Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe

This next recipe is a new favorite.

I would be lying if I said I was an expert at Cinnamon Roll Making… that’s my mom’s job, and she’s just so stinking good at it, that most of us in the family leave that recipe to her. Although, I haven’t been brave enough to try Cinnamon Rolls all on my own, I was able to make a Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe that was a HUGE hit! It’s perfect for a breakfast dish or for dessert. It was suuuuper easy to make and can be done by anyone.

I recommend serving this yummy treat when it’s warm because it just melts in your mouth and tastes just like regular Cinnamon Rolls!

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Here is how you can make it too:

Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 TB flour
  • 1 TB cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Mix flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs and vanilla together.
  2. Stir in melted butter, slowly. Pour into greased 9x13 pan.
  3. Mix topping ingredients (3/4 cup butter softened, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon). Drop over cake mixture evenly.
  4. Swirl your topping and cake mixture with a knife going up and down the length of the pan (but only inserting it in the cake mix a little - not all the way).
  5. Bake at 350 for 28-32 minutes.
  6. Top with the glaze which is made by mixing 2 cups powdered sugar, 5 TB milk and 1 tsp. vanilla. Drizzle over the cake while it's still warm. ENJOY!
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This recipe is definitely another keeper recipe. I think you will find it is a lot easier than cinnamon rolls and quicker too.

I hope this recipe can become a family favorite like it has at ours!

And in case you’re looking for another Morning Treat, be sure to check out this Quick Coffee Cake recipe:

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Here are a few other breakfast goodies you may enjoy:

Cream Cheese and Cinnamon Crescent Rolls - YUM!

Cinnamon & Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

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Cinnamon Roll Bites

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French Toast Bake

For all Breakfast recipes on the site go HERE, and for all recipes go HERE.

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  1. 1

    Are you kidding me!!!! I so want to be your neighbor : ) This looks so FINGER LICKING good!!! I think I should have been sitting there in the photo next to your daughter with the same BIG smile, just waiting to get the go ahead to “Dig In”
    Yummy!!
    Angelina
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  2. 2

    Now that looks amazing!
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  3. 3

    I love how easy this is! It looks incredible!
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  4. 4

    My mom and I have been trying to figure out how to make gluten free cinnamon roles. The results have not been fabulous. Gluten free dough is really sticky and difficult to roll out. Adapting this recipe would be so easy! Thanks so much for the idea! Pinning.

  5. 7

    Yummy!!! I love a little behind the scenes!
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  6. 8

    This looks o seriously YuMMy! I love my moms cinnamon rolls, I took a bunch of them to my faculty Christmas thing and all 4 trays were eaten with in 2 hours! It was AWESOME! I am so going to try this for breakfast in the morning! Thanks for sharing!

    • 9

      Mine is in the oven now for 32 min and I went to check it and it was jiggly. I’m sure it depends on the oven and I may have used a smaller pan. Hope they are still as delicious as it looks and sounds!!

  7. 11

    Looks sooo good! I’ve made homemade cinnamon rolls before and they take forever…this looks yummy, fast and easy! I’m pinning it. Do you have any idea if you could mix it up the night before and put it in the fridge? Thanks!
    KC
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  8. 12

    I wish this was breakfast tomorrow. Heck, I wish it was dessert right now!
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  9. 13

    Ooo… my oldest requests cinnamon rolls every single time I ask what he wants for breakfast and I usually have to say there’s not enough time. I can’t wait to surprise him with this. Thanks!!

  10. 14

    Yummy!!! I just made homemade cinnamon rolls on New Years Day for the first time. I had a grandma that was an absolute wonderful baker so I was a little apprehensive to make them. I did though and my family loved them. My husband loves anything cinnamon so I will definitely try your cake recipe

  11. 15

    Yum! I love cinnamon anything=) Can’t wait to make this!
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  12. 16

    does anyone have an easy banana muffin recipe please

  13. 19

    This was delicious! everyone Loved it, thx for sharing :)

  14. 20

    My husband asked if I could make something for his work brunch tomorrow. Um, I think his co-workers will just LOVE this!!!

