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A friend of mine from work bought me this really cool special edition cupcake magazine. 

All cupcakes.


I had a hard time choosing, but finally decided on Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes.

I didn’t even make the icing in the magazine because it wasn’t necessary.

OK, now that sounds crazy.

Well, it’s true!

But of course, I couldn’t resist the urge of trying it with some kind of icing, so I made my own for half of the cupcakes.

Mmmm…  Even after being refrigerated. 

So remember the friend who gave me the magazine?  She tried it and said it was amazing, and totally worth the price of the magazine in that one cupcake.

Another happy day.  🙂


Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes (adapted from Better Homes and Gardens magazine)    Makes 26 cupcakes.  (I only made 24 and some came out way too big.)

  • ½ C butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ½ C all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ t baking powder
  • ½ t salt
  • ¾ C packed brown sugar
  • 2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 ¾ C granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ t vanilla
  • 1 ¼ C milk

Leave butter and eggs at room temperature for 30 minutes.  Line muffin pan with cupcake cups.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt.

In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar and cinnamon.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.

Gradually add granulated sugar, about 1/4 C at a time, beating on medium until combined.  Beat on medium speed about 2 minutes more or until light and fluffy.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.  Beat in vanilla.

Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition until well combined.

Spoon about one tablespoon of batter into each muffin cup.  Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon brown sugar mixture over batter in cups.  Spoon the remaining batter over brown sugar mixture in cups.  Sprinkle remaining brown sugar mixture on top.

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cook in muffin cups for 10 minutes on wire rack.

Remove and cool completely.

My (easy and quick) icing  (I only made for a few, so you can double the recipe if you’d like.)

  • 4 T butter, melted
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ C powdered sugar
  • 2 T hot water (or more to desired consistency)

Mix together and spread thin layer over cupcakes.


41 responses »

  1. These look wonderful – will have to try them!

  2. I adore anything with cinnamon streusel. These look like they would fit the bill!

  3. These look great, as usual. I just wanted to check, rookie question, did you double bake? once in muffin tin and once out. Is this because the batter is quite wet? I think I will try them this week. 🙂

  4. Cinnamon is the best. These look great!

  5. Bookmarked! Cinnamon + cupcakes = 🙂

  6. These look great! I have made something similar for the kids. I was making blueberry muffins, but the kids don’t like fruit in their muffins. So I turned theirs into cinnamon sugar muffins, with cinnamon sugar in the middle and on top. They loved them! The next time I made them, my daughter requested mini chocolate chips in hers too. I used white sugar, but I like the idea of using brown sugar. Will have to try it. Yum!

  7. These look great, I will have to try them for sure!

  8. sweet aroma of cinnamon packed inside a cupcake….i would love to have a bite

  9. Those look fantastic!!

  10. This looks really good. I am a cinnamon roll person and this looks to satisfy without a lot of the work of cinnamon rolls. Will definitely make these.

  11. Barbara Brandt

    Thanks for the sample, Ger! These were to die for! WONDERFUL! But I only have one issue….how come mine didn’t have icing????? 🙂 Thanks again for letting me be your guinea pig! But I think I’m going to have to get my ‘fat clothes’ out pretty soon. You’re an amazing baker!! These were my faves so far!

    • Yeah, I remember how much you liked this one. Lol. And the ones with icing were gone way before I could pack one up for you. They were seriously good. Sorry! 🙂

      • Well, today my grandchildren had cinnamon roll cupcakes and scrambled eggs for breakfast. The cupcakes were delicious and a big hit. Mine were pretty crumbly though and i am wondering if I did something to make them like that. Do you have any ideas? Once again they were yummy!

        • That sounds like a yummy breakfast for kids! 🙂 I’m glad the cupcakes were a hit. I’m not sure why they would be crumbly. Did you use the exact amounts for the ingredients? I’m sorry I’m not much help!

  12. Thanks for “liking” What About This?. I’m going to try making these Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes. They look delicious!

  13. Oh my, I think I need to do these! I love the idea of individual cinnamon rolls! Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Excellent!! I could definitely justify those for breakfast!

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  16. Wow! This look amazing! Im deff gonna try them!

  17. Geraldine, me encantaron tus cupcakes. Queria contarte que hay una pagina de facebook que esta puclicando tu foto como suya. me parecio muy desagradable. Saludos


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