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.

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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.

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You sprinkle that all over the top of the batter…

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And gently swirl that in with a knife…

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

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Bake it up and it behold…

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And then make a quick icing and behold again…

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

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

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Or don’t. I get you.

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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

  • 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

Description:

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


Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  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!

Notes:

Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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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140 Responses
  1. Alison

    I just made this and it’s great but I didn’t end up with any of the cinnamon sugar swirled into the cake, so it’s like a ton of sugar on top. Is there an art to making the ribbons? Was trying not to overmix like you said but I did run the knife through it a bunch of times, in swirls and figure eights!

  2. When I made this cake the first time, I had no sour cream. It was still good. Later, I made it with the sour cream and both my husband and I thought it was better. It was denser, more like a coffeecake and the cinnamon mixture was a bit crunchy. Great cake!

  3. When I made this cake the first time, I had no sour cream. It turned out great though. I made it later with the sour cream and my husband and I both thought the first cake was better. It was denser, more like coffeecake and the cinnamon mixture was a bit crunchy. Great cake!

  4. Liron

    Hey,
    Looks great!!!
    What can I do if we don’t have a yellow cake mix?
    We don’t have them in Israel…

    Thanks so much,
    Liron.

    1. Shelly

      You can, but the recipe I wrote makes the cake richer and a little denser, but still super soft. If you make it according to the package directions, it will just be cake, if that makes sense!

  5. Robin R Shipman

    I just made this and HAD to comment This cake is DEE licious!!! I had a cake mix (don’t like them personally) so did a search on “cake mix recipes” and found this gem. Wow! Only item I was missing was the vanilla and I doubt if anyone would notice. I love love LOVE coffee cakes and this one is a winner.

  6. Vince

    This is absolutely amazing! I mostly came to comment to let you and anyone else know that I made this today with a gluten free boxed yellow cake mix (I used King Arthur brand) and it worked beautifully.

    I hand mixed, using a whisk, and just made sure it was incorporated well. Since you aren’t building up the gluten strands or air in the cake the same way, making sure it is well mixed and somewhat aerated was enough.

    I was too gentle when I swirled unfortunately so a lot of the cinnamon sugar stayed on the top but it is still amazing. First time I’ve made a cake with a swirl through like that so I will do better next time!

  7. Sybyl

    This is the second year in a row that my son has requested this cake for his birthday. His friend, himself, and I love this cake as it does not have a traditional icing!

  8. Kathy B

    My family loved this cake. I baked for my in-laws and my side of family heard about the cake and begged for me to bake. It was a huge hit and easy to bake.

  9. Dolores

    It’s a family WIN WIN! Thank you for the delicious recipe.. Only thing i added was cream cheese to the icing ? yummilicious?

  10. S Giuntoli

    I made this cake and while delicious it rose a lot more than yours and was not as gooey looking as the picture of yours…I wonder if you have any thoughts as to why it rose so much? I followed the recipe exactly.

  11. Tracie

    Wonderful !! In fact, I just heard my grandson (18 years ) bragging about the cake to the rest of his family. He had no idea I could hear him. And the cake was leftover from 3 days ago! That is a high compliment indeed!!!

  12. Stacey

    This cake was delicious! Everyone LOVED it. I will definitely make it again. Funny note: I brought it to a party and I brought the recipe with me and 3 people asked for it!!!

  13. Carrie

    This was delicious! I used a white cake mix because that’s what I had, but it turned out great! Thank you for sharing this! I’m sure my kids will request this a lot!

  14. Tammy

    Hi
    I was wondering if you could do this in a sheet pan? Or would it be too thin?
    Or could you double the recipe and put it in a sheet pan?
    Have you tried that at all?
    I have to feed 25 people so I didn’t know if that would work or if I just need to make 2 of the 9 x 13 pans.
    Please let me know
    Thx!

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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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