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Robicelli's Cinnamon Bun Cupcakes

by • October 16, 2013 38 Comments

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All this week, our friends Allison and Matt from Robicelli's will be sharing recipes from their cookbook Robicell's: A Love Story, with Cupcakes, hosting a Twitter chat today, answering our questions, and giving away a book every day.  

Today: Thanks to the Robicell's, cupcakes are now officially acceptable for breakfast consumption.

Robicelli's Cinnamon Bun on Food52

What’s more comforting on a cold, rainy day than a warm, gooey cinnamon bun? Maybe curling up in a soft robe with a nice hot cup of tea, watching bad movies on Lifetime starring Valerie Bertinelli as some sort of woman “scorned.” Or lying on the couch while an entire litter of kittens sleeps peacefully on your chest. Or sitting in front of a fireplace doing crossword puzzles while listening to Sade’s smooth-as-satin voice.

Okay, maybe there are a lot of things more comforting than cinnamon buns, but you know what? You can’t eat kittens or Sade, so there. The key part to any worthwhile cinnamon bun, in our opinion, is the sticky “goo” that oozes out. So rather than make just a simple cinnamon cake, we dot ours with a cinnamon sugar mixture that sinks to the bottom during baking and oozes out when you unwrap it. There’s no shame in using a knife and fork to eat this one.

Cinnamon Bun Cupcakes

Cinnamon Goo

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Vanilla Cake

4 large eggs
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
Cinnamon Goo (see above)

Cinnamon Streusel

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Cinnamon Butterscotch

1/2 recipe butterscotch
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Cream Cheese Buttercream

One recipe French Buttercream or American Frosting
One 8-ounce package cream cheese
1/4 teaspoon guar gum (optional) 

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by Eric Isaac

Want to win a copy of Robicellis: A Love Story, With Cupcakes? Tell us in the comments: What's your dream breakfast cupcake? We'll choose one random winner each day, and announce them this Friday! (Unfortunately, we can only ship books within the US.)

Tags: baking, robicellis, cupcakes, cinnamon, cinnamon bun

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Comments (38)


over 1 year ago Kaitlin Carroll

Pancake bacon cupcake with syrup icing.


almost 2 years ago SweetLisa

Hmm..I think a buttery sweet cupcake with a bit of cornmeal in the batter and Vermont cheddar with candided bacon and chopped smoky ham!


almost 2 years ago jo

Apple Chunk Cheddar with a streusel top!


almost 2 years ago Mary Thompson

Vanilla cupcake with vanilla icing


almost 2 years ago becky

Blueberry banana oatmeal cupcake


almost 2 years ago Betty

a french toast cupcake with maple syrup


almost 2 years ago Molly

So many good choices! But I think a blueberry pancake cupcake, with either cream cheese or even a more-on-the-savory-side buttercream frosting would be divine.


almost 2 years ago monacake

rhubarb and raspberry cake with lemon cream cheese frosting...please.


almost 2 years ago afielder

I would love a corn, bacon, and maple cupcake


almost 2 years ago ZombieCupcake

Banana, Chocolate oat cupcake with peanut butter frosting.


almost 2 years ago Kelsey

Inspired by my favortie pancakes (from the Griddle in L.A.) kahula batter with irish bream whipped frosting


almost 2 years ago Shikha Kaiwar

Cinnamon goo. Yes.


almost 2 years ago missfats

A cupcake inspired by my favorite gourmet donut: butterscotch bacon (from Nightwood in Chicago)


almost 2 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

sexyLAMBCHOPx is a trusted home cook.

Red velvet cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting


almost 2 years ago ATG117

For breakfast, I'd have to go with zucchini or carrot.


almost 2 years ago 3liz4

Chocolate with raspberry curd in the cupcakes with raspberry frosting & chocolate shavings!


almost 2 years ago Boulder Butter

im pretty sure i just met it...


almost 2 years ago Fpd1968

Raspberry jam/Pastry cream inside a vanilla-almond cake topped with banana buttercream and fresh raspberries


almost 2 years ago Julie Bakes

I second what KP said! Maybe with a little bacon (candied or plain) on top :)


almost 2 years ago Kp

French toast with maple syurp whipped cream frosting ?.


almost 2 years ago AllisonRobicelli

In the cookbook.