Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Cinnamon Roll Cake

It's no surprise that cinnamon is one of my favorite spices, so when I received my copy of The Baking Sheet, published six times a year by King Arthur Flour, I couldn't help but take notice of this recipe for Cinnamon Roll Cake.  This recipe, with some adaptations, was originally submitted to the 2012 King Arthur Flour "Great Cake Contest" by Amy Colvin of Pueblo, Colorado, where it took 1st place in their State Fair.  It reminded me a lot of the sour cream coffee cakes my mom would bake, with the exception that this one has a small box of Jell-O Vanilla pudding mixed with the dry ingredients!
Whether you like a bit of cake with your coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon, or just as a dessert, this is a winner in my book.

Cinnamon Roll Cake
Cake:
2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 3-ounce box Vanilla instant pudding mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream

1/4 cup sugar
1 T ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350F-degrees.  Grease a 9 or 10-cup bundt cake pan
In a stand mixer, whisk together all the dry ingredients.  All at once add the butter, oil, eggs, vanilla, sour cream.  Mix well, the dough will be thick.


In a separate bowl, mix the 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 T cinnamon together.  Fold into the cake batter with a large spatula, leaving swirls through the batter.  Scoop half of the batter into the prepared pan.

Cinnamon Filling:
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 T cinnamon
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Mix the ingredients together in a separate bowl, then, sprinkle over the batter in the pan.  Scoop the remaining batter over the filling and smooth the top.
 Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.  (Mine took exactly 45 minutes).  Remove from the oven and cool on a rack for an additional 20 minutes before flipping the cake out of the pan to finish cooling.
 Glaze:
2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 to 4 T heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix together the glaze ingredients until smooth.  Drizzle over the cake once it's lukewarm.  Yields about 20 servings.

Amidst another tragedy in our country, I felt baking a coffee cake was a good idea; have some friends stop by and make sure you tell them how special they are to you. So, I'm telling you all, my dear friends in blogdom, that you bring joy to my life and how much I love getting to know each and every one of you.  Enjoy!

36 comments:

  1. Lovely cake and lovely sentiment, my friend. I feel the same. I'm still in shock. Probably should have stayed home and baked as well. Lv, me

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    1. I will be flying to Massachusetts on Friday for workshops I'm doing over the weekend. I am devastated; it was our home for over three years and our girls went to college there. Love you, me

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    1. Thanks...this really made for a very sad day, XOXO

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  3. Looks tasty AND pretty!! So sad about Boston. That's one of my fav US cities and I've been there many times.

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  4. What q yummy-looking cake! I've made a verssion in a 9x13 pan, but this looks really nice as a bunt cake!

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  5. Glad you are back. That looks delicious.

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    1. Being in the kitchen is definitely better than any therapy I could pay for--LOL! Warm hugs, XOXO

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  6. Any time you use cinnamon I love it! Coffee cake looks great! I also appreciate you and your friendship!

    hugs, Linda

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    1. Hugs to you too, dear friend, XOXO

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  7. Man oh man oh manachevitz, Susan. That sounds fab. It must be wonderful to live in your house!

    Thanks so much for your visit and comment on my blog today. Appreciated both. Susan

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    1. I'm in the Boston area this weekend...my heart goes out to all those affected by this horrible tragedy. I appreciate your friendship and your caring nature, XOXO

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  8. Coffee cake looks wonderful and I haven't had breakfast yet!
    Sure would be good with my cup of tea.

    I love living in NC, I live in Charlotte!
    Gloria
    gyates625@bellsouth.net

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    1. I'm going to feel right at home!

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  9. Susan or as my husband still refers to you cookie lady from back in the day when you would visit stamp store and bring us cookies. I'd always save one and bring home for him.
    this cinnamon cake sounds yummy and easy to make. I will get the ingredients and make one of these cakes. thanks!
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  10. Susan:
    I just adore my apron - I don't take it for granted! I know your kitchen SMELLED wonderful with this in the oven!

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    1. One day, I'm stopping in to see your beautiful shop and all the china! XOXO

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  11. This sounds and looks divine! Mmmmm.... love the smell of cinnamon! Wish I had some right now, but off to eat my grapefruit instead!

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    1. Cinnamon does something to me too!

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  12. Sounds a whole lot like a sock it to me cake, which is always good for comfort as the entire house smells like cinnamon. Not bad at all! You make yours look much prettier, of course.

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    1. Never heard of sock-it-to-me cake, but that sounds interesting! I remember, so well, the days of Laugh In!

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  13. Hello my dear friend

    I have been wanting to bake a cake with cherries in it so I am browsing your recipes to see if you have made one before...If not , I am sure some delightful treat will catch my eye. I hope your days are getting warmer..Ours certainly have not cooled as yet.

    Love you
    suzanne
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    1. Hello, dear friend...there's a Spiced Cherry Tea Loaf and a "Life is a Bowl of Cherries" Poundcake you might like, XOXO

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  14. oh umm cinnamon, yes please. and i love getting to know you dear susan. sending out love and light and healing thoughts. xxx

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    1. Likewise...and the more I get to know you, the more I want to know you more!

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  15. I love cinnamon and this just looks and sounds wonderful!
    Love you too!
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  16. Cinnamon lover here too, Susan. ;) You get me with anything cinnamon and anything lemon. I just bought the most perfect lemon soaps. Washing my hands every two minutes. ;) And most of my candles are typically cinnamon, esp after the summer.

    How have you been? I stopped by yesterday but was running out the door and could not comment. I wanted to let you know that I decided to open my previous page, In Stillness and Simplicity. After putting up quite a fight about letting the shop go for now, I can see how this makes perfect sense with our family's transition this year. We moved in Dec and are probably moving again this summer. Eeekk! :) My art table simply has to wait.
    I hope you'll visit here too.
    http://instillnessandsimplicity.blogspot.com

    Have a beautiful weekend, friend. It has been a tough week for so many folks across the map, but it's good to be able to encourage one another and give our mind some rest too.
    XOXO's

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  17. Hello Susan
    Many thanks for your comments on my previous post. I am delighted you find the time to visit.
    As always the variety of your cooking amazes me. It goes from one scrumptious bake to another. I am a great lover of cinnamon and not just because I like the taste of it in sweets or cakes but also for medicinal purposes. have you heard of the medicinal uses of cinnamon if not pop over to an old post of mine here
    http://craftyinthemed.blogspot.com.es/2012/05/friendly-spice.html

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

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  18. Dear Susan, you are a very special person. And I am very happy to say you are one of my favorite foodie friends!! I wanted to thank you for the beautiful card you send to me, it brought spring into my house. It is still sitting next to me on my desk. You are such an artist! This cake is definitely a recipe I will take and try. I know my family will love it. We are big cinnamon fans, too. Hugs to you, Kirsten

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  19. Oh no! I'm late with my reading, could you just check the cake tin, see if there is one last slice in there? xxx

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  20. I always feel soothing and warming with the cinnamon. This is a perfect cake to enjoy with the family and friends. Thank you so much for sharing it, Susan. I wish you a peaceful week ahead.
    Angie

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  21. p.s. on Tuesday...Hello dear Susan: Thank you so much for all your sweet visits and comments on my blog! Love having you stop by. Susan

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  22. That cinnamon filling should put this over the top! Soooo yummy!

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  23. Wonderful idea can't wait to try it.

    Regards Diane

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