Five ingredients, less than ten minutes of prep time, and no mixing required – this is my kind of holiday cake. Caramel Pull-Aparts, also called monkey bread, is such a breeze to throw together during this busy season.
The final cake is gorgeously sticky and flecked with pecans. The caramel coating melts in your mouth and the rolls stay perfectly soft inside, and it’s impossible to resist just one more bite… three or four times.
This is wonderful for a lazy Christmas morning or for a holiday get-together because it’s already nicely portioned. This cake is going straight to the office potluck tomorrow because it’s too tempting to keep on the counter at home!
As a child, I remember especially loving getting to pull pieces directly off the cake – because how often are you told it’s okay to eat with your hands? It’s also a great recipe to make with kids because they can cut the rolls with scissors, roll the dough in pudding mix, and fill the bundt pan.
Recipes with entirely non-perishable ingredients make it so easy to throw together at the last minute. Go ahead and buy the rolls & pudding mix now, so when friends drop by unexpectedly next week everything is ready to go. If you buy the ingredients ahead of time, just move the frozen rolls to the fridge the night before. Otherwise they can thaw on the countertop in an hour or two.
- 24 frozen dinner rolls, thawed but cold
- 1 box non-instant butterscotch pudding mix
- ½ cup chopped pecans, toasted
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup brown sugar
- Cut each roll into quarters with kitchen shears and roll in dry pudding mix.
- Spray a bundt pan and alternate layers of dough pieces and pecans. Sprinkle any leftover pudding mix over the top.
- Heat butter and sugar in a small nonstick pan until syrup is bubbling. Pour over rolls.
- Cover the bundt pan with sprayed plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for thirty minutes. Preheat oven to 350°.
- Remove wrap and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Cover with foil and bake an additional 15 minutes.
- Let cool for five minutes, then invert onto a platter and serve.