    • 21

      I think they will! I just made this again on Sunday and came home with an empty pan – it was a hit!! Let me know how it goes. :)

      • 22

        Verdict is in…….This is sinfully delicious!!!! Some of the co-workers had 3 pieces!!! My hubby was able to bring home some for myself and our boys! I will make this again!!!!

        • 23

          Just made this but I had to bake it 10-15 minutes longer. Did anyone else have this problem? It tastes great and I will make it again.

          • 24

            Hmmm, I just made it last week and maybe put it in for 2 minutes longer. Not sure why you had to bake yours for so much longer, but I think it just depends on your oven since they’re all different. :/

          • 25

            I’m wondering if you “over swirled” the brown sugar mix like I did? I ended up having to cook longer.

  15. 26

    Do u use plain flour or self rising flour.

  16. 27

    I couldn’t wait to try this recipe. I’ve always enjoyed eating but disliked making cinnamon rolls, so this was very appealing alternative. I had pretty good results but it was too sweet for me. I think I’ll try to reduce the sugar and see how it turns out. I’m going to try to cut the butter in half also. My globs of cinnamon were probably too big so I will make them smaller. I think this is a great recipe pretty simple just for me needs a few tweaks. When I get it down pat I’m going to try to incorporate maple into the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  17. 28

    I made this tonight and it so amazingly good. Thanks for the recipe

  18. 29

    It’s in the oven as I type, but now I’m wondering if I should have reduced the oven temp to 325 because I’m using a glass dish :)

    We shall see!

    • 30

      I used a glasd dish too and it worked fine. Let me know how it turns out! :D

      • 31

        Well, I let it cook longer because I did reduce the temp to 325 at about halfway and probably shouldn’t have. It’s for hubby’s birthday, so we haven’t cut into it, but I can tell you it doesn’t look like yours, lol! I’ll make a note to use the 350 all the way through, thanks.

  19. 32

    Just made this but it didn’t work at all.. The butter just went to the bottom and it was just soaked in butter and soggy. :( Really bummed, it smells good though.

    • 33

      So sorry it didn’t work out. I’ve had so many people make this and not have a problem. Not sure what happened, but I would try it one more time. :(

  20. 34

    Oh my! This is so delicious! After I tasted it, I told my husband to take the rest of the cake to work with him otherwise I will eat the whole thing :)

  21. 35

    Just made this!! Very tasty!! I halved the recipe because with the two of us we didn’t need all of it. I will make again.

  22. 37

    Recently, I saw a recipe for putting tortilla wraps in a muffin tin, and topping them with chicken and cheese. Did I see that recipe here? My computer was down and I wasn’t able to print it. I love your site!

  23. 38

    do not waste 3/4 a pound of butter on this cake. It is awful.

    • 39

      Sorry you feel this way, Brenda. Everyone else seems to love it, and my entire family LOVES it. :)

    • 40

      Brenda is wrong! this is great, got an offer of marriage the first time i made this for work! made it for the second time tonight for guests who are coming tomorrow :)

  24. 41

    I so love when I get a craving for something sweet and I have all the ingredients in the kitchen without having to go out. This cake is an absolute HIT!!!

  25. 43

    This cake is a new family favourite in my house too! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I hope you won’t mind me sharing a Britished-up version (weights rather than cups) on my blog. I will of course link back to your original recipe.
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    • 44
      Yolanda Samuels :

      I hope you can, as I know that US and UK measures can vary. Also, I’m not well acquainted with the old imperial measures.

  26. 45

    Since I saw these on Pinterest a couple of weeks ago, they have been on my mind! I have made cinnamon rolls once since being married, but the amount of work was a bit daunting (especially since I’m not a morning person!). This is such a fabulous idea! I’m making these this afternoon for a mom’s group tomorrow- thanks so much for the idea!

