Cinnamon Roll Cake

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Cinnamon Rolls are one of my favorite treats!  Just check out my

Cinnamon Roll Recipe,
Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies,
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes,
Cinnamon Roll Waffles

if you don’t believe me :) When I saw this recipe over at Grin and Bake It, my heart skipped a beat.  It was another way to enjoy one of my favorite flavors! MMM! Boy, was it GOOD!  It just melts in your mouth! YUM!  This would make a fabulous breakfast or a tasty treat!

Cinnamon Roll Cake! The ooey gooey-ness of cinnamon rolls with a fraction of the work! This is seriously an incredible recipe!

Cinnamon Roll Cake

Cinnamon Roll Cake! The ooey gooey-ness of cinnamon rolls with a fraction of the work! This is seriously an incredible recipe!

By Chef in Training January 11, 2012

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 glass baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In an electric or stand mixer add the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Once combined well , slowly stir in the melted butter. Pour into the prepared 9×13 baking pan.
  3. For topping, In a large bowl mix the 2 sticks of butter, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon together until well combined and creamy. Drop evenly over the batter by the tablespoonfuls and use a knife to marble/swirl through the cake.
  4. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or when a toothpick inserted near the center comes out nearly clean.
  5. FOR GLAZE: In a medium bowl, mix the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla together with a whisk. Drizzle evenly over the warm cake. Serve warm or at room temperature.


recipe from: Grin and Bake It

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  1. 1

    Wow, that looks absolutely delicious! I love cinnamon rolls and this looks like a great new take on that.

  2. 2

    I made your cinnamon rolls and sent them off to the inlaws as a thank you for babysitting! I hear they went down a treat!I'll have to try out this cake recipe at some point over the weekend I think!Thanks for sharing!

  3. 3

    Made this cake today and it was AMAZING! thanks spook much for this amazing recipe!!!

  4. 4

    This just is too good to be real. Amazing recipe and i cannot believe how easy it looks too! xo. BrittA Southern Bee Diary :)

  5. 5

    This is soooooooooooo LOVELY and warming, Thank you for sharing :)xxx

  6. 6

    Wow, that looks sinfully delicious!

  7. 7

    I am with you girlfriend on the whole cinnamon roll thing! I am making this just as soon as I finish typing! Thanks!

  8. 8

    Made This cake today, and my daughter is licking her plate clean.:)

  9. 9

    Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard ;) This looks so yummy…I might just have to do some baking tonight!

  10. 10

    Hi Nikki! Who doesn't love cinnamon rolls? This cake looks amazing. I think I've made something similar but lost the recipe so thanks very much for sharing it. My hips will thank you forever! LOL If you get a moment, would you mind sharing it at my second "Thriving on Thursdays" linky party here in Australia? I know a lot of my readers would love to see what you make. I know I do! @ Domesblissity xx

  11. 11

    I need to stop reading your blog, I swear I put on 5 lbs just looking at all these fabolous dishes you make. My daughter would love for me to make this for her, maybe I'lls surprise her this weekend?

  12. 12

    What I really like from this recipe is that does not need yeast, you know, bread or regular cinnamon rolls are more tasting when having yeast, but it takes too long, so when I see this kind of recipe I just jump on it and bake it.

  13. 13

    I made this yesterday, it was even better than it looks! This is a tastey and easy recipe one I will definately make over and over!!!

  14. 14

    gonna STOP and make this right now…i'll let you know my review:)))

  15. 15

    Well..i made this but also made a big mistake. I melted my butter for the topping, did not have 2 more sticks so i uses it melted which was a runny topping..i thought i'd go with it anyway knowing i would have a different outcome..end result, edible and i'm thinking i will increase the cinnamon when i try this again…So simple, and simple is good!

  16. 16

    I made these last night…. WOW! very yummy – forget making cinnamon rolls.. i'll just make your cake.. thanks for sharing!

