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Hot Cross Buns Cake Roll

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WW Freestyle: 11
Prep Time4 hrs
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time4 hrs 35 mins
Hot Cross Buns Cake Roll is an interpretation of our Easter favorite, Hot Cross Buns!
Course: Dessert / Holidays
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 16 Makes 2 loaves
Calories: 273


For the Roll

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast 2-1/4 teaspoons
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 cup raisins or dried currants
  • zest of one orange

For the Filling:

  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg white beaten with a little warm water

For the Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon milk


  • Place butter in a small saucepan and melt over low heat.
  • Stir in milk and sugar and continue to cook until milk is warm; about 110°F.
  • Pour milk mixture into your mixer's bowl.
  • Add yeast and let stand 10 minutes, or until foamy.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; add to yeast mixture.
  • Add the eggs, raisins (or currants), and orange zest to the yeast mixture.
  • Attach the dough hook and knead the dough on medium-low speed for 10 minutes.
  • Form the dough into a ball; cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel; let rise in a warm spot for 1-1/2 hours, or until doubled.
  • In the meantime, make the filling.
  • In a bowl, stir together butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon; mix until combined.
  • Grease two 9x5-inch loaf pans with butter.*I used two 11x3-inch loaf pans.*
  • Transfer dough to a floured work surface.
  • Divide dough in half.
  • Roll out each half into an 8-inch square.
  • Smear each square with half of the cinnamon-sugar filling.
  • Roll up the dough, pinch seams to seal, and place seam side down in the previously prepared pan. Cover with kitchen towel and let rise in a warm spot for 1 1?2 hours, or until puffy.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a small bowl combine egg white and water; whisk until combined.
  • Brush the loaves with the egg wash.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the loaves are golden brown and pull away from the sides of the pan.
  • Turn out loaves onto racks and let cool completely.
  • In a small mixing bowl, stir together the powdered sugar, vanilla, lemon extract and milk; mix until well combined.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the tops of the cooled loaves before cutting.


***If you'd like to make the Loaf longer, like I did, use a 11x3-inch loaf pan. Be sure to also roll out the dough to about a 10-inch square.
*Adapted from Williams Sonoma
Nutrition Facts
Hot Cross Buns Cake Roll
Amount Per Serving
Calories 273 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 219mg9%
Potassium 151mg4%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 229IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.