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I can’t believe this is already my third month of being a Daring Baker – and what a fun ride it has been! I have made two treats, both that I had never attempted before – this month’s challenge was not as foreign to me, but it was still just as fun!!

I have mentioned before that I rarely make the same recipe twice. But cinnamon rolls are an exception. I was given a recipe from a friend years ago that makes excellent cinnamon rolls that always get lots of compliments. I haven’t made the recipe for about 2 years, as my husband always reminds me that I have not made them since at least before we got married. So when I saw that the challenge was cinnamon rolls and sticky buns, I was very happy, and quite relieved, especially after the disaster I had with last month’s challenge.

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We were allowed to make cinnamon rolls or sticky buns (both come from the same base recipe) so I decided to make the full recipe and do some sticky buns and some cinnamon rolls. I’m not necessarily scared of yeast, but I do know that working with yeast requires a bit more practice than just throwing something together for dinner. This dough was a dream to work with. It is so soft, just to feel it in your hands, you know that it is going to produce something great!! I made the dough and rolled it out – I am horrible with rolling things out! I can never get it to roll into the exact shape I want, so of course when I went to roll the dough, the ends end up a bit mis-shapen, but they still taste good!! We were allowed to use what spices we wanted, but I just used a cinnamon-sugar mixture that I keep in my cupboard for snickerdoodles, toast, etc. I’m not exactly sure on what the ratios of cinnamon to sugar that are in my mixture, but it worked! After rolling the rolls, I cut them into individual rolls. I made the caramel mixture for the sticky buns and put it in the bottom of a round cake pan. I put 7 of the rolls in the pan to make sticky buns, and put the rest of the rolls on a parchment covered baking sheet to turn into regular cinnamon rolls. After the second rise, I was a little worried because they rose so much and the sticky buns seemed a bit cramped in their little pan. But into the oven they went. About half way through the baking time, I smelled something that did not smell good. I ran to the oven, only to see that the caramel was dripping out of the sticky buns into a nice mess on the bottom of my oven. Uh oh – I probably cut the rolls too big, therefore there was not enough room for them in the pan, causing the caramel to be pushed out of the pan. I put another pan in the oven to catch the falling caramel, prayed for the best, and continued baking.

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Both the cinnamon rolls and sticky buns were beautiful coming out of the oven. When I flipped the sticky buns out of their pan, there wasn’t much caramel left – which I was a little disappointed about, but it was expected after what I saw come out of the pan in the oven. I made a half recipe of the icing for the cinnamon rolls. I asked my husband what flavor of extract he wanted in the icing (we could choose lemon or orange) and he chose orange. I think this was the perfect choice, as I loved the taste of the frosting. It was quite sweet, so just a little goes a long way. (I still really love the fluffy icing that they have on the cinnamon rolls at Cinnabon – if anyone has a good copy-cat recipe for that, I would love to hear it!!)

Of the two, I think I would have to say that I like the cinnamon rolls the best, although it’s probably just because I lost most of the “sticky” for my sticky buns. The recipe makes quite a bit, so after I saved a sticky bun and cinnamon roll each for my husband and I, I took the rest to work. They were gone within 5 minutes of my putting them on the table – which I think is a record!! This is a great recipe to work with. I am thinking that I need to make my old recipe again soon and compare the two – a cinnamon roll face off!!


  • The dough is very easy to work with – even if you are yeast-phobic.
  • The same base recipe can make two wonderful treats
  • They taste divine!!


  • They made a mess of my oven – and it wasn’t easy to clean out!
  • Hmmmm, I don’t think I can even think of any other cons!!

Please check out all of the other wonderful creations at the Daring Bakers Blogroll. And for the recipe, you can check it out at the site of the hostess for this month – Marce at Pip in the City.

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50 Responses to Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Rolls

  1. Ilva says:

    But your Sticky Buns looks gorgeously sticky I have to say! So good!

  2. Anne says:

    I love your photos – they look great! That turqouise plate is really striking against the buns! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hilda says:

    Your pictures are beautiful, I bet if you make the sticky buns again you’ll have it all figured out this time with the placing in the pan thing. I’m tempted to try the sticky buns just from your pictures.

  4. Katie says:

    Your buns look fantastic. I had the same problem as you – my caramel overflowed into the base of my oven and it took two days of soaking to get it off!

  5. Brilynn says:

    I think this has been out most photogenic challenge yet, everyone’s pictures are so enticing!

  6. slush says:

    Simply beautiful! Your pictures are gorgeous. Well done!

  7. Nirmala says:

    Beautiful. The rolls look just scrumptious. And I love the new picture scrolling feature.

  8. Janet says:

    Your buns look amazing! I just loved the sticky buns, they were sooooo decadent!

  9. Maryann says:


  10. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Those are just lovely. I really loved the sticky buns. So sorry about the oven.

  11. Anh says:

    Deborah, these are sooo lovely!

  12. breadchick says:

    Your buns look fabulous! Great job on your challenge this month. Time does fly with this group doesn’t it!!

