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Monday, August 12, 2019

Simple Giant Orange Cardamom Roll

Start your morning off right with a slice of orange cardamom roll. It's giant size and fun flavors will make it a hit with your family and they won't have to know you used a shortcut to make it super easy.

Today’s post is sponsored by Rhodes Bread and Hamilton Beach, a all opinions are my own.

large orange cardamom roll with layers of soft bread, orange and cardamom filling and an orange glaze on white serving plate

     Cinnamon rolls are the darling of special morning breakfasts, but there are a couple of things that can make them even more fun.  1. Make it a super giant cake sized roll with layer after layer of goodness. 2. Add fun flavors like orange and cardamom!

      With the secret shortcut of using Rhodes frozen bread dough you can have this fun breakfast treat on the table with very little effort. It's a great way to celebrate the first day of school or enjoy a leisurely weekend brunch.

loaf of frozen bread dough defrosting in 8" round cake pan with remaining bag of bread dough in background

       It is hard to believe it, but it is back to school time.  In fact Little Dude starts first grade this week!

        Is somebody cutting onions? I swear I'm not crying!

        Really he is ready and we are excited to see how much he learns and grows this year. Kindergarten amazed us with learning to read and write, this year should be even better!

        Anyway, we have been celebrating the end of summer trying to pack in as much fun as we can. But now it's time to focus on the school year.

bowl of orange cardamom butter filling for sweet rolls with hamilton beach hand mixer

       So this week my blogger friends and I will be sharing great back to school recipes. We'll have easy breakfasts, lunch box ideas, fun snacks and quick and easy dinners.

       There are also prizes you can win from our great sponsors, like Hamilton Beach who sent me the pretty hand mixer above. But first lets take a closer look at this roll.

Making a giant orange cardamom roll

Defrost a loaf of frozen bread dough. This can be done in an hour or two on the counter or overnight in the refrigerator.

Once the dough is defrosted, but still cold roll it out into a big rectangle.

Be sure to either lightly flour or grease your rolling surface and rolling pin to keep it from sticking.

Beat together some butter, orange juice concentrate (the kind in the can in the freezer section at the store) and some cardamom.

forming up giant orange cardamom roll in cake pan with strips of bread dough coated in filling in background

Spread the filling over the bread dough and cut the dough into strips.

Loosely wrap the strips around each other in a greased 8" cake pan. Cover and let rise.

layers of bread dough and orange cardamom filling wrapped around each other and proofed in cake pan, ready to bake

Bake until golden and delicious. Then drizzle with a glaze made from more orange juice concentrate and powdered sugar.

Cut yourself an extra big slice and enjoy!

golden brown giant orange cardamom roll fresh from the oven - in cake pan

Easy variations on the orange cardamom roll

If you don't have cardamom, feel free to use cinnamon instead.

If you would rather have individual orange cardamom rolls, roll the dough up lengthwise instead of cutting it into strips. Cut it onto 9 cinnamon rolls. Place them in a greased 8" square casserole dish and follow the remaining instructions.

You could make something similar with any fruit juice concentrate. I think we're going to try apple next!

Be sure to check out all of the fun recipes and enter to win great prizes!

slice of orange cardamom roll on plate with remaining large sweet roll in background

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Yield: 12 servings

Simple Giant Orange Cardamom Roll

Start your morning off right with a slice of orange cardamom roll. It's giant size and fun flavors will make it a hit with your family and they won't have to know you used a shortcut to make it super easy.
prep time: 1 H & 30 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 1 H & 60 M


Orange Cardamom Roll
  • 1 loaf frozen bread dough
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 Tablespoons orange juice concentrate
  • 2-3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom (or cinnamon)
Orange Glaze
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


How to cook Simple Giant Orange Cardamom Roll

  1. Defrost bread dough.  When dough is soft but still cold, roll it out on a greased or floured surface until you have a large rectangle.  About 10x15 would be great, but it does not need to be exact at all.
  2. Beat together the butter, orange juice, sugar and cardamom. Spread over dough rectangle.  Cut dough into strips about 1 - 1 1/2 inches thick. Begin to wrap them around each other, placing them in a greased 8" cake pan as you go.  You want it to be loose, but touching.  It should form a giant cinnamon roll or rose shape.  
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until about doubled in size, roughly an hour.
  4. Remove the plastic wrap and bake in a 350 F oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. 
  5. Mix together the orange juice and powdered sugar for the glaze and drizzle over warm roll.
  6. Slice and serve. 
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Start your morning off right with a slice of orange cardamom roll. It's giant size and fun flavors will make it a hit with your family and they won't have to know you used a shortcut to make it super easy.


  1. I could probably eat the entire roll, looks soooo yummy! Thank you for your sweet words this morning. Means so much. I hope you have the best Monday!!

    1. The boys were so sad when ours was gone. I'm going to have to make another one soon. You should head this way and I'll make two! xoxo

  2. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchenAugust 12, 2019 at 9:16 AM

    Little Dude is starting first grade? WHAT? Wish him well for me! And save me some of this cake. Cardamom is my all-time favorite flavor!

    1. I know, it's crazy how fast we got here but he's going to rock first grade!I have been seeing a lot of cardamom on the Bake Off etc and decided it was high time I get some and bake with it! I'm glad I did.

  3. How exciting, first grade. I can remember those days when my kids started it. Make it sound exciting for him and be sure to listen intently when he gets home to tell you all about it. Now, for this awesome looking roll, omg, I love the idea of a big one, can slice with company. Thank you so much for this recipe, something I will have to try, and who knew bread dough could be soooooo good besides bread. Claudia

    1. I will certainly try my best! Today he had stories of a girl who had a crush on him and wouldn't leave him alone ;-) First grade problems!

  4. How exciting he's starting first grade! Time flies for sure. I love this bread...those flavors are amazing together. Delish!

  5. This is my kind of breakfast! Definitely pinning this one so I can remember to make it!

  6. Leslie:
    My favorite quick school night meal: boil pasta. Poue hot wet pasta into large bowl. Add fresh diced tomato, salt, pepperxand storebought pesto. Mix up adding hot pasta water as needed to encourage a sauce to develop. Top with parmesan.
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  7. What a fantastic idea for breakfast! I am loving that orange glaze on top!

  8. It looks so pretty! Such a delicious flavor combination too. I love the short cut of using the frozen bread dough.

    1. The frozen dough definitely saves a lot of effort!

  9. Help the kids make their lunches the night before

  10. This looks so easy to also add some peaches or pears, yum!

  11. Bake until golden and delicious. That's all I need to know. These look amazing.

    1. They are definitely some key words! Thank you!

  12. I like doing to freeze cookie dough in individual scoops so a could pull a couple out and bake them right before the students came home. Our home smelled so welcoming and a cookie and glass of milk is always a treat.

  13. This orange cardamom roll is just delicious! A perfect start to any school day!

  14. That looks like a great way to start the day!!! Little Dude sure has an awesome mom!


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