemade cake batter mix.  The butter will melt in the oven and the colors of the nonpareils will bleed.  You may use nonpareils to decorate the rolls with the glaze before serving.

The recipe for the homemade cake batter crumbles makes a bit more than you will use in today’s recipe.  Any extras may be tossed or used to make my Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats or Mini (no yeast) Cake Batter Cinnamon Buns **I do not suggest using this homemade mix to make my Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies or Cake Batter Blondies – the texture and ratios will be off without a leavening agent present in the mix.**

Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls (without cake mix) by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Sprinkle the homemade cake batter crumbles on top of the rolled out dough along with some cinnamon and softened butter.  The butter will allow the cake batter crumbles to stick and the cinnamon is just necessary for cinnamon rolls, right?!  I do not suggest leaving out the cinnamon as there may not be enough flavor without it.  Plus, cake batter + cinnamon rolls are a killer combination!  Just look at them – this one INSANE breakfast pastry.

When the rolls are finished in the oven and ready to serve, glaze them with the easiest vanilla glaze in the entire world. Heavy cream, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. Feel free to use half-and-half or milk in lieu of heavy cream.  With either half-and-half or milk, keep in mind it you may need more sugar than I used to get the glaze to be as thick and creamy.

Shower the rolls with the sweet glaze and top with more sprinkles. The more sprinkles, the better.

Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls from scratch. No cake mix needed. Soft, fluffy, and irresistible!

I love the pops of color inside the coiled, fluffy dough – gorgeous tie-dye breakfast confections. And look how puffy and soft that dough is – this is truly the fluffiest, most tender yeast roll I’ve ever had. You will love this recipe!

Serve the rolls warm and glaze right before serving.  Any extra rolls may be frozen for up to two months, without the glaze.  My birthday is only 2 short months away and you better believe this will be breakfast.  Breakfast in bed, please (Kevin are you reading?).

There is nothing like a homemade sweet roll. Especially one with so much happy sprinkles. ;)

Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls from scratch. No cake mix needed. Soft, fluffy, and irresistible!

**I highly suggest you read this detailed post before making these rolls because there are extra notes to know about the dough beforehand, especially if this is your first time baking with yeast.**

 

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Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls

Makes 15 rolls. Active time: 30 min, Total: 4 hours (or overnight).

Make ahead: The recipe can be prepared through Step 5. Cover the rolls and let sit overnight at room temperature before baking in step 6. Baked rolls can be frozen up to 2 months and warmed up to enjoy at a later date. Glaze right before serving.

Ingredients:

Dough

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast (2 standard size packets)*
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting/rolling

Filling

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder (or dry coffee creamer - do *not* omit)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick), cold & cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sprinkles (not nonpareils)
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered (confectioners’) sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Make The Dough: In a small saucepan, warm the milk over low heat until lukewarm (no need to use a thermometer, but to be precise: about 95 degrees F). Pour the warm milk into the bowl of a stand electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment and manually stir in the sugar and yeast. Cover with a towel and let stand until the yeast is foamy, about 5-10 minutes. Add the softened butter, eggs, and salt. Scrape down the sides and manually stir as needed. Chunks of butter will remain. Gradually add the flour and beat at medium speed until a soft dough forms. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until the dough is soft and supple, about 6 minutes longer. *If you do not have a stand-mixer with a hook attachment, knead the dough by hand in this step.
  2. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it with your hands for about 2 minutes. Form the dough into a ball and transfer it to a lightly greased bowl. Cover the dough and let sit in a warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Line the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish with parchment paper, leaving room on the sides. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and, using a rolling in, roll into a 10x24 inch rectangle. I used a ruler for accuracy. Make sure the dough is smooth and evenly thick, even at the corners.
  4. Make The Filling: In a food processor, combine the sugar, flour, milk powder, and salt. Process for 10 seconds. Add the pieces of butter and pulse for 10 more seconds. Add the vanilla over the top and pulse until the mixture is crumbly, about 10 more seconds. Toss in the sprinkles with a fork.
  5. Spread dough with 6 Tablespoons of softened butter and top with cinnamon. Sprinkle 3/4 cup of the cake mix filling overtop. There will be some leftover. See below for suggested uses. Tightly roll up the dough to form a 24-inch-long log. Cut into 15 even rolls (about 1.5 inches in width each). Arrange them in the prepared baking pan, cut sides up. Cover the rolls and let them rise in a warm place until they are puffy, about 2 hours.
  6. Preheat the oven to 400F degrees. Cover the rolls with aluminum foil and bake for about 25 minutes, until they are golden. Transfer the pan to a rack to cool for about 15 minutes.
  7. Make The Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk the confectioner’s sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla until smooth. Add more sugar or cream, depending how thick you want the glaze. Pour glaze over the rolls and serve warm.

