Cinnamon Bun Cupcakes + a GIVEAWAY!

UPDATE: The winner of the Progressive cupcake carrier is:

#132 – Jennifer B: “German chocolate cupcakes – my favorite.”

Congratulations, Jennifer!  Be sure to reply to the email you’ve been sent and your cupcake carrier will be shipped out to you directly from Progressive International!  Thank you to everyone who entered

:)

Cinnamon buns in cupcake form!  Honestly, does it get any better than that?!  It is a great way to enjoy cinnamon rolls or cinnamon buns (whatever you happen to call them) without all of the mess.  The cinnamon bun is a time-honored treat, well, anytime of the day or year. It’s so perfectly delicious in it’s simplicity that it is kind of hard to think of how it could be even better.

Cinnamon buns can be a time-consuming treat to make because you need to spend quite a bit of time rolling out, rolling up and cutting the dough to form perfect pinwheels of cinnamon-sugar goodness. They’re always worth it in the end, but there are times when you just don’t have the time or energy to put into making a whole batch from scratch.  Enter Cinnamon Bun Cupcakes…

eat for holidays: Christmas, especially.  BEST cupcakes and easy.

eat for holidays: Christmas, especially.  BEST cupcakes and easy.

eat for holidays: Christmas, especially.  BEST cupcakes and easy.

This photo shows the second addition of the filling before the swirling process.

Progressive International sent me this awesome collapsible cake/cupcake carrier that I am giving away to one of you today (worth $25.00!)!  I had my eye on it for so long and they were generous enough to send me one to try out. If you visit their website you can read all about this great company and find out where to buy their products.  You will find that their food preparation tools come in many fun colors with an aim to make the preparation stages of cooking and baking as easy and enjoyable as possible.  Some of Progressive’s most popular products include kitchen storage solutions, biscuit cutters, onion choppers, bowls and mandoline multi slicers.  You can buy anything you are looking for….from baking gadgets and cooking products to pantry solutions, spices, tools and accessories.

I never had an easy way to bring cupcakes anywhere before I had this carrier. Most cupcake holders hold just 12 cupcakes or crush the frosting (especially with gourmet cupcakes with loads of frosting and/or decorations on top). The other problem is that most holders take up so much room when you need to store them that it’s not worth having them in the first place. This baby holds 24 cupcakes and has enough headroom to prevent the usual frosting mishaps.  If you have ever tried transporting cupcakes anywhere you know it’s impossible to put them on a plate with plastic wrap without messing up the frosting.  It also has an ingenious collapsible design to allow it to take up less than half of it’s original height when collapsed, saving space in storage.

Progressive International Collapsible Cupcake Carrier

Progressive International Collapsible Cupcake Carrier

It also features finger recesses for easy removal of cupcakes which I thought was really cool. You can also remove the cupcake trays to accommodate layered-round cakes (even very tall ones!), square cakes, or pies. The collapsible lid features a carrying handle for easy transport and can be secured to the base with attached clips.  I have been carrying it by the base, though, instead of depending on the handle just because I get paranoid and don’t think it’s worth the risk to swing it around by the handle!  Another cool thing – the base features a patterned slicing guide which makes slicing cakes easier and more precise. It’s also dishwasher safe!  I would definitely recommend this carrier if you’re a frequent cupcake/round cake/pie baker or just a kitchen gadget nerd :)  It would make a great gift for the baker in your life…or for yourself!

INGREDIENTS:

*makes 12 cupcakes*

For the swirl:

1/4 cup  unsalted butter (melted)
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the cupcakes:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting:

8 oz cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS:

Filling:

In a small bowl, stir all of the ingredients together until combined. Set aside until ready for use.

Cupcakes:

(adapted from bakingdom.com)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a muffin pan with cupcake papers; set aside.

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Scrape the bowl, making sure there are no streaks of flour remaining (do not over mix or cupcakes will be tough).

Place 1 1/2 tablespoons of batter in each of the paper liners in the prepared muffin pan. Make a small well in the middle of each cup of batter with a toothpick or spoon.  Stir the filling to make sure the butter is combined, then spoon 1 teaspoon of the filling into each cup. Use a toothpick to swirl the filling and batter together.

Add another 1 1/2 tablespoons of batter to each cup and repeat the filling/swirling process.

Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Frosting:

Mix together the cream cheese and butter using the whisk attachment of a mixer. Slowly add the powdered sugar until desired consistency has been reached.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Thanks to Progressive International, one lucky Wishes and Dishes reader will win one of these collapsible cupcake/cake carriers!   Many thanks to them for providing the review and giveaway product. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian readers.

HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST

To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post and answer the following question:

What is your favorite type of cupcake?”

You can receive up to FIVE additional entries to win by doing the following:

1. Subscribe to Wishes and Dishes by email.. Come back and let me know you’ve subscribed in an additional comment on this post.

2. Become a fan of Wishes and Dishes on Facebook. Come back and let me know you became a fan in an additional comment on this post.

3. Follow Wishes and Dishes on Pinterest. Come back and let me know you became a fan in an additional comment on this post.

