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Jamaican Sugar Bun
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by Sheree-Anita Shearer | Associate Writer

Where you have the Cinnamon Roll, Jamaica has had the Sugar Bun. They are both similar and different at the same time. Both are pinwheel-shaped pastries, with layers and delicious sticky glazes between each roll. Both are delicious, one highlights a more sugary and buttery flavour while the other is delicious cinnamon goodness, I bet you can tell which is which.

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Sugar Buns are popular as a breakfast or lunch snack item. We eat them quite often, usually accompanied by a slice of Jamaican cheese and/or milk.

Is Sugar Bun Native To Jamaica?

By no means are we the first to make a pinwheel type treat, however, the concept of the Sugar Bun was conceptualized by Jamaicans.

Are Jamaican Sugar Bun and Spice Bun the Same?

No, they aren't. The sugar bun is a pinwheel-shaped light brown pastry while the spiced bun is a dark brown pastry usually made into circles on regular days. During Easter celebrations, the shape changes to a loaf and raisins and currants are added to the pastry and that is called an Easter Bun.

How To Make Delicious Jamaican Sugar Bun

This delicious recipe will create a delicious, flaky, melt your mouth Sugar Bun pastry.

Jamaican Sugar Bun Recipe


  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup warm milk (I used coconut milk)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 3 tbsp soften butter


  • Step 1: Add a cup of warm milk to your mixer. Along with ⅓ cup of sugar and 1tsbp of salt and combine these ingredients. 

  • Step 2. Add 2 tablespoons of yeast to 3½ cups of all-purpose flour and slowly add it to your liquid mixture. 

  • Step 3: Beat 3 eggs and add them slowly to the mixture as well. Followed by ¼ cup of melted butter. Continue mixing until a dough is formed. If your dough becomes slightly too soft, add a small amount of flour until it gets the desired thickness.

  • Step 4: Put your dough in a greased pan to rest. Rub butter over the dough and cover the container with cling wrap. The dough will be ready in an hour but it can be left overnight just the same. 

  • Step 5: On a flat, floured surface and using a floured rolling pin flatten the dough into a square (30x30 in), trimming the ends to make a perfect square. 

  • Step 6: Cover the surface of the dough with a butter knife. Then, modestly cover the surface of the dough with brown sugar, make sure to get the corners as well.

  • Step 7: Now it is time to roll your dough into a log, similar to a swiss roll. This will give your sugar bun the delicious sugary rolls we all love. 

  • Step 8: Cut your dough into quarters and then cut them into pinwheels about an inch in thickness. You should be able to see individual layers in each cross-section.

  • Step 9: Add them to a greased baking pan.

  • Step 10: After you’ve done this, the next step is to brush the dough with egg wash. Beat your two remaining eggs to make the egg wash.

  • Step 11: Add more sugar to the sides of the buns facing up, you can use as much as you wish. Don’t go overboard now!

  • Step 12: Cover with cling wrap or a dishcloth and allow it to rest for an hour. 

  • Step 13: Put them in the oven for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

 When they are done, brush them again, this time with melted butter. Your delicious Sugar Buns are now ready. You can have them with cheese, milk, or on their own.

Additional Tips For Your Jamaican Sugar Bun Recipe

  1. You don’t have to use coconut milk, any milk you would normally use is fine.
  2. You can add raisins while you are rolling your dough.
  3. You can add icing to your sugar buns as well.

To make this, you’ll need: 

Icing Recipe


  • Egg Whites
  • Icing powder
  • Vanilla Extract


  1. Sift your sugar twice and put half your amount in a large bowl.

  2. Whisk your eggs very lightly and add a little at a time, along with the vanilla extract to the icing sugar while mixing.

  3. Usually, you would mix until the mixture becomes stiff and put it on cakes. However, you want your icing to be a little syrupy to have it drizzled on your sugar buns, so in this case, you wouldn’t mix until it is still but until it becomes a syrup but not too runny.

 Using a spoon, drizzle as much as desired over your sugar buns and enjoy.

How Do You Store Sugar Buns?

Your Sugar Buns should be stored in an airtight container in a dry area.

Do I Need To Flour The Pans Before Using Them?

Yes, you should. To prevent the dough from sticking, you should lightly flour the surface and rolling pin as well.

Mmmhh! I hope you enjoy your sugary delights!

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References & Sources For Jamaican Sugar Bun

  1. Recipe Royal Icing, 
  2. Brown Sugar Buns or Rolls Recipe -,
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