Cinnamon Roll Cake

Breakfast · Cakes & Cupcakes · Desserts · Recipes · July 4, 2018

This cinnamon roll cake is simple and takes your favorite roll and puts it in cake form. Swirled with cinnamon, butter and brown sugar and topped with a glaze, this cake is sure to be a new favorite.

Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe

Cinnamon Cake

This next recipe is a family 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 and tastes just as good!

Today’s cinnamon roll cake recipe is seriously so gooey and delicious. We have made it so many times that it has become a favorite and is made every Christmas morning. If you love the idea of a cake version of cinnamon rolls, then you have to try this recipe.

Cinnamon Cake Recipe

Topping batter dropped over cake

How to Make Cinnamon Roll Cake

Swirl the top and cake batter with a knife.

Cinnamon Roll Cake

I recommend serving this yummy treat when it’s warm because it just melts in your mouth and tastes just like regular Cinnamon Rolls! We love this cinnamon cake so much that we have it for Christmas every year. It’s just SO good!!

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Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe

This cinnamon roll cake is simple and takes your favorite roll and puts it in cake form. Swirled with cinnamon, butter and brown sugar and topped with a glaze, this cake is sure to be a new favorite.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 538 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

Cake

  • 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

Cinnamon Topping

  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

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 cinnamon topping ingredients. 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. Mix glaze ingredients together. Drizzle over the cake while it's still warm. ENJOY!
Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 538 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 299mg 12%
Potassium 288mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 82g 27%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 56g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 13.8%
Calcium 15%
Iron 10.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Cinnamon Roll Cake - a delicious cake version of the famous breakfast recipe filled with cinnamon and sugar and toped with glaze.

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    Angelina

    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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    Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

    Now that looks amazing!
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    I love how easy this is! It looks incredible!
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    Heidi

    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.

      Brenda

      What will you use in place of the flour to make this gluten free?

        Lil' Luna

        I would use gluten-free flour. 🙂

          Gail

          King Arthur makes a gluten free flour that you can Substitute in any Recipe.

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    Yummy!!! I love a little behind the scenes!
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    Sara

    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!

      Marla

      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!!

        Marla

        Oops I replied to the wrong post! Meant to reply to KYP.

        jana

        mine is baking right now and already the baking time is way past due! I’m watching it to see how long it takes……but already the time is close to 50 minutes.

          jana

          I’m using a disposable 9×13 alluminum…..don’t usually use this type but saving clean up dishes for Easter prep.

            Kadie

            How long did it end up taking? I’m at 40 minutes right now and it’s jiggly

        Lady J

        I just checked on mine at 30 min and it is basically a liquid

    KC @ The Real Thing with the Coake Family

    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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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I wish this was breakfast tomorrow. Heck, I wish it was dessert right now!
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    Dezi A

    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!!

    Crystal

    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

    Heather {Dietetic Sinners}

    Yum! I love cinnamon anything=) Can’t wait to make this!
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    homai

    does anyone have an easy banana muffin recipe please

    hana

    This was delicious! everyone Loved it, thx for sharing 🙂

    Melissa

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

      Lil' Luna

      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. 🙂

        Melissa

        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!!!!

          Kyp

          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.

            Lil' Luna

            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. :/

            JavaMama

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

            Riki

            I had the same issue with the length in baking time! But it smells sooo good!

            ashley

            Same issue for me. I did swirl the brown sugar mix a bit more but at 35 min it was still jiggly. Added 15min to baking time so I hope that does the trick!

            KristyS

            The first time I made this it turned out great. I made it this weekend and I had to add to the cooking time and all the cinnamon sunk to the bottom. Not sure what happened. Used the same pan and oven…. 🙁

    kim

    Do u use plain flour or self rising flour.

    Amy

    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!

    aprila

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

    Susan

    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!

      Lil' Luna

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

        Susan

        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.

    Alyssa

    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.

      Lil' Luna

      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. 🙁

        Sheri

        I can’t seem to find the glaze recipe to the cake

      Barbara

      Alyssa, I have made this recipe many times and it always turns out wonderful. Go over your ingredients again. Did you use 3 cups of all purpose flour? 4 tsp baking powder, not soda. Take your time making this, it’s well worth the effort. I am 75 years old; we have company often and this is always for breakfast, along with fresh fruit. People ask me to make this all the time. One is in the oven right now and I’m making another for the freezer. (Cut in half, wrap in foil, then slip in freezer bag. Lasts a couple of months). Don’t give up on this recipe, it’s a keeper.

