Cinnamon Roll Cake

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Cinnamon Roll Cake is a moist and buttery cinnamon cake with a creamy vanilla glaze drizzled over the top. If you love cinnamon rolls, then you’ll absolutely love this gooey cake!

Cinnamon Roll Cake is a moist and buttery cinnamon cake with a creamy vanilla glaze drizzled over the top.

Cinnamon Roll Cake is a moist and buttery cinnamon cake with a creamy vanilla glaze drizzled over the top. If you love cinnamon rolls, then you’ll absolutely love this gooey cake! Serve it for breakfast, brunch or a late night dessert for one tasty treat. No matter when you choose to devour it, you won’t be disappointed! 🙂

I have to say, one of life’s greatest pleasures is that first bite into a warm, gooey and melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon roll. Actually, just cinnamon rolls in general are a pleasure-you can’t convince me otherwise. Now to have one in cake form? Are you kidding me? That’s just pure bliss right there.

Cinnamon Roll Cake is a moist and buttery cinnamon cake with a creamy vanilla glaze drizzled over the top.

You will transcend into complete cinnamon roll heaven when you take a bite of this cake. It’s all the things you love about a classic cinnamon roll but in one of the best forms possible. Because who doesn’t love a light, cinnamon and glaze soaked cake? Only a weirdo, that’s who.😉

I was actually kind of surprised at how light and not too sweet this cake was, but then again I’ve never thought any dessert was too sweet, so don’t quote me on that.

Cinnamon Roll Cake is a moist and buttery cinnamon cake with a creamy vanilla glaze drizzled over the top.

One nice thing about this recipe is if you’re not feeling up to making the cake from scratch, you could use a cake mix instead. A white or yellow cake mix would make the best alternatives, but if you want to mix things up you could also use a devil’s food cake mix. Then you would have the most rich and chocolate cinnamon roll cake that would just be to die for.

I would ask for you to save me a slice, but I know it’s a waste of breath because once you make it for yourself, you won’t want to share. 😉


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Cinnamon Roll Cake is a moist and buttery cinnamon cake with a creamy vanilla glaze drizzled over the top.
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The taste of cinnamon rolls in cake form. This cake is great for breakfast, brunch or dessert!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Author Holly



  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking Powder
  • 1 ½ cups milk (I use 2%)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted


  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F°. Spray a 9×13-inch glass baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • FOR CAKE: In an electric stand mixer, add the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Mix until just combined. Then slowly mix in melted butter. Pour batter into the prepared pan, spreading out evenly.
  • FOR TOPPING: In a large bowl mix the butter, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon together until well combined and creamy. Drop evenly over the batter, by the tablespoonfuls, and use a knife to marble/swirl through the cake.
  • Bake cake for 28-32 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out nearly clean. Remove cake from oven and let stand at least 15 to 30 minutes before topping with glaze.
  • FOR GLAZE: In a medium bowl, mix the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla together with a whisk. Drizzle evenly over the warm cake. Slice and serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!
Recipe and photos updated: 10/15/20



Cinnamon Roll Cake is a moist and buttery cinnamon cake with a creamy vanilla glaze drizzled over the top.
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89 thoughts on “Cinnamon Roll Cake

  1. Holly,
    In the cake ingredients you did not list vanilla but in the cake instructions you did? Which is it? Thanks.(I know it’s in the glaze ingredients,I’m talking about the cake)

  2. I am SO glad I found your blog! I feel like I am bookmarking every single recipe you post…they all look so good! I love your taste in food 🙂

  3. Oh Wow Holls! This looks AMAZING!!!!! I too love cinnamon rolls and cannot wait to try this cake! You can bet that I will FOR SURE be making this one before christmas morning thats for sure!!!

  4. I just died and went to heave. Cinnamon heaven or cake heaven – I’m torn, but either way it’s amazing!!

    Thanks for your wonderful comment, I’m so glad to know such kind and wonderful people as you. Thanks Holly. 🙂 ~Megan

  5. would love to try this out with my daughter – she gets off summer school today and wants to do some baking with me 🙂 – I am pretty sure, it will be a hit in my home!

  6. I’m making this cake this morning to take to a “Woman’s World Cup Final” brunch. I’m sure it will be a big hit. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. This looks good, simple and yummy! This recipe would be perfect for my Cast Party Wednesday Link Party. Would you come over and share some of your tasty recipes with us?
    I hope to see you there!

  8. Hey you little sweetie you, Thanks so much for linking to
    “Made it on Monday!” and guess who made my TOP 3 Picks this week?…….. YOU!!!

