Home » This Household’s “Secret” Cake Recipe Has Taken Over An Total Nook Of The Web, And After Attempting It Myself, I Completely Perceive Why

This Household’s “Secret” Cake Recipe Has Taken Over An Total Nook Of The Web, And After Attempting It Myself, I Completely Perceive Why

This Household’s “Secret” Cake Recipe Has Taken Over An Total Nook Of The Web, And After Attempting It Myself, I Completely Perceive Why

As a meals author, I’ve seen my justifiable share of meals tendencies change into genuinely divisive of their public reception. Not even a month in the past, “butter boards” had the web in an absolute conflict over whether or not they have been really cool or simply “gross and wasteful fashionable bullshit.” Come to think about it, I do not suppose I’ve ever seen a buzzy new recipe change into something however polarizing in the long term…till I got here throughout this viral dessert on Reddit that everybody — and I do imply everybody — could not get sufficient of.


Behold: Massive Mama’s “secret” cinnamon roll cake in all her cinnamon-y glazed glory, though it is…admittedly not so secret anymore.

The recipe was first posted to the Outdated Recipes subreddit by u/HumawormDoc a bit of over two months in the past, and it is a barely modified model of their grandmother’s — aka “Massive Mama’s” — go-to dessert. A cake that guarantees all the nice and cozy, gooey goodness of selfmade cinnamon rolls with out having to make cinnamon rolls from scratch?! It is precisely what the world wants proper now.

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After I first stumbled upon the recipe months in the past, I did not suppose a lot of it. Why? Properly, though I cook dinner and write about meals for a dwelling, I juuuuuust do not *love* baking. No judgment, please. It takes lots for me to bust out ye olde hand mixer, however after carefully following the barrage of affection and glowing opinions for this cake within the months that adopted, I assumed it’d lastly be time to rethink my stance. Like, we’re speaking lots of individuals vouching for this recipe, of us.

three redditor images of making the cinnamon roll cake with various praises in the comments

If principally breaking a complete subreddit is not a adequate signal that one thing is value attempting, IDK what’s.

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I reached into the furthest, darkest nook of my least-used cupboard, washed the inch-thick layer of mud off of my hand mixer, and determined that it was time to try Massive Mama’s cinnamon roll cake for myself — and I am so extremely glad that I did. Fact be advised, it was one of many best desserts I’ve ever baked in my very own kitchen, and it tasted prefer it required far more work than it really did.

author holding up hand mixer in his kitchen with overlay text of redditor gushing about the recipe
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Here is the way it all went down.

And earlier than we dive in: It is value noting that some redditors have requested the unique poster questions on some particular particulars and steps that have been ignored of the posted recipe, proven beneath. No shade to the OP, really! I am eternally of their debt for spilling their Massive Mama’s secrets and techniques within the first place. However consequently, I will do my greatest to flesh out the recipe a bit extra so nobody leaves with any confusion.

the OP's original recipe from reddit in one long paragraph

First, the components. Fortunately, there aren’t lots of ’em. There are three parts of this cake: the batter, the “filling,” and the icing. For the batter, you will want the next:

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, 4 large eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1 cup buttermilk, 1/2 cup crisco or other shortening, 2 cups self-rising flour

Buttermilk imparts a beautiful tang to the ultimate outcomes, but when you have no readily available or cannot discover it at your native grocery retailer, entire milk will work simply as properly — or a “mixture of each,” because the OP states of their recipe. (Additionally: Non-dairy milk would most likely work, too.)

Self-rising flour is actually simply all-purpose flour with baking powder and salt. If you cannot discover any, simply use 2 cups of all-purpose flour and whisk in 1 tablespoon of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

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For the cinnamon roll–impressed “filling,” you will simply want 1/2 cup of sunshine or darkish brown sugar and 4 teaspoons of floor cinnamon.

1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar and 4 teaspoons cinnamon

The OP added an additional teaspoon of cinnamon when in comparison with her Massive Mama’s recipe, which known as for under three, and I am really actually glad she did. The cinnamon degree right here? Chef’s kiss.

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And for that basic icing, you will solely want three extra components along with that vanilla extract:

2 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons butter, melted, 1/4 cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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STEP #1: Preheat your oven to 350ºF, then cream collectively the shortening and granulated sugar. Add each components to a big mixing bowl and use a hand mixer to mix them till gentle and fluffy — which can take about two minutes.

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In these two minutes, it will go from separated to chunky to grainy to completely clean and ethereal. Belief the method! You are doing nice, sweetie.

STEP #2: Beat in all 4 eggs, separately. I do know it is annoying, however I promise it is one of the best ways to verify every thing will get completely integrated. The combination will go from stiff and white…

egg in the middle of whipped sugar and shortening in a large glass bowl

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…to ethereal and pale yellow by the point you incorporate the fourth egg. Preserve the mixer going till the combination begins to look as frothy as mine did beneath.

make sure the mixture is airy and pale yellow before you continue, it's important

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STEP #3: Beat in your remaining moist components, aka 1 cup of buttermilk and a pair of teaspoons of vanilla extract. Incorporate simply till every thing is mixed — no have to go wild right here.

wet ingredients, vanilla bottle, buttermilk in a measuring cup

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STEP #4: Incorporate your self-rising flour (or your all-purpose flour with baking powder and salt) into the moist components. When you’re feeling additional, you may sift the flour in. I didn’t! And it got here out simply superb. Both manner, solely beat the components collectively for about 30 seconds — simply till they’re completely mixed, and no additional.

