Birthday Cake Cinnamon Rolls (Funfetti)

Make somebody’s birthday needs come true by waking them up with these further comfortable & sprinkle-loaded birthday cake cinnamon rolls. Like a cross between cinnamon rolls and confetti cake, this extra-special breakfast deal with is ideal for kicking off an extra-special day. High with vanilla or cream cheese icing, and don’t overlook the birthday candle!

*Needs for a second serving to.*

birthday cake cinnamon rolls with icing in parchment paper-lined pan.

Like a sprinkle-loaded stack of birthday cake pancakes, these Funfetti cake-inspired rolls are the happiest deal with in your particular morning. I revealed this recipe manner again in 2013, and make them a couple of instances annually when a household birthday rolls round. And, on a number of events, I’ve made these INSTEAD of birthday cake, as a result of… actually… cinnamon rolls for dessert simply is smart.

And a few folks simply don’t like cake. Sure, I do know you’re on the market!

I’ve made only a few edits to the unique recipe (as a result of it’s simply so good), however I do have new images and streamlined directions for you right here.

You’ll Love These Birthday Cake Cinnamon Rolls

  • Filling tastes like cake combine, but it surely’s not from a field
  • Fluffy, buttery, and tender dough
  • Loaded with colourful rainbow sprinkles, like a batch of confetti cupcakes
  • Topped with cream cheese icing (and extra sprinkles!)
  • Nearly like having confetti cake for breakfast
sprinkle funfetti cinnamon roll with cream cheese icing on top and a gold candle blown out.
birthday cake cinnamon roll with sprinkles on top on blue plate.

The dough for these birthday cake cinnamon rolls comes from my raspberry candy rolls. It’s my favourite dough, and I based mostly my ultra-popular in a single day cinnamon rolls recipe off of it, too. And it’s fairly simple! When you’re afraid of working with yeast, please don’t be intimidated; there’s hardly any “work time” concerned, just a few “wait time” because the yeast does its job.

Persistence is yeast’s finest pal.

Are You a Yeast Newbie?

This Baking with Yeast Information is a superb place to begin. I reply many widespread yeast FAQs in easy-to-understand explanations, so you’ll be able to be taught the fundamentals earlier than starting.

I selected to make use of this specific dough recipe as the bottom for these colourful rolls as a result of I like how fluffy the top result’s. The rolls are comfortable, tender, buttery, and candy and really make a beautiful “starter” dough recipe for any type of filling. And I figured their fluffy, pillow-y texture and buttery style would make the right base for a confetti cake middle. Swirls of sprinkles and candy dough—how are you going to go improper?

Seize These Substances for the Candy Roll Dough:

  1. Entire Milk: Entire milk is right for the richest-tasting candy rolls. Buttermilk works simply as properly with none modifications to the recipe.
  2. Sugar: You want white granulated sugar for the dough, each for taste (these are candy rolls, in spite of everything) and to feed the yeast. You’ll use some once more within the filling.
  3. Yeast: You should utilize lively dry or on the spot yeast. Comply with the instructions precisely as written no matter which you select.
  4. Butter: It is a wealthy dough, that means it has fats to assist assure softness. Use softened butter and, to assist it mix simpler, minimize it into 4 items earlier than including.
  5. Vanilla: It is a new ingredient I take advantage of within the dough; the unique recipe didn’t name for it. You additionally want vanilla within the icing. You should utilize vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste.
  6. Eggs: Like butter, eggs promise a softer, richer dough.
  7. Salt: Dough is bland with out salt.
  8. Flour: Flour supplies the dough’s construction. You should utilize both all-purpose flour or bread flour. You’ll discover the rolls are somewhat chewier for those who use bread flour.

Right here’s the dough:

dough in glass bowl of stand mixer.

I often use a stand mixer to make this dough.

What if I Don’t Have a Stand Mixer? If you don’t personal a mixer, you’ll be able to combine the dough along with a big wood spoon/rubber spatula. It can take a little bit of arm muscle. A hand mixer works, however the sticky dough repeatedly will get caught within the beaters.

