My Mom makes the best cinnamon buns. I don’t make cinnamon buns…I’ve been craving Mom’s cinnamon buns, but they’ve been away. So I had to improvise. Enter Cinnamon Bun Cake, or as our two year old calls it, Cinabun Cake. A buttery brown sugar and cinnamon mixture is swirled into a white cake and topped with a glaze in this recipe for Cinnabon(R) roll cake. My Mom makes the best cinnamon buns. I don’t make cinnamon buns…I’ve been craving Mom’s cinnamon buns, but they’ve been away. So I had to improvise. Enter Cinnamon Bun Cake, or as our two year old calls it, Cinabun Cake.
This cinnamon roll cake recipe is easily a favorite in my house. I actually thought I had shared the recipe for this cake a long time ago…turns out I didn’t. You see when you bake as often as I do things get jumbled. Maybe it’s all the sugar? Nah…Anyhow, this is the world’s easiest cake. My kids even request it for their birthday cake which seems so weird to me…hello no buttercream…but we all know kids are weird. Or maybe they aren’t…this cake is that good. This Cinnamon Roll Cake Is Simple And Takes Your Favorite Roll And Puts It In Cake Form. Swirled With Cinnamon, Butter And Brown Sugar And Topped With A Glaze, This Cake Is Sure To Be A New Favorite.
HOW TO MAKE CINNAMON ROLL CAKE
Making this cake is simple!! Yes – there is lots of butter, but that’s what it is so stinking delicious!
BATTER. To make this cinnamon casserole, begin by mixing the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs and vanilla together. From there, stir in the melted butter and pour into a greased 9×13 pan.
CINNAMON SWIRLS. Then you will mix your cinnamon topping ingredients together and drop over the cake. Swirl your topping and cake mixture with a knife going up and down the length of the pan (only inserting the knife a little).
BAKE. Bake at 350° F for about 30 minutes. While baking, make your glaze and drizzle over the warm cake.
Can you make cream cheese frosting for cinnamon roll cake? This recipe is more of a glaze, but you can definitely make a cream cheese frosting instead. We love the cream cheese frosting we use on our one hour cinnamon rolls.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you that this cinnamon cake is seriously addicting!
CINNAMON CAKE TIPS + TRICKS
Making ahead: We love making this fresh, so it’s warm, but you can make this ahead of time if needed. Just reheat in the oven for a few minutes to get warm before frosting so it melts right into the cake.
Storing: You can store the cake for up to 24 hours in advance by covering with foil or saran wrap and leaving on counter before reheating.
You can even freeze it. Just cover tightly in foil and keep in freezer for up to 3 months. You can reheat in the microwave or on a low temp in the oven.
I recommend serving this yummy treat when it’s warm because it just melts in your mouth and tastes just like regular Cinnamon Rolls! We love this cinnamon cake so much that we have it for Christmas every year. It’s just SO good!!
To Make this Recipe You’Il Need the following ingredients:
- 3 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 5 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare a 9 x 13 baking pan (buttered).
- Mix all of the base ingredients together, with the exception of the butter. Add the melted butter last, and then pour into your prepared pan,
- Mix all of the topping ingredients together in a separate bowl. Mix well. Drop by teaspoonful over the base, as evenly as you can over the entire base. Take a butter knife and swirl the topping into the base. Pop into the oven and bake for 28-30 minutes.
- While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze and set aside.
- Remove from oven and glaze the cake while still warm