  17. 17

    Making this, this a.m. Looks great in the oven so far! Can't wait to try it!

  18. 18

    The topping turned out gooey for some reason. Cake was done when toothpick inserted, so confused why the topping was so gooey. Is it suppose to be that way? Cake had great flavor!

    • 19

      The same thing happened to me as well. I am a good baker, but, my first attept at this cake was hilarious–it was still jiggly after 32 minutes-( which was the recipe I had). I really wanted this cake in a bad way-after smelling it. I threw that one out and made it again–I realized when you add the topping, you really need to swirl it arund good. Otherwise is sinks to the bottom, and does not get baked. I did make it again, however I left in oven for over 35 min, and it turned out better. I have been reading people’s comments and only a few, ( an myself), seem to have had an issue with this. I am glad I was not the only one- *)

      • 20

        I left mine in the oven for 50 minutes!!! Its absoloutly gorgeous and cooked really good but my topping sank to the bottom too!!!! And i did swirl!!!! Id make it again even if tge topping went to the bottom coz it tastes sooo good!!!!!

  19. 21

    Just made this and it is soooo good and soooo easy!!!!

  20. 22

    Oh man these are 'sin'namon rolls! LOVE!

  21. 23

    Made it tonight for dessert- um, it is too good! So much for that "eating healthier" in the new year thing! Found you via Pinterest!

  22. 24

    i had put my in for 29 min and it was so runny i had to leave it in for another 10 plus minuets. did anyone else have this problem?

  23. 26

    I made this cake last night and it is T H E – B O M B My son has already requested it for his birthday in April!

  24. 27

    This is such a good idea to turn the cinnamon buns everyone loves into a cake! Sounds absolutely delicious!

  25. 28

    I made this two days ago and it was AMAZING! The only thing I did differently was, when I saw how thick the batter is, I layered half the batter, dolloped the topping on, then added the other half of the batter on top of that. I think it's easier to get the topping all the way through the thick batter that way, but I haven't tried it the original way.

  26. 29

    I love cinnamon rolls, in all f their froms. This sounds wonderful.

  27. 30

    Visiting from your link at TT&J! This looks so delish!

  28. 31

    i made this cake yesterday and it is awesome. i baked mine for 30 mins and it was still "jiggly" when removing so i baked for 5 more mins. insert a knife and still not set so baked for 2.5 more mins and it was perfect. :-) thanks so much for sharing this recipe. it is definitely going in my cookbook :-)

  29. 32

    Baking this right now. Can't wait to see how this turns out!

  30. 33

    Oh yum!!!! I'm dying to have a piece of that right now!

  31. 34

    I make cinnamon rolls from scratch(nondairy version) and love how I can turn it into a cake! I can't wait to make this recipe! I want some NOW! Delish! Thanks for sharing!

  32. 35

    I followed your link today via Tidymom. I love anything cinnamon flavoured, and so I made them. This afternoon. A mere two or three hours after visiting you. They are DELCIOUS! The glaze makes them just a little too sweet for me so I'll leave it off next time, but thank you, thank you for this recipe. xx

  33. 36

    These look delicious!

  34. 37

    Seen these on pintetest. Made them. Delicious! Took a bit longer to cook for me but oh so yummy! Thanks!

  35. 38

    Is this all purpose flour or self rising?

  36. 39

    Just made this for my family tonight! Sadly my little sister fell asleep before she got to try it, so I made a batch of them in muffins tins. They will be the perfect portable breakfast for her and my brother on the way to school in the morning! I have the remainder of the batter in the oven now to make a giant cinnamon roll! It was incredibly easy and I'm sure I will be making it again! Thanks! :)

  37. 40

    Made this last night. It was a hit!

  38. 41

    I made this cake this morning and it's in the trash! I followed the directions perfectly however, it took about 15 minutes longer to cook and then my family tried it and all deemed it to the trash! I was really looking forward to this recipe and hate that it was wasted.