  27. 46

    I am currently on the fence. I just cut thru this and anywhere there was the brown part it’s soggy as… And so as soon as I am done, I am going to throw it back in the oven and hope for the best, but I can honestly see myself throwing this in the garbage or eating around the brown. I am wondering if this much butter is necessary? It seems excessive somehow and I can’t understand why the white is cooked and the brown is nearly ruining the cake. Of course it tastes good, but I probably shouldn’t have tried it with it being so gooey. Sigh.

  28. 47

    You definitely don’t want to over swirl. If you do, like I did, you will have to add on some extra time. Still yummy and would make again. Thanks for the great recipe..

  29. 48

    I am making this right now. However, I added an additional 10 minutes and it still isn’t done. Has this happened to anyone else? Thank you!

  30. 53
    Maria Laura :

    It´s in the oven! Smells great, but its taking longer than 30 minutes…. i´m adding another 10 minutes or so because its still runny in the middle. I’ll take a bite in a few! Will let you know how it turns out! =)

    • 54
      Maria Laura :

      OH MY GOD!!! This is sooooo DELICIOUS!!! my mom and grandma loved it and i know everyone else too!! Thank you so much, it’s so easy to make and it tastes great!

  31. 55

    I was wondering do you use self rising or plain flour. I think someone already asked this question , but did not see the answer. Can’t wait to fix this :)

  32. 58

    This looks easy enough to make. Will give it a try and pinning it.
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  33. 59

    Hi I was wondering if you could substitute the butter with margarine. I can’t wait to make this! It looks so yummy!! :)

  34. 61
    Maria Laura :

    Did it twice in 4 days…… Enough said hahaha. Everyone LOVES IT! I took it out of the oven 2 hours ago and im afraid its not gonna last through the night!
    Great recipe! A billion stars!!!

  35. 62

    Getting ready to make this today. Questions: 1) reading comments, so me are saying “don’t over swirl” what does that mean?? 2) in measuring flour I typically use a spoon to scoop the floor into a measuring cup – should I do same for this recipe or do you just put your measuring cup straight in a scoop up – I think it makes a slight diff ??

    Has anyone tried cutting back on the sugar and buttuer? If so, what amounts did you use?

    Thanks – this is worth trying for sure since I LOVE cinnamon rolls! Will post when its all done!

  36. 63

    So I made the cake and it is VERY good! Perfect with a hot cup of coffee. I made a couple of mistakes – 1) of adding one too many Tablespoons of cinnamon, but really, I love cinnamon so it was a good mistake (lol) and 2) I didn’t measure the powdered sugar – tried eyeballing the two cups, but clearly it wasn’t enough. The glaze wasn’t thick enough like your photo but i think its still amazing.

    This one is a keeper.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  37. 64

    Wonderful recipe! I take it! I love cinnamon! :)

  38. 65

    My family loved it, but it took almost 20 extra minutes to cook through. It’s very sweet and rich.

  39. 66

    If a recipe calls for baking powder and salt then the flour is all purpose. Self rising already has those ingredients in it.. If you’d like to substitute self rising for all purpose omit the baking powder and salt.

  40. 67

    hi… i made this cake because it looked really good in the pics its still in the oven cant wait to eat it but it does take along time in the oven and because of the brown sugar it is really brown on the top i guess its my first time but to get it perfect i will make it again thanks!

  41. 68

    I made this for a friend’s birthday and doubled for our family to try! My kids had a nice treat when they got home from school. They loved it so much that they asked for more and wanted to call that dinner.

    • 69

      LOL! I LOVE it!! It’s definitely a quick and easy alternate to real cinnamon rolls. SO glad it was a hit with the family. :D

  42. 70

    Thank you. Sounds so good.

