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

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

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

As a meals author, I’ve seen my fair proportion of meals tendencies develop into genuinely divisive of their public reception. Not even a month in the past, “butter boards” had the web in an absolute battle over whether or not they had been really cool or simply “gross and wasteful stylish bullshit.” Come to think about it, I do not assume I’ve ever seen a buzzy new recipe develop 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: Huge 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The recipe was first posted to the Outdated Recipes subreddit by u/HumawormDoc slightly over two months in the past, and it is a barely modified model of their grandmother’s — aka “Huge Mama’s” — go-to dessert. A cake that guarantees all the nice and cozy, gooey goodness of home made cinnamon rolls with out having to make cinnamon rolls from scratch?! It is precisely what the world wants proper now.

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Once I first stumbled upon the recipe months in the past, I did not assume a lot of it. Why? Nicely, though I prepare dinner and write about meals for a dwelling, I juuuuuust do not *love* baking. No judgment, please. It takes quite a bit for me to bust out ye olde hand mixer, however after carefully following the barrage of affection and glowing evaluations for this cake within the months that adopted, I believed it would lastly be time to rethink my stance. Like, we’re speaking quite a bit of individuals vouching for this recipe, people.

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

If principally breaking a whole subreddit is not a adequate signal that one thing is value making an attempt, 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 aim Huge Mama’s cinnamon roll cake for myself — and I am so extremely glad that I did. Reality be instructed, 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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This 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 had been unnoticed of the posted recipe, proven beneath. No shade to the OP, actually! I am without end of their debt for spilling their Huge Mama’s secrets and techniques within the first place. However in consequence, I am going to do my finest 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 substances. 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 may 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 stunning tang to the ultimate outcomes, but when you haven’t any 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 may 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 Huge Mama’s recipe, which referred to as for less than 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 may solely want three extra substances 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 substances to a big mixing bowl and use a hand mixer to mix them till gentle and fluffy — which is able to 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, one by one. I do know it is annoying, however I promise it is one of the simplest ways to verify the whole lot will get completely included. 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. Hold 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 substances, aka 1 cup of buttermilk and a pair of teaspoons of vanilla extract. Incorporate simply till the whole lot is mixed — no must 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 substances. When you’re feeling additional, you possibly can sift the flour in. I didn’t! And it got here out simply advantageous. Both means, solely beat the substances collectively for about 30 seconds — simply till they’re completely mixed, and no additional.

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

Cake batter = executed.

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 might be served straight from the baking dish, I do not assume you should 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 perimeters of the baking dish.

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

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And for essentially 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 perimeters are golden brown, or a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clear.

cake puffed and baking in the oven

FYI: Your whole 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, if you happen to’re as nervous a baker as I’m, you possibly can at all times simply wait till an instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle of the cake registers at 200ºF. When you possibly can’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 must be a lot. 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 accommodates no lumps.

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THE FINAL STEP: It is glazin’ time. First, use a chopstick or toothpick to poke holes all around 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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A lot of the glaze ought to soak in in about 10 minutes, however if you happen to discover it pooling on the edges, which you most likely will, you possibly can 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 slightly bit — it on no account wants to chill down utterly, and TBH, it is higher heat — you possibly can 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 definitely one in all my new favourite desserts. I am not simply saying that to be hyperbolic. I actually, actually imply it. Huge Mama’s cinnamon roll cake, because the title and lots of redditors have urged, tastes *simply* like a home made cinnamon roll — with out all of the hours of labor.

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My obsession with this cake boils down to a few particular factors. First, the flavour of the cake itself is the whole lot.

cutting into a slice of cake using a fork

Do not get me flawed: 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 home made cinnamon roll, and I discovered that the whole lot tasted quite a bit more energizing and extra distinct in consequence. 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 all the 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. Mainly, every bit tastes just like the comfortable 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 the whole lot even softer, which suggests you possibly can get pleasure from it days later with out it turning right into a dry, crumbly disaster.

The OP really talked about that the cake base was her Huge Mama’s blanket recipe for “all of her home made poke truffles,” so I for one am dying to change out the fillings and check out it with a unique taste combo. (Perhaps 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 most effective 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 lively 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 am going to most likely bake this cake for each event that requires one. And, , only for myself too.

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