    Stephanie

    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 🙂

    Cindy

    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.

      Annabelle

      What size pan did you use when you “halved” the recipe? Thanks.

    Shari

    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!

    Brenda Gardner

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

      Lil' Luna

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

      schmi

      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 🙂

    Katie Kowalski

    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!!!

      Lil' Luna

      YAY! So glad it was a hit. It’s so easy to make too which helps!! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

    Sue

    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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      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.

    Jamie H

    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!

    Erica

    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.

    Denise

    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..

    Sonja

    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!

      Lil' Luna

      Did this turn out, Sonja? I haven’t had anyone who’s had problems with it so far. :/

        LINDA

        please do tell ..plain flour or self rising ?? there is a difference ..i see another ladie has ask this question as well .thanks linda

      Mike

      Yes I did and I cooked it for about 48 minutes and it is awesome!I guess I over swirled it but it came out great.

        Lil' Luna

        Glad it turned out! It’s seriously our favorite! I hope everyone liked it. 🙂

    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! =)

      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!

    Ginger

    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 🙂

      Lil' Luna

      Regular flour 🙂

        LINDA

        ive never seen regular flour … here where i live there is only plain and selfrising

    maria

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

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

      Maria Laura

      I tried it with margarine and didn’t like it that much….

    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!!!

    Su T

    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!

    Su T

    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.

    Ines

    Wonderful recipe! I take it! I love cinnamon! 🙂

    Linda

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

    SKH

    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.

    Sadia

    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!

    Rebecca

    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.

      Lil' Luna

      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. 😀

    Liz

    Thank you. Sounds so good.

    Sharlene Simpson

    Love your recipes

    Kathryn

    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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    Vivienne

    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?

      Lil' Luna

      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.

    Jan

    Can I substitute wheat flour?

    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 🙂

    Mumsy

    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.

    Sean

    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.

      Lil' Luna

      You may have to cancel your plans cuz you will regret it if you don’t make this! 😉

    Sean

    Made it this morning… OMG again! Yummy!!

    Patricia

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

    Liz

    Another good recipe. Thank you, Kristyn.

    Jenna

    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

    Liz

    Thanks for the nice recipe. Have a great week.

    Kacey Theriot

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

    Calindy

    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!

      Lil' Luna

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

    Patty Bixby

    Great recipe! Love this site

      Lil' Luna

      Thank you so much, Patty!

    lani

    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! =)

      Lil' Luna

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

    Teri

    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!!

      Lil' Luna

      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. 🙂

    Tricia O.

    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!

      Lil' Luna

      Yay! So glad you like it. And you definitely can’t go wrong adding some cream cheese – YUM!!

    maria

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

    Theresa

    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! 🙂

      Lil' Luna

      Hahaha!! Glad it was a hit! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

    Janice

    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.

      Lil' Luna

      I’m so glad it turned out perfect. We made it this week too and I couldn’t stop eating it – it is seriously SOOO addictive!

    Nolan

    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.

      Lil' Luna

      Ooooh – cupcakes would be awesome! Let me know how it goes. 🙂

    Stephanie

    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.

      Lil' Luna

      YAY!! LOVE to hear that you love it. It’s one of our favorites too. 🙂

    Kelly M

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

    Rachel

    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! 🙂

      Lil' Luna

      Unfortunately, I’ve never it tried it that way. Let me know if you do it and if it works. 🙂

    Leslie

    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.

      Lil' Luna

      You’re welcome, Leslie! This is one of our favorites too. 🙂 Thx for stopping by!

    Linda

    Do you use salted or unsalted butter?

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

    Bill @thewoksoflife

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

    R Nelson

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

    Mitzi

    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!

      Lil' Luna

      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. 🙂

    settconn

    Definitely going to try this but with cream cheese frosting!

    TexasHeart

    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!

      Lil' Luna

      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. 😉

        TexasHeart

        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!!

        deb

        I made this today and used too much butter in the batter. The directions were not very clear.
        I have some butter sitting around the edges so we’ll see if it soaks in.

    Tammy

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

    Janis

    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.

