Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe

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
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)

2 cups powdered sugar
5 T milk
1 tsp vanilla

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 9×13″ 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. 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! :-)


  2. 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.

  3. 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! ^ ^

  4. 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.

  5. says

    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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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…..

  10. 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.

    • 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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! :)

  13. 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.

    • 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!!

  16. 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. :)

  17. 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.

  18. Silvia says

    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 😀

  19. 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!! :)

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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 is not firm like cake, the cinnamon part of this cake is a bit gooey but that makes it so delicious! Definitely recommend!

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. Jan says

    Do you think some of the butter could be replaced with coconut oil or would that just ruin the entire taste of it all ? I have only used coconut oil in recipes that actually called for it . So unsure about about replacing it. Thx…

  30. Leslie says

    I just made this for the first time. I’m sure how it should look coming out of the oven but I have a little bit of the “gooey mess” in the corners. Any ideas on why this happens? And how to avoid for next time because it smells so good I know I will want to make it again. Thank you!

    • Cyd says

      We have only made this as a cake, but looking over the comments one lady did make these in a muffin tin like cupcakes and they turned out beautifully! Watch them closely because the cooking time will be different.

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