Ah….the Honey Bun!  What vending machine in any office is complete without some version of a honey bun?  Well, Cupcake Project managed to create a cupcake honey bun….made with REAL honey!   They are a lot like  a coffee cake which means it is totally ok to eat one for breakfast.  With a cup of coffee.  Skip the vending machine with the old, stale, nasty stuff and instead make yourself a real breakfast treat.   It’s totally up to you if you want to share with your office mates, though.

Honey Bun Cupcakes

Bun Ingredients
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup super fine (caster) sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
Filling Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons honey
Glaze Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Instructions

Bun Instructions
    1. In a food processor, mix 1 cup of the flour, yeast, and frozen butter until the butter is fully integrated into the flour.
    2. Transfer the flour mixture to a mixing bowl.
    3. Add the rest of the flour, salt, and sugar and mix to combine.
    4. Mix the milk with melted butter. The temperature of the mixture should be warm, but not too hot that you can’t touch it.
    5. Add the milk and butter to the flour mixture and either knead using a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment for six minutes or knead by hand until you can form the dough into a smooth ball.
    6. The dough will be VERY soft. It is nothing like bread dough. Don’t worry, you haven’t done anything wrong and you should not add more flour.
    7. Place the dough in a covered, lightly oiled bowl and let it sit in a warm place until doubled in size. I turn my oven on to 170 F, wait for it to heat up, then turn the heat off and keep the bowl in there.
Filling Instructions
    1. Mix all ingredients until fully combined.
    2. When the bun dough is done rising, lightly flour a work surface, remove the dough from the bowl, and form it into a rectangle on the work surface. It will still be much wetter than you would expect it to be.
    3. Preheat oven to 400 F.
    4. Spread the filling over the rectangle and roll the dough into a log. It won’t be super easy to roll, but don’t stress. The only reason you are doing this is to evenly distribute the cinnamon filling inside your cupcakes.
    5. Cut the log into 24 pieces. I found that the easiest way to do this was to cut the log in half lengthwise and then cut each half into 12 pieces.
    6. Place each piece inside of a cupcake liner in a cupcake tin.
    7. Bake cupcakes for 13 minutes or until the tops begin to brown.
Glaze Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients and drizzle or spread over warm cupcakes.

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