Cinnamon Roll Cake

Now breakfast can happen anytime of the day thanks to this delicious Cinnamon Roll Cake. Enjoy the ooey gooey taste of cinnamon rolls, in the form of a cake.

Most of the time, when you’re looking for a cake, you come across the same boring recipes. That won’t happen here! Not with our Nutter Butter Cake and Coca Cola Cake, and certainly not with this Cinnamon Roll Cake.

This cake is as unique as they come, but oh-so-delicious. You can enjoy this for breakfast or as a dessert with ice cream. You just cannot go wrong with it.

two pieces of cinnamon roll cake stacked up

CINNAMON ROLL CAKE RECIPE

I have tried a lot of cake recipes in my time. I like creating new things, hence this beauty. If you love cinnamon rolls and are in the mood for a cake, then this is the cake for you. When you bite into this cake, you may experience cake heaven for the first time.

I’ve been making homemade cinnamon rolls for years, but this Cinnamon Roll Cake idea is awesome. Putting together this recipe is actually going to be WAY easier than you thought.

Who discovered cinnamon?

Before you make this recipe, you may have some questions, like who discovered cinnamon? Well, it’s been around for a very long time, since 2800 B.C. This delicious spice is also known as Cinnamomum zeylanicum. The name of it means fragrant spice plant. (source)

pouring cinnamon sauce over unbaked cake

How to Make Cinnamon Roll Cake

Cakes are meant to be fun and I feel as though this cinnamon swirl makes this cake so much fun! I like to keep things as simple as possible when baking and this cinnamon swirl part of the cake is simple and yummy. If you have never made cinnamon swirl before, you’re going to love my recipe.

As you’ll see, there are three parts to this cake: cake batter, cinnamon swirl, and glaze. It takes a few bowls, but is totally worth it.

  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • In another bowl, mix together the milk, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredient and mix just until combined.
  • Once mixed, slowly pour in the melted butter.
  • Pour into a greased 9×13 pan.
  • For the cinnamon swirl, mix all the ingredients together until well combined.
  • Drop or pour (depending on how soft the butter is) evenly over the batter and swirl with a knife.
  • Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes. Ours took about 35 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the warm cake. It will soak in slightly and be AMAZING.
  • Serve the cake warm. If you have leftovers, you can warm each slice in the microwave for just a few seconds.

How do you swirl a cake?

One of the most interesting parts of this cake is swirling it. You can easily swirl this cake after you add the cinnamon swirl. You can take a toot pick or a knife and go to town on swirling it. I like to make figure eights. As you can see, the final product is beautiful!

The cinnamon swirl will sink slightly into the cake making pockets (similar to our earthquake cakes). It makes the bottom of the cake gooey…just like a cinnamon roll!

swirling cinnamon sauce in unbaked cake

Cinnamon Roll Glaze

Perhaps my favorite part of the cake is being able to make this glaze. Everyone knows that the best part of cinnamon rolls is the glaze. Who doesn’t lick their fingers after they’ve added the glaze to the cake? Using powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla, you will be able to make this glaze quickly.

Simply take a small bowl and whisk these ingredients together. Keep whisking until the glaze is smooth and easy enough to drizzle over the cake.

If you drizzle the glaze on when it is warm it will soak in slightly and be utterly delicious!

pouring glaze over a baked cinnamon cake

How to properly cut a cake

If you do want your kids to help you cut the cake or if you have never cut a cake before, there are some tips to keep in mind. You will want to start cutting the cake by cutting two slices down the middle. Cut from the inside out.

I cut this cake into about 15 pieces, which means it can feed quite a bit of people at one time.

cutting 9x13 Cinnamon Roll Cake

Potluck Cake

This cake is great for taking to potlucks or carry ins. I know a lot of teachers and when they have a carry in, this is their go to dish. It can feed quite a bit of people, it’s rich in flavor, and it’s familiar, so people love it!

How do I store this cake?

If you do happen to have leftovers, you may be wondering how you can store this cake. This Cinnamon Roll Cake can be stored in an airtight container and left at room temperature for 2 days. You maybe get away with storing this cake in the fridge for 5-7 days!

Cinnamon Roll Cake on spatula

How to Serve Cinnamon Roll Cake

The beauty of a delicious cake is that you can always enjoy a scoop of ice cream with it. If you thought apple pie was good with ice cream, wait until you try this deliciousness. I can’t even explain it to you, you just need to try it.

You could even make your own ice cream if you really wanted. I’m not sure how ambitious you are feeling about ice cream, but you never know!

OTHER BREAKFAST CAKE RECIPES:

Cinnamon Roll Cake with ice cream on top

TOOLS TO MAKE THIS CAKE:

  • Kid Safe Knife – It’s fun to get kids involved in the cake cutting process! With the right supervision.
  • Ice Cream Maker – For those who are brave enough to make their own ice cream.
  • Cake Cutter & Server – Sometimes you just need to have a good cake cutter and server on hand.
Cinnamon Roll Cake with ice cream and bite on a fork
pieces of Cinnamon Roll Cake
pieces of Cinnamon Roll Cake

Cinnamon Roll Cake

4.92 from 12 votes
Now breakfast can happen anytime of the day thanks to this delicious Cinnamon Roll Cake. Enjoy the ooey gooey taste of cinnamon rolls, in the form of a cake.
Servings 15
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes

Ingredients
 

For the cake:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted)

For the cinnamon swirl:

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon

For the glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • In another bowl, mix together the milk, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredient and mix just until combined.
  • Once mixed, slowly pour in the melted butter.
  • Pour into a greased 9×13 pan.
  • For the topping, mix all the ingredients together until well combined.
  • Drop or pour (depending on how soft the butter is) evenly over the batter and swirl with a knife.
  • Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the warm cake.
  • Serve the cake warm.

Video

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Notes

The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 15 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 230mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 655IU | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 1.6mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 462
Keyword cinnamon coffee cake, easy breakfast cake, glazed coffee cake
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Awesomeness

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Very moist and delicious. Must make cake!!!

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Very delicious! Didn’t take too long to make either.

Can margarine be used in place of butter ?

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This cake is delicious

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This cake is delicious! I made it exactly according to your directions and I am so excited to find a recipe that tastes just like cinnamon rolls, but so much easier. Thank you!

Can the recipe be halved so it can be baked in an 8×8″ pan?

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Love ❤️ All your recipes and why are you not on U-Tube I follow that

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This cake is better than a cinnamon roll!!! I’ve made this several times exactly ascl written. Absolutely delicious !! Everyone lives it!!

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Came out wonderful. super tasty and moist!