  39. 42

    I didnt care for this. Baked it longer (ended up being 37 minutes)… Didnt use all the glaze, and I found it to be way too sweet. I thought the cake part tasted a bit too "doughy" (for lack of better word). Just not a fan. 2 of 3 kids liked it… Was hoping for a show stopping breakfast but we just didnt care for it. Great idea though!

  40. 43

    making this cake as i type. it looks gooood. better be. or i'll be angry. you won't want to see me when i'm angry. so let's hope it's goood.

  41. 44

    tasts like heaven in a pan.

  42. 45

    Just made this! Huge hit for the whole family and I love that the ingredients are basic! We had everything we needed without having to run to the store. I am going to try individual ones in cupcake for for a birthday brunch!

  43. 46

    Just got done eating this warm out of the oven, I forgot to add the eggs and it was so good!!! One of my favorite Pinterest recipes so far.

  44. 47

    I made this, and it is literally the best recipe i've ever made! sooooo delicious right out of the oven, my entire family loved it! i'm making it again next time i visit home :)

  45. 48

    Oh my goodness! I JUST made this! It smelled SO good, I couldn't wait for it to cool, so I didn't. ;) Warm, yummy, cinnamony-ness! The cake portion of this is very good! I already have several ideas for it for other cakes. I followed the recipe, but I used a dark, non stick pan with a very small spritz of PAM in the bottom (spread around with paper towel) cooking times were spot on for me. I used unsalted butter for cake, salted sweet cream butter for topping. Didn't measure for icing, just eyeballed some powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Next time, I might do a cream cheese icing. I WILL be making this again! Thank you so much!

  46. 49

    I made this in my convection oven and it took nearly 40 minutes to cook. I originally set the timer at 29 minutes but the cake was still like soup. Finally, it cooked at 38 minutes and it was PERFECT, not over done at all!

  47. 50

    This recipe looks so tasty! We usually have the cinnamon rolls from the refrigerated section on Saturdays as a family. I am going to have to make these instead. I think waiting until Saturday might be to long… yum.

  48. 51

    My Husband made this for our Church small group it was a HIT!!!! it is easy and taste so good… I place things on "Is it worth the calories" OHHHHH so worth it!!!! time to make it again for the family :)

  49. 52

    My daughter and I made this for Sunday lunch with the family and it was outstanding. We made one change to the cake – we used only one stick (1/2 cup) of butter in the topping. It was ready after about 30 minutes in the oven without the extra butter. We also decided that half of the glaze is plenty. We put it in a ziplock bag, snipped the corner and drizzled it over the cake. We will definitely be making this again.

  50. 53

    Made this tonight for dessert with friends. It was a hit!!! Everyone loved it.

  51. 54

    I just got done making it, my husband will be taking it to a pot luck. I hope it is delicious. I'm not 100% sure I like the frosting on top (taste wise) so I might look for something else to use in the future. The cake itself looks amazing. Im a little jealous I wont get any.

    • 55

      If you add 1/2 a cup of cream cheese, it will taste much better!

    • 56

      Ok, I just made it and it came out pretty nice! I added the 1/2 cup of cream cheese to the glaze, as well as 2 tbls butter, a pinch of salt, and vanilla & cinnamon, and cut back on the powdered sugar by 1/2 cup. Also, if you have a pastry bag, put the filling in that, and squeeze it out in rows onto the cake batter. If no pastry bag, cut the corner out of a plastic bag. Then run the knife thru it. It comes out more even that way. And I added pecans, as someone else mentioned. Quick recipe and my husband will love it!!

  52. 57

    This cake was so freakin good! I made it and sent pics to family and friends, immediately they wanted to know the recipe. yum-o!

  53. 58

    Made this today with my five year old daughter. Can I say YUMMMMY!! I did cut the butter down by half on the topping and it still came out great.

