Monday, April 30, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Cake

Hello everyone! Since I was first introduced to Pinterest, I have been addicted! I see so many good ideas and wonderful recipes to try; sometimes all I need is an excuse to make them! This weekend one of my friends came over to visit our new family addition. It was the perfect excuse to bake something, don't you think? :)
That same day I had re-pinned a post I saw for this wonderful cinnamon roll cake. I took a quick look at the ingredient list and thought: perfect! I have all the ingredients at hand! I double checked with my hubby to see if this was a good choice for a treat (and I assumed that it was a go by the little puddle of drool pooling on the floor as I showed him the pictures), and set on to start the cake.
The recipe is pretty straight forward, and the end result was oh so yummy! The original post recommends that the cake be served warm, and I would second that motion. When the cake is warm, it really resembles a cinnamon roll straight out of the oven. The recipe says to add nuts as an option, and I added some walnuts for a little crunchiness. It was nice, I think I could go either way on the nuts. 

Cake batter:
-3 cups AP flour
-1 cup sugar
-1/4 tsp salt
-4 tsp baking powder
-1 1/2 cup milk
-2 eggs, room temperature
-2 tsp vanilla extract
-4 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled slightly

Cinnamon mixture:
-1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
-1 cup brown sugar
-2 Tbsp AP flour
-1 Tbsp cinnamon
-2/3 cups nuts (optional)

-2 cups powdered sugar
-5 Tbsp milk
-1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13; baking pan, set aside.
With an electric mixer, mix flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Once combined well, slowly stir in the 4 Tbsp of melted butter. Pour batter into the greased baking pan.
In a large bowl, mix the 2 sticks of softened butter, brown sugar, 2 Tbsp of flour, cinnamon, and nuts until well combined. Drop evenly over cake batter by the tablespoon, and use a knife to marble/swirl through the cake. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick come out nearly clean from center.
As the cake comes out of the oven, place powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl to start the glaze. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle over warm cake. Serve cake warm (we like it straight out of the oven) or at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from  Six Sisters' Stuff

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