      Lil' Luna

      You’re welcome. What’s great about recipes is that you can always modify them to your family’s liking. 😉

    CookingMom

    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!

      Lil' Luna

      The brown mixture is heavy and usually ends up at the bottom like the picture. 😉

    Sena

    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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      Lil' Luna

      Glad you liked it. 🙂 And I’d prefer the recipe stay here is that’s okay. 🙂

    Gloria j. Flanigan

    I Like your Recipe it is the bum you hit the nail right on the head with that super recipe keep up the good cooking you have it going on I would to have been sitting right beside your smiling face daughter smiing right along with her my self check this out( got milk)how about that…god bless you and your Family have a bless day

    Her Mommy09

    I love this cake. i made it and now my entire family thinks I can cook/bake. I made this on wed and by wed night i had three family members requesting that i make them one ASAP. Thank you soooooo much for this recipe.

      Lil' Luna

      I LOVE to hear that – it’s a favorite of ours too. 🙂

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    Jenn

    I just made this recipe……. uhm, I really don’t have words to express how I feel, maybe OMG sums it up! I’ve never made cinnamon rolls but I have plenty of recipes pinned because, well, I LOVE THEM! My best friend makes homemade cinnamon rolls, as far as I know they are the only homemade ones I’ve ever had and they are to die for. There is one problem with me making her recipe, no matter how much free time I have I DON’T have the patience or the process, I mean make dough then wait and let it rise and something about an 4 or 8hr process… LOL, yeah right! So I stumbled upon your recipe here yesterday. I had to make it today! It’s a TOTAL & COMPLETE HIT with the entire 4 of us! OMG it’s to die for. Now that I’ve made this I am not sure I will ever attempt the longing process of real cinnamon rolls!

    Thank you sooooooooooo much for sharing this! Finding a recipe that will be made on the regular is kind of a challenge. Point for you 🙂 <3

      Lil' Luna

      Your comment totally made my day! I, too, have never tried the long process of cinnamon rolls but my mom does it all the time. We LOVE this Cinnamon Roll Cake recipe and make it all the time, though. It’s our favorite and WAY simple. If you like this then you must also try these Cinnamon Roll Bites – http://lilluna.com/cinnamon-roll-bites/. They are delicious!!

        Jenn

        ooooh, bite sized pieces :O well I will definitely be making this one next, there are only 3 pieces left of this cake so it won’t be long before the bites hit the oven :P… I will let you know on that recipe how it goes 🙂 Btw, I LOVE you read all your replies!

          Lil' Luna

          LOL. I try to read them all, but I do miss a few every once in a while. Let me know what you think of the Cinnamon Bites. They are SOOO good and really quick to make. 😉 Merry Christmas!!

    Kırmadan Su Kaçağı Tespiti

    My mom and I have been trying to figure out how to make gluten free cinnamon roles. The results have not been fabulous.

    Carey Daste

    I might have over-swirled also because this took a lot longer to bake than 32 minutes. But it is delicious! It’s definitely difficult to know when to take it out. Hey maybe I under swirled! 🙂

      Lil' Luna

      Sorry you had problems with this. Every oven is different so I would just bake for the suggested time and the middle still looks unbaked and jiggles a bit, I would bake for a little longer. 😉

    Jennie

    Very tasty and very easy to make. I had my oven on top and bottom heat and had the cake in for 50 minutes. I also topped it with cream cheese frosting. This recipe makes 12 big pieces and since I don’t eat sugar on a regular basis (I had made this for dinner with friends along with two other sweets) there was a lot left over so I put them in the freezer. 😉

    Meka

    I made this and

    Betty Farnsworth

    Tried the cake but changed the recipe a little. Instead of all that butter I used half butter and half applesauce in the batter and the topping was all applesauce instead of butter. The topping was a bit runny. It took about 20 minutes longer and the temperature had to be raised toward the end. It was so-so warm but cooled it was “wonderful”.

    Vikky Johnson

    We made this today and it was delicious. We added cinamon 1 tbsp to the icing and the kids raved about the extra flavor. Thanks for sharing.

    deb

    I made this cake and used too much butter in the batter. The ingredient list make it a little confusing. We’ll see how it turns out. Smells good!

    Lynn

    Hi, is swans down cake flour or all purpose flour ?

