How to Make Sweet Rolls from Elder Scrolls

Let me guess, someone stole your sweet roll?
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Anyone who's sunk their teeth into Tamriel knows the most coveted of all treats is the famous sweet roll. This delicious cake is iconic to the Elder Scrolls franchise, having graced the pockets of thousands of travelers who wanted nothing more than the sweet excitement of this cultural staple.

Whether you're a hardened Breton warrior or a sly Khajiit bandit, the classy appeal of the sweetroll is for everyone--often providing a little health buff.

What is a sweet roll?

Canonically, the sweet roll has been a part of Tamriel lore for centuries. The exact recipe seems to have changed over time as the cake's appearance seems to change between games. One factor is consistent: sweet rolls feature a brown cake topped with white, gooey icing.

With that in mind, I'll be making my favorite sweet roll shape in this guide, but you can definitely modify this recipe for one of the other sweet roll styles.

Kitchen tools
1 eaMixing bowlsMixing bowls
1 eaHand mixerHand mixer
1 eaLiquid Measuring CupsLiquid Measuring Cups
1 eaSmall Silicone Bundt MoldsSmall Silicone Bundt Molds
Ingredients
1 1/2 CupsFlour
1 tspBaking PowderBaking Powder
2 TbspGround CinnamonGround Cinnamon
1 Tbspground nutmeg
1 TbspAllspice
1 TspSalt
2 TspVanilla extract
17 TbspUnsalted ButterUnsalted Butter
1 Cupbrown sugar
3 eaeggs
1/4 CupSour Cream
1 CupConfectioner's Sugar
4 OzCream Cheese
2 TbspMilk or Buttermilk

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Sweet Roll

Three prevailing sweet roll styles appear in the Elder Scrolls franchise. Before you get started, choose the style you want to recreate.

  • Muffin Shaped - In Oblivion, the sweet roll resembles a muffin with a large, risen top.
  • Pinwheel Muffin Shaped - In Elder Scrolls Online, the muffin shape is seen again but with a spiral/pinwheel design on the top.
  • Bundt Pan Shaped - Arguably the most iconic shape, this sweet roll style appears in most Elder Scrolls games.

For my recreation, I'll be using the bundt pan-shaped design as inspiration. To pull off this bake, I ordered small silicone bundt pans. A muffin pan can be used for the other designs, but getting a good rise from this batter won't be possible.

Sweet Roll Batter

You can theoretically use any cake recipe you like. Here's the spice pound cake recipe I created to get the classic brown look. You can leave out the spices or even substitute them for lemon zest and lemon juice for a lemon sweet roll. Taste is king, you know this recipe is mostly about looks. You might as well floor your friends with a tasty treat, to boot.

Cake Ingredients
1 1/2 Cups Unbleached Bread Flour
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Ground Nutmeg
1 Tbsp Ground Allspice
1 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Vanilla
1 Cup (16 Tbsp) Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
3 Eggs
1/4 Cup Sour Cream
  1. Let the butter and eggs rest to room temperature.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt.
  3. Beat the room temperature butter with a mixer, slowly incorporating brown sugar, eggs, sour cream, vanilla, and dry ingredients.
  4. Continue beating until smooth but do not overmix or the cake will be too dense.
Mini Bundt Molds

With the batter prepared, all that's left for the cake is to bake it through.

  1. Pour the batter into the bundt molds or muffin pan.
  2. Bake in the oven at 350° F for 30 - 40 minutes, you may want to cover it with foil for the last half to prevent over-baking the edges.
  3. Let the cakes cool and remove them from the molds or pan.
Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients

You can use any white icing you like for this step as well. If you want a place to start, here's a quick cream cheese icing recipe you can whip up in a pinch.

Icing ingredients:
1 Cup Confectioners Sugar
1 Tbsp Butter
1st Vanilla Extract
4oz Cream Cheese
2 Tbsp Milk or Buttermilk
  1. Let the butter rest until it reaches room temperature.
  2. Add confectioners sugar, butter, vanilla extract, cream cheese, and milk (or buttermilk) to a bowl.
  3. Blend thoroughly with a mixer.
Elder Scrolls Sweet Rolls

Now it’s time to frost your sweet rolls! If the icing is too thick, it can be warmed on the stove or in a microwave to soften. Be careful not to heat the icing so much that it becomes runny.

The icing should not cover the entire roll, nor should it be a dollop or hat. The icing should be glazed in a thick layer on top, with sections intentionally dripping down the sides.

When they're all glazed, confront the S'wit who stole your sweet roll and eat the delightful treat on top of his well-deserved grave. Dig in!

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