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I usually make most of our desserts without using processed foods. It is better for us in the long run. I love to bake and create things so I will make home made cakes, home made frosting, even popsicles! I was thinking last week how much all the littles love cinnamon rolls and wondered if I could take those little packages and make a dessert out of it. I mean how hard could it be? Turns out it was super easy and even the little monster could help! I did my shopping at Aldi again this week so while I was there I picked up a couple tubes of cinnamon rolls. That made this dessert super easy and inexpensive.
Cinnamon Roll Cake
2 tubes of regular sized cinnamon rolls, not the super sized kind
A round cake pan, I used a 10 inch heavy duty one
An oven set to 400 degrees
That’s it! Really. Okay well after you open the cinnamon rolls you are going to unroll each one, one at a time, except for the first one. Place the first cinnamon roll in the center of the cake pan. Unroll the next cinnamon roll and place the end of the cinnamon roll to the end of the first whole one, pinching the ends a little bit and roll the dough around the first one. I know it sounds hard but I will show you how it looks all done.
So basically you are unrolling each cinnamon roll and continuing to wrap it around the circle. Towards the end it gets tight but go slow and it will all fit. Now before you wash the cinnamon off your hands press down on the “cake” some what firmly so that it spreads out to the edge of the pan. This also helps the dough to stick together a little bit.
Put the pan in the oven and bake for 19-20 minutes until the cake is golden brown. When it comes out of the oven spread the enclosed frosting packets on top immediately. Now for me that just was not enough frosting! So I took 1 tablespoon whipped cream cheese and 3 tablespoons of powdered of sugar and stirred those together until well combined and smooth. Then I added about 1/2 tablespoon of milk, just enough to thin out the frosting so I could pour it and stirred well with a fork until smooth and added that on top as well. Cut into wedges like a pie piece and serve. Next time I make this on Saturday for my step-littles graduation I will make a whole batch of frosting so that it more closely resembles a cake, besides in our family the frosting is always the best part of any cake!