      Lil' Luna

      All-purpose flour. 😉

        Lynn

        Ok thanks but iis it ok ti use the cake flour I don’t have any regular flour?

    Kellie

    This recipe looks soo good I’m excited to make it! But I was wondering how much butter was melted in grams?

    Guro Carlsen

    Hi

    Guro Carlsen

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    Martha

    anyone have any idea whether I could use self-raising flour and forgo the baking powder?

    Rachelle Feretti

    Tried this morning and it tasted great! The only thing is the cake batter turned out a bit thick. Also the cinnamon brown sugar mixture stayed on top instead of mixed inside the cake. How do you get the cake batter to be more of a fluid consistency, and how does the brown sugar mixture get to the bottom and middle of the cake?

    sabrina

    Made this recipe. Oh my goodness yum! And super simple

    Coralie

    Hi there, this looks amazing but I am in the UK, do you happen to know the measurements in grams? Many thanks

    Audrey McDevitt

    Hi I live in Glasgow, Scotland and I am looking forward to making this yummy cake however I am not sure about the flour you use? You say flour would I be right in saying that this is plain flour as we know it because you are using baking powder?

    Thank you Audrey

      Lil' Luna

      Hi Audrey!! So COOL that you are from Scotland – it’s my favorite accent of all the languages and home of my favorite actor, James McAvoy! 😉 And yes, it’s all-purpose flour. You’ll have to let me know how it turns out. 😉

    Lovada Timothy

    My hubbies favorite dessert is cinnamon rolls but I am definitely not the cinnamon roll making time. But when I found this recipe I knew I had to make it for him. He was at work and told me he was craving cinnamon rolls so I whipped this up and had it for dessert for him. He said it is better than regular cinnamon rolls cause he likes the thickness of the cake, or as he calls it, the meat part of the cake lol.

    So if you are looking for an alternative to making cinnamon rolls, you should try this. I followed the recipe to a “t” and it came out perfect.

    Thanks for the great recipe.

      Lil' Luna

      That makes me so happy, Lovada!! This is still my “go to” cinnamon treat recipe that I make. Everyone loves it and it’s easier than cinnamon rolls. 😉

    Suzanne

    I made this Saturday and it is amzaing! We love it. So much easier than making rolls. Thank you so much!

      Lil' Luna

      It’s definitely easier than normal Cinnamon Rolls. So glad you liked it!! Thanks for stopping by!

    Alisha K

    I pinned this two years ago and haven’t made it yet. I just made this to bring for work tomorrow. Followed the directions exactly and it turned out absolutely amazing!!! Thank you for a cinnamon rolls recipe, without all the work of cinnamon rolls!

      Lil' Luna

      YAY!!! I’m so happy to hear that, Alisha!! It’s definitely a favorite at our house too. Hope you can find even more recipes from the site that you like. 🙂

    Mary

    Just finished a piece, the cake reminded me of bisquick, next time I will add more milk as a few mentioned because the batter was very thick. Otherwise, hubby is on second piece 🙂

    Charlotte

    Just made this (its 11 pm)! We are snowed in and I was “bored”. I did add an additional 10 minutes (over-mixer here). Two questions. 1. Did you use dark brown sugar? I used light. 2. The cake was a little crumbly. Was it because I sliced it before letting it cool a little or should I cut the cooking time next time? Thanks. I feel sososo fat now.

    Tally

    Yep it’s yummy
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    JJones

    This is outstanding! Thank you for a keeper recipe.

    Taylor

    We have a egg allergy in our house! What can we use as a replacement?? I’d love to make this for my family! Also would soy milk work as a replacement of milk?

    Cindy reetz

    Made your cinnamon bun cake and my family loved it. Im not a good cook but your recipe was easy to follow and tastes great. First time ive made a desert from scratch. Usually just buy a box of something. Thank you very much.

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, I’m so glad!! I’m sure you could make a lot more than you think!! Thanks for letting me know!

    Michele

    Hi. I just made this cake and was wondering if it’s supposed to be light and airy or dense because I just made this and it was dense and a little on the dry side. Do you have any ideas as to what I may have done wrong? I’ve been cooking for 30 years but am just a recipe follower.

    Mary

    Wow!!!! Just threw this together and it came out perfect. I accidentally melted the butter for the cinnamon part, and it still came out perfect. It’s almost gone. Thanks for the recipe!

