I’ve been testing some new recipes lately, mostly toying with variations of my classic Christmas breakfast. Ever since I was little, we always had cinnamon rolls, which I love. I mean, I adore cinnamon rolls. Gooey, sweet, tasty, nom nom nom nom. In muh mouth, please. You know what else I love? Cake. Cake is awesome. So yeah, light bulb moment here. Why not make a cinnamon roll cake? Too easy. Let’s pump up the flavor on this bad boy and make a spiced apple cinnamon roll cake!
To make this spiced apple cinnamon roll cake, I started with my standard cinnamon roll recipe, but I decided to shake things up by using I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® instead of regular butter. As you can see, it turned out beautifully. And, by the way, have you heard? I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® has been reformulated, so now it only contains simple, real ingredients; ingredients you can read and actually know what they are! Plant-based oils, purified water, and a pinch of salt! Talk about delicious goodness, right there, am I right?
Before I started the dough though, I prepped the apples. I didn’t want them to be crunchy in my cake, so they needed to be cooked a bit first. I peeled and diced a single large apple and placed it in a pot with about 1/4 cup of water and spiced, then cooked on medium low for about 10 minutes, til they are nice and soft, but not mushy. We don’t want applesauce, after all. I then melted some I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® and prepped the filling for the cinnamon roll cake. I may or may not have enjoyed a bite or three of the filling. So delicious. Then I made the dough, rolled it out, layered out the filling and the apples, then used a pizza cutter to cut the dough into thin strips. I rolled up the first strip into a basic cinnamon roll and place it in the middle of a pie round, then took the next strips and wrapped them around the first piece until it was essentially one giant spiral!
I had a really hard time not eating this while it was raw, it looks so good. So good. But alas, raw dough isn’t nearly as tasty as baked, ha. I iced my spiced cinnamon roll cake with some cream cheese mixed with powdered sugar and milk, but if that’s too sweet for you, grab some more I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® and have it on a hot slice, it’s spreadable right from the fridge, which is awesome, in my opinion. Have you ever pulled out butter and tried to spread it on bread cold and the bread just disintegrates under the effort? That is sadness. But not with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!®, which has 0g Trans Fat, by the way, and zero partially-hydrogenated anything. Because, like I said, it’s made with real ingredients. Holla!
Oh hey! Did I forget to mention that this recipe is also yeast-free? YES! Double-plus bonus, for sure! No waiting for it to rise, or set overnight or anything like that. You can make it in the morning, wham bam DONE, delicious! So shall we get to it then?
For The Apples
- 1 Large Apple peeled, seeded, and diced
- 1/4 C Water
- 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp Ginger
For The Filling
For The Dough
For The Icing
- 3 oz Cream Cheese softened
- 1 C Powdered Sugar
- 3-4 Tbsp Milk
- Place the apples, water, and spices in a small pot over medium low heat and cook for 10 minutes, or until tender, but not mushy. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 375. Combine filling ingredients in a small bowl, then mix with a fork until well blended.
- In a another, larger bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix together buttermilk and melted I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!Â® in a separate bowl, then pour into the middle of the dry ingredients. Stir together until dough just comes together, being mindful not to over-mix. Kneed slightly by hand until the dough forms into a ball.
- On a lightly floured surface roll out dough into a long rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick. Press the filling onto the dough, covering all but 1/2 inch from each edge, then cover with the apples.
- Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut the dough length-wise, into 2-inch-wide strips. Roll the first strip from end to end and place in the center of a greased pie plate. Take the next strip and wrap it around the first piece, in a spiral. Repeat with each strip until the pie plate is full.
- Back for 20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
- While the cake is baking, combine the icing ingredients in a small blender and blend until smooth. Drizzle onto the hot cinnamon roll cake and spread evenly.
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