Cinnamon Roll Cake

I mentioned in Monday’s post that I had a recipe I wanted to share.

Last Christmas, my sister-in-law made this awesome cake as part of our holiday brunch.

It was like a warm cinnamon roll, but in a moist, cakey form.

After eating three too many pieces, I demanded asked politely for the recipe.

Christi had actually gotten the recipe from this blog.  But we both agreed that rather than using a glaze like the original blogger, we needed to kick it up a notch with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting instead! Winking smile

cinnamon roll cake

Cinnamon Roll Cake

(Slightly modified from this recipe)


For the cake -

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1.5 cups milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted


For the topping –

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons flour


For the frosting –

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients for the cake (flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt).  Add the vanilla, beaten eggs and milk.  Stir together.  Then slowly stir in the melted butter.
  • Pour the cake mix into the pan.
  • In another bowl, combine all of the ingredients together for the topping.  Mix them together well, then drop the mixture by the spoonful onto the top of the cake batter.  Use a knife to swirl the cinnamon topping into the cake, pushing down a little with the knife to make sure it gets down into the cake batter.
  • Bake the cake for around 25-30 minutes.  Use a toothpick to check for doneness (you can also lightly push on the top of the cake and see if it springs back up … if so, it should be done).
  • While the cake is in the oven, make the frosting.  Beat the cream cheese in a mixer for about a minute.  Then add the confectioners sugar (I recommend sifting it first to prevent lumps) and the vanilla extract.  Beat on medium-high speed for several minutes, until nice and fluffy.
  • Once the cake is out of the oven, spread the cream cheese frosting on top. 
  • Serve warm.

This cake really needs to be served warm, in my opinion.  It just isn’t quite the same at room temperature.  I recommend reheating a piece in the microwave for a few seconds to warm it back up, if need be! Smile


Hope you enjoy this cake as much as we did!

Question for ya …

What is your favorite brunch food?

Are you more of a sweet or savory breakfast food eater?

Best thing you’ve eaten this week?

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12 Responses to Cinnamon Roll Cake

  1. Joanna @ Midwestern Bite

    Why is it when you say “brunch” it immediately makes food more exciting? Seriously. I totally wanna skip breakfast and just go straight to brunch now!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Hahah I LOVE that comment … that is so true! Breakfast … ok. Lunch … eh. But BRUNCH? My ears (and taste buds!) immediately perk up! ;)

  2. Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life

    Oh my goodness this looks great! I love cinnamon rolls, but not the process it takes to make them. I love the idea of cinnamon roll cake so we still get the flavor without all the work!

    • notsodomesticated

      It’s so easy. And I already had the majority of the ingredients at the house, which is always a bonus!

  3. kaceyjt

    Thanks so much for sharing this delicious-looking recipe! I’m already brainstorming excuses for making it!
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    • notsodomesticated

      How about the fact that it’s Thursday? Is that a good excuse? ;)

  4. Pamela

    Looks really good.. making me want some and I can’t access a kitchen right ;) Hope you are doing well- I am available most of the time now, so any time you’re up for a chat give me a call!

  5. Jenna

    This sounds absolutely heavenly!! I will have to try it!!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Anything with that much butter has to be good, right?! :)

  6. Kat

    mmmm this sounds sooo good!! Im a sucker for anything with cinnamon to be honest, and if its frosted well that make its 100x better!

  7. Andrea @ Andrea out loud!

    Holy cow that looks delicious!
    My fav brunch item is definitely eggs benedict. YUM.
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    • notsodomesticated

      I’ve never had eggs benedict!

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