Italian Grandma Makes Cinnamon Cake

  • Published on Nov 4, 2017
    1 cup Milk
    1/2 cup Sugar
    1/4 tsp Salt
    1/2 oz Active Dry Yeast (2 envelopes)
    1/4 lb Butter (1 Stick)
    4 cups All Purpose Flour
    2 extra large Eggs
    Form dough into small balls and roll each ball first into melted Butter (2 Tbsp) and then into a mixture of 1.5 cups Sugar with 3 Tbsp Cinnamon. Then place each ball into pan. Sprinkle more of the Sugar and Cinnamon mixture on top of cake. Bake at 350F for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
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    Who is this lady?
    Gina Petitti was born in 1935 in Faeto, Italy. Her family ran a farm in Italy and she met her husband, Vito, in the same town. In 1970 Gina, Vito, and her 4 children immigrated to America. Gina’s husband passed away in 2012, but she is surrounded by a large family, which includes 9 grandchildren, and lives 5 minutes away from her eldest daughter in New Jersey. Gina spends her time cooking, gardening, and being an active member of her local Church.
    Why does she make such large portions?
    When she was in Italy, she would cook and bake in such large quantities so she wouldn’t have to take time every day to make food, and instead be able to work on the farm. Many of her recipes can be cut in half or quartered if you choose to try them out!
    Why is no one helping her in the video?
    Grandma Gina doesn’t want help! Usually, it’s because we will slow her down or not do it “her way.” For the videos we only show her, but when the camera cuts we jump in and help form the cookies or prep for the next step.
    Why don’t we buy her a new...?
    Grandma Gina has a closet and garage full of new gadgets, spoons, forks, pots, etc… but she doesn’t like them because she is used to doing it with her old tools. She has fun getting her hands dirty!
    Who is behind the camera?
    Her retired son-in-law films, her daughter helps her prep, and she usually has one or two grandkids in the kitchen.
    Does Gina read the comments?
    We print out and show her how much love she gets from all her viewers, and she is very thankful and hopes you enjoy her cooking! Your comments bring her lots of joy, laughter, and inspiration to make more videos to share with you.
    Thank you for watching, we hope you subscribe, and we will see you in our next video!
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Comments • 488

  • Marijana Kljajo
    Marijana Kljajo 14 hours ago

    My name is Marijana too 😊 love your channel and your cooking

  • Kathleen Macellis
    Kathleen Macellis 21 hour ago

    Please , please ...
    Put together a cookbook for us to purchase !

  • Marbella Cuccia
    Marbella Cuccia 23 hours ago


  • Marbella Cuccia
    Marbella Cuccia 23 hours ago

    Sei grande!!!!!!! Viva L'a Italia !!!!!! Italian gastronomy amazing !!!! Thank you !!! Grazie !!!! Gracias !!! ❤️❤️❤️👍👍👍👍👍👌👌👌👌

  • Christine Perry
    Christine Perry Day ago

    Oh Gina, my cinnamon bread is raising right now, but I want to thank you because I made your braciole and it is so delicious! Thank you and your dear family for sharing with us all.

  • K W
    K W 2 days ago

    Love to watch you make food with so much love🌸. Looks kind of like Monkey Bread. I bet it’s as sweet as you Gina. Thank you for sharing your love.

  • Cloudy Wishes
    Cloudy Wishes 2 days ago

    Oh Gina ! Such a beautiful memory you have of Maria. Your Grandchildren and your children will also have a beautiful memory of this cake and the Love you have for them and of cooking.
    I love to watch you whilst i sew sometimes i don't get much done because i love to listen to your calm voice. Thank you so very much for sharing your love and knowledge and thank you to all of your "backup" xxx Amanda

  • Louise Charbonneau
    Louise Charbonneau 2 days ago

    Thank you for sharing your recipes. Gracie to la Nonna. (learn to speak a little Italian but never learned to write in Italian) hugs to Nonna Gina xx

  • Amy Daugherty
    Amy Daugherty 3 days ago

    Italian Grandma is so beautiful... brings tears of joy to see how happy and loving she is.
    The cinnamon bread looks delicious!

