Cinnamon Bun Icing

"This is just like the sweet, gooey icing that comes inside tiny tins inside those tubes of refrigerated cinnamon bun doughs. By changing the extract flavor, you can make orange cinnamon buns, lemon cinnamon buns, whatever you like."
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Ready In:
2 cups icing




  • Mix together sugar and enough cream to achieve a spreading consistency.
  • Add extract flavor of your choice and salt (if desired- I omit).
  • To use: Spread over warm biscuits or sweet bread still warm from the oven or drizzle over gingerbread cookies.
  • This also makes a nice icing for quick breads like banana bread or zucchini bread.

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  1. Darlene Summers
    HeatherFeather, Great Icing,I Diluted it a little and used it to dip my Home made doughnuts in.YUMMY!!! Tastes like Krispy Kreme Icing,(wish the doughnuts did). Thanks So much,Good Recipe. Darlene Summers
  2. Sharlene~W
    This is the icing that melts when you put it on your cinnamon buns and has a nice "crispness" to it when it cools. It was the perfect amount to top off 8 large buns. It took at least 3 tablespoons of cream to get it the right consistency. I think I'll pass on the extracts next time though, my kids were too distracted by them--out of their comfort zone.
  3. Sarah Lewis
    This recipe was exactly what I needed for my cranberry-white chocolate scones. :) I mixed all of the ingredients in a sandwich-size Ziploc bag, cut a corner off, and poof: quick and easy icing.
  4. mommymakeit4u
    It was great on my cinnamon buns!
  5. Rob N.
    I'm giving this 3 stars because it tastes nothing like the cinnamon roll icing in the tubes, and it takes much more than 3 tablespoons of cream to get 2 cups of powdered sugar to a usable consistency. Taste and texture is good, just not the same buttery tasting icing as found in the tubes as you described. I will make it again, but I think I'm going to tweek it a little. I will say that once I got it to the right consistency, using cream, it was surprisingly not as tooth aching sweet as you'd think. A good recipe, just not a good copycat recipe.


  1. Djop66
    Excellent and quick. I made Overnight Cinnamon Rolls for a work luncheon, and needed icing but didn't have any cream cheese. I made this icing and it was great. The cinnamon roll pan came home empty. (the only change I made was I used 2% milk instead of cream - it worked great)
  2. Kay D.
    Nice icing. I drizzled this over Cinnamon Rolls Using Cakemix #93231 last night. Very sweet, easy to pour, this was just the right icing to use; I wasn't looking for a thick cream cheese icing at the time. I used 3 Tbs of milk instead of cream; worked just fine. I also liked the flavor better after adding the vanilla extract; did not use the salt.



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