Disney Recipe: Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake from Epcot’s Garden Grill

Cinnamon rolls are the undisputed Breakfast of Champions. There’s nothing better than a hot cinnamon-y pastry topped with ooey-gooey icing.

The best of the best used to be available at the Main Street Bakery. And while we still mourn the loss of the best cinnamon roll ever (it’s replacement is being served at Gaston’s Tavern), we are moving forward and finding new cinnamon rolls to love.

And right now we’re loving Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake served at Chip N’ Dale’s Harvest Feast at Epcot’s Garden Grill!

Cinnamon Bun Bake

Cinnamon Bun Bake

The Sticky Bun Bake was one of our favorite items at the Harvest Feast and now you can enjoy this cinnamon bun goodness at home!

This recipe takes a lot more time and effort than popping open one of those cans of cinnamon rolls, but it’s so worth it! Also, any recipe that includes instructions for “cinnamon smear” is a winner in our book!

Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake

Garden Grill Restaurant, Epcot

Serves 6-8


Cinnamon Smear

1 1/4 cup margarine, softened

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 1/2 cups brown sugar

2 eggs

Sweet Cinnamon Dough

1 cup milk

2/3 ounce cake (fresh) yeast, crumbled (approximately 3 tablespoons loosely packed)

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3 cups bread flour

2 room temperature eggs


1 teaspoon milk

1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

4 tablespoons butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For cinnamon smear:

1. Cream together margarine, cinnamon and brown sugar.

2. Add eggs one at a time, scraping bowl after adding each egg. Mix well and place in refrigerator.

For cinnamon dough:

1. Heat milk in small sauce pan to 90 – 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from heat, add cake (fresh) yeast, whisk until dissolved, set aside.

2. Mix sugar, butter, salt, cinnamon, eggs and flour in large bowl, until smooth.

3. Add yeast mixture slowly, stirring until dough comes easily away from sides of bowl.

4. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes.

5. Place dough in large bowl, cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest 10 minutes or until doubled in size.

6. Coat bottom and sides of 12 inch cake pan or 9 x 13 inch pan with butter.

7. Punch down dough, knead it a few times, roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 10-inch rectangle.

8. Spread cinnamon smear over dough. Roll up dough beginning at the 15-inch side and pinch edge together to seal.

9. Cut into 1 inch slices, quarter each slice, place pieces close together in pan.

10. Cover, let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

11. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, bake about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

For icing:

1. Mix milk, confectioners’ sugar, softened butter and vanilla extract together in a small bowl until smooth.

2. Drizzle over warm buns.

And there you have it – the perfect cinnamon bun recipe! It sounds like a lot of work but it’ll be so worth it in the end!

Will you be whipping up a batch of these Sticky Buns sometime soon? Let us know in the comments.


  1. elizabeth says

    Thank you so much for this recipe !! My daughter would love to go to breakfast at the Garden Grill but unfortunately we cannot seem to fit it into our schedule. She looked forward to the Sticky Bun Bake but now we can try making this at home !! We will try harder to fit the Garden Grill breakfast into our schedule on the next visit !!! Thank you again for this wonderful recipe !!!

  2. Brian says

    We can’t seem to find fresh yeast to purchase. Do you have a recommendation on a conversion and amount? Or, does it only work with fresh yeast?

  3. DFB Sarah says

    Brian, when I researched this, I found that the equivalent of 2/3 oz. cake yeast is one pouch of powdered yeast (2.25 tsp).

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