Monday, June 6, 2011

Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Happy Monday guys!  How was everyone's weekend?  Ours was busy busy busy!

We drove up to Indianapolis on Saturday for a graduation party.  We got to see folks I haven't seen in forever, and it was really great to see them! 

On our way up, we stopped at the outlet malls in Edinburgh and LOADED UP on spring/summer clothes.  We're definitely set for the season now!  And on our way back, we stopped to have dinner at Fogo de Chao. 

Now, if you haven't heard of Fogo de Chao, it's a chain of Brazilian steak houses - you're given a two-sided card (one side is green, and one side is red).  There are several different servers carrying around different cuts of meat on swords and if your card is flipped over to the green side, they keep giving you meat.  If it's on the red side, they bypass you.

All of my friends suggested we eat there, and heck, it sounded like a good idea.  Well... I must be the only person on Earth that didn't see what all the fuss was about (I know this, because a friend of mine that frequents there often said I was crazy for not liking it).  I mean, yeah, you get to gorge on a bunch of meat, but to me... most of that meat was flavorless and dry.  I don't know, maybe I'm a snob, but I just didn't fall victim to the gimmick.  I'd rather eat my meal for enjoyment, rather than sport.  I seriously just felt disgusting after all of it and more like the Man vs. Food guy.  And for the $114 price tag (that's not even including the tip!)... it was honestly just not worth it - to me, anyway.

But anywho, Sunday was spent relaxing (well Andy relaxed, I worked) and taking it easy.  I did manage to make these cupcakes (which won Friday's poll!) to take with me to the grad party.  I liked them because they were different - all of the cinnamon roll flavor, without all the cinnamon roll waiting!

Adapted from Heat Oven to 350's recipe


1 8 oz. package of cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 egg


3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup water
1 & 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 teaspoons milk
1 & 1/2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.  Grease the parchment paper with shortening/butter.

In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and cinnamon until smooth.  Beat in 1 egg until incorporated.  Spread mixture over parchment paper in an even layer (it won't cover the entire surface, but make as even of a rectangle as possible - I probably has 1 inch margins from the edge of the pan).  Set baking sheet in fridge until needed.

In a medium bowl, beat the remaining 3 eggs until they are fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Beat in the 3/4 cup sugar and beat for another 2 minutes.

In a separate medium bowl, combing flour and baking soda.  Slowly add in flour mixture to eggs until just combined.  Mix in water and 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract.

Pour batter over the refrigerated cream cheese filling and spread evenly.

Bake for about 20 minutes, or until cake is set.  Let cool only slightly.

On a clean surface lined with parchment paper, carefully invert the cake onto the paper.  Carefully peel away the parchment paper from the bottom of the cake. 

Using a pizza cutter, slice the cake into as many thin strips as possible (about 1/2 inch wide) - I think I got about 18 strips.  Heat Oven to 350 does a good job depicting this here (they made a cake though, so that's why their strips are wider and mine are thinner for the cupcake version).

Roll the strips jelly-roll style and place in cupcake liners. 

To make the glaze, combine the powdered sugar, milk, and clear vanilla extract in a small bowl.  Mix until at your desired consistency.  Drizzle glaze over top of cupcakes. 

See how easy that is?  Compared to actual cinnamon rolls that take hours to complete - because of all of the dough rising time of course! - this is a quick and easy version that's ready in less than 45 minutes!  You can't go wrong with that!

Have a great Monday guys!  I'll be back tomorrow with a garden update!


  1. Sorry about that restaurant; I would feel the same way; I prefer a nice cut of meat. Your Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes are so cute. I love making jelly roll and these a brand new version.

  2. Bummer about the restaurant. We have a couple places here that people love! That I can't stand :(

    The rolls look amazing!!!

  3. Sucks that the restaurant wasn't all it was cracked up to be! I hate that feeling. And reaaaaally hate spending tons of money on food I don't really enjoy. :(

    Ummmm these cupcakes are going to be the key to my hubby's heart! WOW. Can't wait to make them!

  4. Wowowo, I love cinnamon rolls and these cupcakes look delish :)

  5. Oh I love these cinnamon roll cupcakes! And if this is made much faster than regular cinammon rolls, I would just keep this recipe. :-) Looks delicious!

  6. How creative! These look really cute.

  7. Very original, I've never seen this before. They look yummy!

  8. Sounds like you had a great weekend. Can't you already buy a whole animal for $114? The cinnamon roll looks fab. I just love cinnamon. I will be making this soon.

  9. What a great idea for cupcakes! We haven't been to a Brazilian Steak House in the States. Since we lived in Brazil and had the real thing, we know we'd be disappointed. There, the big draw for us were all the awesome salads, fresh fruits, and desserts on the bar. Oh, and the grilled cheese! It was also A LOT less expensive, too. We ate so little meat, to the point where the waiters would tease us because the Brazilian families dining could really put it away! :)

  10. These look fantastic! Such a fun idea too :)

  11. These look so tasty, sorry you didnt love your meal. I do like our brazilian place, I like interactive meals.

  12. Hi, Peggy! I'm a new reader of your blog. Those "all you can eat meat" places are not for everyone! They have one of those here in nyc,called greenfields. I've never been there, but from friends who have gone, they are 50/50 about it. At least you tried it to see what all the fuss was about! :)
    I am so excited to try your cinnamon rolls! This thursday, I plan on baking with my sister in law, and this will be on the list!! Thank you, and I will let you know how it is! =]
    btw, my real name is Peggy too!! lol

  13. Cinnamon rolls and a cupcake - sounds like a win-win to me!

  14. Oh yes I have...and admit, I get my money's worth! These cupcakes are simply delightful!

  15. This looks so unbelievably yummy! Must try!

  16. Super fun recipe! I love this idea!

  17. $114! That makes my collegiate heart hurt. :) But on a brighter note, these cinnamon roll cupcakes look fabulous! I've never seen anything like them before.

  18. Wow... 114$ for dry meat sure sounds disappointing. We don't have places like that here, and I've always wanted to go eat at those places. Now I don't anymore :) This recipe sounds incredibly yummy, and like nothing I've ever seen before. And if it tastes cinnamon roll like, and takes less than 3 hours to make, it's a winner! :) Thanks for sharing!

  19. I love the fact that these are a sliced serving. Much easier and less messy than your standard cinnamon rolls. Looks yummy-thanks for posting.

  20. Hi Peggy,Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Chicken 65 is a very popular dish in India, try it if you like Indian Cuisine :-) It's absolutely tasty!

    Loved your cinnamon roll cupcakes! When is the wedding?? Even I started my blog way before our wedding so it has a lot of details about our wedding :)

  21. What an awesome idea! This looks really irresistible.



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