cinnamon roll cake

World’s Best Cinnamon Roll Cake

Picture this: the sun is just starting to peek through the curtains, the birds are chirping outside, and the smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls fills your home. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, what if I told you that you could have all of that, plus a warm, crumbly, and oh-so-delicious coffee cake to go with it? Yes, my friends, I’m talking about cinnamon roll cake, the breakfast (or brunch or tea time) dish of your dreams.

As a hostess or busy person, you know how important it is to have easy, yet impressive recipes in your arsenal. Something that you can whip up in no time, but that will still have your guests or family members oohing and aahing. That’s where this cinnamon roll cake comes in. With just a few simple ingredients and some basic baking skills, you can have a show-stopping dish that will make you look like a pro.

But enough talk, let’s get down to business. In this post, I’ll be sharing my favorite recipe for cinnamon roll cake, along with some tips and tricks to make it even better. So grab your apron, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and let’s get baking!

cinnamon roll cake

Cinnamon Roll Cake

Servings 9


Cake layer:

  • · ¼ C melted butter
  • · 1 egg lightly beaten
  • · ½ C white sugar
  • · 1 ½ C white flour
  • · 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • · 2 tsp baking powder
  • · ¼ tsp salt
  • · ¾ C milk

Topping layer:

  • · ½ C melted butter
  • · ½ C brown sugar
  • · 3 Tbsp white flour
  • · 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • · ½ C chopped walnuts optional

Glaze layer:

  • · 1 C powdered sugar
  • · 2 Tbsp milk
  • · 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Pour into the greased baking dish or pan and set aside.
  • For the topping layer, stir together melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, flour and chopped walnuts (if using) in a small mixing bowl until smooth. This will look thin, but don’t worry---this is the delicious part!
  • Spread this topping over the batter in your baking dish. Make sure it goes from corner to corner, then swirl it a few times with a knife to give it a marbled look. Don’t overdo it or the cake will look layered instead of marbled. Don’t forget to swirl into the corners or the edges if you’re using the round pan.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • While the cake is baking, make your glaze by stirring together in a small bowl the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until all lumps have disappeared. Set this aside until the cake is done.
  • Immediately after removing the cake from the oven drizzle the glaze over the lightly browned top of your cake. This will seal your cake and give it a lovely sheen.

cinnamon roll cake

Here are some tips and tricks for customizing your cake to suit your taste buds, and ways to elevate your presentation skills to impress your guests.

  •         This cake can be served warm or at room temperature. 
  •         The recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 9 x 13” pan for a larger crowd or just more pure yumminess.
  •         Store in an airtight container for 3 days, if it lasts that long.  Mine always disappears within hours.  This cake is just as delicious the next day when warmed up in the microwave for about 20 seconds per piece.
  •         For a really special treat, serve it up with a dollop of whipped cream on top!
  •         Another fun change is to add 1/3 C. chopped walnuts or pecans to your topping.


Are you ready to impress your guests and make your next brunch, breakfast, shower, or tea unforgettable? This delicious treat combines the sweet and spicy flavors of a classic cinnamon roll with the moist and fluffy texture of a cake. It’s the perfect combination of indulgence and comfort, and it’s sure to wow anyone who takes a bite.

In this post, we’ve covered the main points of cinnamon roll cake, from its simple ingredients and easy preparation to its versatility and crowd-pleasing appeal. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a beginner, you’ll find this recipe to be approachable and rewarding. And with its irresistible cinnamon scent and soft, sweet cake bites, you’ll wonder why you haven’t made it sooner!

So what are you waiting for? Bake this cinnamon roll cake soon, and watch as it becomes the highlight of your next gathering. Your guests will thank you, and you’ll feel proud of your delicious creation. And who knows? Maybe you’ll even start a new tradition of cinnamon roll cake in your home. Happy baking!

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