Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe

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My sister Kristen gave me a cookbook for Christmas that she and her friends from Missouri had put together and as I was flipping through it, this recipe caught my eye . . . anything with the name "Cinnabon" has to be good!

This cake was easy to throw together with ingredients I had in my pantry and it tasted amazing! We ate it straight out of the oven, so it was warm and gooey . . . it has all the flavor of a yummy cinnamon roll without all the work!
My husband even ate it for breakfast . . . :)

Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Cake
Ingredients:
3 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
4 T butter, melted
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 T flour
1 T cinnamon
2/3 cups nuts (optional)

Glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar
5 T milk
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:
With an electric mixer or stand-up mixer, mix 3 cups flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Once combined well, slowly stir in 4 T melted butter. Pour batter into a greased 9x13" baking pan.
In a large bowl, mix the 2 sticks of softened butter, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons  flour, cinnamon, and nuts until well combined. Drop evenly over cake batter by the tablespoon and use a knife to marble/swirl through the cake. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out nearly clean from center. Place powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle over warm cake. Serve warm (we like it straight out of the oven) or at room temperature.

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  1. Chelsea says:

    This sounds great and I really want to try it. I have a question though… It says “1/4 salt”. I’m assuming that’s a teaspoon? Thanks for the great recipe!

  2. Mary Ann says:

    In the directions you wrote :sugar, salt, sugar, but in the ingredients only one sugar amount is mentioned. Just checking to make sure there isn’t supposed to be a white & brown sugar..?

    • Camille says:

      Thank you for catching that! That is what I get for typing this post late at night! There is only supposed to be sugar once . . . I changed it now so that it makes sense!
      Thanks so much!

  3. Denise says:

    Is it light or dark brown sugar that you are using? I am planning on making this today ! There is snow on the ground here in Oregon and Brrr…it is cold !

  4. Erin says:

    I’m going to try to make this for breakfast tomorrow! YUMMY! I’ve tried a few of your recipes and have a list that’s growing of others to try from you all. You’re all very talented, and it seems like I get hungry every time I visit your blog! :-)

    Erin
    takingtimetocreate.blogspot.com

  5. DonO says:

    Gooey mess and I had to bake it for 45 minutes. It still wasn’t done. All the brown sugar, cinnamon and butter ended up in the bottom. Way too much butter!!!

  6. sdscents says:

    Gooey mess here, too! After 30 minutes in the oven, the toothpick came out of the center clean, but when we sliced into the cake it was like lava flow…..But it was delicious ;)

  7. cjskiera says:

    I’m currently living in Uganda so the recipes I can actually make are few and far between. This can actually happen. Oh, I can’t express my excitement! :D

  8. JAG says:

    Terrible, gooey mess after 30 minutes. Definitely too much butter. I’m going to halve it if I ever make this again. It didn’t even taste good. Not sweet or flavorful at all. Huge disappointment.

  9. A.G. says:

    I just finished making this, and am enjoying it right now! :D . Seeing the comments, I chose to halve the amount of butter called for in the recipe, and cooked it for a bit longer, which made it turn out great! No lava flow of butter, haha! ^ ^

  10. BCanada says:

    I just made this with half the butter mixture. I spread half of what I had on top and reserved the other half for after it’s baked in case it’s not sweet enough. I can’t wait for it to come out of the oven.

  11. for people who are complaining about a gooey mess – I put the butter mixture on top and DID NOT swirl it. While it mostly sank down, it was fine (and I managed to forget the flour, which would have helped it stay afloat). I also tripled the cinnamon and used a cream cheese frosting. This is now going to replace my regular Christmas morning breakfast (Grands Cinnamon Rolls with Cinnabon cinnamon filling) because it is DELICIOUS and EASY!

  12. amalia says:

    This looks amazing…. wondering if I could make it at night…refrigerate and then take out to get to room temp and bake in morning… any thoughts?

  13. Lizzy says:

    I made these for work yesterday and they were a hit! I put them in muffin cups though, and I made a cinnamon buttercream frosting and transformed them into cupcakes!

  14. Agy Bee says:

    I really want to make this, but am unsure what “T” stands for. Is it tablespoon? Sorry, it’s probably really obvious, but I’ve never come across it before.

  15. LisaB says:

    Just got done making this, and it is delish!! I do think that there is too much butter, when I make again, I will use less butter. Great recipe!!

  16. anastacia says:

    I love this cake, so so good. Made one to try it out before a big family dinner, it was great. So I had to make 2 for the big family dinner, needless to say, there was not a crumb left. Thanks!

  17. sg920 says:

    Made this and it was a huge hit. So good, not a crumb left. Followed the recipe to a T and it was perfect. Not sure what the others did that said it was too gooey. Will make this again & again!

