Cinnamon Cinnabon Cake

All the best parts of a giant cinnamon roll and a cake come together to make Cinnamon Cinnabon Cake. Oozing with vanilla icing, this cinnamon roll cake is the ultimate in breakfast decadence.

Slice of Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll cake with dripping vanilla glaze on white scalloped plate.

You may have gathered by the fact that I run a baking blog that I prefer homemade baked goods to store bought nine times out of ten. It’s not only the taste of fresh made baked goods I love; it’s the whole process. Mixing dough or batter, playing with a recipe, filling my kitchen with delicious smells.

While I love to indulge by buying a Starbucks Scone or a from my favorite local bakeries now and then, I’m not the biggest fan of most treats from chain restaurants.

But I have one weakness when it comes to “fast food” baked goods: Cinnabons. Who can resist that alluring cinnamon aroma that stops you in your tracks when you’re hurrying through the airport or mall?

Every so often, I get one of those big sticky buns for myself and savor it slowly, every last sticky bite. Heaven.

Cinnamon Roll Cake

This cinnamon cake recipe was inspired by those gigantic sweet cinnamon rolls. In my book, it’s a fantastic breakfast. Cinnamon rolls are categorically a breakfast food, therefore it’s perfectly appropriate to have this cake for breakfast. I don’t make the rules!

Can you think of a better way to start the day than with a slice of warm Cinnabon Cake and hot cup of coffee? It certainly got my day started on the right foot this morning.

Cinnabon Cake Recipe

If you’re craving homemade cinnamon rolls but are short on time, Cinnabon Cake is a great alternative. There’s no kneading dough, waiting for it to rise or messing with rolling and cutting the dough like with regular cinnamon rolls.

Just mix together a batter, bake, drizzle with icing and eat! From start to finish, this cake took well under an hour to be ready to eat. Unlike other cakes, you don’t even have to wait for it to cool before adding the icing. The whole point of cinnamon roll frosting is that it gets a little melty!

To make the cinnamon roll cake, you start with a basic white butter cake batter topped off with a cinnamon sugar layer. Finally, the cake is completed with a generous drizzle of vanilla icing. This recipe creates TWO large cakes, perfect for sharing with the whole family! 

How to Make Cinnamon Roll Cake

STEP 1. Make the cake 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans (or use my homemade cake release). Place a piece of parchment paper circle in the bottom of the greased pans.

In a mixer, blend 3 cups of flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, milk, eggs, vanilla and 1/4 cup of melted butter. Divide batter evenly between two prepared cake pans.

Step by step swirling of cinnamon filling in cinnamon roll cake

STEP 2. Make the cinnamon roll topping 

In another mixing bowl, beat 3/4 cup of butter with brown sugar, 2 Tbsp flour, and cinnamon. Continue to beat until fully blended and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Using two tablespoons, drop brown sugar mixture onto cake batter. Use a knife to swirl over the cake batter. 

STEP 3. Bake the cakes 

Bake the cakes in an oven preheated to 350 F for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in their pans for 10 minutes, then flip them out onto serving plates.

There will be large pockets where the brown sugar mixture oozed. This is normal (and this is where the icing will fill)!

Meanwhile, prepare the frosting.

How to Make Cinnamon Roll Cake Icing

Whisk together the powdered sugar with 1/4 cup of milk and a tsp of vanilla extract. Make sure no lumps of powdered sugar remain. Pour the icing over the cakes while they’re still slightly warm!

Slice, serve and enjoy!

Breakfast Cake

It’s difficult to do justice to just how delicious this cake is–and how amazing it smelled while it was baking. If you love cinnamon rolls, this is bound to become your new favorite cake recipe. I served it for breakfast but I’d also be happy to have a slice of this for dessert or a snack at any time of day.

A little tip: Cinnamon Roll Cake tastes best when slightly warmed. If you have leftovers that get cool, just pop your slice of cake in the microwave for a few seconds to reheat.

I ate my cakes up super quick (with a little help from the family, I think), but you could cool these cakes and freeze them before you drizzle icing on them.

Can you Freeze Cinnamon Roll cake


You can freeze these breakfast cakes with or without the glaze.

