Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake


Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake is absolute perfection. Simple to make, crazy delicious loaded with cinnamon sugar and covered in sweet icing!

This cake is easily a favorite in my house. I actually thought I had shared the recipe for this cake a long time ago…turns out I didn’t. You see when you bake as often as I do things get jumbled. Maybe it’s all the sugar? Nah…

Anyhow, this is the world’s easiest cake. My kids even request it for their birthday cake which seems so weird to me…hello no buttercream…but we all know kids are weird. Or maybe they aren’t…

This cake is that good.

Yes, my cake mix-phobic friends I shortcutted this. I know I know, you are all probably so disappointed in me. And yes please, if you would like to use your own cake recipe please do so. Just start the recipe when you add cinnamon sugar…I’ll explain that in a minute.

But first let’s take a look…the gooey cake, the drippy icing, the swirly cinnamon.

Hold me.


Like I said the cake itself it super duper easy. You’re basically doctoring up a cake mix a little bit.

THEN you make a little (a lot) of cinnamon sugar.

Cinnamon Sugar

You sprinkle that all over the top of the batter…


And gently swirl that in with a knife…


Don’t over swirl it though. You don’t want to mix it all in, you want gorgeous ribbons of cinnamon throughout.


Bake it up and it behold…


And then make a quick icing and behold again…


Your cake will be drowning in icing and loving every minute.


And if you can, wait until the icing sets up to cut it…


Or don’t. I get you.


Make it. Eat it. Love it.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake
Serves: serves 10
  • 1 (15.25- ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream (not light)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Coat a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer combine the cake mix, eggs, oil, vanilla and sour cream. Mix on low for 30 seconds and then raise the speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Spread the cake batter into your prepared pan. In a medium bowl whisk together the brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle this evenly on top of your cake.
  4. Using a butter knife gently swirl the cinnamon sugar into the cake batter. Don't over-swirl, as you want ribbons of the mixture throughout the cake.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick entered into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Cool cake for 15-20 minutes.
  7. In a medium bowl whisk together the powdered sugar and milk. Pour this over the slightly warm cake. Allow the icing to set, or eat right away!


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That dribble of frosting down the middle of the cake is for me! I just know it!

Joshua Hampton

Oh, lovely. I would love to have this cinnamon roll cake for my birthday too. Even without the buttercream.

Lori @ RecipeGirl

I would be eating this straight out of the pan. So delicious!


I love, love, love that you have the picture of the food on the printed recipe. I am sure that we will all love this cake as well. Will be trying it for a birthday party soon.

Ann Umland

I LOVE cinnamon rolls! Will have to try this. We aren’t big cake eaters at my house, although “coffee cake” type things don’t last long. Pinned!


This is one of my favorite cakes too! I use butter instead of oil though…usually oil in a cake makes it dry (in my opinion—even if it does add flavor), but with all that lovely sour cream, you can get away with using butter and still have a moist cake. I’ve never tried both versions (butter vs. oil) side by side though….too many experiments, too little time. 🙂

I made this last night for guests we’re having this wknd, & it was incredibly easy & incredibly yummy! My hubby was literally moaning as he ate it this a.m. 🙂 The only change I made was to sub the oil for applesauce (I always do this to make cakes moister & healthier). I wasn’t sure where the vanilla was supposed to come into play, though, as it’s omitted from your instructions. I assumed in the cake mix since that’s where it’s listed w/ the rest of the ingredients, but I usually put some in my icing, too, so I… Read more »

#2 in the instructions above lists the vanilla to add with the other ingredients…


Yes, if you’ll notice Shelly’s comment above, she added it later in response to my question.


hi julie can you tell me how much applesauce you put in? thanks


Sure! It’s a 1 for 1 sub so 3/4 c. I do this in all my baking. 🙂


OMG this must be DELICIOUS. I will try this next weekend.


I just make a pancake version of this since I didn’t have any yellow cake mix. My husband loved them and now he’s offering to do all the weekend chores.(hehehe devil face emoji, did I plan for that to happen?)

Thanks, Shelly!

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What was the pancake version receipt as I don’t have cake mix

Laura @ Laura\

Oh my goodness!

Diana Teague

Made this today. It is excellent. I will be making again to take to work. Thanks so much.

Jasmin Bleeks

Oh wow, this looks practically pornographic. PHWOAR


I made this and it turned out very moist. It was amazing. I loved it


Yum! I’m thinking cupcake cinnamon rolls…


Do you think I can make it the night before and ice it in the morning, for breakfast?

Renee @ Awesome on 20

This cake is just completely amazing. I must eat this!


Not “phobic” about cake mixes; just prefer to use trusted ingredients.

This cake was very good using a from scratch yellow cake recipe. Everyone who ate it raved about it.



I accidentally left out the oil. How bad do you think the cake will be? 🙁 no time to remake it.


I am not a fan of the frosting but the cake itself is delicious.


I have made this twice now in a 9×13 and both times I couldn’t get it to bake through until after an hour. The bottom stays gooey. Any one deal with this? The top ends up browning and the bottom stays wet.

Judy Plaatje
Made your Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake yesterday afternoon. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! Definitely going in my “Always Regarded as Delicious Recipe (ARDR) File”!! But, I just now ordered your NEW COOKBOOK on Amazon – so all of your recipes that I have printed out, and made, can just be stuck in your NEW COOKBOOK!! And, you won’t believe it, but the UPS man just this minute delivered my new Instant Pot, that I also ordered from Amazon – BECAUSE OF YOUR INSTANT POT SALSA VERDE CHICKEN recipe!! The hubs and I couldn’t stop eating it. Can’t wait to make it in the… Read more »

I felt the cup of brown sugar sprinkled on the top was too much. I ended up scraping it off. I think half that amount (unpacked) would have been sufficient. The cake itself was nice and moist.


I felt the cup of sugar/cinnamon sprinkled over the top of the batter too much. Half that amount would have been sufficient. The cake itself was nice and moist.


This is the same exact recipe i found on food.com a couple years ago and make for birthdays all the time its called quick cinnamon roll cake. My family always requests it for bdays and get togethers and they call it heaven cake.

Nancy Larson

is the brown sugar paced?

Catherine McIntyre

Hi , is anybody there ?! I am in France , we do not have yellow cake mix, what can I use as a substitute ?
Thnk you for your help ?


Oh my goodness, Shelly, this cake is too good for words! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this over the past couple months! Gotta have my cake! I’ve had it warm, unwarm and even without the icing because I ran out of powdered sugar. It was superb no matter what! Thanks so much!!


I don’t know what yellow cake mix is, sorry but I’ve never heard the term

denisa matei

we don’t have that cake mix here, what can i substitute it with?

Kristen Baisley

This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it and maybe recommend it to my readers!

Kristen Baisley

This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it and perhaps recommend it to my blog readers!


This cake is delicious. And easy to use
Definitely a keeper.


This cake was very very good. My family wanted to know if I could add apples to this recipe. Have u tried it with apples? Has anyone? If so did you apple pie filling or fresh apples? Thank you


I made this today at our restaurant…it was delicious!!! It’s our dessert of the week next week!! So yummy!
Thank you?


Can I substitute the sour cream with anything else?


I made this tonight. It was moist and fabulous. I too thought maybe it could have been just as good with half the brown sugar. I read a review that said the cake would be dry using the oil, it was NOT. It was very moist. Thank you so much Shelly for sharing this with us. This is the first recipe I’ve made of yours, but look forward to making many more.