  18. sg920 says:

    Made this and it was a huge hit. So good, not a crumb left. Followed the recipe to a T and it was perfect. Not sure what the others did that said it was too gooey. Will make this again & again!

  19. Jen says:

    Made this tonight for my family – I’ve never seen such huge smiles on my hubby’s and son’s faces! Big gooey mess=yummy! Super easy, and perfect for Sunday evening! (Or monday breakfast…. if it lasts that long!) Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talents! It’s appreciated!

  20. Mary Michael says:

    This recipe is awesome!!! I have made this twice now and my family has decided they like it cooled, not right out of the oven, but it is great both ways, this recipe is definately a keeper, thankyou!!

  21. It’s so super sweet :( It baked up beautifully…I didn’t have a problem with the gooey mess at all…a lovely fine cake. The ultra sweetness just about hurts my teeth :O

  22. Priceless says:

    I’m so glad I found this recipe on Pinterest and I’ve now joined your blog ladies.. my husband took me out shopping for shoes yesterday and in our haste to get home he forgot to get some cinnabon to take home as his treat for spoiling me yet again. I’m about to make this recipe for him now as a thank you for all the shoes he bought for me.. thanks for sharing this recipe and love your blog by the way!!!
    Cheers from Canada…..

  23. Priceless says:

    I made the cake and it was so good, my husband loved it. We had it as part of our brunch spread the following day…. Thanks for sharing the recipe and keep ‘em coming.

  24. LilOne says:

    Just made this today for my husband’s birthday (he is the ULTIMATE cinnamon roll fanatic.) I added more cinnamon – though next time I may add some to the batter itself, too – and left out one of the 2 sticks of butter based on some of the comments and it was FABULOUS! He loved this cake. Thanks so much, sisters, for sharing this :) You made the best 6×6 (since he refuses to admit to being 36) birthday cake ever.

  25. Hello. I want to make this recipe since I’ve seen it on pinterest the other day. Right now Ionly have salted butter. Do I still need to add regular salt to the recipe if there is salt in the butter?? How does that work??

    • Camille says:

      I think that it’s totally a preference thing! If you don’t want a salty taste and only have salted butter, I would maybe cut the additional salt from the recipe? I usually only bake with unsalted butter, but I am not the biggest help!! I am so sorry about that!

  26. Wanda says:

    I just made this and it was great. I did add more cinnamon as I prefer lots of it! I make cinnamon buns with the same ratio of ingredients, but with 3Tbsp of cinnamon. That’s what I used for this and it was a hit with everyone!

  27. Amanda says:

    Has anyone tried making a “healthy” version of this? I always try to sneak in things like whole wheat flour, etc. What about cutting some of the butter and using pumpkin, applesauce, etc.? Let me know if you have any suggestion because this sounds amazing, but just trying to make it a little healthier for the family! :)

  28. di says:

    Wow!!!!!!! I love cinnamon rolls but don’t like the heaviness. This will be perfect. I will be making if gluten free so wish me luck.

  29. John says:

    It’s in the oven now. Only substitutions I made were cake flour for the all purpose because I didn’t have any and 1/4 cup egg beaters + 2 tbsp oil for the two eggs because (surprise!) I have no eggs. Otherwise everything is exactly the same. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

    • John says:

      So ya 25 minutes in my oven is all it took. Turned out great! No gooey mess here. Stays together well and tastes fantastic. Perfect substitution for the cinnamon rolls I was craving.

      But now after one piece I feel like I need to spend the next couple hours on the treadmill lol.

  30. Rhiannon says:

    I’m glad I read the reviews first about the cooking time. It definitely took much long than the recipe stated. About 20 more minutes. I wasn’t impressed with this cake. I added more cinnamon and I’m glad I did because I don’t think it would have had enough flavor. The actual yellow cake part was pretty bland.

  31. Unknown says:

    I made this recipe for my Sunday School class this morning and it was a great hit. I followed the recipe exactly and it worked perfectly, although I did cook it about 10 minutes longer than the recipe called for.

  32. Sasha Nelson says:

    I made this recipe for my dad and daughter and it turned out a little gooey after 30 mins so i popped it back in the oven for 10 more minutes and it came out perfectly. It’s absolutely mouth watering and even better with vanilla ice cream!!

