Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Roll 4

There’s nothing quite like eating a freshly baked and frosted cinnamon roll. Warm, soft and cinnamon-y, with cold, melting whipped cream cheese frosting… I want one right now! Breakfast, lunch, middle of the night, there is no time of day that a fresh cinnamon roll is not welcome!

Although there are many variations on the cinnamon roll out there, this one is the easiest and most rewarding that I have tried so far. The main dough comes together in under 20 minutes, and although there is the necessary first rise, and later a second one, the dough handles fairly easily and puffs up beautifully. You can make these in about 5 hours, or, leave them to rise overnight and have them for breakfast tomorrow!
Bonus: The house smelt amazing while these were baking!

You’ve probably noticed that there are two different frostings on these rolls. I made both a whipped cream cheese frosting AND a maple coffee frosting to go on these babies. Both these frostings are so, so good, and on top of the rolls, I was in serious food heaven. Continue reading

Aaron’s Birthday

We recently celebrated Aaron’s birthday and as he’s a good friend of ours, I had the honour of making his birthday cake.

He didn’t have any idea what sort of cake he wanted, but was quite quick to say that he didn’t want chocolate. I asked him what his favourite fruits were, and he came up with peach, orange and pear. In that order. I was stumped at first… peaches aren’t in season, and using canned ones in birthday cake just doesn’t sit right with me somehow. Oranges are pretty hard to get right in-terms of flavour for curds, at least, I haven’t been able to conquer them yet… and pears… well, lets just say that I have one really good recipe for pear cake, but it’s not really the sort of cake you think of when you say ‘birthday cake’.

So after a few days worth of searching the web furiously for ideas, I came across a combination that I’d been wanting to try for a while now – White cake with orange cream filling and a good vanilla bean buttercream frosting. Unfortunately, when I tried to make the cake, a few things went wrong and I got pretty frazzled. Continue reading