After the dough comes collectively, will probably be somewhat comfortable and sticky—that’s regular. Knead the dough on a floured counter or maintain it within the mixer for kneading—whichever technique you employ, it ought to be about 5 minutes of kneading.

Place the dough right into a flippantly greased bowl, cowl, and set it in a draft-free space to rise till doubled in dimension—it takes about 2 hours. After that, punch the risen dough down:

dough risen in glass bowl and shown again punched down.

Roll it right into a rectangle form that’s about 12×18 inches in dimension. Then it’s time to fill it!

Baker’s Tip: If the dough retains shrinking as you roll it out, cease what you’re doing, cowl it, and let it relaxation for 10 minutes to chill out the gluten. I usually do that after I’m making pizza dough. While you return to the dough, it ought to stretch out a lot simpler.

Cake Combine Filling

Now let’s speak in regards to the filling. The crème de la crème of at present’s rolls. How did I obtain the cake batter taste with out cake combine? Properly, I started serious about the feel and style of precise cake combine. Creamy, buttery, powdery easy, vanilla-y, and candy. (All the things we all know and love about these cake batter chocolate chip cookies!) I took these 5 major attributes and brainstormed methods to get them with out utilizing a field combine.

For that creamy style and texture, the key ingredient is powdered espresso creamer. You may additionally use dry milk powder. For the buttery taste, I used (shock!) melted butter. For the powdery smoothness, I used all-purpose flour. For the vanilla taste, I used vanilla extract. And for the sweetness, I used a mixture of white and brown sugars. Voila! You might have a cake batter filling with out a field cake combine.

Stir in 1/2 cup of sprinkles, however don’t use nonpareils (the little balls) in your home made cake batter combine. I all the time say non! to nonpareils in baked items as a result of they bleed their colours within the oven. You’ll be able to sprinkle nonpareils on prime of the frosted rolls earlier than serving, nonetheless!

crumble mixture with rainbow sprinkles in glass bowl on pink surface.

Fill the Rolls

Unfold softened butter all around the rolled-out dough, after which sprinkle with cinnamon, adopted by the home made cake crumbles. The butter will permit the crumbles to stay and the cinnamon is simply mandatory for cinnamon rolls, proper?! I don’t recommend leaving out the cinnamon as there might not be sufficient taste with out it. Plus, cake batter + cinnamon rolls… want I say extra?

spoon sprinkling sprinkle crumble filling on buttered dough.
hands rolling up dough with sprinkle filling.

Use a really sharp knife to chop the roll into 12 rolls.

3 sprinkle cinnamon rolls cut before baking.

Prepare in a greased baking pan, cowl, then let the rolls rise till somewhat puffy, about an hour. That is the 2nd rise. (Alternatively, you would let the rolls rise in a single day. See Notes within the written recipe under for in a single day directions.)

Listed here are the sprinkle cinnamon rolls earlier than and after that 2nd rise:

sprinkle funfetti sweet rolls before and after rising.

Then it’s time to bake. Your birthday breakfast is nearly right here!

funfetti cinnamon rolls with sprinkles after baking in glass pan.

The Icing on the Cake 😉

The unique model of this recipe referred to as for vanilla icing, however I actually, actually love these candy rolls with cream cheese icing. It’s the identical deliciously easy and silky icing I slather on my basic cinnamon rolls, in addition to my raspberry swirl candy rolls.

However be happy to make use of vanilla icing if cream cheese frosting isn’t your favourite.

I like the pops of colour contained in the swirls of soppy, fluffy dough—a stunning tie-dye impact. It doesn’t matter what birthday you’re celebrating, whether or not it’s their fifth or ninety fifth; children and kids-at-heart can’t assist however smile after they see these. I imply, simply have a look at them—this can be a celebration in a breakfast pastry!

hand spreading icing on sprinkle cinnamon rolls.
birthday funfetti cinnamon roll cut in half on blue plate with pink background.