I’ve always been kind of a morbid person.
It first started with my infatuation/fright of Forensic Files and that risk of seeing blurry, sepia-toned crime scene photos. And then it developed into a weird fascination with bruises.
And now, it’s watching Botched while eating Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls. Because let’s face it: while everyone else in Beverly Hills is getting fat sucked out, it’s only right for me to put fat in. Yes?
For some reason, eating and talking about or seeing gross things has never been a problem for me. Sometimes I’ll plop myself down in front of the TV and watch some graphic crime show or Botched (where, if we’re honest, sometimes those fake-plastic surgery faces are often scarier than blood and guts) and go to town on my plate of spaghetti while everyone gets butchered up. Meanwhile, my family can’t so much hear the shows, even if they’re in the other room. At the mere mention of “scalpel” or “blood” they cringe and ask me to turn it to Food Network. Weirdos.
Anywho — this recipe. It’s based off of the One-Hour Cinnamon Rolls I made a couple months back that are ohmygodsoawesome. They’re your standard cinnamon roll: extremely soft and fluffy sweet dough wrapped around a perfectly spiced, gooey brown sugary center and are topped with a scrumptiously sweet icing, made in under 60 minutes. But these rolls, while made very similarly, taste strikingly close to a gooey, cake battery cupcake. There’s Funfetti cake mix inside of the sweet dough, lending the dough that cake battery swirled goodness. And the filling is composed of buttery brown sugar and Funfetti cake mix, giving it a nice cupcake-y crunch.
If cake batter’s your jam (and why wouldn’t it be?!) these cinnamon rolls are a must-make. Sweet, chewy, sprinkly and gooey, they’re definitely the right way to celebrate eating breakfast!
*adapted from my One-Hour Best Cinnamon Rolls
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup milk (I used 1%)
- 1 pkt instant yeast
- 2 cups Funfetti cake mix (the powdered mix)
- 1 & ¾ cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp salt
- FOR FILLING:
- 3 Tbsp butter, very soft
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup Funfetti cake mix (the powdered mix)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- FOR GLAZE:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 Tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter and the milk. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute. Stir the mixture, then continue to microwave the mixture in 20 second intervals until the butter has melted and the mixture is warm, not hot. It should feel like lukewarm bath water -- if the mixture is too hot, set it aside to cool off for a minute or two.
- Pour the warm milk mixture and the yeast into the bowl of a stand mixer; whisk it for a couple seconds to combine. Using the dough hook attachment, turn the machine onto medium-low speed and begin adding the Funfetti cake mix, 1 &1/2 cups flour, salt and egg. Beat to combine on medium-low speed, or until the mixture appears to be coming together into a ball. If the mixture is still sticking on the sides of the bowl, beat in the remaining ¼ cup of flour as needed until the mixture begins to come together. Beat the mixture for 5 minutes on medium-low speed. Remove the dough hook and place a damp cloth over the dough bowl to rest for 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle a flat work space with some flour and flour a rolling pin. Roll the dough out into a rectangular shape at an even thickness (I like making mine about ¼-1/2" thick. Spread the surface of the dough with the very soft butter. Meanwhile, in a smaller bowl, combine the brown sugar, remaining Funfetti cake mix and the cinnamon with a fork to blend. Sprinkle this filling mixture copiously over the buttered plane of dough and gently pat it with your hands to adhere.
- Starting with the longest side closest to you, begin rolling the dough tightly into a log shape away from you. Pinch the final seam to seal the log of dough together. Using a very sharp knife of unflavored dental floss (which I used here and prefer), slice the doughy ends off of the roll and discard, then begin slicing the rolls into equal sized pieces; you should end up with around 12 rolls, or less rolls if you prefer them larger. Place the rolls into greased 9" cake pans with about 1" apart from one another.
- Cover the pans with damp towels and place them on your oven range. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Allow the rolls to proof for about 25 minutes or until they've risen some.
- Finally, bake the rolls for approx. 15-20 minutes or until they're golden brown and puffy. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 15 minutes. While they cool, make your glaze: in a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract until a thick but pourable glaze is achieved, adding more milk if mixture is too thick. Douse the rolls with the glaze and top immediately with rainbow sprinkles. These are best served warm!
- **To cut the rolls with dental floss, gently slide a piece of floss underneath the log of dough, holding each end of floss in each hand. Criss-cross the floss over the dough, effortlessly slicing through the dough.**
I seriously love how thick, fat and sweet these adorable, sprinkly rolls are! Jam-packed with that sweet vanilla cake battery punch we all crave and topped with that sinful, thick glaze that all cinnamon rolls need and deserve. Heaven on a plate!
Have a fantastical day!!
Jennie @themessybakerblog says
Hey, somebody has to pay attention to butter and sugar, right? I love the fact that I can stuff cinnamon rolls into my face in just an hour. Love!
These are so fun!! I love the idea of funfetti week!
Sophia @ NY Foodgasm says
Soooo much yummmmm! I want it alllll!
ashley - baker by nature says
So wait… you’re saying I could be eating these in ONE HOUR?! I gotta go… 😉
Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says
How fun! Blotched plastic surgeries can be pretty gross!
Oh my goodness, Botched is a seriously addicting show! I can’t make myself leave the TV when it’s on… those messed up plastic surgery clown faces just draw you in!
Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking says
LOL that show Botched creeps me out too but its like a train wreck that I have to watch! Plus I heart all the Real Housewives husbands that are on it, so its like I don’t have a choice. I’d better stop looking at these cinnamon rolls too or I am going to run into the kitchen and make them right now, and I don’t think my husband would appreciate cinnamon rolls for dinner.
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
I love Botched. In fact, I want to live on Bravo. 🙂 And funfetti cinnamon rolls. Dying!
Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says
when I was a kid I used to watch Animal ER or some such on Animal Planet and they would show VERY graphic surgeries and I was fine. Now I cannoooot handle it! I totally watch Botched though. I just look away during surgery 😛
I CANNOT look away, however, from these beautiful, tastyyyyy, cinnamon rolls of sprinkly goodness!
Omg you are too awesome for having funfetti week to get back at that sprinkles-hater so funny! Also these rolls look like my soul mates and I can’t wait to make them! But is there a way to make them without a stand mixer/ dough hook? Unfortunately I don’t have one
Haha thanks Joanna! As far as the cinnamon rolls go, you could try making them with a handheld mixer — it may take longer but it should work!
Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says
Whoa! I wouldn’t mind one of these for breakfast every morning!!
Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says
Cake batter IS my jam (or my bread and butter lol jk) and these cinnamon rolls sounds fantastic! As if I need another excuse to have cake for breakfast, and I love that they take just one hour. 😀
Aimee @ ShugarySweets says
I love these!! And I’m 100% positive my kids would too. Although my oldest would barf if there was mere mention of blood while eating. Dinner can be a fun time around here…sometimes we say things just to make him dry heave. Does that make me a bad mom? LOL!!!
Haha no, I think that’s hilarious!
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I’m pretty sure I’m right there with your family! Haha! I don’t like to think of icky things as I eat! And girl! Our minds are on the same wave length because I just made Funfetti Cinnamon rolls too! Yours look fabulous!! 🙂 Funfetti is seriously the best!
Made these with friends on sun and they came out great. Im totally making them again soon.
Renee @ Awesome on $20 says
I would like to eat about 47 of these right now!