Sep 262011

Cinnamon rolls as cupcake

These cinnamon rolls come in cups…it is easy and less messy to serve. I used the water-roux method for the dough, therefore the bun is very soft and together with the crunchiness of the walnut, the sweetness of raisins…all this together blended with a layer of cinnamon…is absolutely delicious. Not to mention when these buns are in the oven, the whole house just smell SO good.
These buns can be stores in the freezer. To serve, warm them in the microwave.


Water roux
75 ml of water
15 g of bread flour

2 cups bread flour
¾ teaspoon salt
1½ tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon butter
1½ teaspoon dry yeast
1 large egg and complete to 100 ml with heavy cream

1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 ½ tablespoon sugar
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup chopped walnut


Water roux
Mix flour and water in a small saucepan. Cook over low to medium heat, stirring constantly until it reaches 65ºC/149ºF. The mix will turn to a paste and you can see the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat, cover with a saran wrap film over the paste and leave until lukewarm.

Add the water roux and all the dough ingredients to the mixer, knead for approximately 15 minutes, the dough reaches a thin membrane. The dough will be slightly sticky. Let is rise for approximately 2 to 3 hours in a cover container or until it double its initial volume.

Punch down, knead the dough and roll into a rectangular shape of approximately 13 x 9 inches. Spread the cinnamon, the sugar, walnut and raisins. Roll it and cut into 12 pieces. Place them in a standard size cupcake pan. Cover the buns with saran wrap film and let rise until double in size.
Bake in preheated 350°F oven for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
Serve warm.

Hope you enjoy this recipe and have a wonderful week!

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  81 Responses to “Cinnamon Rolls in Cups”

  1. Your cinnamon rolls look and sound amazing! I love that you make them in a cupcake pan and that they are less messy! My boys would love them!

  2. I love that these are made in cupcake liners! Less mess and more portion control = a really good thing!

  3. They look perfect-pull-apart…would eat cup after cup.

  4. Alright Juliana…these are really looking incredibly scrumptious…and you made it look so easy to boot. You are quite the talented baker. Thanks for this easy technique. I love my muffin pan as well…have you noticed. LOL

    Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,

  5. Love these buns in cups! There’s nothing wrong with licking sugary icing from your fingers, but this method is much much better.

  6. I love these cute cinnamon rolls they look so cute in those cups. I really like the idea of putting these rolls into paper cups–Makes them even more delicate 🙂 I’d love to eat one of your gorgeous cinnamon rolls right now. Mmmm…I’m drooling! Fabulous recipe, Juliana.

    BTW, I love that first click!

  7. What a great idea using muffin cup for cinnamon rolls. I’ve never tried the water roux method and can’t wait to give it a try.

  8. I like the idea of cinnamon buns in cups! they look so soft and delicious!

    BTW, I was wondering if you had received my email sent a few days back. You are the winner of my postcards giveaway! Please contact me via email as soon as you can. Thanks!

  9. These look delicious – and there’s no better smell!

  10. Juliana, I loved this recipe. Step-by-step and really made easy for your readers, I would like to say that I really enjoyed my stay here!

  11. Perfectly luscious cinnamon rolls! Baking with cinnamon is a pure pleasure isn’t it? I also love the smell from the oven.

  12. A cup of tea to go with the cinnamon rolls! My favourite! Great way to serve the buns!

  13. That is the most brilliant idea ever!

  14. Great idea to serve these in the paper cases. I’ve yet to find a cinnamon roll that I like, will definitely give these a go. Looks wonderful.

  15. Yum, I love cinnamon scrolls, and this is just a too-cute way to serve them!

  16. I love this idea, little cups of joy!! Thanks for sharing a great idea!!

  17. Great idea to bake them in paper cups, so pretty too! Will try it this way next time:D

  18. cinnamon roll cupcakes! how adorable! 🙂 i bet they were delicious too :). hope you are having a fabulous week!

  19. Hi Juliana, You have really tempted me to get out my muffin pan and try this recipe—you’ve made it look so neat, easy, and delicious. Great idea to put them in little cups–I bet they stay nice and moist. Thanks!

  20. That looks neat n totally loving the idea to bake the cinnamon rolls in cupcake liners! Will be a fun project to do with kids!

  21. What a great idea to bake them like cupcakes! These look positively delicious 🙂

  22. Creative of you to put the rolls in cups! and it must be soft and fluffy as what I read about the water-roux method )

  23. Yum! I’m craving cinnamon rolls after reading this post! I love that the rolls are in neat little cups.

  24. This water roux method was one I was planning to test having read about it in a French blog who got it from an American blog who got it from a Chinese blogger! Funny. I love your idea of making these in a small cupcake wrapper, they look so delicious too!

  25. such a creative idea for neat & individual cinnamon cakes in winters..gonna try this soon 🙂 Have a lovely week ahead!

  26. These are so neat and compact looking. The perfect size, too. Not those ginormous mall-ones that you know are going to clog your arteries half-way through eating one. Hah.

  27. Your cinnamon cup looks adorable and delicious, Juliana. Love that you added walnuts. A fun and creative way to serve cinnamon buns!

  28. These are just perfect…
    So adorable and being in cupcake wrapper not only makes them less messier but also portion control 🙂
    Love them.

  29. They look wonderful! And I must have cinnamon buns on the brain because I made some too !:)

  30. They look plump and delicious – just how they should be. Love that you use raisins in yours. I love them in mine too 🙂

  31. This is a brilliant idea! Cinnamon rolls are one of those things that can be hard to transport and this solves that problem. It makes it so easy to serve everyone their individual cup.