*I suggest using Red Star Platinum yeast. This will cut the rising time down significantly. About 1 hour for the first rise and 1 hour for the second rise.

*Shortcut: Omit first 6 ingredients from filling recipe and use 3/4 cup yellow cake mix instead.

© Sally’s Baking Addiction. All images & content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words, or link back to this post for the recipe.

 

Birthday morning breakfast? Yes!

No particular occasion? Of course. ;)

Soft, fluffy Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls. These funfetti sweet rolls taste like cupcakes!

 

The homemade cake batter filling recipe makes a little bit more than what you will use for today’s cinnamon rolls.  I suggest using the extras to make my Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats.

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You could also use the extra cake batter filling to make my Mini (no yeast) Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls.

Cinnamon Bun Cake Batter Rolls

 

Love cake batter?  See all of my cake batter recipes. Some with cake mix and some without.

 

   

132 Responses to “Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls.”

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    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?!posted March 25, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Genius! You always know the way to my heart, Sally – through sprinkles :-D Awesome looking cinnamon rolls! These would be perfect for Easter brunch.

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Agreed! That’s what I suggested too, Easter is the perfect morning for these!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachelposted March 25, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I want a bite of these so bad right now! Such torture reading delicious posts first thing in the morning after a substandard breakfast ;)

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Thanks for tweeting these, Rachel!

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    Avery @ Southern Belle Living Wellposted March 25, 2013 at 8:11 am

    The fact that these don’t have to be made with a boxed cake mix just makes my heart sing. I get sooooo tired of finding delicious recipes that I have to head to the store for!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 9:56 am

      I’m glad to hear that Avery! Let me know if you make them sometime.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted March 25, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Cha-ching! Pinterest will be exploding with these. Nice work, my friend :)

    And onto the recipe and idea…so smart! I love a good scratch roll and the homemade cake batter crumbles are genius! I could sprinkle that on anything! I love that you can use dry milk powder OR coffee creamer powder. Now that’s something I am loving right there…along with all the sprinkles, the frosting, the buttery soft rolls. Yes, you totally outdid yourself!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Thanks Averie! It’s tough because my most popular recipes are sweet rolls AND recipes where I have used cake mix. But there are so many mixed feelings on cake mix! Glad you like them!

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    Tina @ Tina's Chicposted March 25, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Oh my goodness these look so pretty & tasty. I love cinnamon rolls! There is a time & place for cake mixes but I’m glad your recipe doesn’t have it in it. For some reason I find myself making cinnamon buns last minute in the morning & I don’t usually have a cake mix handy. Cannot wait to try these!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Let me know how you like them, Tina!

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    Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggiesposted March 25, 2013 at 8:33 am

    This is the perfect way to start off a week! Your sweet rolls are already pretty amazing, so my mind is pretty much blown by this

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 8:53 am

      It puts a little fun into Monday, right?!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted March 25, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Isn’t Platinum the best? It’s all I use anymore, regardless of what kind of recipe I’m making. Never fails me. I love these, girl!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 8:53 am

      YES! It’s like a miracle working little packet of yeast, Cassie. Seriously – it took me less than half the time to make these using platinum. Insane and I love it!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wifeposted March 25, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I never get tired of your fun twists on sweet rolls! Thanks for the happy Monday sprinkles Sally!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 8:53 am

      I’m glad to hear that b/c I have more where these came from! :)

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    Jillposted March 25, 2013 at 9:14 am

    These are really fun! They would be perfect for a birthday breakfast!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 10:03 am

      I agree! That’s why I’m freezing them for my birthday in a couple months!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress)posted March 25, 2013 at 9:25 am

    ahhhh stop it! Amazing. Too awesome for words (and I love that you didn’t use cake mix)!

