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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!

Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake

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!

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Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake

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


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 367
  • Sugar: 36 g
  • Sodium: 79.9 mg
  • Fat: 21.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40.3 g
  • Protein: 4.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 82.5 mg

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293 comments on “Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake”

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

  2. 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.

    1. Kellie Eveland

      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

  3. dana L werner

    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:)

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

    1. Sorry you didn’t love this cake as much as I do! No, it’s not a coffee cake texture, it’s supposed to be a more soft-style cake!

  7. 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!!

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