  32. These are gorgeous, Juliana, and such a great idea. As mentioned above, great for transport! They look to be cinnamon roll cupcakes and that’s so cool. I’m sure many would be surprised they’re actual cinnamon rolls in a cupcake wrapper! Definitely bookmarking this one!

  33. Cute and delicious!

  34. This is an absolutely fabulous idea for cinnamon rolls! I love it. I am totally going to try this.

  35. Such cute buns Juliana, I never saw a roux in baking before, how cool. I can see how it would work but would not have thought of it. Have a great week!

  36. I’ve never used the water/roux method. It’s new to me and I can’t wait to try it. These are perfect cinnamon buns, Juliana. What a super idea to make them in a cupcake liner! Easy to eat, easy to handle.

  37. can you overnight these so I can have one for breakfast tomorrow? 🙂

  38. Oh my gosh what a fantastic idea! I love portion control!!

    I hope you have a great day too!

  39. Nothing, nothing beats these savory cinnamon rolls! I can just imagine having a one or two (okay three) of these rolls with a tall mug of fresh brewed coffee. Oh, boy. Thank you for sharing, Juliana and I hope you are having a very nice week!

  40. Those are the cutest cinnamon buns ever! I remember years ago when my little boy was 3 years old and his brother was in school, we used to go grocery shopping, but before or after buying the groceries I would buy a coffee for me and a cinnamon bun for Jonathan. He loved them. Of course, I did sneak a taste. 🙂

  41. Fantastic rolls! Great idea to use that cups…

  42. Looks simply lovely and delicious! Great idea to bake them in cups, for easy serving!

  43. Those cinnamon rolls look fabulous! Great with coffee.

  44. My mother used to make cinnamon scrolls for me for breakfast many years ago. These look so delicious and so similar yet mine were not presented as cupcakes. Great idea!

  45. Incredibly tempting and so beautiful! What a lovely treat.



  46. What a wonderful idea to make these rolls in a cup! And they look gorgeous, Juliana.

  47. These cinnamon rolls look amazing!

  48. Great idea! I’ve never thought to make them in cups before. These look terrific!

  49. Oh my goodness these look amazing. I really love cinnamon rolls and these look like they would melt in your mouth!! Look forward to trying this recipe!!

  50. How yummy!!! My family goes nuts for cinnamon rolls and it’s time to treat them again! Thanks for the delicious inspiration~

  51. If I close my eyes, I can just smell these luscious cinnamon rolls. Theses look amazing!!

  52. Have a good weekend!

  53. what a beautiful way to “jazz up” the cinammon rolls.

  54. What a great idea, they look fantastic in the cups! Love cinnamon rolls, especially with pecans!

  55. This looks like the perfect substitute for some cupcakes! I love your presentation with the little cups! So cute!

  56. this is the first time ive seen cinnamon buns in a ‘cup’ – so cute! very creative juliana! i wish i could try a few right now 😛 i agree nothings smells as nice as a house filled with baked goods like this!

  57. OMG these are so tempting but being on a diet I have to keep away for a few more months!

  58. What a FANTASTIC idea!!! These cinnamon rolls look so pretty! I love the idea of serving them in a “cup”!!! Great job! Bookmarked!

  59. They look so cute in the muffin cups! I can almost smell them from the screen.

  60. Well aren’t those buns just absolutely adorable, Juliana! I think I can smell them form here, lol…

    I’m sending this link off to my daughter in Idaho. Unlike me, she does not have “yeastaphobia.” And now, I’m all discombobulated because I’ve never heard of this water roux method. Roux yes. Good thing my goal for this winter is to overcome my yeast baking fears. Bookmarked!!!

  61. I am practically drooling over these delicious looking pictures!!! :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  62. OMG what a great idea!! Your rolls/cakes look AMAZING!

    I tried to make cinnamon rolls and failed =(
    Well that’s what you get for not following the recipe….so no one else to blame but myself.
    Better luck next time =)

  63. Absolutely loved the idea of putting it in a cupcake! Perfect and so neat.

  64. Sounds like a great recipe. Love the individual servings.

  65. MMMMMM,…Juliana! Your easy to make cinnamon rolls tasted amazing! All of my friends loved them so much! 🙂

    A huge thanks to your stunning recipe!

  66. Very well done Juliana!

  67. Mmm, the rolls look so soft and luscious! It’s been ages since I made cinnamon buns and now you’ve got me craving them like mad. 😉

  68. How cute! I love how portable they are too – perfect to grab and go 🙂

  69. these are so much fun always enjoy your blog hugs

  70. i link cinammon with thanksgiving I may bake this in november !!pierre

  71. Oh wow, this is such a favorite treat of mine, you’ve done such a lovely job making them. Fresh out of the oven they must be absolutely divine!!
    *kisses* HH

  72. Thanks for the share!

  73. GOD they look lovely.. i wouldnt mind a bite!

  74. These still have me craving cinnamon rolls!

  75. I love this idea! And of course, I love cinnamon rolls but this is like having your very own little treat!

  76. I love the idea of making these rolls in cups! There is nothing like a warm cinnamon roll in the morning with coffee. I can’t wait to try this method too.

  77. I’ve heard so much about this water roux method, and i must say your rolls look amazingly soft! yum!

  78. Just came across your blog:) These rolls look outstanding!

  79. the rolls look awesome in the cupcake liner and so soft!!

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