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    Eva @ Eva Bakesposted March 25, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Gorgeous cinnamon rolls, Sally! Sprinkles definitely make everything better, and these rolls are no exception! Sounds like yet another must-try item to add to my to-bake list. :)

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Let me know how you like them, Eva! And use Red Star Platinum yeast here – it is the best yeast to work with!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblogposted March 25, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Girl, you just brightened my day with these rolls. They look fantabulous! Now, to trudge out in the snow :( If only I had one of these!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Stay safe in the snow, Jennie!

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    amberposted March 25, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Sally, when are you going to write your own cookbook!??!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 9:59 am

      hopefully very very soon. :)

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    tanyaposted March 25, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Mondays should ALWAYS have sprinkles! These are lovely Sally! I’m inspired!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 9:56 am

      I 100% support Monday = sprinkles. :)

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Healthposted March 25, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Wow, I can’t think of a better combination! These look incredible!

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    Ikhlasposted March 25, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Beautiful rolls, Sally! Everything just looks better with sprinkles, amiright?! So fluffy and soft-looking…can’t wait to try these! :)

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    Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted March 25, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Great idea! All of those sprinkles are so fun!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Lifeposted March 25, 2013 at 10:06 am

    We always use the Platinum yeast when making homemade pizza dough…it is the best one out there!! What an absolutely fun anytime breakfast! Sprinkles in the morning are definitely the way to wake up!!! And homemade cake batter crumbles…girl, you are seriously on a roll!!!! LOL no pun intended ;-)

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    Gloria @ Simply Gloriaposted March 25, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Don’t you just love making homemade cake mix? We were brought up always making it from scratch. I always have a box of dry powdered milk in my pantry for things like the homemade hot coco mix, too. But Ialso use it in my (yeast) breadsticks…I’ll let you know when I put that recipe up! But these Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls are to die for! So pretty…and perfect for ANY occasion…I’m thinkin’ this weekend! (=

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Yes I need to see that breadstick recipe Gloria! :)

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    Jen @ Savory Simpleposted March 25, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Whyyyy don’t you live closer? I need these ASAP!

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    Marcie @ FlavortheMomentsposted March 25, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Sally, these look phenomenal! You’ve out done yourself yet again!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Well thank you very much Marcie!

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    Caroline @ Pass the Cocoaposted March 25, 2013 at 10:34 am

    These are amazing Sally!! I love the idea of a cake batter flavored filling, instead of the dough. It looks delicious (:

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 10:48 am

      It was easier to impart the flavor into the filling than mess with the dough. I took the easy way out. ;)

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    Faithposted March 25, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I’ve made cake batter cinnamon rolls before, but always with a box mix for the filling! The fact that there’s no box mix involved makes this so much easier because everything else is already in my kitchen!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      how perfect then Faith! Let me know if you make them sometime.

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    sarah k @ the pajama chefposted March 25, 2013 at 11:12 am

    delicious! sprinkles make anything better :)

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweetposted March 25, 2013 at 11:26 am

    These look absolutely amazing!! I bet they taste great!

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    Ari @ Ari's Menuposted March 25, 2013 at 11:34 am

    OMG. Hold on, just going to hijack a plane to Baltimore so I can show up at your doorstep and demand you feed me the best looking cinnamon rolls I’ve ever seen. I hope that’s not a problem.

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      haha not a problem at all Ari :)

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweetposted March 25, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Oh, these are so genius, Sally! I love the idea of cake mix from scratch as a filling. Pinning!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks Anna! and thank you for pinning.

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    Mary Ellenposted March 25, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I second Red Star Platinum yeast! Works great EVERY time and I think it seems to cut down on proofing time as well.

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      Yes, exactly! That’s why I love it so much. It saves so much time.

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    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookiesposted March 25, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I’ve never been big on cinnamon rolls, but I might change my mind if they have sprinkles! ;)

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)posted March 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Those just look like so much fun to eat! And eating should be fun right?

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    Karlyposted March 25, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    These are insane in the membrane. (What? It’s not 1990 anymore? I can still say that.)

