in my office, we all take turns bringing in breakfast to share at each staff meeting. this week is my turn so i made cinnamon roll cupcakes. i found this recipe on an awesome blog, la fuji mama. i love making cupcakes so i thought this would be the perfect breakfast treat to bring in. they were fairly simple to make, just like making regular cinnamon rolls only they are a little smaller. the recipe said that it would make 24 cupcakes but i actually ended up with about 32 of them. so lots to share with everyone at work and even enough to keep a few at home so my boyfriend can have some too. yay!
Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes
from La Fuji Mama
- 2 1/4 tsp. or 1 packet (1/4 oz./7 g) dry active yeast
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
- 1 cup warm milk (approximately 110 degrees Fahrenheit)
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 1 tsp. salt
- 4 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 1/2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 2 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 1/2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- To make rolls: Dissolve the yeast and 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar in the warm milk in a large bowl and let stand for about 10 minutes until foamy.
- Mix in the eggs, butter, salt, and other 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. Add flour and mix until well blended and the dough forms a ball. Put in a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about one hour).
- After the dough has doubled in size, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners (I like to double them up because these cinnamon rolls are so moist), and lightly spray over the top of them with cooking spray.
- Roll dough into a 12×22 inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough and cut into 24 rolls (I use a length of dental floss–works like a charm!).
- Place each roll in a cupcake liner. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. Let rolls cool completely before frosting (or else the frosting will melt and slide off).
- To make frosting: In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners’ sugar. Store in the refrigerator after use.
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