  • Diedrich H Farber iii

    When I watch these videos my heart smiles she reminds me of my Great Baba from Czechoslovakia may God rest her soul. May God bless your grandma and may she have a long life

  • astacy62
    astacy62 5 days ago

    Love just hearing her speak...Go Grandma Gina 🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🤞

  • MzzSuperSecretary
    MzzSuperSecretary 5 days ago

    God bless Grandma Gina I love her!

  • Jocelyn Lovelady
    Jocelyn Lovelady 6 days ago

    I love you Grandma Gina. Can you come and cook for me at my house? I live in Australia. That would be so wonderful. So many new and wonderful new things to see. X

  • Rodney Farmer
    Rodney Farmer 6 days ago

    Gina is obviously a work a aholic. This bird sound like crow or black birds. They come through over Gina I figured that Maria had passed on she sings about her a lot she must have been a beautiful soul like Gina.

  • dhkrescue
    dhkrescue 6 days ago

    Those birds!

  • Darcie Merriweather
    Darcie Merriweather 6 days ago

    Have to make this, it's sounds more than delicious!! I am so happy I found your channel. You are a wonderful woman! Blessings always

  • rosie9057
    rosie9057 6 days ago

    Looks absolutely delicious

  • Mary Ann Mirro
    Mary Ann Mirro 8 days ago

    She's driving me crazy in a good way. I love watching her cook but I don't understand a word she's saying, She says things twice a lot. Needs icing it's burnt on top.Looks dry.

  • Robin Holbrook
    Robin Holbrook 9 days ago

    Is there a way we can send photos to Gina when we make her recipes?🌹

    • Buon-A-Petitti
      Buon-A-Petitti  7 days ago

      I would love to see your photos on instagram. Follow me @buonapetitti
      You can also send me photos at
      Buon A Petitti
      PO BOX 223
      Adelphia, NJ 07710

  • Robin Haemmerle
    Robin Haemmerle 12 days ago

    You remind me so much of my Nonna. ❤

  • Catharina Hollander
    Catharina Hollander 12 days ago

    Delicious 😋

  • Khadija Jaamac
    Khadija Jaamac 12 days ago


  • Kathy Wright
    Kathy Wright 13 days ago

    Love watching you, Can't wait to try this cake. Cinnamon is my favorite cake.

  • Sandra Fontaine
    Sandra Fontaine 13 days ago

    Can't wait to try this recipe!!

  • uneeklush
    uneeklush 14 days ago

    Can i use all purpose bread flour for this recipe?

    • Buon-A-Petitti
      Buon-A-Petitti  14 days ago

      I use Bread flour, and I use all purpose flour. I am not aware of "all purpose bread flour". I don't think that exists. This cake calls for all purpose flour.

  • carol johnson-drzymala

    Gina, I feel you in my 💓. I too look forward to every new recipe you post.

  • Beth Wilkinson
    Beth Wilkinson 15 days ago

    Thank you for showing us this great recipe for cinnamon cake. I thought I heard geese in the background, but you are the sweetest Nonna dear Gina! Love watching you in the kitchen and I'm sure it smells so good at your house.

  • theeyesehaveit
    theeyesehaveit 15 days ago

    I’m watching this just before my lunch and I want so bad to taste it. Absolutely delicious, GENA. I, m sure it tastes great as your love makes it so.

  • czam54
    czam54 15 days ago

    I just stumbled across this video now can’t get enough of Nonna Gina! More please! PS would she like a few more grandchildren lol?

  • michael morine
    michael morine 16 days ago

    My goodness "so mucha awork"

  • Susan Mullinax
    Susan Mullinax 16 days ago

    We call it monkey bread. We made with canned biscuits. I’m sure this is fantastic! My mouth is watering.

  • Poison Ivy
    Poison Ivy 16 days ago

    When I made it, it was called monkey bread. It was a newer version of recipe using Grands biscuit dough rolled in cinnamon & sugar, etc. it was good but I bet Grandma’s version is WAY better!!

  • Richie d
    Richie d 16 days ago

    Gina love you, and I’m making your recipes, delish... I saw the meat package said ShopRite! So with out disclosing your address, which county are you living in... I am in Sussex city.

  • VictorLawyer _Pt
    VictorLawyer _Pt 17 days ago

    It's so cute how her son/grandson try to help her with the English, but grandma just keep going on changing Italian and English all the time (and happy as hell)..... Voglio solo inviare un enorme abbraccio alla nonna Gina dal Brasile ......

