Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake

Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake

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

This cinnamon roll cake recipe 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 short-cutted this. I know, I know, you are all probably so disappointed in me. I am always looking for doctored up yellow cake mix recipes, and this cinnamon roll cake is the perfect example of when it’s RIGHT to use a cake mix. But 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.


How to make Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake

Like I said the cinnamon roll 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.

This Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe will quickly become a favorite in your house!


Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield Yield: serves 10 1x
  • Category Category: Cake
  • Method Method: Baking
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert


This recipe is one of the most requested cake recipes in my house. My family loves it!


  • 1 (15.25- ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 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 9×13 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!


Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Keywords:: cake, yellow cake mix, cinnamon roll, breakfast

Want To Save This Recipe?

Helpful tip… Out of sour cream? Here’s a sour cream substitute!












Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

You might also like...

Share Your Comments

Want to share a photo of what you’ve made? Be sure to register or log in and then click the camera icon located at the bottom of the comment form.

Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
November 25, 2020 5:13 pm

Can I add pecans? If so, when?

October 26, 2020 9:12 am

So delicious!!! I was looking for something to do with a box of white cake mix in the pantry and this was perfect!!! Tasted just like cinnamon buns. It was a big hit with the whole family!!!!!

October 22, 2020 10:12 am

Didnt care for icing so I added about a ⅓cup of cream cheese to it to make it better

October 17, 2020 1:05 pm

I have this recipe saved as it is requested all the time in my house! Thank you so much for sharing this, I love easy ways to fancy up a cake mix!

October 6, 2020 11:43 am

In the oven now… I added raisins. Picture to follow.

September 16, 2020 8:46 am

I have this in the oven and forgot the oil? Can it be saved?

September 16, 2020 8:28 am

Ok after I put the cake in the oven I realized I forgot the oil. Anyway to salvage this cake

September 13, 2020 3:58 pm

I love this cake!!!!! It tasted so good

Deb Flaugh
September 8, 2020 1:13 pm

I found this cake to be very dry. We like a moist coffee cake and this cake didn’t quite have that. Maybe if extra sour cream and oil as well as some applesauce were used, it might be better. Sorry but we did not enjoy it.

Jean Peterson
August 19, 2020 6:29 pm

Hi. can this cake be made ahead of time. and baked off the next morning? Thank You! Jean

Jean Peterson
August 20, 2020 3:24 pm
Reply to  Shelly

Thank You!

August 3, 2020 9:06 am

What would happen if you used low fat sour cream?

July 18, 2020 8:33 am

Very good recipe, but I agree with some commenters that you could use much less brown sugar. Even if you swirl, there’s still a lot of brown sugar at the top. Some of it was tasty, but some of it was hard.
I think the brown sugar part tasted better when it was in a layer of cake batter. Next time I will try to pour some batter, add the brown sugar mixture, pour more batter and top with remaining sugar and swirl it together.

July 6, 2020 11:48 pm

So great! Thanks for the recipe! Tasty and creative way to turn around a boxed cake mix and a great excuse to eat cake for breakfast 🙂
I used a little less brown sugar and didn’t end up using too much of the icing as it was already pretty sweet.

July 1, 2020 3:17 pm

I made this with strawberry cake mix and coconut oil as those are what I had on hand. Ummm. The kids couldn’t even contain themselves as this baked. It filled the house with THE most delicious aroma. Mmm. I added cream cheese to the frosting because I had a block of cream cheese in the fridge screaming my name. I will never make boring old cake again. This is what I will bring to parties from now on when I don’t have enough time to bake a cheesecake.

June 23, 2020 8:21 pm

Hi, I’d like to make this cinnamon roll cake but I only have WHITE CAKE MIX. Can I use this instead?

Thank you,
Staten Island, NY

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

Tips for Baking Success!

Cookies and Cups Newsletter Get 5 Baking Secrets That Will Change Your Life!

Delivered Straight to Your Inbox, For Free:

Recipes You’ll Love

This site participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn a small fee by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Ad Blocker Detected!

Advertisements fund this website. Please disable your adblocking software or whitelist our website.
Thank You!