To freeze WITHOUT the glaze, simply cool, then slide into a large ziploc freezer bag or wrap in plastic wrap then foil. Freeze for up to 30 days. Thaw on counter overnight and add glaze.

To free WITH the glaze, allow glaze to set. Wrap in plastic wrap and foil, then freeze for 30 days. Thaw on counter overnight and enjoy.

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Yield: 24 servings

Cinnamon Cinnabon Cake

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

All the best parts of a giant cinnamon roll and a cake come together to make Cinnamon Cinnabon Cake. Oozing with vanilla icing, this cinnamon roll cake is the ultimate in breakfast decadence. 


For the Cakes:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour plus 2 Tbsp, divided
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon

For the Icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. For the cake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9-inch cake pans, lining the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. In mixer, blend 3 cups of the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, milk, eggs, vanilla and 1/4 cup melted butter. Divide batter evenly between cake pans.
  3. In another mixing bowl, beat 3/4 cup butter with brown sugar, 2 Tbsp flour, and cinnamon. Continue to beat until fully blended and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Using two tablespoons, drop butter mixture onto cake batter. Use a knife to swirl.
  4. Bake cakes for about 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in pans 10 minutes. Flip cakes out onto serving plates.
  5. For icing, whisk the powdered sugar with 1/4 cup milk and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Drizzle over warmed cakes. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 37mg Sodium: 158mg Carbohydrates: 25g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 23g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Recipe originally published April 16, 2012. Photos updated January 2020.

All the best parts of a giant cinnamon roll and a cake come together to make Cinnamon Cinnabon Cake. Oozing with vanilla icing, this cinnamon roll cake is the ultimate in breakfast decadence.


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Posted on January 22, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. Thanks Ginger for actually commenting on the recipe after you tried it…sounds like something I will definitely make now.

  2. Another big winner I’m going to make. I’ll have to make mine healthier but it should still taste great so thanks for the idea. I’ll use whole wheat flour & splenda, lite butter…

  3. I am so glad I found this recipe as well as your blog! I can’t wait to try this. I heart my cinnamon rolls and sonething tells me this cake just might beat them!

  4. I know it’s wishful thinking that second cake was for me (especially since you made it months ago, hehe) Sigh, I’ll just have to dream about this until the weekend when the family can enjoy it with me. Wouldn’t be fair to make it when they weren’t home, would it? Oh wait, it makes 2, I can make it, wait to bake one until dinner but eat the first one in the morning after they go off to work and school and hide any evidence of the first cake! This cake is inspiring evil genius, thank you!

  5. Made this morning, I thought the 1 1/2 TBsp. Baking powder was a typo, seemed like a lot. I used 1 1/2 tsp. Instead. Needless to say, it was pretty flat. Smells amazing and tastes good, just a little for dense. When I make this next time (yes, there will be a next time!) I will definitely use the right measurements.

  6. Have to ask because this looks so delicious and is hitting my pregant sweet tooth want lol, how do you freeze the second cake? Should you cook it and then freeze it (just have to thaw and rewarm) or do you freeze it raw?

    1. After baking the cakes, let them cool. I then wrap it in heavy duty foil. When you want to eat it, allow it thaw (either in the fridge overnight, or on the counter…about an hour). Make up the glaze and drizzle it on!

  7. Did you use self rising flour or all purpose! Thanks for info. It looks delicious. Be good for a morning after you have gone all week eating less.

  8. I wish I had read the recipe more closely. I would have rather baked it in a 9 by 13 pan. And I thought this made a layer cake so I piled one cake on top of the other before icing. Oh well, it tastes delicious even though it doesn’t look that pretty.

  9. The icing recipe calls for 1/4 cup milk and 2 cups powdered suger?
    Isn’t that to much milk? I had to add 3 more cups of powdered sugar.

  10. I normally never leave comments on recipes but I MUST now! I tried this recipe last week, had one cake stay at home and had my husband take the other one to work. the next day, I was requested to bake 2 more cakes for my husband’s co-workers, 2 more for my husband (he went crazy over these!) and ill be baking 2 more for co-workers! by the end of this week ill be baking 6 of these delicious goodies!! thank you so much for sharing, you have now made me very popular, lol 😉 I also love that the ingredients for these are things I keep in my pantry all the time so I can whip up 2 cakes in no time, it makes me feel like a pro!

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