Bubble Buns

I love bubble breads. I like that they pull apart into small pieces and I like the bubble top shape. I saw several recipes for bubble buns right before Easter and decided to try one of them out.

These dough pieces are dipped in cinnamon and topped with a vanilla glaze. It is similar to monkey bread except turned upside down.  If you like cinnamon rolls or monkey bread, you’ll love these.

I loved how these smelled. I used a recipe I found on All Day I Dream About Food. The recipe was pretty easy to follow. I did have to double the cinnamon coating though because I ran out when I followed the original recipe.

I am submitting this post to Yeastspotting.


Recipe: Cinnamon Bubble Buns

(Slightly adapted from All Day I Dream About Food)


  • Dough
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Coating:
  • 6 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Place water in bowl of stand mixer and sprinkle yeast over. Let stand until bubbly, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in butter, sour cream, sugar, egg and vanilla. Beat in 2 cups of flour, the salt and baking soda until incorporated. Add remaining flour and continue to mix until a smooth, soft dough forms.
  2. Knead dough until smooth, using the dough hook attachment, about 2-3 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. In a small bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar for coating. In another small bowl, melt butter in microwave. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan. Roll dough into a long cylinder and then divide into 12 equal portions. Divide each of the 12 portions into 6 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball.
  4. For each bun, coat six balls with melted butter and then roll them in cinnamon sugar. Arrange five balls in the bottom of a prepared muffin cup. Using your fingertip, make a small well in the center and press in the sixth ball. Repeat with remaining dough and muffin cups.
  5. Cover buns loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until puffy and have doubled in size, about 40 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F. Bake buns until golden, 20-22 minutes. Let cool in pan. Use a knife to help remove buns from pan.
  7. Place buns on a wire rack. Place a piece of parchment paper underneath wire rack. In a small bowl, mix glaze ingredients and stir until smooth. Drizzle each bun with glaze.


13 comments on “Bubble Buns”

  1. This looks so delicious and I love anything with cinnamon! =)

  2. Your pics are great. We’d love for you to post your pics/recipes at dishfolio.com!

  3. These look SO good! I love cinnamon rolls and monkey bread!

  4. Looks so decadent and satisfying! I’m hard-pressed to deny anything cinnamony sweet.

  5. Mini monkey breads. Awesome! My girls would love these…

  6. These look so good, I’m sitting here at work and I am getting hungry. I will definitely try this recipe, thanks for posting.

  7. Hi! I’m having a linky party called A Themed Baker’s Sunday where this weeks theme is bread! I would love for you to join! Hope to see you there!

  8. Hi Kirbie!
    Wow, these look fantastic! I can’t wait to tryvthem 🙂 I was wondering: how many g of yeast do we use for this recipe? Thanks! 🙂

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