Loud and proud….

I must admit that after goats, my favorite people to feed are the moaners and the Oh My God-ers (I’m talking about food here people…although…). Oh and if you can find a goat that moans…WOW, you are in ultimate luck.

Call it my need for positive reinforcement , but I absolutely love when someone bites into my food and either moans, or yums, or says OMG. Just like in other areas of your life (ummm), when someone is moaning or saying Oh My God you know good things are happening and you are doing things right. I like to do things right. I call it my need to be an A student.

A couple weeks back I gave a referee I was working with a brownie. I didn’t get to see him eat it as I had to leave but the next few times I saw him he commented on how much he liked it. This is also acceptable. :) I happened to have some peanut butter bars with me that night and gave him one. The other ref looked sad that he didn’t get any so I gave him some too. The one ref just stuck it is his mouth and that was that. Not even a thank you. The other ref however made the foodgasm noise (if you cook for people you know the noise I am talking about). I immediately let him know that if he would just email me before he works (since I never know what ref I’m going to get) that if I had treats at home, I would bring him some the night that he worked with me.

The other ref piped up with something about what about him. I told him that he could do that as well, but that I preferred feeding C because he seemed to really enjoy my food. Now, I know that not everyone is vocal. But let me tell you something, if you want to get treats from foodies, be nice and throw them a moan or two if you really like what they make. Now don’t go faking (never girls), make sure it’s a genuine food moan. ;) Be heard people…be loud and proud.

From time to time I ask random people, usually while I am sitting around getting my allergy shots, what they would like to see on a baking blog/in a cookbook. One woman told me that she loved cinnamon rolls and loved cheesecake and if I could somehow combine the two that she would erect a shrine in my honour.
Well, bust out the Swedish Fish (I want my shrine made of Swedish Fish) because here you go. Many, many years back a reader sent me the recipe I adapted this from. It wasn’t hers. She doesn’t even know where she got it from, so I don’t really know who to give credit to.

It really is half cinnamon roll and half cheesecake. The bottom puffs up and is bread-like. The cheesecake, is well, cheesecake. I suggest that you use a strong cinnamon (I used Red Ape) to really get the cinnamon filling flavor to shine through. And of course, it’s topped with Cream Cheese Frosting. Ummm, can you say foodgasm. MMMMMMMMMMMMM.

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake


  • Cinnamon Roll Batter:
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Cheesecake filling:
  • 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP flour
  • 3 eggs
  • Cinnamon Filling:
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 TBSP cinnamon
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • milk (if needed to thin frosting)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9-inch Springform pan.
  3. Cinnamon Roll Batter:
  4. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment (or hand mixer) cream together the butter and sugar for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  5. Add egg, milk, and vanilla. Beat for another minute. Scrape down bowl.
  6. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Combine the sifted and creamed ingredients together. Mix on low speed until throughly combined.
  7. Spread half of the batter onto the bottom of the Springform pan. It will be sticky and thick so spray your hands with baking spray and press down. It will be a thin layer, but trust me it will rise up during baking.
  8. For the Cheesecake Filling:
  9. Using a stand mixer (and a clean bowl) fitted with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and sugar for 2 minutes on medium-high speed.
  10. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition.
  11. Add the vanilla and flour and beat for another minute.
  12. Pour all of the cheesecake batter on top of the cinnamon roll batter that is in the prepared pan.
  13. Cinnamon Filling:
  14. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  15. Drop spoonfuls of the cinnamon filling over the entire top of the cheesecake.
  16. Take the rest of the base batter and drop spoonfuls over the entire top of cheesecake. Once finished, take a knife to swirl the ingredients together. This is hard to do as the batter is pretty thick, just do what you can. :)
  17. Bake for about 50-55 minutes, cake will be puffy and lightly browned. Let chill for 20 minutes at room temperature and then cover and move to fridge for 4 hours. Remove cake and let it warm up to room temperature just a bit. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.
  18. Cream Cheese Frosting:
  19. Using a stand mixer (and a clean bowl) with paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter together for 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and beat until desired consistency is reached. If too thick, thin out with milk.
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  1. OMGGGG!! I just looked through your pages (all the way to 08) and wow what you make looks so delish! Also you give them cool names too. Very creative, I love it!


  2. Ummmm, oh f******** (huh, that was long). I think I’ll erect a shrine in your honor too, as that is EPIC.

  3. Seriously?? All of my favorite dessert items on one overwhelming-ly delicious plate? I must carve out some time in my busy schedule to make this. Thank you, thank you.

  4. What a gorgeous mutant freak of nature sort of dessert. I think it is the stuff that foodgasm moans are made of for sure!

  5. I embarrass my boyfriend with foodgasms in public all the time. The other day, I opened some jalapeno pretzels in Target….. I made a scene. ;)

  6. HOLY COW – that looks incredible!

  7. Peabody: I knew I liked your recipe blog. With the cinnamon cheesecake recipe – I love you. OMG!!!!!!!!

  8. I actually have to say PB that that picture coupled with the recipe made me go MMMMMM… Seriously, it was involuntary! Can’t wait to try this gem!

  9. You’re killing me. This looks AMAZING!

  10. I think my hips just grew by six inches from looking at that photo. Which, of course, means I must make this recipe… like.. yesterday. I think it could even make a believer out of my cheesecake-hating BF.