  • 1weazy
    1weazy 17 days ago

    This looks so good😁 I will make it‼️🌸

  • patricia bennett
    patricia bennett 17 days ago

    Hi Gina , this cake looks delicious. You have done excellent and I value all you do.It is a cake which can be served at most times.It is very nice to have recipe from your cousin, creates a lovely memory.You must miss her a lot. I think she would of been happy as you are using her recipe for your family. Well accomplished.You have a true gift Gina a pleasure to watch you.I must try this one. Thank you for video and blessings and hugs and greetings.xoxo

  • jliriza
    jliriza 17 days ago

    I can't believe how labor intensive this is. I bet iti's delicious but this is a lost art!

  • Antonella Manners
    Antonella Manners 17 days ago

    Bravissima la Nonna ! 😘💕💕

  • Kelly Fredrickson
    Kelly Fredrickson 17 days ago

    I can't wait to make this!!!!!!!!! Thank you Gina!

  • Kowther Alhamidi
    Kowther Alhamidi 18 days ago

    الله يخليك لعيالك وعيالهم و يطول عمرك يارب ..🌷🙏🙏🌷🌸🌸😘😘😘

  • Nona Windsor
    Nona Windsor 18 days ago

    Awesomeness...loved watching your grandmom.

  • Hmm Hmm
    Hmm Hmm 19 days ago +3

    This is the first time in all my years of watching videos that i have ever made a comment. I adore watching Gina's videos. She's so authentic. No prententions. No fancy equipment, just her in a kitchen just like mine. You feel like you're sitting across the counter from her learning the family recipe. I really like that videos are in real time so you can actually make the recipe along with her.

  • Liz Caporicci
    Liz Caporicci 19 days ago

    yum yum. Now a delicious cappuccino to go with it. Some of us would like a cream cheese icing to go on top. Gracia Nonna

  • Kim McLeod
    Kim McLeod 19 days ago

    Looks so yummy. I will make this for my family. Thank you for the recipe.

  • Michael Kasal
    Michael Kasal 19 days ago

    I love your Grandma so much I'm beginning to talk like her. She is wonderful.

  • {// WTF! //}
    {// WTF! //} 19 days ago

    OMG... I found it! My grandmother used to make these cakes. She'd be like a mini production line making a dozen of them every week. Not with cinnamon but poppy seeds. Every time my parents visited, they took home a couple of them. This was my "junk food" as a kid. Not really exceptional... just a plane jane type "pull apart" coffee cake. Grandma used to use the metal ice cube trays... the ones about 5" x 12" x 1-1/2" with the dividers and the pickup lever to release the cubes, from her 1960's GE refrigerator rather than cake pan. She make a huge batch of dough let it rise in the bowl for a couple hours, rolled smaller balls into poppy seeds/sugar then pressed them into the trays, rose them for 10 mins or so then into the oven. The tradition lives again after 30 years. Thank You Nanna...

  • Nicole Alessi
    Nicole Alessi 20 days ago

    LOVE watching her!

  • Appalachian Mountains
    Appalachian Mountains 20 days ago

    I love this woman. She loves cooking and canning.

  • Lisa P
    Lisa P 20 days ago

    I love her, I can’t wait to make this for my grands

  • Edwin Guzman
    Edwin Guzman 21 day ago

    Gina, this cake looks delicious. I will be making it soon and will send you prayers as I am doing it. Grazie :-)

  • Autumn Moon
    Autumn Moon 21 day ago

    Love 💛💛💛 Grandma Gina . She is so sweet and authentic. God bless her and watch over her.

  • Laura Gin
    Laura Gin 22 days ago

    Very nice, grandma

  • Becky Mendoza
    Becky Mendoza 22 days ago

    Thy for sharing I will make this ones a looks so good🤗

  • Josie Winchell
    Josie Winchell 22 days ago +1

    I have gotten addicted to seeing NONNA cook.Love watching her cook. She is adorable.

    • Robin Holbrook
      Robin Holbrook 9 days ago

      I watch one episode right before I go to sleep. A beautiful way to end my day... like a prayer! 🌹

  • Ruth Herchenhanh
    Ruth Herchenhanh 23 days ago

    This looks like Monkey Bread. Real good. Love your video.

