Plucking Cake, Dessert

This dessert has been a family favorite for many years.

PicMonkey Collage cake out of oven 1

It is great by itself but it is also great paired with something else. We have served it as a dessert after dinner, served with fruit, or alongside breakfast. Oh, and it goes great with a hot, fresh cup of coffee. ;-)

There is really not a wrong way to serve & enjoy!

Not to mention it is quick & easy to make. And since all of the ingredients are basic kitchen staples then it can be thrown together on a whim in the event of unexpected company.

Plucking Cake

3 cans Pillsbury biscuits, original not grands-biscuits

1 ½ sticks butter/margarine

1 1/3 cups brown sugar

3 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp vanilla

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You will need an ungreased Bundt pan

You will also need a round plate or platter just larger than the Bundt pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

On low, combine & melt together the butter/margarine, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Stirring occasionally so that it doesn’t burn.

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While that is melting cut each biscuit into sixths, keeping the 3 cans piled separately.

PicMonkey Collage cake biscuits

The biscuits are cut & the sugar mixture is ready!

PicMonkey Collage cake sugar mixture

Now it is time to layer your biscuits & sugar mixture.

PicMonkey Collage cake biscuits collage

Now take about 1/4 cup sugar mixture & pour into Bundt pan. Then take a pile of the cut biscuits & drop throughout, scattered.

Then pour about 1/2 cup sugar mixture over the biscuits. Then take a 2nd pile of cut biscuits & drop throughout, scattered.

Then pour about 1/2 cup sugar mixture over the biscuits. Then take a 3nd (final) pile of cut biscuits & drop throughout, scattered.

Then pour the remaining sugar mixture over the last layer of biscuits.

PicMonkey Collage cake biscuits final collage

Bake on 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Depending on your oven you may need a few more minutes, but my suggestion would be to do 2 minutes at a time. Because, after-all, no one likes burned biscuits or cake! ;-) The biscuits will turn a light golden brown when done.

PicMonkey Collage cake out of oven

Once done, take out of the oven. Then place a round plate a little bigger than the Bundt pan on top. Then carefully, but quickly, turn over to put the cake onto the plate.

PicMonkey Collage cake pan plate

The melted yum (sugar mixture) has soaked into the cake & run down the cake. Be careful not to burn yourself.

PicMonkey Collage cake out of oven 1

I like cutting the biscuits into small pieces (sixths), to allow better coverage with the sugar mixture.

The goal would be to get some melted sugar mixture on each of the biscuit pieces.

My family doesn’t like pecans or walnuts, but you can always add a cup (or less) of chopped pecans or walnuts to the melted mixture before doing the layering.

This cake can be cut, but it is great just pulled apart. Then indulge!!

Cover leftovers with foil, although as yummy as it is the chances of there being any are slim. Then warm in the microwave for 10-20 seconds before indulging.

Doesn’t this look yummy!!

When do you plan to make this dessert? Will you be adding pecans or walnuts? Will this be for your family or another get together?

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  1. Oh my goodness! This looks so yummy! Now, I have a reason to go and buy a Bundt cake pan. I am so looking forward to making this delicious dish. :)

  2. I haven’t made this in a while. It’s great for those lounging days of doing nothing and is so simple to make that even the boys get involved by using our pizza slicer to cut up the biscuits.

  3. We make this often. We call it Monkey Bread. I’ve seen it with raisins (not my cup of tea) … or drizzled with icing! YUM! My kids love to help make it. We have stations set up to cut the dough, cover it in sugar/cinnamon, and throw it in the bundt pan. It’s a great dessert or breakfast item to make as a family!

    • TamaraWillis says:

      Yes, I know that many people call it Monkey Bread, but we have always called it Plucking Cake. I have heard that some cover each piece w/ the sugar/cinnamon first too. But I have not had it w/ icing, yet!

  4. OMG my mouth is watering! Thanks for the fab recipe and contest! I’m dying to make this cake asap!!

  5. This is SO yummy. It is one of our favorite breakfast treats as well. SO yummy with coffee.

  6. You guys are making my sweet tooth go nuts, with all these delicious recipes. That cake looks awesome!

    Thanks for sharing, Tamara.


  7. I haven’t made this in a while and my eldest has been bugging me lately to get the ingredients. It really is yummy and loaded with all things bad for you so of course, it’s delicious! I guess I better add it to my shopping list this week LOL

  8. This look so good. I have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  9. This sounds amazing!!! I think would be perfect for a holiday when lots of family are visiting and you need a nice, easy breakfast/treat!!! I think this will go in my recipe book for sure!

  10. Looks delicious! I am all over ANYTHING cinnamon!

    – April

  11. Oh my goodness, how easy is that! And it looks so delicious too. Thanks for the recipe! My kids would love this.

  12. All of a sudden I am starving. That looks so good! I will pass this recipe on. My sister is very good at baking and she tells me I am the only person she knows who can make a packaged cake and you can see all the ingredients. I quit baking anything many years ago but I do have friends that really love doing it. Gotts go now and make a few phone calls!