  13. Belinda says:

    Beautiful photos, Deborah…of beautiful cinnamon rolls and sticky buns! I wish I had been brave enough to try both, as opposed to just the cinnamon rolls, but I didn’t want to push my limits as a first time DBer! I agree with Anne…I really love the turquoise blue plate as a backdrop for the buns, very nicely done. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Peabody says:

    That is why I didn’t want to make the sticky buns…I feared the mess ๐Ÿ™‚
    Great jobs on your buns.

  15. Chris says:

    Your pictures are amazing! I love the photo album.

    Those sticky buns look to die for – I didn’t attempt them…but may have to try in the future!

  16. marias23 says:

    J’adore, hon! Beautiful job frosting them too! Can you pretty please teach me how you did that cool slide show feature? Did you do it on flickr?

  17. April says:

    Your buns look amazing!! yummy!

  18. Lis says:

    You know what I liked especially about your rolls, Deborah?

    The height you got. Mine poofed as they should have but they were still flat on top, you know? Like my middle swirls didn’t pop out from the outer swirls like yours did. I wish they had. Yours are so pretty!!


  19. Tartelette says:

    AS my husband would say “you got outies”..that little pop from their belly buttons! They look wonderful…sorry to hear about the mess though.

  20. KJ says:

    Both sets of buns look delicious. Your cinnamon buns are so elegant and your sticky buns still look lovely and gooey. Great job.

  21. Meeta says:

    Mess or no mess the sticky buns were awesome. Both your buns look great Deborah. Great job!

  22. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    I totally agree with you, I shall be making these again for sure. You’re photos and buns look delicious!! I think I burnt my caramel ones a little.

  23. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    I totally agree with you, I shall be making these again for sure. You’re photos and buns look delicious!! I think I burnt my caramel ones a little.

  24. The Caked Crusader says:

    Wow – these look divine! I can’t wait for my first challenge.

    Thanks for visiting my site.

  25. Gabi says:

    Lushy goodness oh my!
    Looks great!

  26. Jenn says:

    Those look delicious, I love the pictures! I am usually not a great fan of cinnamon, but this would be the expection.. great job!

    I am now a part of the Daring Bakers too… I can’t wait for this month’s challenge!

  27. sunita says:

    The buns look gorgeous…you’ve done a great job…

  28. Jenny says:

    My oven was mad at me too. Glad you made both kinds!

  29. thepassionatecook says:

    love the slide show especially… the sticky buns were definitely my favourite!

  30. Rose says:

    Lovely! I like orange icing too. It’ll be fun to see your old recipe to compare. I’m going back to do that also. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Kelly-Jane says:

    Deborah, I’m sorry I’m so late in coming! I did look yesterday, but was too early.

    You did a great job, and lovely buns and pictures. We liked the cinnamon iced ones best too ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Baking Soda says:

    Oh yes to the orange in the icing! Love the plate!

  33. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    They look beautiful! I would never have guessed there was a small disaster!

  34. Nazca says:

    Ooh love the slide show! I had sticky buns after leaving the cinnamon buns in the fridge, pre-baked, the sugar and milk must have created their own little caramel over night ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. BC says:

    The slide show is fantiastic!

    I made the cinnamon rolls too but I ran out of steam and didn’t frost them!

  36. Ivonne says:

    Time flies when you’re having fun! Great buns!

  37. the pastry princess says:

    your buns are so gorgeous! big and fluffy…mmmmmmm. great job on this challenge!

  38. Shandy says:

    I can not believe just how beautiful your blog is and how great you did on your buns! Your not a perfectionist are you? Well, you out did yourself and I wanted to thank you for saying hi.


  39. Katie says:

    those came out looks great!!

  40. Bruno says:

    Great looking buns Deborah!

  41. Anne says:

    You did a great job. Your buns came out looking super delicious especially the sticky buns. Beautiful pics!

  42. steph- whisk/spoon says:

    wow–they do look beautiful! i love to pull off one of those sticky buns! hope you got the oven clean without too much trouble, btw. ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Aoife says:

    Both of your buns look great, and it looks like you really rescued your sticky buns. Good luck with your cookbook project!

  44. cupcaketastic says:

    Your pictures are fabulous, and your buns look so tasty, I am glad I have found your blog, I’ll be back.

  45. Julie says:

    Rolling dough out is just a matter of practice. Pretty soon, you’ll be making shapes like stars and dodecahedron … well, maybe not, but you get the idea. A rectangle will be nothing! Your buns look amazing! I’m going to try the sticky bun recipe in a couple of weeks, and I’m paranoid about an overflow, too.

  46. eatme_delicious says:

    Your cinnamon rolls turned out beautifully! I wish I could reach into the screen and grab one. This is my first month as a daring baker (the October challenge) and I’m very excited!

  47. the pastry princess says:

    lovely buns!! i love your photos…that is such a good idea. my sticky buns were just like your the first time around, then i did them again…and perfection!

  48. Dolores says:

    I love the slide show and your list of pro’s and con’s. Even if most of your caramel didn’t stick around for the final product, your sticky buns have me craving one.

  49. Lisa says:

    This recipe ( http://www.gordonfamily.com/Recipes/cinnabon.htm ) is nearly identical to Cinnabons. I have made them many times and they are always very good.

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