Ube Cinnamon Rolls

Yes, you can “ube” just about every dessert that you may know! Ube Cinnamon Rolls is a type of Cinnamon Rolls filled with sweet ube jam and cinnamon then topped with ube flavoured sweetened cream cheese

I guess a lot of you might be over it, seeing ube in almost everything but for me I won’t get tired with this flavour, it is an ingredient that as a Filipino I ate a lot. During the old days, there are few ube flavoured dessert, actually the only ones I knew was the Ube Halaya, Ube Ice Cream and the use of both on Halo Halo. Nowadays with the creation of flavourings plus the effect of social media, this flavour just shot through of the roof, its purple vibrant colour and earthy sweet flavour has been accepted globally. There are many ways to use it now, I even had an early post on recipes that uses ube, in fact the time flies fast, whatever was in that list, was quite outdated now and there are so many varieties of ube recipes that came out. Today I am making one of those, the Ube Cinnamon Rolls, basically the best of both worlds where these soft fluffy sticky buns are infused with some ube goodness together with the fragrant and spicy cinnamon, honestly it was one of the best cinnamon rolls flavours to make, but I may be biased.

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Ube Cinnamon Rolls

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Ube Cinnamon Rolls is a type of Cinnamon Rolls filled with sweet ube jam and cinnamon then topped with ube flavoured sweetened cream cheese


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  • 3 cups high grade flour, plus more for dusting
  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1 cup ube jam
  • 1/2 cup macapuno
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened

Ube Cream Cheese Icing

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp ube flavcol


  1. Dissolve yeast in lukewarm milk in a with a tsp of sugar in a large bowl. Let it froth.
  2. In large mixing bowl add the rest of the dough ingredients. Mix well until incorporated then add the milk mixture, using the dough hook continue to mix for 10 minutes until combined. Dough should form into a nice ball and be slightly sticky, if it is still stick add 2 tbps of flour
  3. Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling wrap then place in a warm location letting it rise for an hour or until it doubles on size. To get even softer result, once the dough had risen, you can proof the dough by placing it overnight in a refrigerator still on the bowl with cling wrap cover.
  4. Roll the dough in a lightly floured surface then flatten it to approximately 16 x 12 inches in size.
  5. Spread the ube jam evenly on the top of the dough, then spread the butter, then the macapuno and finally sprinkle it evenly the cinnamon.
  6. Roll the dough carefully from the long edge down to the bottom edge.
  7. Slice the dough into 1 1/2-inch slices and place in a lightly greased pan. Cover it with damp cloth then let it double in size, around 30-45 minutes.
  8. Bake in a 180C preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. While rolls are baking prepare your Ube Cream Cheese Icing by combining all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer mix it until smooth and well combined.
  10. Remove rolls from the oven, spread a generous amount of icing on top then serve.


10 Responses

  1. Save me a huge one, Raymund! I love those cinnamon buns with ube.

  2. suituapui says:

    Cinnamon rolls on their own would be good enough for me, with enough cinnamon to give them the very lovely fragrance.

  3. I still haven’t tried ube, but I love purple so I assume that’s my kind of thing LOL. The rolls look terrific!

  4. Neil says:

    These look stunning Raymond and having shown the pictures to Lynne and with her being a huge fan of cinnamon rolls she now requests that I make them for her. Ha ha!

  5. Michelle says:

    These ube rolls look terrific! Love that you used ube and macapuno in the filling, what a creative recipe!

  6. I always love your ubi recipes — the color is stunning!

  7. Hannah says:

    That looks AMAZING! I love ube and I’ve only just started working with it recently. This is more great inspiration.

  8. I grew up having cinnamon rolls many a morning but never with such a lovely icing.

  9. I grew up having cinnamon rolls many a morning but never with such a lovely icing.

  10. Inger says:

    Not over it but just wish I could find the actual purple sweet potato rather than the powder.

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