  13. Oh.My.Word! This looks sooooo good! And to veganize it for my family I just need to use EarthBalance for the butter because most varieties of Pillsbury biscuits are accidentally vegan!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. This is one I haven’t tried making myself, but it sounds delicious and perfectly sticky for my kids! My husband doesn’t like nuts, but I bet it would be yummy with crushed pecans. Thanks for the recipe and helpful pictures!

  15. My aunts has been making this for years, only she calls it ‘Monkey Balls’ lol and it’s pretty addicting and tasty!

  16. Wow. This looks amazingly delicious! Is it time for dessert, yet? Thanks for sharing!

  17. This looks so easy and yummy! My husband would LOVE this! I love making things with biscuits! We make donuts out of them and they are to die for! I will be pinning this for sure to make around the holidays! Thank you!

  18. That looks delicious! I’ve heard it called Monkey Bread, too, but the pieces were bigger. This looks a lot easier to eat…and like something I should be making this weekend! :)

  19. Yum! This looks so delicious. We make something similar called Monkey Bread. Love it. I am going to pin it and make sometime soon. Thank you for sharing it!

  20. Yum!My kind of cake!

  21. I shouldn’t have read this before breakfast. I’m drooling! I’ll have to pin this for later :)

  22. Looks yummy! I’ve never made this before, but have tasted when friends have made something similar. I’m not a big baker, but if I was, I love how simple this recipe is. Thanks for sharing, and for giving a great tutorial with extra tips!

  23. We call it pull apart bread and it is the most delicious sinful food you’ll ever taste. Try adding some chocolate to the mix and oh my!

  24. Would this also be considered a Monkey Bread? I’ve never made it, but the pull-apart aspect seems similar.

  25. This recipe looks delicious and so easy to make! Will have to give this a try real soon.

  26. Looks so delicious! I will have to try this recipe with my girlfriend! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • TamaraWillis says:

      I am hoping that you have had the opportunity to try this dessert! Did you enjoy it as much as we do?

  27. Oh wow, that looks like it’s actually easy to make. I might try this out!

  28. Okay, my mind is blow. Why have I never heard of one of these before? Oh, my mother and I are going to have a chat about this, lol. I’m totally pinning, I have to make it now. Thanks for sharing, it looks delish! Also entering your giveaway, yes!
    Thanks for sharing!

  29. This looks like the adult version of monkey bread :-) Yum!

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution

  30. Reminds me of monkey bread. Yum!

  31. This looks so good and so easy to make. It reminds me of monkey bread. I’ll have to give this a try soon.

  32. Oh men, what a way to start a post! Looks sooooooo yummy I seriously want to make this!

  33. yummy. we just made this too about a week ago.

  34. Drooling! That’s so easy and looks so yummy! Going off the calorie counter for this one!!!

  35. So this is a pretty awesome idea!! It looks like some ooey gooey goodness. I cannot wait to try it out. Thanks for the tip!!

  36. This cake looks so. very. DELICIOUS!!!!!!! Oh my GOODNESS!!! I love the fact that it’s quick and easy to make. I love nuts so I would probably add pecans or coarsely chopped walnuts. I just moved into a new apartment so I’m getting my kitchen supplies together bit by bit. This recipe makes me want to go out and purchase a Bundt cake pan asap! :-)

    • TamaraWillis says:

      I would actually prefer the pecans but since my kids don’t like them, we manage w/o & it is still yummy! Should I offer a Bundt Pan Give-Away so that you can enter to win? ;-)

  37. I’ve never seen this before. Thanks for sharing; although, I do feel like I gained 5 lbs reading this ;)

  38. Sounds delicious! I’m bookmarking this for later, but trying to stay away from it for the moment. I’m trying to lose weight! :)

  39. OMG, not what I needed to see as i sit here starving. It looks wonderful and I can’t wait to try it with the kiddos.

  40. Wow. I have not had this in FOREVER! (We called it Monkey Bread) I totally want to make this now…and I MIGHT!

  41. Yum. We call i Monkey Bread, too, and it is our Christmas tradition. I love it, but I decided it was so sweet once a year was about right, lol. I can’t imagine it with icing [but then, I’m not really an icing fan…]

  42. Mmm.. That does sound good with a cup of coffee. :D Looks easy enough too!

  43. What a simple recipe! The picture does not do this dessert justice, I am sure! My husband is looking over my shoulder and he said, that is probably so good.
    We may give it a try and add walnuts!

  44. All I can say is YUMMY! I will be attempting to make this YUMMY cake on Saturday! Thank you for sharing!

  45. HOw I miss these! We call it monkey bread in our house, but I don’t know why.
    We don’t eat it anymore though because my daughter developed type 2 diabetes and we have cut back on carbs which is pretty much all the biscuits are.

    • TamaraWillis says:

      I have heard it called Monkey Bread as well, so I am sure it is the same concept. I am sorry that you aren’t able to enjoy it anymore, but healthy eating comes first especially for our kids.

  46. Yummy, ya know someone gave me a ceramic monkey bread pan and i still haven’t used it! I might have to pull that or my bundt pan out to make this! Thanks for linking up with Small Victories Sunday 9 last week. #10 just went live so be sure to link up again. Sorry my blog button gave you trouble but I put the linky button in my sidebar too if you wanted it. :)

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