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Cinnamon Roll Layer Cake

Cinnamon Roll Layer Cake is the perfect excuse to eat cake for breakfast! Three layers of buttery, cinnamon cake filled with cinnamon buttercream frosting and a sweet cinnamon glaze!

If you have been a reader of my website for any length of time, you know I love a cinnamon cake recipe. Heck, I am a cinnamon dessert fan in general! I’ve made: Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake, Cinnamon Roll Pound Cake, Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Bake, Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls, Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars…heck, I’ve even made a Cinnamon Roll MILKSHAKE to name a few!

SO when I realized I had never made a Cinnamon Roll Layer Cake, I knew I needed to remedy that! Plus, cake for breakfast…you don’t have to twist my arm.

Cinnamon Roll Layer Cake is a buttery cinnamon cake recipe

How to make Cinnamon Roll Layer Cake

This cinnamon roll cake recipe is a delicious, buttery, cinnamon cake. It’s soft, with a tender crumb. I use sour cream in this recipe, which adds to the moist texture of this cinnamon cake!

Cinnamon Roll Layer Cake

The cinnamon cake batter comes together easily, and makes 3, 8- inch cake layers! And we all know a 3 layer cake means extra frosting. Get excited!

How to make Cinnamon Frosting

When the cakes are baking I made the cinnamon frosting.  It’s a creamy cinnamon buttercream frosting recipe, and I’m having dreams of using this on cinnamon rolls!

Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

Also note this recipe makes A TON of frosting. I consider myself to have a heavy hand when it comes to buttercream, and I still had a lot left. I am certainly not complaining, though! And like I said…a little extra cinnamon frosting will be fab on my cinnamon rolls!

A delicious cinnamon glaze adds to the flavor of the cake!

A fun step in this recipe is the addition of a cinnamon glaze that you let soak into the cake. It really packs cinnamon flavor. You mix some brown sugar, cinnamon, powdered sugar, and water together!

Cinnamon Glaze

When the cakes are baked and cooled you can “level” them with a serrated knife to remove the domes. You do this so as you stack the layers they will be flat.

You spread the glaze right on the top of the cake and let it soak in which happens quickly, especially when you level it…

Cinnamon Roll Layer Cake

Now you just spread on some frosting…

Cinnamon Roll Layer Cake

And repeat!!

If you feel like getting fancy go ahead and use some of the extra cinnamon frosting to pipe swirls on the tops and/or around the bottom of the cinnamon roll layer cake.

I used Wilton Tip 1M and Wilton disposable piping bags.

Cinnamon Roll Layer Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

Oh, and a healthy sprinkle of cinnamon to cover up my poor piping skills!

Cinnamon Roll Layer Cake is a buttery, vanilla cake recipe with cinnamon frosting

Look at the slice! This Cinnamon Roll Layer Cake is a show stopper! This is a cinnamon cake recipe you will make time and time again!

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Cinnamon Roll Layer Cake

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  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Yield: serves 10 1x


This Cinnamon Roll Layer Cake recipe is three layers of buttery, cinnamon cake filled with cinnamon buttercream frosting and a sweet cinnamon glaze!




  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 6 large egg whites, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (see note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup milk, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup water, room temperature

Cinnamon Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable shortening
  • 12 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (see note)
  • 1/4 cup water or milk

Cinnamon Sugar Glaze

  • 5 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons water



  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of 3 (8- inch) cake pans with parchment paper and grease the sides. (I used nonstick spray).
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Add the sour cream and vanilla and mix until combined. Add 3 of the egg whites and mix until well combined. Add the remaining 3 egg whites and mix until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is combined.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. In a small bowl combine the milk and water. With the mixer on low speed add half of the flour mixture to the batter and mix until combined. Add the milk mixture to the batter and mix until combined. Add the remaining flour and mix until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  4. Divide the batter evenly among the 3 cake pans. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  5. Allow the cakes to cool 2-3 minutes in the pan and then remove them from the pans onto a wire rack to cool completely.


  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the butter and shortening together on medium speed until smooth. Slowly add in 6 cups of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add in the vanilla, cinnamon and water or milk and mix until smooth. Slowly add the remaining 6 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Cinnamon Sugar Glaze

  1. In a small bowl whisk together powdered sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and water until smooth. Set aside.


  1. Use a large serrated knife to carefully remove any domes the cake formed when baking, so they’re flat. Place the first cake on a serving plate. Spread 2 1/2 tablespoons of the glaze over the cake layer. All it to soak into the cake. Spread 1 cup of frosting onto the top of the cake. Repeat the process with the second layer of the cake, and then add the final layer of cake and frost as desired.


In the cake I used 2 teaspoons cinnamon.
And in the frosting I used 1 1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon, while the original recipe calls for 1 teaspoon.

I had quite a bit of frosting leftover, which I am saving for my next batch of cinnamon rolls!


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 980
  • Sugar: 115.1 g
  • Sodium: 269.7 mg
  • Fat: 46.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 139.2 g
  • Protein: 6.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 76.5 mg

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A few weeks ago I received Simply Beautiful Homemade Cakes by Lindsay Conchar. Lindsay is the talent behind the blog, Live, Love and Sugar. She makes some of the most delicious (and beautiful) cakes going right now. This cake recipe is from her book!

Helpful tip… out of sour cream?


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84 comments on “Cinnamon Roll Layer Cake”

  1. This came out wonderful for my husband’s birthday. He requested for me to add crushed gingersnaps to the frosting and it was delicious! Do you know how long to bake this in the oven in a 9 x 13 glass pan instead? I was thinking of making it for a group of people.

  2. I made this for my nephew’s birthday and everyone loved it! I am wondering if there would be any cooking changes for a bundt cake? I absolutely adore this recipe and would love to use this recipe as a bundt recipe.

  3. This looks delicious! Does the finished cake need to be refrigerated or can it be kept at room temperature?

  4. My daughter asked me to bake this cake for her 20th birthday. The whole family has decided it was the best birthday cake we’ve ever had. I made a half recipe of the frosting, and it was the perfect amount for this cake.

  5. I made this recipe for my husband’s birthday this past Sunday he absolutely loved it! Cake light and fluffy and frosting totally delicious! But I do have two questions….Should this cake be kept in the refrigerator? For the glaze can you substitute two tablespoons of melted butter for the water? Thank you! I will definitely make this cake again!

  6. This recipe has become a new family favorite (and we are not easy to please)! Thank you so much for introducing us to this amazing recipe!

  7. I just made this cake and it’s extremely moist and flavorful, it tastes just like a cinnamon roll in cake form. The measurements are definitely designed for an 8 inch cake pan, I used a 9 inch and the layers were a lot thinner than I would like. I ended up using a cream cheese cinnamon frosting which cut down the sweetness a little bit. I wanted to attach a picture because I made it into a naked cake and it’s really beautiful but I couldn’t figure out how to put a picture on here. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  8. Great! Made this for my best friend’s birthday and wanted to make it a churro cake so I added churro pieces in between the layers and topped with them as well. I subbed in plain greek yogurt for the sour cream abut maybe still a bit to noticeable for me. I also added about double the cinnamon, as both my best friend and I are cinnamon fanatics!

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