  • 3pumpkins
    3pumpkins 24 days ago +1

    Was it only 3 cups of flour used because there was 1 C leftover?

    • Buon-A-Petitti
      Buon-A-Petitti  21 day ago

      You need about 4 cups of flour. I always have extra flour on the side because I cook more by look and feel.

  • Echo
    Echo 24 days ago +1

    We used to make this when I was young, we called it Monkey Bread and we would put chopped pecans in the bottom of the pan. It is sooo good :)

  • Sophie Sadeghi
    Sophie Sadeghi 24 days ago +1

    Gina is the Best ♥️👌🏻❤️✅

  • Bea Torres
    Bea Torres 26 days ago

    Amazingly delicious thank u ma'am so kindly Gbu and ur loved one's always ❤greetings from El Paso Tx. I use my hands don't have machine. Bless your heart my utmost respect and admiration. My heartfelt condolences to you for ur friend Marianna

  • Sis and bro
    Sis and bro 26 days ago

    Grazie nonna Gina io sono Italiana e ti guardo tutte le sere sto qui dal 1972 sono della provincia d'isernia ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Donna Brown
    Donna Brown 27 days ago

    Enjoyed your video, I know those must be so good. Thank you for sharing.

  • Kathy Germack
    Kathy Germack 28 days ago

    Is this Gina's house? It's lovely just like her.

  • Aruna Peeters
    Aruna Peeters Month ago

    Gina, you are adorable and I love you so much. You have to come to NZ and I will not let you go back. God bless YOU xxox

  • Joe Lippard
    Joe Lippard Month ago

    God Bless you Grandma Gina, you are the Grandma of TVclip! Watching how you loved making this for your grandchildren made me remember how much my late grandmother loved cooking for the family. You are a blessing to all. Love you!

  • Zara Nar
    Zara Nar Month ago

    Great lady love 💕 you

  • Donna Kelley
    Donna Kelley Month ago

    I love this dear sweet lady. I wish I had her to teach me how to cook when I was Young. She is very special person. You can tell she is a kind loving soul. May God bless her always.

  • Rose Jafari
    Rose Jafari Month ago +1

    This looks like a good cake donut recipe, which my husband loves. I'll try this soon, half cake, the rest donuts.

  • l. Mary Variola
    l. Mary Variola Month ago

    Looks like monkey bread only walnuts are thrown in

  • Maggie Brice
    Maggie Brice Month ago


  • Daisy Cubelo
    Daisy Cubelo Month ago

    Hello Gina! I love your videos! I'm going to try this recipe. It looks delicious and my children will love it! Can't wait to make it. Do you have a recipe and video for Annise Cookies? Could you please share it if you do? Thanks for sharing your recipes with us! God bless you!

  • Cynthia Fazzini
    Cynthia Fazzini Month ago

    God bless you, Grandma Gina. Your cooking is reminiscent of a time long gone, when everything was done by hand and with GREAT LOVE. I miss my mother’s cooking, which was exactly like yours. And I love when you sing! ❤️

  • Mary S
    Mary S Month ago


  • Paula Ouellette
    Paula Ouellette Month ago

    Gina, I love watching you cook. It reminds me of when I was young and loved watching my Nana cook and she always used her hands to mix too!!! God Bless You!!

  • Cheryl Tiseo
    Cheryl Tiseo Month ago

    Special request for gnocchi 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Linda Nicola
    Linda Nicola Month ago

    What a sweetheart of a lady!

  • Emanuela Biondi
    Emanuela Biondi Month ago

    Ricette di benedetta

  • Neal Catapano
    Neal Catapano Month ago

    Grazie nonna Gina!

  • Patrizia M.
    Patrizia M. Month ago

    Cara nonna Gina, potresti per favore scrivere le dosi in grammi? Complimenti per l'ottima ricetta😘👏🏼👍🏼🌹💝 Un abbraccio da Roma🙆🏼

  • abedabun dawn
    abedabun dawn Month ago

    This recipe looks really good!!! I am going to try to make it tonight. Thank you so much for posting!!!!