  54. 59

    This recipe looks great! I'll be trying it in a few short minutes. Can't wait! I would like to point out a possible glitch, though….when you go to print the recipe out, the ingredients for the Topping and Glaze are missing.

  55. 60

    Oh my goodness….. I decided to try this recipe yesterday and it was sooooo good!! I, too melted my butter for the topping… but I just wound up doing some extra swirling. It kinda made my cake soggy in parts…. but delicious nonetheless! Next time I make it… it will be PERFECT!

  56. 61

    I made this last night and served it this morning and just had a few tips. First of all, I don't think the cook time is long enough. I had to leave it in for about 45 minutes for the middle to firm up. The edges were still great and not overdone or dried out. Second, I think you could cut back on the glaze if you wanted. It seemed like there was way more than what was needed but we are trying to eat a little healthier around here so that may be why I think it was too much. Third, using the ingredients listed and no substitutions, this had 141 calories per serving. Not too bad for how delicious it is! I made it in a 9×13 and cut it into 24 pieces. I would definitely make this again and it is going to be added to my cookbook full of yummy recipes! :)

  57. 62

    I have just made it! I must say this is soooo delicious! However, this is not a standard cake, when you cut a piece and have it with a cup of tea; this is more of a dessert. As above, I agree that the cooking time should be around 45 min, otherwise it will be still raw. I also think there is too much butter in the recipe, the cake turned out soggy in some parts and when I removed the cake from the tin there was probably good 4 tablespoons of melted butter left in the tin. Otherwise lovely cake.

  58. 63

    What wonderful cake! Thanks for the recipe! I didn't read the comments beforehand, but my cake needed 50-55 minutes of baking. My husband's already pleading with me to make more :)

  59. 64

    yes i left mine in longer as well.. i also wasn't sure if i was supposed to put all that glaze on top.. seemed like alot

  60. 65

    Hi, I know this may sound silly but would you mind telling me what kind of flour you used? Was it all-purpose flour? thanks!

  61. 67

    Made this and it turned out amazing! Next time I'm going to add raisins and pecans and see how it turns out!

  62. 68

    This recipe is easy and taste amazing!!! Just exactly like a cin. roll without all the work!!! Thank you so much

  63. 69

    How many servings does this cake make?

  64. 70

    What kind of flour is used to make this cake? All-purpose, self rising??

  65. 71

    I used All-Purpose Flour

  66. 72

    I used All-Purpose Flour

  67. 73

    How do you think this could be made into gluten free

  68. 74

    is it neccesary to do it in a glass baking pan?

  69. 75

    I just made this tonight! I literally waited 5 mins and had to have a giant piece. Soooooo delicious. Thanks for great recipes! I will be trying more;)

  70. 76
    Kristin says:

    When I try to PIN this to PINTEREST, it take me to the Cinnamon Roll PANCAKES :( I don’t want to pin the pancakes, want to pin this!! Any suggestions as to how I can PIN this particular recipe?!

  71. 77
    erika cronin says:

    Just asked you where this recipe is. Found it! :) And am already salivating a little at the thought of getting to enjoy in on father’s day!!!

  72. 78

    These just came out of the oven. I tried a little corner and the glaze is way too sweet. Next time I will use probably half the amount or less because I do not like that tooth-aching sweet quality most desserts have. But otherwise this recipe is a keeper, thanks! I may even try a maple glaze next time…

  73. 79

    I read this recipe, Nikki, and everything else in the world just ceased to exist. Seriously: I’m staring at the picture, imagining this in my mouth, and realizing I no longer know math, or how to conjugate the verb “to be”.

    I only know this.

    And that is enough for me.

    Thank you. I be’s forever in your debt.

    • 80

      These were loved by my co-workers, but I think I may cut down on the butter in the topping. I placed them on a paper towel, which quickly began to soak up the excess butter..

  74. 81

    Awesome recipe! Thanks!

  75. 82

    I would love to make some of your recipes but I can’t see the ingredents with that co,or ylu use it’swy to light. Please use brighter, bolder colors. Thank you.

