My mom used to make cinnamon rolls all the time when I was a kid. I love her recipe but it takes so much time and planning for them to turn out right. You mix the dough around 3:00pm and let rise. At 10:00pm you make the rolls. You cover and let rise overnight and then bake in the morning. Good but good enough for that much effort these days.
This recipe has become my go-to recipe for food days at work. I never come home with leftovers. All the flavor without all the fuss.
This pin came from: http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/02/cinnabon-cinnamon-roll-cake-recipe.html
I broke down the preparation into two steps. The night before, I mixed all the dry ingredients for the batter in a bowl with lid. In another bowl, I put the butter, flour, cinnamon, and sugar. The next morning, I added the wet ingredients to finish the batter.
While the cake is baking, I have time to get ready for the day without having to wake up before dawn.