Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Cinnamon rolls just taste so much better in the fall. And then they get transformed into a delicious cupcake and they’re a perfect fall dessert!
This Saturday night I will be cooking at the Deseret News Home Show in Salt Lake City. I will be making three dishes in front of an audience and serving samples of each dish. I decided to try something completely new for the dessert and really wanted it to be a cupcake. We always have cinnamon rolls with the other two dishes I’m making, so I thought it would be fun to create a cinnamon roll cupcake. It was fun to put together and I’m excited to share some serious samples with everyone! (If you’re in the Salt Lake area on Saturday at 8pm, stop by the home show and come see me!)
These cupcakes are super easy to make. It’s fun adding the different layers in each cupcake liner, and even more fun when they’re baked and you get to eat them! I used a canned frosting and a boxed cake mix to cut down on the work. You can use your favorite cream cheese frosting and yellow cake mix recipe if you’d prefer to make everything from scratch.
Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes
  • 1 yellow cake mix plus ingredients to prepare it
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 cans cream cheese frosting
  • cinnamon chips
  • 24 cupcake liners
  1. Prepare cake mix as directed on the box.
  2. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl; set aside.
  3. Place cupcake liners in tins. Add cake batter to each cupcake liner with a spoon, just enough batter to cover the bottom. Sprinkle 1 tsp. sugar mixture over the batter. Then fill liners 2/3 full with batter and add another teaspoon of sugar mixture to the top. Swirl together with a toothpick.
  4. Bake according to directions on the cake mix box.
  5. When cool, frost with a 1M star frosting tip and sprinkle with cinnamon chips. OR frost with a knife when warm.
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  1. says

    Ooooooo…. I love this idea! And I love any yummy cupcake recipe that starts out with a cake mix. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thank you for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week!

  2. says

    Wow, it’s pretty amazing that you were selected to cook three meals at the home show! I hope it was fantastic! These cupcakes are amazing. I love the creativity that you put into them. Pinning and sharing on social media. Thank you for sharing at Marvelous Mondays! Julie@ This Gal Cooks

  3. says

    This is such fun twist of classic fall dessert. I’ve featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.

  4. Lucy says

    Made these for a wedding luncheon and everyone loved them! They were gobbled up quickly. I’m excited to make them again! Easy and definitely worth a shot if you’ve never tried them.

    • Alli says

      Thanks so much, Lucy! I’m so glad everyone liked them. And I appreciate you letting me know! This just made my day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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