Two cinnamon swirls on plate, drizzled in chocolate

Cinnamon swirls

  • makes 6
  • Easy

Try this recipe for chocolate-drizzled cinnamon swirls from East London’s newest Danish bakery, The Bread Station. Do bear in mind that this recipe requires extra proving time

Make these cinnamon swirls then check out our classic cinnamon buns, cinnamon rolls and vegan cinnamon rolls.


  • butter 30g
  • whole milk 150ml, warm to the touch
  • fresh yeast 15g, crumbled (or use a 7g packet of dried yeast)
  • caster sugar 50g
  • salt 1 1/2 tsp
  • strong white bread flour 240g, plus extra for dusting


  • marzipan 50g, cut into small pieces
  • caster sugar 50g
  • butter 50g, softened
  • ground cinnamon 2 tsp
  • dark chocolate 50g


  • Step 1

    Melt the butter by stirring into the warm milk then pour this mix over the crumbled yeast in a large bowl. Add the sugar and salt and then mix in the flour until it comes together as a dough. Knead for 5 minutes until smooth, then leave it to rise for 40 minutes.

  • Step 2

    To make the filling, mix the marzipan with the sugar in a food processor or mixer until the sugar is incorporated. Add the butter on low speed until it is all mixed together.

  • Step 3

    Lightly flour the worksurface then roll the dough out to a square approximately 20cm x 20cm. Dot the filling over the dough evenly then spread all over. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top.

  • Step 4

    Roll the dough up like a swiss roll until all the filling is enclosed. Cut into 6 pieces with a very sharp knife. 

  • Step 5

    Put the buns cut-side up on a large baking sheet. Cover with a loose sheet of clingfilm and leave for another 40 minutes.  

  • Step 6

    Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Just before baking gently press down on each bun to flatten them a little. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden and puffed. 

  • Step 7

    Melt the dark chocolate over a pan of simmering water or in short blasts in the microwave. Let the buns cool before drizzling with the dark chocolate to finish. 

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 417
  • Fat 17g
  • Saturates 9.8g
  • Carbs 56.4g
  • Sugars 25.4g
  • Fibre 3g
  • Protein 8.1g
  • Salt 1.5g