4. Follow @wishesndishes on Twitter. Come back and let me know you’ve followed in an additional comment on this post.

5.  Become a fan of Progressive International on Facebook.  Come back and let me know you became a fan in an additional comment on this post.

Deadline: Sunday, December 15 2013 at 11:59pm EST.

Winner: The winner will be chosen at random using Random.org and announced at the top of this post.  I will email the winner and if he/she does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.

Disclaimer: Progressive gave me this cupcake carrier for review purposes and is also mailing one out to the winner of the giveaway.  My opinions remain entirely my own.

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Author:Ashley

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148 Responses to “Cinnamon Bun Cupcakes + a GIVEAWAY!”

  1. Laurie Fuentes
    December 9, 2013 at 1:10 AM #

    Chocolate with vanilla frosting

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    December 9, 2013 at 1:11 AM #

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  5. Susie
    December 9, 2013 at 1:24 AM #

    My favorite type of cupcake is vanilla with Nutella frosting. :)

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  11. December 9, 2013 at 4:33 AM #

    I love cinnamon roll flavored everything – and these cupcakes look delish! My favorite type of cupcake is chocolate :)

  12. Theresa
    December 9, 2013 at 5:01 AM #

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  13. Theresa
    December 9, 2013 at 5:01 AM #

    Favorite cupcake is chocolate with chocolate icing

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  18. Nancy A.
    December 9, 2013 at 5:37 AM #

    I love cupcakes, portion control! My favorite is chocolate with fudge frosting! Need this carrier!!

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  22. Maureen Rouse
    December 9, 2013 at 7:57 AM #

    I love a triple chocolate cupcake with cream cheese frosting!

  23. Maureen Rouse
    December 9, 2013 at 7:59 AM #

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  24. Debbie
    December 9, 2013 at 9:01 AM #

    My favorite cupcake is chocolate with buttercreme frosting.

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  28. Marie joe
    December 9, 2013 at 9:06 AM #

    Chocolate with cream cheese icing

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  30. December 9, 2013 at 9:51 AM #

    We were thinking of the same thing this week, your cinnamon bun cupcakes and my cinnamon rolls aka chelsea buns :-) Dont you just love the way your kitchen smells these days!!
    ps. Love the cupcake carrier by the way wish I could enter too :-( Xx

  31. December 9, 2013 at 10:24 AM #

    I love a good chocolate cupcake with chocolate or mint frosting.

  32. December 9, 2013 at 10:25 AM #

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  33. December 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM #

    Awesome giveaway! I NEED this ;). My favorite cupcakes are easily carrot cake cupcakes!

  34. December 9, 2013 at 10:39 AM #

    Nifty! I hardly ever bake cupcakes, but I can think of a few friends who would use something like that all the time. :)

  35. Heather B
    December 9, 2013 at 11:36 AM #

    My favorite kind of cupcake… S’mores with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting.

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  41. Jennifer C.
    December 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM #

    fleur de sel is my favorite type of cupcake

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  43. Kelly D
    December 9, 2013 at 12:07 PM #

    I like vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting.

  44. Erica E
    December 9, 2013 at 12:26 PM #

    I love simple vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting.

  45. December 9, 2013 at 12:53 PM #

    My favorite type of cupcake is chocolate sprinkled – I love that combo! And lovely giveaway, I have one of these carriers on my wish list!

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  48. Courtney
    December 9, 2013 at 1:59 PM #

    My favorite is red velvet with cream cheese frosting!!

  49. Bethany Mammarello
    December 9, 2013 at 2:01 PM #

    Chocolate cupcakes with just about any kind of frosting!

  50. Emily
    December 9, 2013 at 2:01 PM #

    I’ll take it!!! :-) I love lemon cupcakes

  51. Lindsay
    December 9, 2013 at 2:34 PM #

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  58. Christina Vitelli
    December 9, 2013 at 3:15 PM #

    I like pretty much any cupcake except chocolate!

  59. Allie Piejko
    December 9, 2013 at 3:19 PM #

    Chocolate peanut butter. Mmmm.

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  63. Robin Chesser
    December 9, 2013 at 3:56 PM #

    My fave cupcakes are Cannoli Cupcakes, they are so good!

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  68. December 9, 2013 at 4:01 PM #

    These look like some of the tastiest cupcakes I’ve ever seen! ;)

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  71. krithika
    December 9, 2013 at 4:11 PM #

    I wants it ….give it to meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee… :P :)

  72. krithika
    December 9, 2013 at 4:13 PM #

    chocolate cupcake?

  73. krithika
    December 9, 2013 at 4:13 PM #

    chocolate cupcake

  74. Erica E
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  75. Jill
    December 9, 2013 at 4:19 PM #

    Chocolate chocolate!

  76. December 9, 2013 at 4:41 PM #

    can i have cupcakes with it plus when you were little we baked cookies at the church remember how messy you all got STILL WAS NOT MY FAULT THAT THE FLOUR WENT OVER ALL OF YOU

  77. Kristy Prine
    December 9, 2013 at 5:03 PM #

    I love cannoli cupcakes!!!