      Lil' Luna

      LOL!! We love this recipe!! I’m glad you liked it!! Thanks for letting me know!

    Amanda

    I’m attempting this today. You might Want to add powdered sugar to the ingredient list if it’s not there I almost didn’t buy any and then decided to read recipe too nonjudt the ingredient list when I was in the store. Thanks for sharing.

      Lil' Luna

      Glad you saw it. I’ll have to maybe add the glaze recipe at the top. Thanks so much and hope you enjoy!!

    Brenda

    I have made this before…it is awesome….guys at work want more more more…can’t go wrong..Thank-you..

      Lil' Luna

      Haha…i bet!! Thanks so much for letting me know! That makes me happy to hear!

    Anita

    Hi Kristyn,
    I wonder on the Cinnamon Roll Cake recipe how to adjust the baking time or even temperature to do loaf pans or smaller cakes for gift giving?? Any advice?

      Lil' Luna

      I haven’t tried making this in smaller pans, so I don’t know an exact amount. I’m guessing the temp would stay the same, as long as they are the same type of pan as your 9×13 and I would say that they’ll cook a little longer, since it is in smaller pans. I would just keep checking once you’ve hit that 32 minutes and add a couple every time? I’m sorry, I wish I knew better. Let me know how long they end up baking for and we’ll pass that along. Thanks!!

    Sarah

    How much flour do i use for the cake and how much for the topping

      Lil' Luna

      3 cups for the cake and 2 tablespoons for the topping 🙂 Enjoy!!

    Saritasultan

    I would lyk to know in cinnamon roll cake how three cups flour with only half cup of butter thank u reply me as soon as possible

    Roxs

    OMG! MAKE IT SO OOOOOH GOOD I ADDED WALNUTS. I DID ADD 15MIN TO COOK TIME YUM

      Lil' Luna

      So glad you liked it 🙂 Thank you so much for letting me know!

    Ganesh 108 names

    Looks so good definitely making this!
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    Kristen

    I’d love to know if anyone has tried with GF flour… I’m new to that kind of baking.

    Alisa

    I really liked your article, I just tried it at home and i made it perfect. Thank you

      Lil' Luna

      That’s great! I’m glad you liked it 🙂 Thank you!

    Dawn

    I have some cream cheese frosting left over from a cake I made the other day. Do you think it would taste ok if I used that as frosting on top of this cake? 🙂

      Lil' Luna

      I am sure it would, though I have not tried myself, since the glaze gives it a nice touch. Cream cheese frosting is an added bonus! Hope you like it!

    Lauren H

    I’ve made this cake TONS of times, and I absolutely love it. I have one issue, though. Every time I make it, the cinnamon mixture seems to transfer from the top of the batter to the bottom. The cake still has amazing flavor, but if you want any cinnamon taste you have to scrape the bottom of the dish pretty good.

      Lil' Luna

      It does sink and kind of goes throughout the whole cake, but some should be on top. I’m not sure why it would all sink to the bottom. I’m glad you like it though! I wish I could answer your problem!

    Wanda

    I made the Cinnamon Roll cake this morning and decided, with gusto, IT’S A KEEPER!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

      Lil' Luna

      Yay!! I love to hear that! Thank you! It’s one of our favs!

    ashley

    I wanted to know would this be ok to make the night before and throw back in the oven the next morning to warm up or would it be dryer

      Kristyn Merkley

      You know, I haven’t tried. If anything, I would make it, but not bake it, until you are ready for it, then top with the glaze. I hope that helps 🙂

    Felicita Palacios

    I would love to get more recipes and ideas.
    Thank you.

    Amalia

    Well I forgot to put the ingredient that is so important it is in the title! You guessed it, I forgot the cinnamon!
    I enriched the glaze with cinnamon and maple syrup on a desperate attempt to give it more flavor!
    It came out great , a bit bready but super soft with a crispy top. Amazing cake Kristyn , thanks you! I will be making it again!

      Kristyn Merkley

      LOL..oh, no! Thank you so much for trying it & hopefully, it will taste even better next time!

    Angela Fields-Perry

    LOVE IT! I made it last night for my office today, and it was a smash. The only thing I did differently was I added Cream Cheese to my icing…….Awesome! I will totally make this again.

