It's all the goey, yumminess of a cinnamon bun, wrapped neatly in a cupcake liner! : ) Baking these this way is so nice to serve to a large group of people. There's no pulling them apart and getting your fingers all sticky! Super easy and fabulous! I baked these for my friend Ashley's "Bun in the Oven" baby shower. They were a big hit! But these would be a fabulous treat for your Valentine!
Now there are plenty same day recipes out there that the dough comes together much faster, but I like to let the dough rise overnight. So be aware of that before you start this recipe.
Cinnamon Bun Cupcakes
Makes about 2 dozen cupcakes
What you'll need:
1 pint of whole milk
1/2 vegetable oil
1/2 cup white sugar
1 packet of yeast
4 cups of flour (plus 1 more cup for later and more for dusting)
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
2 sticks of melted butter
2 heaping tbsp. of ground cinnamon
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
For the frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese, room temp.
1/4 cup good butter (1/2 stick)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
What you'll do:
In a large pot, mix together the milk, vegetable oil and sugar. Bring to a simmer and remove from the heat. Let cool for about an hour. Pour in the yeast and let sit a minute till it dissolves a little. Add in the 4 cups of flour and mix well. Cover with a lid and let rise for about an hour.
Add one more cup of flour, the baking soda and the baking powder. Mix well and place the lid back on the pot and refrigerate overnight.
I hope you slept well! Now it's time to make the buns!
Get your counter space ready, by cleaning well, drying and sprinkling with flour. Take half of the dough and roll out to a thin rough-rectangle shape. Drizzle about a 1/2 a cup of melted butter over the dough evenly. Sprinkle with a very very generous amount of cinnamon. Then the white and brown sugar. Starting at the opposite end start rolling the dough towards you. Try to make it as tight as you can.
Line your cupcake pan with liners and spray them very lightly with cooking spray.
Using a serrated knife (like a bread knife), cut the roll in about 2-inch pieces and place them cut side down in the cupcake liners. Let rise in the pan for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile heat the oven to 375 degrees and make the frosting.
Make the frosting, by mixing it all together in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or a hand mixer.
Spoon some melted butter on top of the buns and put them in the oven to bake for about 15 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and carefully remove the buns and place them on a wire rack. Immediately frost with the cream cheese frosting so it melts into the buns.
These are best served warm, but you can also serve them at room temp.
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