World’s Best Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnabon Frosting Recipe: Secrets of a Worldwide Sensation

Cinnabon Frosting Recipe – Unveiling the Secret Copycat Recipe

In the realm of culinary indulgence, there are few guilty pleasures as universally cherished as Cinnabon cinnamon rolls. Their sweet aroma wafts through the air, drawing you in like a siren’s song, leading you to that irresistible swirl of cinnamon and sugar.

At the heart of this worldwide sensation lies a secret that has been captivating taste buds across the globe: Cinnabon’s Makara Cinnamon. Yes, you read that right, the kind of cinnamon that can make your eyes roll back in ecstasy. With over 6,600 locations in restaurants across 50 countries, Cinnabon is not just a bakery; it’s a global phenomenon, and today, we’re taking you on a journey to uncover the magic behind it all.

The Makara Cinnamon Mystery

many cinnamon sticks laying together

Nestled deep within the lush tropical forests of Indonesia, the cassia tree produces cinnamon so exquisite that it has become synonymous with Cinnabon. Known as Makara Cinnamon, this variety imparts a flavor so sweet and luscious that it can transform a mere pastry into a sublime experience. You can’t help but wonder if the ancient gods themselves bestowed this precious gift upon humanity.

As you stand in one of those long lines at a Cinnabon outlet, you’re not just there for a cinnamon roll; you’re there for a taste of the mystical Makara Cinnamon. This is one of the secrets that sets Cinnabon apart from the rest – the secret that has seduced palates the world over. The other is their cinnamon roll frosting.

Now, let’s dive deeper into another clandestine treasure: the Cinnabon Frosting.

Cinnamon Roll Icing

The Irresistible Copycat Cinnabon Frosting

cinnabon cinnamon roll in a cinnabon box

In the swirling whirlwind of holiday seasons, families huddle together, seeking solace and indulgence in the form of those beloved cinnamon rolls. We’re all too familiar with this global phenomenon; in yesteryears, our rituals involved the sacred pilgrimage to procure Cinnabons, each package containing those miniature vessels brimming with ethereal frosting. Yet, fate has an uncanny way of teasing our cravings, leaving us perpetually yearning for more.

Years rolled by, and as we endeavored to forge our own family traditions at World’s Best Cinnamon Rolls, we were confronted by a bleak revelation – there wasn’t always a local Cinnabon sanctuary to appease our desires. It was then that our culinary journey commenced, a quest to unearth the enigma of that legendary frosting. Our team of cinnamon roll experts at the World’s Best Cinnamon Rolls headquarters embarked on a voyage of experimentation, decoding the mysteries that shrouded Copycat Cinnabon Frosting.

The path to perfection, we soon discovered, demanded not only a deft touch but also a sense of moderation. These delectable morning morsels, after all, beckon to be savored without sending one into a sugar-induced stupor. And in the alchemy of flavor, a mere drop of lemon juice emerged as the elixir, a clandestine ingredient that would transcend the frosting from mere goodness to sheer divinity.

Today, our team clamors for its presence more frequently, but therein lies the paradox – its rarity is its essence, the thread that binds these moments into the fabric of a culinary legacy. For without this scarcity, how could we truly savor the essence of its splendor?

A Baking Recipe to Savor

Now, for those who seek to replicate this culinary magic at home, we present to you the recipe for Copycat Cinnabon Frosting:

Cinnabon Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 stick softened butter (4 oz) See our notes below about the use of salted or unsalted butter.
  • 1/2 pack softened cream cheese (4 oz)
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar. Don’t have a sifter? See our notes below.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Is it better to make frosting with salted or unsalted butter?
You can use salted or unsalted butter and opinions are divided on which is best for frosting. Many recipes for cinnamon roll icing suggest unsalted. However, a little salt brings out the flavor so many bakers often add salt. We prefer to use salted butter to make cinnamon roll frosting. The choice is yours. 
Sifted vs. Non-Sifted Powdered Sugar 
The purpose of sifting powdered sugar is to break up any clumps and make it super smooth and fluffy, like a cloud. So What Is The Weight Of A Cup Of Powdered Sugar? One cup of powdered sugar typically weighs around 4.25 ounces (120 grams). Meanwhile, a cup of sifted powdered sugar will come in at approximately 4 ounces (115 grams).

Cinnabon Frosting Instructions:

  1. Bring the butter and cream cheese to room temperature for softness.
  2. Cream them together using an electric mixer.
  3. Intermittently sift in 1 cup of powdered sugar while beating with the electric mixer. Beat for 8-10 minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy.
  4. Add the vanilla and lemon juice and beat until incorporated.

This recipe yields approximately 2 cups of Cinnabon copycat frosting. Store it in the refrigerator but bring it to room temperature before serving to truly savor the Cinnabon experience.

Cinnabon, with its Makara Cinnamon and tantalizing frosting, is a worldwide sensation that transcends borders. It’s a taste that unites us all, whether we’re enjoying it in the heart of Indonesia or at home, recreating the magic of Cinnabon Frosting. So, the next time you indulge in a Cinnabon cinnamon roll, remember the secrets behind its extraordinary flavor – secrets that have made Cinnabon a global culinary icon.

Floating Item
You might also like: