Monday, February 25, 2013

Secret Recipe Club: Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

Secret Recipe Club

Another reveal day for Group D! This month, I was happy to find that my assignment was one of my newbies, Rebekah from Making Miracles. She has been blogging since 2006 about her life as a surrogate, mom, and recipe tester! I have always admired anyone who could carry a life for someone else. It's such a selfless act - incredibly respectable.

I went to Rebekah's blog with a mission. I have been slacking on making breakfast recipes and posting breakfast recipes for the last few months. I needed a breakfast recipe. When I saw Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls, I knew my search was over.
Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls - cake and cinnamon rolls together with a rich cream cheese frosting #recipe #breakfast

The thing I really like about these rolls is that it is ONE rise...instead of two. I love cinnamon rolls, but I hate making them because they take hours. These gorgeous, delicious babies do not. I absolutely adored the cream cheese frosting too! AND these are the first thing I got to photograph in my new light box!

What you need:
For the Rolls:
  • 1 cup milk, heated to 100*
  • 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast, at room temp
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup finely grated carrots
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour (plus some)
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 6 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
For the Filling:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  1. Proof yeast in warm milk for about 10 minutes.
  2. In your stand mixer, stir together flours, baking powder, sugar, spices, and salt.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together filling ingredients. Set aside.
  4. After yeast is frothy, add applesauce and carrots to it and stir.
  5. Add into dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  6. Knead for about 2 to 3 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  7. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough in a 12x9" rectangle. Sprinkle filling on top and roll up tightly. Cut into 8 even pieces.
  8. Place in a lightly greased 9-inch cake or pie pan. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise for about an hour.
  9. Brush tops with 1/2 Tbsp. melted butter and bake in a preheated 350* oven for 20 minutes or so.
  10. Meanwhile combine the frosting ingredients and beat until smooth.
  11. Allow baked rolls to cool slightly before frosting so your cream cheese frosting doesn't melt completely :)
Recipe from Making Miracles

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Anonymous said...

ummmm I'll take the whole pan, please ;) ;)

April said...

Oh my goodness, you had me at carrot cake. I bet these were so yummy, especially with that cream cheese frosting!

Thank you so much for being a member of the Secret Recipe Club, as well as a hostess and sharing your cooking talents with us Sarah.

Rebekah said...

I am so glad you all enjoyed them - thanks for the kind words about me and my blog! :) (My son and I were drooling over the pictures - these need to be on the menu again soon around here!!) :)

Unknown said...

Oh carrot cake is one of my ALL time favs. I can't wait to try these!

Avril said...

To die for d'lish! What a brilliant recipe! Brilliant!!!!

Rebekah said...

How ridiculously amazing! I'll have to double the recipe for my hungry crew.....can't wait to try these!

Cindy said...

What a delicious looking cinnamon roll. What a fun combo.
Thanks for keeping us going! You would think after about a year I would get it right.

amy (fearless homemaker) said...

Oh wow, these look AMAZING! I love cinnamon rolls + I love carrot cake, so these are pretty much heaven to me. =)

Becca said...

OMG yum! I don't ever make sweet breakfast recipes...I'm going to pin these and make them soon!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! I'd say these are probably pretty close to the best thing ever- I both both carrot cake and cinnamon buns so to merge them together is heavenly! Great SRC pick!

Melissa said...

Oh what a perfect excuse to eat carrot cake for breakfast!! Great pick this month! And thank you so much for adding my link to the blog hop! You are too kind! :)

The Lucky Wife said...

As much as my daughter likes carrots and both her and my son like breads, I'm thinking we ought to give these a try! Delicious!

Kirstin said...

Yummy! These seem like a fun twist on cinnamon rolls! I'm a fellow group D member

Susan @ My Wholefood Family Essentials said...

Wow carrot cake and cinnamon rolls together? I don't think it can get much better than that!

Jenn said...

Two of my favorite things combined into one! I will be trying this one for sure :) Great SRC pick!

Emily said...

What a perfect combination. I would pick this one too. You cannot go wrong with carrot cake and cinnamon rolls in one.

Kelsey said...

Oooh la la! These look amazing Sarah! What a great pick for SRC this month.

Katrina said...

What a yummy idea!

Cindy@NorthofWiarton said...

Thanks Sarah I can not wait to try these yummy looking rolls ! Happy you shared. Dropping over from GYB at This Gal Cooks.


Pink Patisserie said...

Oh my goodness! These look delicious. Two of my favorite desserts in one! Love the combination. Stopping in from the GYB at This Gal Cooks.

Carrie Robinson said...

I want this in my mouth... like right now! :)

Baking Addict said...

wow these look amazing! carrot cake and cinnamon roll together is a genius idea.Cream cheese frosting is a must :)

Anonymous said...

One of my best friend's loves carrot cake so I think I'll make these for her birthday instead of a typical cake. Gotta start a birthday off right!

Unknown said...

Oh Yes Please! These are making me drool!

Anonymous said...

What a fun twist on cinnamon rolls! These sound delicious!! Great SRC pick :)