Sunburst Coffeecake

Meredith Sayre


This makes two coffeecakes or you can use this basic sweet dough to make cinnamon rolls, Stollen, a Swedish Tea Ring, dinner rolls - just change the shape and be creative - have fun! The Sunburst Coffeecake is art and everyone is impressed with it's presentation! I make it often for get-well gifts for friends and for women's brunch and Bible studies at church. Bring a ray of sunshine into someone's life that you love.

★★★★★ 1 vote
42 (Makes 2 coffeecakes)
2 Hr 50 Min
30 Min


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2 pkg
active dry yeast (1/4 oz. each)
1/2 c
water, warm
1 1/2 c
lukewarm milk
1/2 c
shortening, lightly melted
1/3 c
2 tsp
7 c
8 Tbsp
butter, divided
1 c
4 tsp

How to Make Sunburst Coffeecake


  • 1In a small cup stir yeast into warm water and dissolve for 5 minutes.
  • 2In a mixing bowl, combine warm milk (110*F), softened (almost melted) shortening, sugar, salt, eggs and dissolved yeast.
  • 3Add flour one cup at a time. Keep dough as soft as possible, almost sticky, just so you are able to handle it.
  • 4Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. I use the dough hook on my mixer for 5 minutes.
  • 5Place in a lightly oiled bowl and turn dough ball to coat evenly. Cover with a cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • 6Punch down, cover and let rise again for about 30 minutes longer.
  • 7Divide dough in half to make desired rolls and coffeecakes. This makes two coffeecakes (directions following) or you can use this basic sweet dough to make cinnamon rolls, Stollen, a Swedish Tea Ring, dinner rolls - just change the shape and be creative - have fun!
  • 8For my Sunburst coffeecake: Take the first half of the dough and cut it in half again. Roll that quarter of the dough into a circle to fit a pizza pan (14 inch). Put first layer of dough in pan. Spread 2 T. softened butter to cover; sprinkle with 1/4 cup cinnamon/sugar mixture.
  • 9Roll the remaining quarter piece of dough into same size circle. Place over first layer and repeat using 2 T. softened butter and 1/4 cup cinnamon/sugar.
  • 10Invert a glass (2 1/2"-3" across) and set it gently in the center of the circle. Do not press it down. This will be the "sun". Cut dough into 20 wedges. (I use the first 2 digits of my index finger to measure each sun-ray as I cut). Twist each wedge four times. Remove glass from dough.
  • 11Cover and let rise for 20 minutes. Bake in a preheated 350*F oven for 30 minutes,
  • 12While still slightly warm, top with your favorite cinnamon roll icing or glaze.
  • 13Repeat process with second half of the dough. These freeze well. If freezing one for later, don't put icing on it. Allow it to thaw, heat slightly in a warm oven, then frost it.

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About Sunburst Coffeecake

Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #Breads, #cinnamon

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