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.

Nutrition Information:

1 slice
36 g
79.9 mg
21.9 g
40.3 g
4.5 g
82.5 mg

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

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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?

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May 16, 2022 1:05 pm

This was SO GOOD. I only used 3 eggs, coconut oil instead of vegetable oil, plain full fat yogurt instead of sour cream & just now realized I completely forgot to even make the icing. My family has been loving it without. So moist and delicious!

May 15, 2022 9:12 am

Awesome. My husband always wants a chocolate cake. Today I made this cake and he said “you can make that one again, save the recipe”. He ate it shortly after it was frosted and then again when the frosting had set. Next time I may throw in a handful of raisins. Excellent easy recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Apr 9, 2022 10:16 am

I’ve made this recipe many times now and everyone always loves it. I have celiac disease and it works great with a gluten free yellow cake mix. I highly recommend! Of course I haven’t had wheat in ten years, so I can’t say how different it is personally. I do have family members who taste it and could not believe it was gluten free. Thank you so much for the recipe. The only other thing I change is I double the cinnamon. That’s just my preference though.

Feb 12, 2022 11:19 am

I make this for the residents where I work and they LOVE it.

Feb 7, 2022 12:48 pm

So easy and so delicious! I thought the brown sugar seems like a lot of but it was perfect. We opted for a cream cheese glaze. My husband is obsessed. Thank you!

Renee Murray
Jan 29, 2022 6:19 pm

Very good cake my family loved it. Will Def make this again

Jan 26, 2022 11:41 pm

My family loved this recipe! They went back for seconds and thirds!

Jan 24, 2022 4:13 pm

So delicious! I added coconut and fresh pineapple that I browned in a skillet. AMAZING and so moist.

Jan 2, 2022 5:48 pm

I made this for Fellowship at church. It was extremely easy to make and delicious.
The recipe notes not to “over swirl” the cinnnamon sugar. With that in mind, I must have “under swirled” as all the brown sugar remained on top of the cake rather than incorporating inside of it. Next time I’ll know better.

Kellie Eveland
Mar 17, 2022 8:06 pm
Reply to  Karen

This time I put 1/2 the batter then 1/2 (maybe a little less) cinnamon sugar then rest of batter then the rest of the cinnamon sugar. Then I swirled it. So much better! Amazing recipe it’s a keeper for sure! Thanks

dana L werner
Dec 11, 2021 5:56 pm

Wintery Cold night I made soup and this cake, not only was it so easy Everyone Loved it !!!!
Thank You for this recipe….I will be making again and again:)

Lisa Coldewey
Nov 5, 2021 11:09 pm

Yum! So good! This is now my favorite cake!!

Last edited 6 months ago by Lisa Coldewey
Nov 2, 2021 2:23 pm

My whole family loves this cake. I make it very often. Even the picky people in family love you. Thank you for recipe

Oct 21, 2021 4:20 am

Made this a couple of days ago. Easy and tasty but way to sweet for us. I’ll try it again but will decrease the brown sugar. Hopefully that’ll help make it a little more dense.

Dawn Duran
Oct 15, 2021 3:17 pm

I made this today and was a little disappointed. The recipe calls for four eggs which unfortunately made the cake very light and sponge like and not dense like a coffee cake. Also the streusel did not sink into the cake even when I swirled it. I’m going to try making this with two eggs instead of four and hope it turns out better

Oct 1, 2021 6:22 am

OMG!! I needed a quick dessert for Sunday dinner. This seemed easy and quick so I tried it. It was a HIT!! My family loved it and has requested it again for this coming Sunday. Thank you so much!!

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?

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