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      hahahahahaha now that song will be stuck in my head all day

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    Alexis @ Hummusapienposted March 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    These are just too pretty–I can’t even handle it. I love love love cinnamon rolls but I’ve never made them before! Crazy, I know. Maybe I’m afraid of yeast! I’m making this ASAP.

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Don’t be afraid! Red Star Platinum yeast is perfect for beginners – it cuts down on rise time. Let me know how you like them Alexis!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Biteposted March 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Oh I love these rolls with the sprinkles! Perfect for Easter celebration this weekend.

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    Carla @ Carlas Confectionsposted March 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Oh my goodness! I cannot believe this! It never crossed my mind to mix a cake batter with yeast, and get cinnamon rolls! Oh so amazing!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishesposted March 25, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I want to make this for Easter – we are doing brunch at my in-laws. They are all on diets so they will hate me for this LOL! Thanks for the amazing recipe!!

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    Meghan @ The Tasty Forkposted March 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Sally, every Monday morning should require sprinkles, fluffy bread and icing. Just looking at your pictures makes me smile.

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      that was my goal. today is snowy, dreary, and rainy and I want to do is eat a cake batter cinnamon bun loaded with colorful, cheery sprinkles!

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    Jess @ OnSugarMountainposted March 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I love how much you love sprinkles. Because I adore sprinkles, and then I get to see recipes like these COVERED WITH THEM. I can’t imagine a better breakfast heehee. ;)

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      i’m happy you love sprinkles as much as I do Jess! So much fun to create treats with. :)

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    Anna {Herbivore Triathlete}posted March 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I think that in addition to writing a cookbook you need to open a bakery!

    Holy smokes girl, these look ridiculous! My kids would go bonkers if I fed them these for breakfast, or any time of day really. Sprinkles for the win!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      that would be another dream come true!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted March 25, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Love all the bright and cute sprinkles!!

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    Becky @ Olives n Wineposted March 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I love sprinkles {almost} as much as you, Sally! These cinnamon rolls will be perfect for the Easter brunch that I am making for my mom, husband and sister :)

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      I agree, it would be perfect! That’s so sweet of you to make brunch for everyone. I hope you all enjoy!

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    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queenposted March 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Sally, I made cinnamon rolls this weekend too! I swear we are on the same baking pattern :) I made orange infused cinnamon rolls! Cake batter are definitely on my too do list- just haven’t gotten to them yet! Yours look so scrumptious! I just love how pretty things look with sprinkles! Your dough looks super soft and fluffy! And yes red star yeast is the best!! LOVE!

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    laurasmessposted March 25, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    How do you manage to update so frequently Sally?? You amaze me! And haha… your love of sprinkles makes me laugh. I do think they make everything look so happy though. And happiness + baking = a very very very good day! xx

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    • Sallyreplied on March 26th, 2013 at 8:56 am

      Hey Laura! I drink a lot of coffee and and have a lot of determination. :) And yes, sprinkles = happy and baking = happy. Thank you for the kind words!

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    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes)posted March 25, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    When I first saw these I was wondering if they’d be “cinnamon” rolls + cake batter, or just only the cake batter. Definitely glad you kept the cinnamon in there — you’re right, totally necessary! I still love boxed cake mix (you know, in moderation), but I definitely envy your dedication to creating awesome cake batter recipes without the boxed mix!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 26th, 2013 at 8:55 am

      yes, the cinnamon is necessary! Thanks Liz – your kind words mean a lot to me, as always :)

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    Laura Dembowskiposted March 25, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Where to begin, Sally! These are so cool and very yummy looking. Love baking with yeast! Love sprinkles even more! Dry milk powder is a magical ingredient. Great work!

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    Caleyposted March 25, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    At the risk of sounding like a commerical, those look magical! ;) But really, they do! I love the dots of color on the inside, and the sprinkly glaze is so cute! I’m glad you got over your fear of yeast…you sure are coming up with a bunch of awesome recipes for us all to drool over as our eyes pop. :D

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    Karissa K. @ Sweet As A Cookieposted March 25, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Wow I love that there’s no boxed cake mix involved.
    They look amazing! I pinned this :)

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    • Sallyreplied on March 26th, 2013 at 8:54 am

      Hi Karissa, thank you for the pin!