    * It will be posted on the blog Monday! 🙂

  9. Hey Hollie, I know I already commented but I wanted to let you know that I made this cake recently for a work function and it was a HIT! So super delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Made this yesterday and it is even more delicious than it looks. I think I might even like it more than a cinnamon roll itself…? Thank you for a wonderful recipe that will be used hundreds of times in the years to come. Mmmmm I want some more now.

  11. Hi Holly, I made this tonight for a function tomorrow. So far itnlooks awesome and like your picture- that’s always a good sign. Can’t wait to eat it tomorrow 🙂 thank you

  12. i made this cake and it is the most moist flavorful cake ever. i cheated on the icing and i took a can of whipped cream cheese icing and melted in microwave and i drizzled it on the cake…yummo

  13. I made this last night and the entire 9×13 pan is almost gone this morning!!! SO good. Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic recipe!!

  14. I made this cake today and I was disappointed.I did not care for the texture,I would have liked it alittle denser.It was too airy for lack of a better word.It seemed to fall apart.I followed the recipe exactly.One thing I wasn’t sure of was,was I supposed to just swirl the topping on the top or down through the cake?It did not look like the picture.

  15. Anonymous- sorry to hear it didn’t turn out. Bummer. Yes you were supposed to swirl the cinnamon filling throughout the cake, not just on the top of the batter.

  16. Hi Holly, I got referred to your blog from a friend. This cinnamon cake looks GREAT! I can’t wait to try it.

    I was checking out your “about” section and noticed you work for ENT doctors. I have a GREAT appreciation for them. I just had a horrible ear infection a few months ago (worst they’d seen), that they thought might be mastoiditis. 🙁 My ENT made that horrible pain go away, and now he’s my favorite 🙂

    Am enjoying your blog already! I’ll be back soon!


  17. Hi, Holly,
    I don’t know if anyone else had the problem of printing this out. All I got is the glaze, but still copied by hand the rest to make, just saying!

  18. I came across this recipe and made it tonight. It’s really yummy. I had to add and extra 20 mins to the baking time. Turned out really good!! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  19. I have made a lot of cakes, but never left a recipe review before. I made this cake this morning and followed the instructions exactly as written. This recipe is definitely a keeper. My husband and I love it and I will definitely make it for friends and family.

  20. Came across this recipe last night and tried it this mo ning I love it and my family loves it thank you for posting will continue to follow.

  21. Made this tonight, however it did not look nothing like the picture and I followed the instructions to the T..
    Taste was okay, I’m assuming this pic was taken from another website cause it’s not the same cake..

    1. Sorry, but the picture you see here is the one I took when I first made this cake. Every single picture on my website are all mine. I don’t steal pictures from other websites, and I post the recipes exactly how I make them. We absolutely love this cake! Sorry it didn’t work out for you.

  22. I went through several similar recipes online looking for just the right one and this was it! Dense, moist, perfection! Love, love, love! Very easy to make also!

  23. I made this and it’s fantastic! Whenever I’m searching for something I will always decide on a Lofthouse recipe, and they’re always repeated in my house, especially the pancake recipe! Thanks a million!

  24. I am gluten intolerant and my husband is a diabetic so…I am going to try this with the
    gluten free flour and use sweetener. Hopefully it will work. I will let you how it turns out.

    1. Hi Jennifer! I have not tried freezing this cake yet. But if I did try I would bake first. Cool completely. Then cover tightly then store in freezer. 🙂

  25. I love this recipe, every time I make it I tend to sample the batter-my husband told me to don’t eat all of the batter save some for the cake. Thank-you for all of the recipes.

  26. 5 stars
    I recently made your cinnamon roll cake to take to work for a co-worker’s birthday. I received rave reviews from everyone in my department. One young man made the comment that this was the most amazing cake he had ever eaten!! He could not believe that it was homemade either. He keeps asking me “How did you learn to bake?” Thank you, Holly, for making my day!

  27. Hi…i saw in your comments that you can use a white or yellow cake mix. What addItional cake ingredients do you add to the cake mix or do you just prepare the cake according to package instructions? I reaLly want to make thiS cake. Thank you for a reply.

    1. Hi Wanda, if you want to use a yellow or white cake mix then prepare the cake batter according to the package the directions. Then resume with my recipe by mixing the topping ingredients and then swirling them into the cake batter. Still bake the cake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. 🙂

  28. 5 stars
    This cake is amazing!! So delicious. It will be one of my favorite breakfast/brunch recipes. Thank you Holly for another great recipe.

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