  76. 83

    Tienes unas maravillosas recetas, me encantan, todas las que he visto, me quedo como seguidora besos

  77. 84

    Made this last night. Replaced half the butter in the cake part with applesauce and it is still phenomenal! Going to try it with all applesauce next time,try to make it a little healthier!

  78. 85

    Had planned to make cinnamon rolls today but going to try your recipe instead! Looks wonderful!

  79. 86

    It would be great if I could just email this recipe to myself. I do that all the time to have the recipe while I am grocery shopping and can look to see what ingredients I need. I can certainly snagit, but it takes up a lot a room the way it is formated. I condense my recipes, so I will need to rewrite this. Just a thought…

    By the way, this looks wonderful. This will be a hit at our football parties and for the people I work with. Thanks.

  80. 87

    Love this! This has quickly became our families “thing to bring” to all get togethers. It is so simple and tastes out of this world and is highly reccomended.

  81. 88

    This recipe is awesome. I have made this twice for my family and they always ask when when I will make it again! I serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I know it’s not the healthiest thing to do, but come on! It’s dessert!

    This recipe is definitely a keeper!

    Thanks so much Nikki!


  82. 89

    Made this last night and it is divine! It doesn’t look quite as lovely as your photo, but it tastes delicious ;) I cut my first piece and ate it from a plate, but I will admit that the rest of my servings have been directly from the pan with a fork as I pass by! The sign of an irresistible recipe, indeed. Kudos!

  83. 90
    Alice Shockley says:

    I found this on Pintrest and made it for a church snack. (I use them for my experiments. :) ) All I can say is, AMAZING! I had at least five people ask for the recipe. I made it Saturday night, (40 minutes was perfect) and followed the directions exactly. I left the glaze off then warmed it up Sunday in the church kitchen and put the glaze on right before serving. It was such a huge hit that I’ll be making it again and again. Another reviewer said something about the calories…WORTH EVERY ONE!

  84. 91

    I just made this. I had to bake it quite a bit longer and it looked like a disaster. Not so! Delicious!

  85. 92
    jan jones says:

    I made this for breakfast, and modified it to make it more healthy. I only used 1/2 c sugar in the batter – I figured by the time you add the sugar in the topping AND the glaze, it would be sweet enough. Also, I only used half of the topping mixture. I plan on using all of the glaze (my family is very visual, needing to see the sweetness), and we can always add in more cinnamon if necessary on top. Oh, and I also used 2 c whole wheat flour and 1 c white flour.

  86. 93

    I made this cake today with my Granny and we both loved it. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! So easy and delicious, a new addition to my “faves.”

  87. 94

    I started making this and then realized how much butter is in this recipe, WOW- 3 cubes! I am wondering if I only melted one cube of butter instead of two if it would effect the outcome or just make it less fattening? I guess I will find out…

  88. 95

    I have made this twice now and it’s delicious! So much so that my mother-in-law kept sneaking pieces out of the pan when I wasn’t looking. Thanks so much for sharing!

  89. 96

    OMG! This seriously may be the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth! I made it for a church brunch and had so many people ask for the recipe. Truly worth every calorie.

  90. 97
    Renee Phillips says:

    Hi, I just made this and something didn’t turn out right. It bubbled over the pan, and the center has a solid plain crust swirl in it. I’m not sure what I did wrong. I’m not a big baker so I hope someone give me an idea of what I did. Many Thanks!!

    • 98

      it sounds like the pan you used to bake it in was too shallow or too small — did you use a smaller rectangular pan instead of a 9×13? measure the base of the pan to see what the size is.. the solid plain crust swirl in the center of your cake just sounds like you didn’t do enough swirling! next time, swirl the entire cake, including the center!

