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Cinnamon Roll Cake

This Cinnamon Roll Cake is like having homemade cinnamon rolls turned into cake! It’s the best cake, full of cinnamon flavor.
slice of cinnamon roll cake on a plate

This easy cinnamon roll cake recipe has become a family favorite. It’s a delicious cake with a cinnamon mixture swirled into the center of the cake (the best part). There is a little bit of sweet glaze drizzled on top. You must try this favorite breakfast treat that has already been enjoyed by a lot of people! It’s such a yummy recipe. You might also like to try our amazing cinnamon roll monkey bread. It’s made in a bundt pan, and it’s extremely delicious too!

52 weeks 52 sweets cookbook cover

This recipe comes from a book on our cookbook shelf: 52 Weeks 52 Sweets. This book is full of sweet treats for every week, every season of the year. The author includes inspiration from recipes around the world. We love it!

Here are a few fun recipes from the book:

  • Apple and Cardamom Cake
  • Baklava Palmiers
  • Indian Fudge
  • Magical Chocolate Mousse
  • Victoria Sponge Cake
  • Berry Delicious Cheesecake Brownies
  • Silky Chocolate Pie
  • Chocolate Log

ingredients displayed for making cinnamon roll cake

Ingredients needed:

  • all purpose flour
  • white sugar
  • baking powder and salt
  • whole or 2% milk
  • unsalted melted butter
  • large egg
  • vanilla extract
  • brown sugar
  • walnuts
  • ground cinnamon
  • powdered sugar

four photos showing how to make cinnamon roll cake

How to make Cinnamon Roll Cake:

The complete, printable full recipe is at the end of this post.

PREPARE THE CAKE:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 8×8-inch pan.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the middle of the dry mixture. Pour in the milk, unsalted butter, egg and vanilla. Stir the mixture together until well-incorporated, then pour batter into your prepared pan. The batter may seem like not enough, but the cake rises quite a bit during baking.

MAKE THE CINNAMON FILLING:

In a medium bowl, stir together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add in the nuts (if using), flour and cinnamon; stir until smooth. Scoop spoonfuls of the cinnamon sugar filling across the top of the cake batter in the pan. Run a butter knife across the cake several times to swirl the cinnamon swirl mixture.

Bake the cake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the center is set and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out nearly clean. Let the cake cool slightly while preparing the simple glaze.

cinnamon roll cake in square pan

PREPARE THE GLAZE:

Instead of the classic cream cheese frosting that traditional cinnamon rolls typically have, this cinnamon cake has a vanilla icing on top. That can be traditional for more old fashioned cinnamon rolls, so it works here in this cake.

In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, milk, vanilla and salt until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the cake and serve it as a warm cake, while it is still gooey.

Is Icing Sugar the same as Powdered Sugar?

Icing sugar is another name for powdered sugar. They’re the same thing. Same goes for confectioner’s sugar. I prefer to refer to it as powdered sugar in all of our recipes.

cinnamon roll cake in pan

If you don’t want to serve it right away (or if you have leftovers), just wrap with plastic wrap, leave it at room temperature and consume within a few days.

Why is my cake dry?

Check your oven temperature! A lot of cakes turn out to be dry in texture because the oven is just too hot. Use an oven thermometer to ensure that when you set your oven to 350ºF, it actually is 350ºF. Measure your flour correctly too. Cakes can become dry when you add too much flour. Spoon flour into the measuring cup and level off with a knife.

slice of cinnamon roll cake on wooden spoon

This homemade cinnamon roll cake is an easy breakfast treat. It’s also the perfect snack to have with a cup of coffee. The cake has the flavor of a cinnamon roll with its buttery cinnamon swirls, but instead it’s baked into a moist cake with a simple vanilla glaze.

Can I leave walnuts out of the recipe?

Of course! Many people are allergic to nuts, so it’s perfectly okay to leave them out of the cinnamon swirl in this cinnamon roll cake recipe. And there are others who simply don’t care for nuts at all, so it works for those people too.

fork inside of slice of cinnamon roll cake

Cake Recipes Made in a Bundt Pan:

Cinnamon Roll Cake

RecipeBoy.com (shared from 52 Weeks, 52 Sweets)
Cinnamon rolls turned into cake!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 398 kcal

Ingredients
  

CAKE:

CINNAMON SWIRL:

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • cup walnuts, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

GLAZE:

Instructions
 

PREPARE THE CAKE:

  • Preheat the oven to 350℉. Butter and flour a 8x8-inch pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the middle of the dry mixture. Pour in the milk, butter, egg and vanilla. Stir the mixture together until well-incorporated, then pour into your prepared pan. The batter may seem like not enough, but the cake rises quite a bit during baking.

MAKE THE CINNAMON SWIRL:

  • In a medium bowl, stir together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add in the nuts (if using), flour and cinnamon; stir until smooth. Scoop spoonfuls of the mixture across the top of the cake batter in the pan. Run a butter knife across the cake several times to swirl the mixture.
  • Bake the cake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the center is set and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out nearly clean. Let the cake cool slightly while preparing the glaze.

PREPARE THE GLAZE:

  • In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, milk, vanilla and salt until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the cake and serve it warm, while it is still gooey.

Notes

  • Store this cake (covered) in the fridge for up to one week.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 398kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 5gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 228mgPotassium: 114mgFiber: 1gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 496IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 103mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cake, cinnamon roll
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sharon

Friday 18th of November 2022

This sounds absolutely delicious! Planning to make it over the upcoming Christmas holidays if not before. Thank you for sharing your talent!