Birthday Cake Cinnamon Rolls (Funfetti)

Make somebody’s birthday needs come true by waking them up with these additional mushy & 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. Prime with vanilla or cream cheese icing, and don’t neglect 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 number 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 individuals 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 pictures and streamlined directions for you right here.


You’ll Love These Birthday Cake Cinnamon Rolls

  • Filling tastes like cake combine, however it’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!)
  • Virtually 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 primarily based my ultra-popular in a single day cinnamon rolls recipe off of it, too. And it’s fairly straightforward! In the event 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.

Endurance is yeast’s greatest pal.

Are You a Yeast Newbie?

This Baking with Yeast Information is a superb place to begin. I reply many frequent yeast FAQs in easy-to-understand explanations, so you may 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 tip result’s. The rolls are mushy, tender, buttery, and candy and really make an exquisite “starter” dough recipe for any form of filling. And I figured their fluffy, pillow-y texture and buttery style would make the proper base for a confetti cake middle. Swirls of sprinkles and candy dough—how are you going to go mistaken?


Seize These Substances for the Candy Roll Dough:

  1. Complete Milk: Complete milk is right for the richest-tasting candy rolls. Buttermilk works simply as nicely 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 need to use energetic dry or on the spot yeast. Comply with the instructions precisely as written no matter which you select.
  4. Butter: This can be a wealthy dough, that means it has fats to assist assure softness. Use softened butter and, to assist it mix simpler, lower it into 4 items earlier than including.
  5. Vanilla: This can be a new ingredient I exploit within the dough; the unique recipe didn’t name for it. You additionally want vanilla within the icing. You need to use 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 gives the dough’s construction. You need to use both all-purpose flour or bread flour. You’ll discover the rolls are a bit of chewier when you use bread flour.

Right here’s the dough:

dough in glass bowl of stand mixer.

I normally 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 may combine the dough along with a big picket 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, it will likely be a bit of mushy and sticky—that’s regular. Knead the dough on a floured counter or maintain it within the mixer for kneading—whichever methodology you utilize, it must be about 5 minutes of kneading.

Place the dough right into a evenly greased bowl, cowl, and set it in a draft-free space to rise till doubled in measurement—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 measurement. 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 calm down the gluten. I usually do that after I’m making pizza dough. If you return to the dough, it ought to stretch out a lot simpler.


Cake Combine Filling

Now let’s discuss in regards to the filling. The crème de la crème of right this moment’s rolls. How did I obtain the cake batter taste with out cake combine? Nicely, I started fascinated by 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 most important 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’ve a cake batter filling and not using a field cake combine.

Stir in 1/2 cup of sprinkles, however don’t use nonpareils (the little balls) in your selfmade cake batter combine. I at all times 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 high 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 selfmade cake crumbles. The butter will enable the crumbles to stay and the cinnamon is simply essential for cinnamon rolls, proper?! I don’t recommend leaving out the cinnamon as there will 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 a bit of puffy, about an hour. That is the 2nd rise. (Alternatively, you could possibly let the rolls rise in a single day. See Notes within the written recipe beneath 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 known 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 traditional 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 shade contained in the swirls of soppy, fluffy dough—a beautiful 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 take 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.

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