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    ettaposted March 25, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Somebody ‘pinch me’ or wait….I don’t want to wake up from this yummy dream I’m having!!:-) so gonna try these!!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 26th, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Thanks Etta – let me know how you like them!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crustposted March 25, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    OHmygoodness Sally! You’re a cake batter genius. I crown you queen!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 26th, 2013 at 8:51 am

      what an honor. thanks Dorothy xo

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    Julie @ Table for Twoposted March 25, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    ahh, I love that these have no cake mix in it and it’s made entirely from scratch! I can definitely tell a difference with your breads/pastries that use Red Star Yeast platinum – they just seem so airy and fluffy! These look so fun and perfect for any breakfast :)

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    Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitnessposted March 25, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    These sound amazing! I may have to make these for my coworkers birthday coming up. Also, I hope its normal to look at the computer screen and drool while viewing all your amazing creations.

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    • Sallyreplied on March 26th, 2013 at 8:51 am

      I drool anytime I watch the Food Network or scroll through my cookbooks, so I’m not judging you ;)

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    Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry.composted March 25, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    My fat pants are hating you right now… ;). But honestly, these cinnamon rolls are the best thing since slice bread.

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    Mimi @ Culinary Coutureposted March 25, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Oh Sally, is there anything you can’t do!? Lol just when I think you can’t be more amazing, you bake up something like this! So inspired/proud of you :D

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    • Sallyreplied on March 26th, 2013 at 8:50 am

      Thank you – so much Mimi!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted March 26, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Oh my – it’s 7AM and all I could think about is having this for breakfast!

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    Nutmeg Nannyposted March 26, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Oh goodness, your creations are always absolutely beautiful :) this recipe is awesome!

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    Reeniposted March 26, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    These make me so happy Sally! All those sprinkles inside and out – I can’t wipe the smile off my face. I love how you recreated cake mix without any cake mix. These rock! Totally worthy of birthday breakfast.

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    Julianne @ Beyond Frostingposted March 26, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    This might trump all cake batter/funfetti recipe for sure! What an amazing idea!

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    aimee @ like mother like daughterposted March 27, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Sally, these all look so delicious! I have no idea what we’re doing for Easter dinner (or what we’re doing all day, except church in the morning) but maybe I’ll just stay home all day and cook all of these recipes!

    Ps. I’ve been taking your advice, on I think your photography tips you suggested taking pictures vertically and I have been loving it. I had to re think what I was doing at first, but now I think its making them better, plus the pics are huge and beautiful on my blog now and I love it.

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    • Sallyreplied on March 27th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Hey Aimee!Shooting vertically is definitely awkward at first, but you get used to it. I’m glad you are starting to do it that way – headed to go check it out now!

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      • aimee @ like mother like daughterreplied on March 27th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

        I’ve got a couple recipes upcoming in the next week that I’m really excited to share. And I’m really proud of my pictures of them too.

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted March 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Oh, hi, sexiest funfetti cinnamon rolls on the face of the freakin’ PLANET. I love you and want you in my face stat.

    These rolls and their lack of cake mix (which seems like it’s defying like, seven different kinds of physics laws or something), are incredible. Who couldn’t use a sprinkle overdose on a Monday morning?! And second, I want your bowls!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 27th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      I got the bowls at anthropologie, Hayley! i am obsessed. :D

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchenposted March 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    It’s the perfect start to any day!! I would be excited to wake up to this :)

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookieposted March 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Yum! You have won me over once again.

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    Garden Correspondentposted March 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I made these for my son’s birthday breakfast this morning and they were amazing! Thank goodness he had a picnic at school so I could send the rest off with him — I am sure I could not have been trusted with them. The leftover cake batter crumbs are great mixed into plain yogurt. Mmmmmm… cake batter yogurt….

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    • Sallyreplied on March 28th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      I am so glad to hear it. And cake batter yogurt – I never even thought about that! such a wonderful suggestion. Thank you for reporting back and happy bday to your son!

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    Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreationsposted March 28, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Cinnamon rolls and sprinkles would definitely make for a happy morning for me :)

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    Erin @ Texanerin Bakingposted March 30, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Yaaaay! Thank you again for making non cake mix goodies! :) It means that anyone can make it. Yay!