      Kristyn Merkley

      Love to hear that! I am so glad it was a hit! Adding cream cheese is a great idea!

    Michelle Le

    Do you think I could make these as cupcakes? I want to be able to share this at school and I feel it may be easier to share, but I don’t know if that will mess with the cake.

      Kristyn Merkley

      Honestly, I haven’t tried. I’m not quite sure how those would work. You could always double the recipe, make the cake & pour the other half in cupcake liners, to see how’d they turn out?? I’d love to know! Good luck!

    Dr. David Julius Ford, Jr.

    I thoroughly enjoyed making the cake and it turned out well for my first time. I didn’t get the swirl right. I made dinner for some students that I advise. I hope to make it again and get the swirl right this time.

      Kristyn Merkley

      Thank you for giving it a try!! You’ll get it right 🙂 Mine wasn’t perfect the first time & it usually comes out different every time.

    Joan Graham

    I made this over the weekend. It is truly amazing. I should have swirled the filling in better to reach the bottom, but it was stil great. I did not have any vegetable oil so I used all butter…extra delicious!! Eat it warm. Still good cool, but better warm.

    Vicky

    This looks wonderful! What is the best way to make in advance and reheat without drying it out?

    I thought about making just the cake part and heating it up on low in the oven and also adding the topping just before serving. Would this work? Thanks.

      Kristyn Merkley

      That should work 🙂 It doesn’t have to be served warm. When I make it for functions, I will make the morning of, cover, then serve later. But, really it’s up to you.

        Vicky

        Sounds great! Thanks!

    Mona

    Okay, this is my first ever feedback for a recipe, but this recipe deserves it. It is a total understatement to say this cake is delicious. I served it yesterday at a get together, and it was a landslide smash hit. I got sooooo many positive responses it was unbelievable (even from the pickiest dessert eaters). All I could hear once it was served was children chanting “this is, yummy this is yummy.” One boy said to his mom, “this is the best cake I ever had in my life.” It goes without saying that I will make it every chance I get. So easy (I screwed up several steps while rushing and still turned out to be gold). Thanks for this awesome recipe 🙂

      Kristyn Merkley

      That makes me so happy to hear! It is always a hit! I am so glad you tried it! Thank you for letting me know!

    Adri de Bruyne

    Hi there.

    I have my little boy’s 2nd birthday this sunday and want to move away from traditional birthday cake. Want to make brownie muffins, and something cinnamonny.

    Do you think your cinnamon roll cake will work if I make it in the shape of cupcakes? I’m sure I’ll need to adjust the bake time? I’m going to give it a try… Holding thumbs it’s going to work!

    If by any chance you see this before saturday, please give me some tips.
    Thanks!

      Kristyn Merkley

      How did they turn out? I hope they were good! I haven’t tried these as cupcakes, so I’d love to know!

        Adri de Bruyne

        It was quite an adventure… the paper cupcake cups made it hard to swirl the cinnamon mix in properly so it bubbled out while baking – causing a lot of smoke. LOL. After that the papers were stuck to the cake and I let them sit overnight and managed to remove the paper cups the following day. Apart from that they tasted great!

        Next time I won’t use paper cups!
        Thanks everyone loved them!

          Kristyn Merkley

          Well, I guess we know now 🙂 Thank you so much for letting me know! Glad everyone loved them!

    Carly

    I have made this recipe for years now and we love it so much! Everyone I’ve given it to loves it as well. However, I came back to this recipe today and I can’t seem to find the flour measurement in the cake recipe! Did it just disappear? Is it just me?! Is it 3 cups? You’d think I’d have it memorized by now, I’ve made it so often. I’m going to just guess and use 3 cups and hope it’s the correct amount!

    Maddy

    This was very easy to prepare but the glaze is more like a buttercream or a icing texture. I followed the direction and I just want to know if it’s supposed to never like that.

      Kristyn Merkley

      It’s supposed to be more like a glaze, not thick. I would add more milk until it’s the right consistency. Hope that helps!

    Barbara Walker

    Mexican chicken and corn soup sounds simply delish. Can’t wait to try on a cool fall evening.

    Lisa

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

    Lil' Luna

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

    Ulanda

    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!

    Lil' Luna

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

    Evelyn

    Can you use 1% milk or coconut milk for this recipe?

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