Large-CinnBunSundaeAny good dessert should evolve over time. A year or so ago, we introduced cinnamon bun sundaes-little bite-sized cinnamon buns topped with a caramel sauce, ice cream, and whipped cream. They’re terrific but now they’ve evolved.

We’re topping them with butterscotch sauce and caramel whipped cream. Both additions are very good and take a great dessert and make it even better.

Caramel whipped cream is easy to make. Make it like everyday whipped cream but substitute caramel flavor for vanilla extract and brown sugar for white. Use it on any dessert. You’ll never go back to everyday whipped cream. You can buy the caramel whipped cream at The Prepared Pantry. You can also buy a caramel whipped cream mix -you add only the whipping cream. The mix is quick and easy, has the caramel in it, and has a stabilizer added so that it won’t melt so quickly.

Of course, you can still make them with caramel sauce but buttermilk sauce is even better. Buttermilk sauce does not taste like buttermilk. The buttermilk is neutralized so the tang is gone and the syrup is rich and smooth, maybe with some butterscotch tones. It works on both pancakes and desserts. We have a buttermilk sauce and syrup mix that is quick and easy and makes about three cups of syrup. We have included a recipe for caramel sauce and buttermilk sauce.

So here’s how to make them:

Improved Cinnamon Bun Sundae Recipe

Step 1: Make the little cinnamon bun balls either with a monkey bread mix according to package instructions or with a monkey bread recipe.

Step 2: Place bite-sized pieces of monkey bread in a wide-mouthed glass or in a bowl. Don’t make the pieces larger than what you would eat with a spoon. You may need to snip larger pieces into smaller pieces with kitchen scissors.

Step 3: Pour buttermilk sauce or caramel sauce over the pieces. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. (We used pecan pieces.) Heat the monkey bread, nuts, and syrup combination until warm in the microwave.

Step 4: Add a scoop of ice cream. Top with caramel whipped cream and a cherry.

Warm Caramel Sauce Recipe

2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Combine cornstarch, milk, salt, and corn syrup in a medium saucepan. Cook and stir until the mixture boils and is thick and bubbly. Remove from the heat.
  2. Add the sugar, butter, and vanilla.
  3. Stir until smooth.
  4. Thin if necessary with more milk.

Buttermilk Syrup Recipe

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons corn syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons caramel flavor

  1. In a large saucepan, place the sugar, buttermilk, butter, corn syrup, and baking
  2. Cook over medium heat until it starts to boil, stirringOnce it comes to a boil, set the timer for six minutes and continue cooking, stirring often so that it does not scorch.  
  3. Remove from the heat and the caramel