  43. 71
    Sharlene Simpson :

    Love your recipes

  44. 72

    I’m not even sure how I came across your blog and this recipe, but my Sunday brunch crew thanks you! It took just a few minutes to put together and was absolutely amazing. I’d recommend this recipe for a brunch potluck or for a family get-together on a holiday morning.

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  46. 74

    I seemed to have a problem with the end product being underdone as well. It tasty good, but gooey. Is that supposed to be the end result?

    • 75

      I’ve made this several times and it has always had a coffee cake consistency. I would bake it a little longer. Sorry about that.

  47. 76

    Can I substitute wheat flour?

  48. 77
    Jolanda Schmidt :

    Just wanted to say that this cake is ridiculously delicious.! I added 1/2 cup of blanched dark raisins and baked it in a glass dish for 32 minutes and it turned out perfect. Keep the fabulous recipes coming :)

  49. 78

    Hi, just wanted to say happened upon your site by chance but love the look and many recipes as well. The only thing I would request is (a) offer a larger font size for print purposes and (b) in your recipes page change your font colour to something darker in order to be able to see it as the contrast is pretty light and also very small font size. Other than that I love your site .Thank you so much, I’ll be back again.

  50. 79

    OMG!!!! its 9:42 at night, and im thinking about cancelling my nightlife plans to go to the store pick up what i need to make these. I would LOVE to have this with my coffee in the morning.

  51. 81

    Made it this morning… OMG again! Yummy!!

  52. 82

    This cake is amazing! My kids and husband loved it. Will be making again for sure.Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

  53. 83

    Another good recipe. Thank you, Kristyn.

  54. 84

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I made this for a girl’s night last week and oh my goodness everybody loved it. Especially my little girl, whom I am making it for AGAIN today, per her request =D this is going to be my new go to dessert recipe

  55. 85

    Thanks for the nice recipe. Have a great week.

  56. 86
    Kacey Theriot :

    I have made this and it was delicious. However, my questions is can you make this in a smaller size pan?

  57. 87

    This is literally the best cinnamon bun cake I have ever had. I have made this about 3 times now and everyone I serve it to thinks it is absolutely delicious and so do I. I just wish it wasn’t so bad for you lol!

    • 88

      I’m right there with you, Calindy!! SO good but NOT so good for you. I’m making it today, though. ;) Whoops!

  58. 89

    Great recipe! Love this site

  59. 91

    Ok…your pictures are awesome! So much so, that I got up and made this dish this morning for my boys! SCORE! Loved it! Thanks for posting. This one made my SERIOUSLY DELICIOUS board on #pinterest! =)

    • 92

      YAY!! SO glad you liked the cake. I hope it quickly becomes a family favorite! With all that better, how could it now? ;)

  60. 93

    Made this tonight & omg it is so good!!! I did have to cook about 10 minutes longer & it could have bern over stirring with the knife but otherwise best cake!! So moist & so yummy!! Thank you!!

    • 94

      Hi Teri! I made it last night too, and it was gone in minutes! So glad you guys liked it. Thank you for stopping by. :)

  61. 95

    This recipe is divine! The cake is so soft and buttery and with just the perfect amount of cinnamon! I cannot thank you enough for the recipe! I added a few tablespoons of cream cheese to the frosting for an added bonus flavor! Yum!

  62. 97

    Looks so good! What size pan and is glass better than a metal pan?

  63. 98

    I tried this for the first time (of many to come) this morning. I split it into two 8″ pans, one for breakfast and one for my husband’s work potluck. It was so delicious, the second pan barely made it to work! :)

  64. 100

    Oh, my goodness!! I baked this late this morning. I ate this for lunch instead of the gumbo I prepared for today. My taste buds were excited – cake and cinnamon rolls all in one!!!! After reading the reviews the other night, I was a little concerned about over swirling and too much butter. Everything came out perfect! I didn’t have any problems. My family enjoyed it. Thanks for the recipe.

  65. 102

    I usually cant make a cake to save my life but this was a huge success
    My only issue was spreading the topping evenly enough for it to bake consistently
    so! today Im going to try this as cupcakes.

