In WITF's Kitchen with Chef Donna Desfor

Cinnamon Bun Bundt Cake

Written by Donna Marie Desfor, Culinary Consultant and Chef | Dec 18, 2013 12:01 PM

Photo by Matt Paul/witf


From December 18th's Smart Talk radio show, this is the super easy, super delicious recipe I shared on air.  Almost like a variation on the famous "monkey bread", this cinnamon bun bundt cake/roll is easy enough to make Christmas morning and enjoy all day long.

Recipe: Cinnamon Bun Bundt Cake/Rolls
Makes 1 large Bundt pan or 2 small Bundt pans (serves between 8 to 10)

2 small tubes refrigerator buttermilk biscuits OR 1 large tube (I use Pillsbury brand buttermilk biscuits (regular or Grands both work)
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup cold maple syrup (or pancake syrup)
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped pecans, optional (more or less to suit your taste)
1/4 cup chopped almonds, optional (more or less to suit your taste)

Lightly coat a large (or 2 small) bundt pan with non-stick baking spray.  Preheat oven to 375 F. 

In a small bowl, whisk the melted butter into the cold syrup.  The mixture will not be smooth, and this is exactly what you want. Spoon some of the mixture (no more than half) into the bottom of the prepared pan, just to fill the bottom fluted reservoirs .  Reserve the remaining syrup mixture.

In another bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts, if using. Sprinkle about half of the mixture on top of the syrup mixture in the pan.  Reserve the rest.

Separate the biscuits and dredge each biscuit through the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture, then layer each biscuit around the bottom of the pan, overlapping each biscuit by about half, around the pan. Spoon the remaining syrup and sugar mixtures over the biscuits.  Bake for approximately 30 minutes for a large pan and about 25 minutes for smaller pans, until dark golden brown.  Cool in the pan for about 1 or 2 minutes, and then carefully (the sugar syrup will be extremely hot in the bottom of the pan) invert onto a serving plate.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

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