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Monday, October 28, 2013

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake

I don't know who invented the cheesecake but gosh all mighty I would just LOVE to give that person a big hug of gratitude for such a creation.  What a truly brilliant and delicious concept of a dessert! So versatile.  So elegant. Completely the best.  And always at the top of my list for dessert, a treat or even for breakfast for that fact.
Each month, receiving my assignment from the Secret Recipe Club is like opening a gift.   I have no idea what will be inside the link (a present in my eyes) that has been provided to me. And then with a quick click of my computer suddenly "the gift" of my assignment is revealed.  EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I discover the blog I am to treasure for the next month I feel honored and excited.  I not only get introduced to amazing people who also share their love and passion for food but I also get free rein to pick ANY recipe of my liking from their collection of recipes.  And yes, most often it is a dessert of some kind as I tend to always steer towards such a option.  This past month I stayed true to my usual path and choose a recipe for a cheesecake from the beautiful Bobbi of Bobbi's Kozi Kitchen.  A Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake.  A gift of a gift! 
I loved having the opportunity to explore Bobbi's blog.  She shares her incredible journey of weight loss and teaching herself how to make delicious, healthy and quality food straight from her own kitchen.  She is a hero in my eyes! She has a great out look in life and her taste in food is completely divine.  I drooled over her Pumpkin Applesauce and salivated over her Grilled Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Cream and I even whipped drool off my lips for her Blackberry Custard Pie but yet my love for cheesecake won over all the above recipes when I discovered the recipe for Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake.  I had never seen such a recipe for a cheesecake! I had to make it. 
What a gem of a cheesecake recipe! DELICIOUS!!! Yes, there are quite a few steps to make this cheesecake come alive but nothing that you can't handle.  I enjoyed every moment of this recipe.  I took my time, read the recipe to the "T" and finished with a unique and scrumptious dessert.  My family loved it and complimented me over and over again.  At one point I heard Jeff say, "wait is this a cheesecake or is it a cinnamon roll?"  That's right Honey Pie, it's BOTH!!! Oh, and the cream cheese frosting was also a huge hit!  Yummy raves from everyone!
Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake
      (recipe from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen)
Ingredients for -
Cinnamon Roll Batter
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temp
1 egg, at room temp
1/2 cup milk
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Ingredients for -
Cheesecake filling
16 oz. (2 8oz. packages) cream cheese, at room temp
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp flour
3 eggs, at room temp
Ingredients for -
Cinnamon Filling
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp ground cinnamon
Ingredients for -
Cream Cheese Topping
2 oz. cream cheese, at room temp
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temp
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 cup powdered sugar
milk (if needed to thin out the topping)
1. Preheat oven to 350.  Spray 9" spring form pan with non-stick spray.  Line bottom with parchment paper if you wish (as I did).
2. Make Cinnamon Roll Batter - cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add in egg, vanilla extract and milk.  Beat well all together. In a medium size bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt.  Gradually add flour mixture into the wet ingredients until combined.  Batter will be thick.
3. Carefully spread 1/2 of the Cinnamon Roll Batter into the bottom of the prepared spring form pan.  I used an off set knife for this process as it takes a little patience to spread the thick batter.  Set pan aside.
4. Make Cheesecake Filling - Beat together cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add in eggs, one at a time. Add in vanilla extract and flour - beat all together for a good minute.  Pour filling into pan.
5. Make Cinnamon Filling - Mix together melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Drop filling by the spoonful evenly over filling.
6. Drop remaining 1/2 of Cinnamon Roll Batter  by the spoonful over the Cinnamon Filling and then swirl together with a serrated knife. It will feel thick to swirl but just do your best, it will be fine! :-)
7. Bake cheesecake for 50-55 minutes.  Cake will be puffy and lightly browned when done.  Cool cake completely before refrigerating for at least 4 hours - over night is best. 
8. Make Cream Cheese Topping - beat together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.  Add in lemon juice, vanilla extract and powdered sugar.  Beat all together for at least 1-2 minutes. If topping is too thick add in 1 Tbsp of milk at a time until you reach your desired consistency. Spread over cooled cake and serve.  Refrigerate any left over cheesecake.

Happy Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Baking!


  1. OMG you made such an amazing recipe! I completely agree about cheesecake, such a wonderful creation. I'm pinning this one!

  2. Wow this looks incredible!! Cheesecake is my absolute favourite dessert but I've never seen one like this. I'm pinning it too!

  3. Seriously? Seriously! This is crazy - I must find an excuse to make this soon! Wonderful pick for SRC

  4. Oh you have no idea how happy I am that you made my cheesecake and am so glad you and your family enjoyed it!! I haven't made it in a while and now I am feeling moved to get my rear in the kitchen to make it. Thank you so much for your kind words as well. Foodie <3 to you!!

  5. Oh wow, this looks glorious! Adding to my list right away.

  6. Absolutely amazing! Great pick this month!!! :)

  7. Great choice! It looks amazing!!!

  8. What a great SRC pick! I love cheesecake and I can't wait to try this! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  9. I don't believe I've ever heard of cinnamon roll cheesecake before. What a nice twist on a cheesecake AND a cinnamon roll. Nicely done!!!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

  10. I love cheesecake...this looks like a real treat! Great SRC pick!

  11. Simply amazing! this is worth of a very special party... or brunch or mid-afternoon treat!

    Great choice, very involved recipe, you did a wonderful job!

  12. Oh my GOSH what a beautiful dessert - fantastic SRC pick this month!!

  13. Cinnamon... Roll... Cheesecake? I don't even know if I dare "say it" all at once! WOW! That sounds heavenly! Looks amazing as well! Can't wait to see our "Cake of the Month" on your blog... I am sure you did a great job! (The Cake Slice Bakers)




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