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  83. December 9, 2013 at 6:40 PM #

    Cool cupcake holder! I like how it collapse for easy storage. Although I don’t know if I be needing it for these Cinnamon Bun Cupcakes. They look delicious! I doubt they would last long enough to make it into that container :D

  84. December 9, 2013 at 7:39 PM #

    My favorite cupcake is homemade yellow cake with homemade chocolate icing

  85. Janet
    December 9, 2013 at 8:30 PM #

    Loooove it!!!!

  86. rayraycartucci
    December 9, 2013 at 9:46 PM #

    I love Spice cake cupcakes. YUM!

  87. December 9, 2013 at 9:55 PM #

    My favorite type of cupcakes are red velvet cupcakes!

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    I’m subscribed to Wishes n dishes by email.

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  92. December 9, 2013 at 10:20 PM #

    These cupcakes look delicious, I want one as I read this! My all time favorite cupcake I think has to be Red Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing.

  93. December 9, 2013 at 10:20 PM #

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    Already follow on pinterest, facebook and subscribe to email :)

  98. Michelle F
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    Became a fan of progressive international on facebook

  99. Michelle F
    December 9, 2013 at 10:36 PM #

    My favorite cupcake is Key Lime cupcakes!

  100. December 9, 2013 at 10:59 PM #

    What?! Cinnamon bun cupcakes? How super yummy!

    My favorite cupcakes are red velvet cupcakes.

  101. Sarah
    December 10, 2013 at 12:51 AM #

    I think my favorite cupcakes would have to be some I made a few years back….rich dark chocolate cupcake with a kahlua frosting. Oh so good!

  102. Sarah
    December 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM #

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    I am a fan on fb

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  105. Tammi
    December 10, 2013 at 12:59 AM #

    white chocolate raspberry

  106. Linda Cates
    December 10, 2013 at 6:09 AM #

    my favorite is lemon cupcake with lemon cream cheese frosting

  107. December 10, 2013 at 1:16 PM #

    I like yellow cake cupcakes with chocolate icing. Also sometimes like to make these into “Boston Creme Cupcakes” by filling with vanilla pudding.

  108. December 10, 2013 at 1:18 PM #

    just subscribed to wishes n dishes to my email address.

  109. Patricia Acord
    December 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM #

    My Favorite Cupcake is Red Velvet with cream cheese frosting

  110. Jeanne
    December 10, 2013 at 2:39 PM #

    Red velvet with cream cheese frosting.

  111. December 10, 2013 at 2:58 PM #

    Red velvet!

  112. December 10, 2013 at 2:58 PM #

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  114. Vicki
    December 10, 2013 at 3:45 PM #

    These look really good! Even though I haven’t commented on anything yet, I definitely read your blog and really enjoy it. You have some great ideas and it’s really awesome of you to share them with all of us!

  115. Vicki
    December 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM #

    I forgot my cupcake type! It’s red velvet :-)

  116. Lisa
    December 10, 2013 at 4:54 PM #

    Vanilla with vanilla frosting, but its more about how its decorated than the flavor.

  117. Lisa
    December 10, 2013 at 4:55 PM #

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    December 10, 2013 at 4:56 PM #

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  119. Cat
    December 10, 2013 at 7:44 PM #

    Death by chocolate cupcake

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  125. December 11, 2013 at 9:07 PM #

    Pink champange cupcakes are my favorite.

  126. Brianna Mace
    December 12, 2013 at 2:36 AM #

    Chocolate with cream cheese frosting.

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    December 12, 2013 at 2:37 AM #

    I subscribe to your email

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    December 12, 2013 at 2:37 AM #

    I’m a fan on facebook.

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  131. Brianna Mace
    December 12, 2013 at 2:39 AM #

    I’m also a fan of progressive international on facebook.

  132. JenniferB
    December 12, 2013 at 5:45 AM #

    german chocolate cupcakes-my favorite

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    December 12, 2013 at 5:46 AM #

    following wishes and dishes on Facebook

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    December 12, 2013 at 5:46 AM #

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  135. Cindy Leonard
    December 14, 2013 at 1:49 PM #

    Red velvet with cream cheese frosting! :)

  136. Cindy Leonard
    December 14, 2013 at 1:53 PM #

    I subscribed to Wishes and Dishes by email! :)

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    December 14, 2013 at 1:55 PM #

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  140. Susan Christy
    December 14, 2013 at 6:57 PM #

    I like carrot cake cupcakes

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    December 14, 2013 at 6:57 PM #

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  142. December 15, 2013 at 6:37 AM #

    This cupcake combines my two favorite thing and it’s just perfect!

    Also my favorite cupcakes are spice cupcakes with a sugary sweet cream cheese frosting.

  143. Ellen Sedberry
    December 18, 2013 at 1:40 PM #

    Red Velvet Cupcakes! Yum! Love this collapsible cake/cupcake carrier!

  144. December 20, 2013 at 7:05 AM #

    Wow, these sound incredible! I love cinnamon buns and love that you made them into cupcake form – the swirl is so pretty :) Pinning, thanks for sharing Ashley:)

    • December 20, 2013 at 12:43 PM #

      Thanks for the pin! I love cinnamon buns, too :)

  145. Carolyn
    January 16, 2014 at 3:07 PM #

    Strawberry

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