  91. 99

    I legit JUST made this and I’m eating it now, warm out of the oven! it’s soooo good. I love cinnamon rolls, but I usually don’t have the time it takes to make them. however this tastes just like a cinnamon roll and took maybe half an hour (and I’m unorganized!). it looks like a big effort because there are three parts, but each part is SUPER easy and quick to make, especially the last two. I cut this recipe in half though because I don’t need a big pan of it! I especially love the buttery cinnamon sugar chucks throughout the cake!

  92. 100

    That looks fabulous and I’m going to go make it right now!! We have a diner near us that makes cinnamon roll french toast! Slice a cinnamon roll into 3 pieces, dip in egg and milk and cook. It’s sooooo yummy!

  93. 101

    I saw this recipe this morning and knew I had to make it. It just came out of the oven, and I just had a piece. DELICIOUS! It has SO much butter, but it is so good :)

  94. 102

    It’s in the oven, it looks awesome.. Good way to start the work week after along holiday weekend..

  95. 103

    Just a hint to keep in mind: When a recipe has salt and baking power as ingredients you always know to use All-Purpose flour and when those ingredients are not named use Self-Rising because they are in the flour. Second hint: if you only have Self-Rising then just omit salt and baking power and you are good to go. My cake just came out of the oven after 45 minutes and smells great.

  96. 104

    Making it with my daughter right now! It didn’t click in my head that I needed 3 STICKS OF BUTTER so my DH is going to the grocery store for more butter! That’s a whole lot of butter! Recipe calls for 4 tsp of baking powder, which sounds like a lot. I only had about 3 tsp in the tin so I hope it was enough. I guess we’ll see. I also added a tsp of cinnamon to the cake mix since it only called for it in the topping. Hope it’s good! I’ll post the results.

  97. 105

    Not as good as I thought it would be. There ended up being too much dry cake at the bottom. The top was gooey & delicious just too dry underneath. The dry cake would have been great if it was more like cake rather than biscuit. I’m going to tweek it a bit & try again.

  98. 106

    I just made it – It was fantastic!
    I cut the butter down in the topping from 2 sticks to 1.5 sticks, and the brown sugar from 1 Cup to 3/4 Cup. I swirled it all the way to the bottom over and over again. Perfect! With my oven, I had to bake it for 40 minutes. The glaze was great, but next time for fun, I’m going to try a cream cheese frosting. This was a fabulous recipe that I will make again!

  99. 107

    this cake is really delicious and so easy to make… I love cinnamon so this was a real treat. I did cut down on the cinnamon to 1 1/2 tbs. yummmmy?

  100. 108

    I made this for my family Thanksgiving Saturday. It was a huge hit with everyone. There were 5 desserts for 20 people and I think this had the least amount of leftovers. Two people asked me for the recipe.

  101. 109

    I have two words regarding this recipe. HELLS YES. I’ll be making this tomorrow, thanks!

  102. 110

    All I can say is WOW! i made this recipe one night… and it was gone by the morning. EVEN BETTER NEW!!! It is amazing as a GLUTEN-FREE dessert as well (my personal favorite now). Simply follow the recipe above except substitute the regular (gluten) flour with All Purpose Rice Flour. It was amazing and was very easy to make. This tastes more like a cinnamon roll doughnut more than anything! Please try this if you or someone you know has a gluten allergy. You will not be disappointed .

  103. 111
    stephanie says:

    HI Nikki! I know this post is old, but how do you think browned butter would work/taste (for the melted butter)? I can’t wait to make this – thank you for sharing,

    • 112
      Chef in Training says:

      I have never tried it before. If you attempt it, you will have to let me know how it works out and tastes for you! I love browned butter :)

  104. 113
    Linda Little says:

    In the gluten free remarks about “cup for cup”, what does that mean & how do you replace the all purpose flour?

  105. 114

    Ok, so I’m currently making this, but my batter turned out super thick and sticky..I have a feeling it wasn’t supposed to turn out like that :/

  106. 115

    This is sooo good. I’ve made it several times. So easy and always hade the ingredients on hand!!