  • Lorraine DesMarais
    Lorraine DesMarais 2 months ago

    Hi Gina, Watching and listening to you is pure delight! Thank you for making and sharing your videos. I also want to thank the person behind the camera…thumbs-up to you both! I just can’t get enough! May the God of all grace bless you as you bless others with your work, time and countless smiles! By the way, I like hearing you sing too! 😊 Love from Montreal, Canada

  • Dianne Davis
    Dianne Davis 2 months ago +1

    As Justin Wilson used to say, (paraphrasing): Just use the stirrers God gave you! I bet that cake could be prepared in a bread machine up to the forming of the cinnamon-sugar covered balls.

  • Daphne Rodriguez
    Daphne Rodriguez 2 months ago


  • TheNormndee
    TheNormndee 2 months ago

    Much love Nonna Gina!!!!! As always, another great video!

  • mistymoo Moo moo
    mistymoo Moo moo 2 months ago

    I’m sending my fiancé after the ingredients I don’t have now.. he loves cinnamon desserts. Thanks so much

  • me heretoday
    me heretoday 2 months ago

    ok this is what I will be making for us for Christmas ...thank you for the recipe and the it...
    more videos all these

  • Barbara Zimmerman
    Barbara Zimmerman 2 months ago +1

    I love Grandma Gina! She brings me back in time to the 1950'2 and 60's, when I was growing up in a Jewish & Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. The ladies all understood each other, and shared recipes. Some, like my grandmother, did not read or write, so the recipes were all in their memories. Measurements were in "glass fulls" instead of measuring cups. Big spoon and small spoon were measured in table utensils. No one had special equipment. And the best part was when their recipes crossed over. God bless you Gina, and the wonderful memories you are passing down.

  • Drew Eric Whitman
    Drew Eric Whitman 2 months ago +1

    Some of the most heart-felt videos on all of TVclip. You can tell that to her, cooking is a labor of love. Her apple cake recipe is amazing! Thank you for sharing these wonderful videos of this sweet, charming lady. She's truly a blessing.

    LUIS HERRERA 2 months ago

    Sto andando a modo tuo madre!

  • RU Serious
    RU Serious 2 months ago +3

    Monkey Bread Anyone? Love her

  • Patricia Vyce
    Patricia Vyce 2 months ago

    We love 💗 you Grandma !🌈👍🥰yummm’O” Thank you for being wonderful and,for sharing.”🥰🌈

  • cookie corrieri
    cookie corrieri 2 months ago

    My Grandma ans Grandpa came from Italy also, Gina is like watching my sweet.. This recipe is like Monkey Bread, our version, but Gmas was always better....

  • Dawn Gorton
    Dawn Gorton 3 months ago

    Thank you looks so good.My grand daughter and I made this very good thank you for sharing 😋👍❤️

  • Paul Strength
    Paul Strength 3 months ago


  • Patricia  Reyes
    Patricia Reyes 3 months ago +1

    I love this lady and her cooking videos❤❤

  • Larry Marco
    Larry Marco 3 months ago

    I love watching your gramma. My family is also from italy and my Mother and Dad have both passed. Her cooking brings back such fine memories of my mom and aunts cooking. I love to cook and now since my mother is no longer alive I can get your grammas recipes and cook the foods that I grew up on. The cinnamon bread is very familiar but we called it Monkey Bread. Tell your gramma thank you for taking the time to show us how to cook my comfort foods.

  • Faye
    Faye 3 months ago

    Very dear Gina, I really love it when you speak half english, half italian and amazingly, I totally understand what you are saying. I do not speak italian and God bless your son in law, he sounds like a good man and has a very nice voice and he asks you nice questions. you have a great family, God give you a long an healthy life.

  • eben abraham
    eben abraham 3 months ago

    It's a cake full of love.... not just cinnamon😋

  • Sara Hamo
    Sara Hamo 3 months ago

    Iza is a charming woman. Hashem bless you from all the good things that exist in the world. You see that you are a woman who is very warm and clean. You are honored with the explanation of the special cake that taught us to make a healthy dish. A good woman. Thank you

  • Yvonne Hudson
    Yvonne Hudson 3 months ago

    So comforting to watch you. Thanks for sharing this gem💖

  • Mike tiny
    Mike tiny 3 months ago

    do you make Sfogliatelle, love to see a video