  66. 104

    This recipe is to die for good!! I had it over the weekend at a friends house, so of course I had to make it for my family today.

  67. 106

    I’m making this right now! Can’t wait to serve it tonight after dinner!

  68. 108

    Could I prepare this the night before, leave it it the fridge, and cook it it the morning? I’d love to make this, but I’m short on time with company! :)

  69. 110

    I have made this twice. I used the ingredients as written and baked it exactly 32 minutes, as directed. It was perfect. We love it. I believe the trick is in the swirling method. I let the knife only sink about an inch in the batter, so that the topping stays mostly on top. When checking for doneness, I inserted the toothpick in a place where there is only cake, without topping. I am cooking for two, so there was a lot. I froze individual servings for breakfasts later. It freezes well. Thank you for this amazing recipe.

  70. 112

    Do you use salted or unsalted butter?

  71. 114

    I took this to a church potluck and had tons of requests for the recipe! Thanks for sharing it!

  72. 115

    Wow, nice job on those swirls. I would probably mess them up but somehow, I don’t think it would matter. Beautiful work overall!

  73. 116

    Love this cake. Have made it just as instructed and the second time I halved the recipe and made muffins. Yum

  74. 117

    Oh my goodness!!! This is wonderful! Made this for breakfast this morning and it was delicious!

    Thank you so much for all of the wonderful recipes. Love your website!

    • 118

      Hi Mitzi! SO glad you like the cinnamon roll cake – it’s one we make very often since everyone loves it. Hope you can find more recipes and crafts here you like. :)

  75. 119

    Definitely going to try this but with cream cheese frosting!

  76. 121

    Can you please clarify the amount of butter used in this recipe. Butter is listed twice – 1/2 cup and 3/4 cup. I assume the 1/2 cup is used in the cake and the 3/4 cup is to be put in the topping………but then in the instructions you say add 1 cup butter to topping ingredients………can you please clarify this for me. It looks delicious and I want to make it for a new neighbor that will be moving across the street from me soon. Appreciate a quick response! Thanks!

    • 122

      So sorry about that. There are two amounts… 1/2 cup butter melted for the batter and 3/4 cup softened for the topping. Just fixed the recipe. ;)

      • 123

        Thanks Kristyn for the quick response and clarification…………I look forward to making this next week for my new neighbor………..I love your site……..all your recipes look amazing!!

  77. 124

    Is it really 4 tsp baking powder? Just want to make sure. Thanks. Looks delicious!

  78. 126

    I just wanted to take a minute to comment. First, thank you for sharing the recipe. It looks amazing. However, I was shocked at how sweet it is. If I make this again, I will probably cut the sugar in half across the board. (For the swirl, I will probably cut the entire batch in half). Some of my family (2 adults and 4 kids) wouldn’t even eat it. I also had to leave it in for longer (I don’t think I over-swirled), but that wasn’t a big issue. Seriously, thank you for sharing. I hope I can try again and make it work for us.

  79. 128

    Quick question: if there is no cinnamon in the batter and the swirl does not go far into the bread, how can I get yummy cinnamon towards the bottom (like the picture)? Thanks!

  80. 130

    I tired this recipe and it was awesome …..it tasted so good!!!!! thanks for posting .
    Hey i was wondering if i could take this recipe and post it on allrecipes.com if thats ok with you
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  81. 132

    Made this for a girl’s night. Everyone loved it!!

  82. 133

    So glad everyone loved it! It’s definitely a family fav of ours. Thanks for stopping by!

  83. 134

    This cake is perfection! The batter was a bit stiff so I added a bit more milk. Cooked a tad longer, no biggie; everyone’s oven is different. I have a second one in oven with raisins. As well, I forgot to put the glaze on top and I think we will leave it that way. Not too sweet :-)
    Thank-You!

  84. 135

    So glad you liked it Ulanda!! And great idea to add raisins. :)


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