  33. Sharanda says:

    This is SO GOOD! I was glad to see I had all the ingredients on hand. Due to some of the comments, I only used one stick of butter; the cake came out great! It was even better after it sat overnight. Mmm-MM! Thanks for sharing this recipe! I found you via Pinterest. :)

  34. Tana McIntosh says:

    I made this tonight and it was a BIG hit! I did have to bake it 40 minutes for it to get done in the middle but it turned out fabulous. My husband and brother-in-law loved it! Will definitely bake this again. Thanks for the recipe! And I love your blog. I am 1 of 4 sisters and we get together once a month with our husbands and kids to have a meal together and play board games. I will have to try this recipe on them, i know they will love it! Thanks again.

  35. Katy says:

    I made this for our family Sunday brunch yesterday and it was gone within minutes of putting it on the table! Thanks for a great recipe!

  36. Silvia says:

    Hello,
    I live in the United KIngdom and love your site!!! I really want to try out some of your recipes but I find it hard to find a conversion chart on the internet that tells me exactly how many grams are in a cup of flour or salt or sugar etc. Could you help please? Thank you :D

  37. Rebekah says:

    Love the cake, the only thing is in my 9×13 pan it takes a lot longer to bake. More like 45 mins. I have a slightly larger pan and it still takes 35 mins. Overall absolutely love!!! It smells amazing!! :)

  38. Weffy says:

    I work for a law school and we have “Coffee Tuesdays” during the school year. This cake was a huge hit, thank you for sharing. I have 3 sisters myself and it’s nice seeing other sisters bond through a shared enjoyment of baking/cooking like I do with mine.

    • Cyd says:

      It will definitely taste different if you use white sugar in place of the brown sugar. Brown sugar is moister too. We have never tried it this way. Not sure it would even turn out. Sorry.

  39. Melody says:

    Wow…can’t believe this has only 1 star! I make this at least once a month to send in to work with my husband and now my son has requested I do the same. I’ve also taken it to family breakfasts. Sooo easy and yummy.

  40. Sandy says:

    Melody, I agree. I made this and helped myself to a modest portion and thought it was delicious. I brought the rest to work and it was gone before I knew it. Everyone loved it, including myself! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    Have a happy holiday!

  41. Denise says:

    I have to say that I absolutely LOVE this cake, it is delicious and so easy to toss together at the last minute! But, that picture at the top is TOTALLY deceiving! lol You could make it look like that I suppose, but why would you want to when you can pour all of that lovely icing on top and let it ooze and melt and get in all those little nooks and crannies instead?

    If you haven’t tried this recipe yet, then what are you waiting for? It’s AMAZING! Just do it. Who cares about calories and carbs anyway, they don’t count when things are this delicious!

  42. Kacy says:

    Always a hit, and uses basic ingredients I always have on hand. The only changes I make are halving the butter in the cinnamon topping from 2 sticks to 1, and using an extra tsp cinnamon and baking 10-15 mins longer. I just pour the icing over the warm cake and it makes it so moist and yummy! I wonder if the people who complain about this cake being a gooey mess realize that the cinnamon filling/topping part is meant to be the same consistency as the filling in a cinnamon roll..it is not firm like cake, the cinnamon part of this cake is a bit gooey but that makes it so delicious! Definitely recommend!

  43. Peggy says:

    In the instructions, flour is listed twice, batter and topping. In the ingredients, it list 3 cups of flour? Typo or split of the three cups of flour?

  44. Amanda Franks says:

    Where can i rate, not sure why this isn’t 4-5 stars. We have made this exact recipe from this page at least 6x. It is awesome. People love it! My 10 year old daughter likes to make it herself too.

  45. Janice says:

    Made this today as a last minute dessert and it is fantastic! Just like a cinnamon roll with a somewhat neutral tasting cake but a luscious cinnamon and butter filling and achingly sweet glaze. It’s everything a cinnamon roll should be. This is going in the favorites… Family loved it. But, yes, it needed a few additional minutes in my oven. As with any recipe, timing is based on your particular oven’s temperature.
    Thanks so much for this. Love your recipes!

  46. Kathy says:

    I have made this cake twice and both times it was gone in 20 minutes. I served it warm. The first time the filling was very gooey and the filling sank to the bottom, the second time I melted the butter a little and it the mixture was much easier to marble through the cake. I have to make it again tomorrow night for my husband’s work. I give this a 5 star rating!

  47. Heather says:

    I made this for the first time last night for a dinner with our church. I overheard many people commenting on how good it was and wanting the recipe. I sheepishly said I made it and told them where to find your recipe. This will most likely become a new family favorite.
    Thank You.

  48. Teresa Hightower says:

    It was fabulous only thing I did differently was I extended cooking time by 8 minutes. My oven is always a bit slow. Everyone loved it, thank you!

  49. Karyl says:

    I made this a few months ago, and it was fabulous! I’m making it again for Easter brunch…….can’t stop dreaming about it…. Yummo! Thanks for the great recipe!

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