Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake



Oh my goodness, you have no idea how happy I am right now! #1 because, well, this is an amazing cheesecake! #2 I thought I had lost this photo and wasn't going to be able to post this until I made it again. Even though my mouth loves the idea of me making this again (and again and again) my waistline has put me on a limit of 2 or 3 of these a year. The reason? I become like a mother lion protecting her cubs, growling at anyone that comes near it trying to keep it all for myself. I am not a big sweets eater but this is one that I adore!


A friend gave me this recipe a few years back and at first I thought there is no way in heck this non baking girl is going to try that! But the idea of it just sounded so good. I mean cinnamon rolls and cheesecake? Two of my favorites in one place? Oh man I have to give it a try, what is the worst that can happen? *Note to self* I should never ask that question as many things have gone majorly wrong in my kitchen. Luckily this was not one of them.

Normally when I make cakes, pies, cupcakes, etc. they don't go very fast because there is just never anyone here anymore to eat them. This however was a whole different story. It was gone in one day! The next week it was requested again!! I laughed as I explained that we would all end up gaining 50 pounds if I made it every week. They begrudgingly agreed with me.

The following month it was again requested but this time it was going to a party so my waistline didn't have to stress. I was informed that the party goers were just as happy as the family had been. I had explained to my friend that the cake needed to be refrigerated if it wasn't eaten within the first couple of hours due to the cream cheese. She laughed as she told me that it didn't even make it past the first half hour! 


Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake

Cinnamon Roll Batter:
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 egg, room temperature
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cheesecake Filling:
16-ounces (2 8-ounce packages) cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 eggs, room temperature

Cinnamon Filling:
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting:
2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
Milk (if needed to thin the frosting)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9" springform pan with non stick spray.

For the cinnamon roll batter, use a stand mixer with the padded attachment or you can use a hand mixer. Cream together butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg, vanilla, and milk. Beat for another minute, scrape the sides of the bowl. 

In a medium bowl sift flour, backing powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the batter a little at a time. Mix on low speed until combined well. Spray your hands with non stick spray and spread half of the batter in the bottom of the springform pan making a thin layer. Don't worry it will rise when it bakes.

For the cheesecake filling beat the cream cheese and sugar, in a stand mixer or by hand, on medium for 2 minutes on medium-high speed. Add the eggs, one at a time, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl with each egg. Add the vanilla and beat for another minute. Pour the batter on top of the batter already in the pan. 

For the cinnamon filling, combine the melted butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Drop spoon fulls of the filling on top of the cheesecake filling. Top with spoon fulls of the remaining cinnamon roll batter. Using a knife to swirl the top of the cake. It will be thick, but just swirl as much as you can.

Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until cake is puffy and lightly browned. remove cake from the oven and set it on a cooling rack. Allow cake to cool for at least 20 minutes. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 4 hours.

For the cream cheese frosting, combine the cream cheese and butter in your stand mixer or with a hand mixer, making sure your bowl is clean. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Add the lemon juice, vanilla, and powdered sugar, beat for another minute or so until the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Add milk if the frosting is too thick. Spread the cream cheese frosting on the top of the cooled cheesecake and serve. Make sure to refrigerate leftovers.

ENJOY!!!





24 comments:

  1. I love your friend for giving you this recipe and you too for sharing with us:)

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    1. Thanks Ellen :) me too!! This is so good!

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  2. Omg.......... what a lovely cake dear i love so much really and thank you for a recipe of cake,i can't wait for try to this............

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    1. Thank you so very much. I hope you do make it you will love it!!

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  3. Saw this on Foodie Friends Fridays and had to click through! This sounds amazing, I love cheesecake. I love cinnamon rolls. What a great combo! I wish you took a picture of how it looks like cut through in slices though. Great recipe nonetheless :)

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    1. I love the combo too! There are seriously two of my favorite sweet treats. I am sorry about the photo. This is from when I first started blogging so I didn't have the food "eye" back then. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  4. I also saw this on Foodie Friends Fridays. I love cinnamon rolls and cheesecake, too. This is going on my "to do baking list" when the weather cools off. I bet the house smells amazing while this is cooking, too. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Oh yes! The hardest thing about this is waiting for it to be done so you can dive in!!!

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  5. Saw this when you posted it on facebook and knew that I had to make it. I love cinnamon rolls and cheesecake and the thought of the two together makes me salivate... although my hips won't be happy with me! But I do have to wait until I have company as my husband doesn't like cinnamon... but then on the other thought... more for me :) and my hips :). Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday... My hips and I are grateful
    http://marlys-thisandthat.blogspot.com/

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    1. I know exactly what you mean Marly! LOL I hope you get a chance to make it soon!!

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  6. What a great twist with a cheesecake! It sounds really yummy! Thanks for sharing!

    Robyn at www.robynsviewathome.blogspot.com

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  7. So you found a recipe that no one can get enough of huh? To have it requested means this must be one heck of a cheesecake! It looks gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Tanya! Ever since I posted this they have been begging me to make it again!!

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  8. Just poping on over from the Jam Hands link party. Your recipe name had me in a heartbeat! Excited to try it out.

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    1. Wonderful to have you here! I think you will really enjoy the cheesecake :)

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe Sharing Monday! You are going to be featured in the round up tomorrow. Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you so much. I was out of town until last night for my birthday. That is so awesome to be featured and on my birthday no less!!!

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  10. I am so sorry to have to inform you, but I will be STEALING this recipe. LOL, of course my friend I'll be giving you full credit. I am going to gain 50 pounds.

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    1. This recipe should have a warning label I know LOL I can't wait for you to try it!!

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  11. Thanks so much for sharing! The taste is wonderful, but the middle stayed mushy... will give it another try in a different spring form pan,

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    1. What size pan did you use? I think mine was a 9". I am really sorry you had troubles.

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  12. Oh I wish I could also see the inside of this sweet thing.. :)

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    1. I know! It was when I first started blogging and didn't know to take more pictures LOL but it is sooooo good :)

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