    These cinnamon rolls look so fluffy and perfect and happy. The sprinkles. They’re just so… happy-making! :)

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    Sallyposted March 31, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Omg you are a Goddess!!! And not just cz we hv the same name AND we both are desserties ;) but you ROCK

    Love from Denmark

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    • Sallyreplied on April 1st, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      Hi Sally! Love “meeting” new Sallys across the world. You rock too!

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    Dru @ Teenage Cakelandposted April 1, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Oh my gosh. These look amazing. I love how the recipe doesn’t require any cake mix, because I never want to open a box just to have a tiny bit left over! And yes, I am very afraid of yeast, but I think these may help me overcome my fear :)

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    • Sallyreplied on April 1st, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Hi Dru! I was trying to simplify this recipe as much as possible and I know readers across the world don’t always have access to cake mix. Plus, it gets rid of the annoying half box of cake mix leftover, like you said.

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    Reginaposted April 12, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Hi there! I love you page so much I have it bookmarked! In the section with the filling it says to use a food processor I do not have a food processor on hand so I was wondering what I could in place of it? A pastry cutter maybe? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

    Regina

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    • Sallyreplied on April 14th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Hey Regina! A food processor or blender are best. to really get the ingredients broken down and dispersed evenly with one another. A pastry cutter *could* be used, although not preferred. Let me know how they turn out.

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    Angela Hutchinsposted April 13, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I have a question.. every time I attempt to make dough whether it be pizza, bread (anything with yeast involved) taste yeasty.. :( I follow the recipes to a T and have made it time and time again with the same issue…the dough looks perfect until its baked..my son says that it looks and smells delicious but the taste is awful!! I heard allowing it to rise to long could be the issue .. is that true? because there are times I make the dough right before I go to bed and make my cinnamon rolls the following morning.. I have no luck with putting it in the fridge.. I’m not really sure to be honest how that even works..cold dough and I don’t get along! :P your advice is appreciated :) -Angie

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    • Sallyreplied on April 14th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Hi Angie – I’ve only worked with a few doughs that may be refrigerated overnight. This dough is not one of them. Try leaving it at room temperature as the recipes suggests overnight. And allow for extra rise time. Thank you and good luck!

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      • Lynn Bradshawreplied on May 10th, 2014 at 8:21 pm

        Angie-
        I just wanted to let you know that yes if a dough gets over risen it will taste yeasty. so dont let it rise too much and yes leave it out at room temperture like the recipe says for only the amount of time. in other words no sleeping in the next morning or hitting snooze!!!
        hope that helped a bit.
        i have just finished 3 quarters of pastry arts classes so we did a whole month on breads.

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    Amandaposted April 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    These are wonderful! I made them on Tuesday and froze them to eat today while company was here; everyone loved them, especially my 5 year old daughter! I also want to thank you for your clear directions and tips – this was one of the best doughs I’ve ever worked with and I truly believe it’s because you made it so clear to follow. I’m hooked and now I want to try the raspberry sweet rolls!! :) Thank you!

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    • Sallyreplied on April 14th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Hey Amanda! Wow, what a nice thing to read today. I am so so happy that you and your family loved this recipe. And I agree, one of the best doughs I’ve ever worked with as well. Truly, one of my favorite recipes. You must try the Raspberry Swirl Sweet Rolls. One of the most popular recipes on my website. :)

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    Jennifer MacKenzieposted April 14, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I am just wondering if I can do the dough jn my bread maker instead? I dont’t have a stand mixer and hate kneading by hand lol. These cinnamon rolls look so delish I have got to make them!

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    Laura@bakinginpyjamasposted April 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    These are so colourful Sally, I’m very curious as to how they taste. This looks like another recipe that will be set aside to make at some point.

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    Hillaryposted May 13, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I made these yesterday for Mother’s Day and my mom and sister loved them! Thanks for much for the great recipe!

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    • Sallyreplied on May 13th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Hillary! I am so glad to hear it. Thanks!

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    Karenposted May 24, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I love all your recipes! They look so yummy! Have you tried using a gluten free all purpose flour with recipes similar to this one? I was wondering if it would come out. Just thought I would ask before using it.