  11. Wowww this looks so amazingly good, I love cheesecake, this looks to die for!

  12. Oh My God !! {moan moan moan} that looks so good -if I smoked I would be having a cigarette right now.

  13. I’m moaning right now, just looking at the pictures. Can’t you hear me? AMAZING!

  14. Count me in the foodgasm group!
    I am drooling on my keyboard as I copy your recipe.

  15. MMMMMMMMMM!!! Wish there was audio in this comments section then maybe I would get some of that cake! ;)

  16. How delicious! I love this. Not even Cheesecake Factory has a cinnamon roll cheesecake. Heavenly!

  17. Four words. Ri. di.cu. lous. Wow…I can’t even imagine those two things together. This is bumping everything else off my Must Bake Now list. Please do another “Combining cool things” post asap!

  18. I think this would kill me. And be totally worth it.

  19. Oh yes – I’m definitely feeling the MMMM right here. What a genius combination :D

  20. I’m sorry, but this cheesecake is the most enticing cheesecake I’ve seen in a along time. OMG! I wish I could eat the whole thing right this moment. Goodness!

    I love how direct you are!! Good for you!

  21. Good gracious! This looks ridiculously good!

  22. oh yes. i want!

  23. Oh my, what a glorious combination! And I love the food noises too :)

  24. Not only do your pictures jump off the page, the recipes are fantastic. I will definitely try this one. Thanks!

  25. Genius! It really is a cross between cheesecake and cinnamon rolls.

  26. OMG Peabody…that really does deserve a shrine of Swedish Fish! Supurb photos…make me want to likc the screen!

  27. I made this as cupcakes last night and all the effort was well worth it! They turned out amazing!! I baked them for 22 minutes, rotating halfway and they were perfect. My husbands co-workers called them deadly and were gone in minutes. Thanks for the great recipe!

  28. Holy heck! I’m pretty sure this is food porn!

  29. O M G. YES.

  30. I’m in full agreement with letting us know if you’ve enjoyed our culinary offerings.

    My favourite comment came from Dear Soul who, after trying the vanilla birthday cheesecake I make him emailed me to say “Wow.Your cheesecake is so good, that if this is how you prepare most foodstuffs, I don’t understand how you don’t weigh 4000 lbs.”


  31. You can’t hear me, but I am moaning just by looking at these photos. Food porn, Pea!

  32. I love that this can pull double duty as dessert AND breakfast. It’s the perfect excuse to eat dessert in the morning.

  33. OMG!!! Looks awesome. And yes, I am with you regarding the quiet types vs the moaners. What the heck is with the quiet types???? My FIL rarely compliments my cooking/baking. He just shuts up and eats…….

  34. Holy smokes! I bow to your greatness.

    Thanks for sharing!

  35. Boy did you deliver! That’s pretty darn ingenious and deliciously naughty to look at.

  36. ok, I made this yesterday and it is soooooo awesome. Thanks a bunch for the recipe. A new fav!
    I love the chunks of dough floating in the creamcheese goo. To Die For.

  37. i love swedish fish too! and cinnamon rolls and cheesecake…so, there’s that.

    i consider myself a lucky girl since i am marrying a foodgasmer. the best is when he reminisces about something he loved and he pantomime’s eating it again followed by a moan. it is amazing.

  38. I take back my last comment about your cakes. If heaven was in front of my hands down it would look like this. You have me practically drooling here. Thanks goodness I’m alone right now.

  39. Yum!

  40. You’re a crazy and wonderful lady! ;p This sounds like my boyfriend’s dream come true, and I wouldn’t turn down a slice either, hehe. Thank you for sharing with us!

  41. This post made me smile because I am exactly the same way! I used to bring baked treats in to work, and the people I would tell first were ALWAYS the ones who got the most excited about the stuff I baked! It is a sure way to get stuff the next time around! Now that I am not working, it is the neighbors who get the treats, but the same rule applies … ooh and aah over them and you will get the next call first! :)

  42. Oh. My. Goodness.
    I am SOOOOO wishing right now that I’d read this earlier in the day before I made a cake! I will definitely be trying this! I looooove cinnamon rolls, and haven’t made a cheesecake for awhile. You are simply brilliant. (and hilarious!)

  43. I am definately a foodgasmic person and my mouth is drooling and moaning just looking at this. I will have to make a trip to the store today….have to have this now!!!! thank you soooo much!

  44. I am in the process of making this…I don’t know if it will make it to work tomorrow.

    Peabody: the Cinnamon Roll Batter calls for 1/2 Cup Whole Milk, but I cannot find where it instructs to mix it in.

  45. I made this cheesecake for my colleagues today, and several of them had “When Harry Met Sally” moments over it! An absolute hit!

  46. wow! i looooooooooove cinnamon rolls, and cheesecake :) a combo made in heaven!

  47. I REALLY wish I didn’t just come to your site and see this delicious looking part cinnamon roll part cheesecake looking thing staring at me…I’m 8 mo prego and now all I want to do is run (not literally) home and make it….Mmmmm…

  48. had a foodgasm just reading this recipe!

  49. Oh. My. Gawd. Will be making this soon. Thanks so much for posting this recipe!

  50. just made this, turned out really good. but my batter for the cinnamon roll was not soft/sticky it was more on the hard side (kind of like sugar cookie batter) but it baked fine and tasted great. thank you!!!


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