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Over-beating cake batter can generally yield powerful outcomes, so much less really is extra on this situation.

Cake batter = carried out.

spatula in the center of a bowl of cake batter

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STEP #5: Make your cinnamon roll “filling” by whisking collectively 1/2 cup of brown sugar and your 4 teaspoons of cinnamon.

the cinnamon-brown sugar filling should be the consistency of sand, but a few lumps are ok

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STEP #6: Assemble your layers. That is the enjoyable half! Begin with a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and ensure it is well-greased — I used shortening since I already had it out. For the reason that cake will probably be served straight from the baking dish, I do not suppose you could take the additional step of flouring it, too. Add in half of your cake batter and clean it throughout the underside of the dish with a spatula. Then, sprinkle the entire cinnamon and brown sugar combination evenly throughout the highest.

spread out half the cake batter, then sprinkle all over with cinnamon filling

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End the meeting by pouring the final of your cake batter over the brown sugar combination and clean it out to the sides of the baking dish.

cake batter laid out in baking dish, smoothed across the top

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And for probably the most surprisingly satisfying hit of serotonin: Use a chopstick or butter knife to swirl the cinnamon-brown sugar combination all through the cake batter.

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That is all! Time to bake.

swirled top of cake batter before baking

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STEP #7: Add the cake to the center rack of a 350ºF oven. Bake it for 25–half-hour, or till the cake has puffed all through, the sides are golden brown, or a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clear.

cake puffed and baking in the oven

FYI: Your total home will scent like cinnamon rolls for hours, which for my part simply makes baking this cake much more worthwhile.

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Or, when you’re as nervous a baker as I’m, you may all the time simply wait till an instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle of the cake registers at 200ºF. When you may’t belief your self, belief a kitchen robotic.

thermometer in center of the cake registering at 201 degrees

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STEP #8: Whereas the cake cools barely, put together your icing. Soften 3 tablespoons of butter and mix with 1/4 cup of heat milk — 30 seconds within the microwave ought to be loads. Add in your remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, then whisk the nice and cozy combination into 2 cups of powdered sugar till clean, shiny, and comprises no lumps.

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THE FINAL STEP: It is glazin’ time. First, use a chopstick or toothpick to poke holes everywhere in the high of the cake…

poking holes in the cake with a chopstick

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…then evenly pour that sugary glaze throughout.

pouring the icing all over the top of the cake

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Many of the glaze ought to soak in in about 10 minutes, however when you discover it pooling on the edges, which you most likely will, you may tilt the baking dish round to redistribute the glaze.

cake pooled with icing right after pouring

(Remember the oven mitts and burn your fingers like I did.)

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After your cake has cooled a bit of bit — it under no circumstances wants to chill down utterly, and TBH, it is higher heat — you may lastly dig in.

cutting into the finished cake with a knife

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The decision? Y’all…

author holding up the baked cake and looking down at it

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…this cake is well certainly one of my new favourite desserts. I am not simply saying that to be hyperbolic. I actually, really imply it. Massive Mama’s cinnamon roll cake, because the title and plenty of redditors have recommended, tastes *simply* like a selfmade cinnamon roll — with out all of the hours of labor.

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My obsession with this cake boils down to 3 particular factors. First, the flavour of the cake itself is every thing.

cutting into a slice of cake using a fork

Do not get me unsuitable: I LOVE a canned cinnamon roll. They principally outlined my childhood and I nonetheless crave them (and eat them) to at the present time. However this cake is ready to virtually precisely emulate the flavors of a selfmade cinnamon roll, and I discovered that every thing tasted lots brisker and extra distinct consequently. The cinnamon and brown sugar filling was, to place it mildly, pure magic.

And do not sleep on the buttermilk, both! Utilizing buttermilk as an alternative of entire milk added the slightest little bit of tang to the tip outcomes and it lifted up the whole taste profile.

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Second, the crumb was utter perfection.

cross-section of the cut cake

Because of the addition of shortening in lieu of butter, this cake stays completely moist within the oven. Principally, every bit tastes just like the delicate and doughy cinnamon roll from the center of the pan — cinnamon roll followers know what I am talkin’ about — and I’m right here for it. Generously drizzling that sugary glaze over high simply retains every thing even softer, which implies you may take pleasure in it days later with out it turning right into a dry, crumbly disaster.

The OP really talked about that the cake base was her Massive Mama’s blanket recipe for “all of her selfmade poke truffles,” so I for one am dying to change out the fillings and take a look at it with a special taste combo. (Possibly even some blueberry jam and lemon zest for a blueberry muffin–adjoining cake? I am occupied with it.)

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Lastly, it was simply so darn simple. Since I do not actually like baking (bear in mind?), this would possibly really be the very best a part of all.

pov; your'e me, grabbing your breakfast for the next week, with cinnamon roll cake piece on a plate

All in all, this cake took me about 45 minutes to make — and that is together with half-hour of ready round for the cake to complete baking. For one thing that solely took about quarter-hour of energetic time, I used to be sort of astonished. It tastes like one thing that took a lot longer to bake. IDK about you, however I will most likely bake this cake for each event that requires one. And, you already know, only for myself too.

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When you really feel impressed to make Massive Mama’s cinnamon roll cake, let me know what you consider it within the feedback beneath. Or in case you have any “secret” household recipes you would be keen to share with us, be at liberty to inform me about them! 👇