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    • Sallyreplied on May 24th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Hi Karen! I actually have not experience with gluten free flours. I’ve never had to since no one in my family has a gluten intolerance. Without any experience, I can’t make any GF recommendations for you. If you try it, let me know!

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    Bethanyposted June 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    How can we make the cake batter without a food processor?

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    • Sallyreplied on June 28th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Hi Bethany – unfortunately you can’t. You need to pulse the butter with the other ingredients and there is no other way to do it.

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    Nikiposted January 19, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I can’t wait to make these!!! Who doesn’t love sprinkles?! Quick question for you… I’ve never baked with yeast other than like pizza dough. Could I premade them and refrigerate overnight and bake in the morning or would that not work?

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    • Sallyreplied on January 20th, 2014 at 8:48 am

      Hi Niki! Make ahead instructions are in the recipe: Make ahead: The recipe can be prepared through Step 5. Cover the rolls and let sit overnight at room temperature before baking in step 6. Baked rolls can be frozen up to 2 months and warmed up to enjoy at a later date. Glaze right before serving.

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    Lauren Siegelposted April 16, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Until the berries are bubbling? Wait what? Lol. Very nice recipe! As a pastry chef I am extremely impressed that you are self taught.

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    • Sallyreplied on April 16th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Hahaha I just reformatted a ton of my recipes and that sentence was from my raspberry sweet rolls recipe. Just fixed it. Thanks Lauren!

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    Julie @ This Gal Cooksposted April 24, 2014 at 10:04 am

    These little cinnamon rolls are full of fun! I love that there isn’t any cake mix involved. Great recipe, Sally!

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    Vanessaposted April 25, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Okay, okay, I give!!! Confession: I’ve been a bit jealous of you, because I can bake (and I never fail to please!) and have been told my whole life that I should go into business–which, of course, I never have and am now in my forties. Nonetheless, when I found your site I thought to myself, “Who is this young woman who thinks she can just start up a baking blog??” Well, you are an AMAZING woman with AMAZING recipes that so far, I’ve found to come out perfectly every time!!! And I adore your fun, down to the very last rainbow sprinkle!! Keep up the good work, and I’ll stay in my little slice of the world using your recipes and taking the compliments where I can get them….with YOU as my secret ingredient!

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    • Sallyreplied on April 26th, 2014 at 6:42 am

      Thanks so much Vanessa! What a sweet comment. I really appreciate it! So happy you enjoy making my recipes too :)

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    Mollie O.posted May 2, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Just made these for breakfast and I am SPEECHLESS!! After testing multiple cinnamon roll recipes online, this takes the “cake” by far ;) I allowed them to rise overnight and the dough practically tripled in size! Everything about them is pure perfection- the flavor, the dough, the appearance. Thank you for the wonderful recipe, as well as all the others which are proving to be flawless every time.
    Mollie

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    Luliposted May 10, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    If I could I would give you a standing ovation. I see TONS of recipes that look super nice, but they en up being extremely disappointing because part of the “ingredients” are box mixes. I can’t recall seeing a cake batter ______ recipe that was homemade. Those packed mixes are probably full of chemicals and to me, they really are not an ingredient and they don’t produce “made from scratch” results just because you add milk and eggs. You are honoring real, hardworking bakers and pastry chefs, you’re my hero!

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    • Sallyreplied on May 11th, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Thanks Luli! What a sweet compliment. I love these rolls, and especially because they are made 100% from scratch.

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      • Lulireplied on May 11th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

        I can’t wait to try this recipe :D

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    Amandaposted July 13, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Hi
    Just had a question. I just made these, and wow OMG soooo good. I was doing a trial run as I’m planning to make them for my sister’s bridal shower. When I made the glaze, mine turned brown because of the vanilla extract. Has anyone had this problem? Does anyone know how to stop this? I like extract instead of essence, I think it tastes better and is better for you but it turned brown, not attractive at all really.
    Though I did substitute milk for the cream as we don’t use cream and I didn’t want to buy a whole tub for a few tablespoons.

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    • Sallyreplied on July 13th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Hi Amanda – thick heavy cream usually offsets the brown vanilla extract. You could try finding clear vanilla extract if you’d like to, or reduce the amount of vanilla.

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