Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cake Mix Sunrise Cinnamon Loaves

What do you and your friends do for fun on a Saturday afternoon?

Sit by the pool. Go shopping. Watch a movie.

Not my friends!

Recently, I got together with nine of my blogging buddies from The Real Farmwives of America and Friends and we did some Freezer Cooking!

What's freezer cooking? Good question. Cris over at Goodeness Gracious does a great job explaning the concept over on her blog here.

This is the second time I took part in this type of marathon cooking day and I have to admit it stresses me out just a bit! However, we had a great time and you can check out Instagram and Twitter to see some of our antics during the day.

Thanks to Gooseberry Patch we had a head start picking our recipes with their Freezer-Friendly Recipes cookbook. I chose the Sunrise Cinnamon Loaves as my recipe!

It's a really simple recipe and I decided to step up my game and mix up two batches at once since I had 12 batches to bake in about 5 hours (thankfully the kitchen had 2 ovens)!

As I said before, it was a bit stressful for me so I didn't get a lot of action shots as I was in the kitchen. Trust me, there are no difficult steps with this recipe so you'll be OK without step-by-step shots!

After it was all said and done, I had nine delicious smelling soups, side dishes and entrees in my car!

I have to admit I only kept one for myself. The rest are in my sister's freezer so she has meals ready to pop in the oven after her baby is born later this month.

Before I share the recipe, I do want to tell you that I did a couple of things that were not part of the recipe. 

First, I added chocolate chips to some of the loaves. Chocolate makes almost everything better!

Second, instead of making all large loaves, I made some mini loaves and muffins. Just because I could.

Third, I added some big decorating sugar crystals to the tops of the loaves. I thought it made them look prettier. I also didn't quite use all of the cinnamon sugar mixture that it called for. 

Sunrise Cinnamon Loaves

Yellow Cake Mix with Pudding* (the recipe calls from 18-1/2 oz. pkg. I used slightly smaller boxes)
4 eggs
3/4 c. oil
3/4 c. water
1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 c. sugar
3 T. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prep two 8x4 loaf pans (grease and flour).

Combine the first 5 ingredients in large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on high speed for 3 minutes.

Pour a quarter of the batter into the bottom of each pan.

Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly over the batter in the pans. (Add nuts, chocolate chips or other goodies here, if you want to.)

Spread the remaining batter evenly into the loaf pans; sprinkle the top of the loaves with the remaining sugar mixture.

Use a knife to gently swirl sugar and cinnamon into batter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes (baking time varies if you do small loaf pans or muffins). Cool on wire racks.

Freeze and Serve Instructions: Place cooled loaves in freezer bags and place in freezer. To serve, thaw at room temperature or put a frozen slice into the toaster.

Rumor has it that many of the loaves I made didn't make it to the freezer...the one I took home may not have either!

*Look for cake mixes that say they have pudding added. Aldi's brand has pudding-in-the-mix, as does Betty Crocker and Pillsbury.

All opinions and photos in this post are mine for better or worse. There is an affiliate link and Gooseberry Patch provided me with the cookbook. 


  1. I can vouch! These loaves were SUPER yummy. A great treat for breakfast (or anytime).

  2. I'll second that! Ours never made it to the freezer, but I did manage to make them wait until Sunday morning to eat it. Super good!

  3. Another one that never made it to the freezer! Yum!

  4. I am slightly confused about the cake mix and pudding. Is it a cake mix with pudding and you add more pudding?

    1. Good question. Look for a cake mix that says it has pudding added. I think Betty Crocker and Pillsbury both have pudding-in-the-mix. I also found some at Aldi's!

  5. what a super idea: freezer cooking in groups. I love it! Sort of like a cookie exchange at Christmas time, right?

  6. I have been making alot and they turn out great every single time! . In order for these to make it to the freezer, I have to make at least 4 to 6 loaves at a time,but even that goes pretty fast around here. And I also want to add, that they taste just as good after having been in the freezer. Thanks for sharing this with us. It tastes great!!!



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