This Cinnamon Roll Cake has all the features of your favorite roll and is made entirely from scratch! Every layer of this cake is made in just minutes using ingredients that you have in your pantry.
If you love cinnamon desserts, like this cake, you will love our Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole and the Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donut Muffins!
So many recipes use a cake mix, a tube of biscuits or even cinnamon rolls. I don't buy these because I love to make them using real ingredients, like flour and eggs. So I am here to tell you today that it is absolutely possible to make a Cinnamon Roll Cake from scratch, which means that all you need is basic staples and you can make an irresistible treat without sacrificing the taste or having shattered expectations. Because this cake tastes just like a cinnamon roll - everyone's favorite sweet roll.
Everything comes together so quickly and no special equipment is needed. The base is a delicious yellow butter cake with a perfectly moist and delicate crumb. The cinnamon filling is incredible and as soon as you make it - you will want to put it on everything! The vanilla glaze is the perfect finishing touch on this cake.
The cake layer
- Grease the cake pan and preheat the oven.
- Whisk dry ingredients together. Add wet ingredients (except butter) and whisk well.
- Whisk in melted butter until the cake batter is smooth.
- Pour into the pan and set aside.
The cinnamon filling
- Using an electric mixer, beat butter for about 30 seconds.
- Add flour and cinnamon and mix for 2 minutes until the mixture is fluffy.
- Spread the filling on top of cake batter, keeping 1" away from the edges.
- Make swirls with spatula or a spoon.
- Bake cake until done.
- Whisk sifted powder sugar with milk and vanilla.
- Spread over still warm cake.
How do I know if the cake is done?
To check if the cake is baked through, insert a toothpick (or dry spaghetti noodle!) into the cake part. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. If it has few crumbs stuck to it, place it back in the oven for 3 to 4 minutes longer.
Can I make it in a bundt pan?
Yes! To make this cake in a bundt pan, pour half of the cake batter into the greased and floured pan, then spread and swirl filling, then topped with remaining cake batter. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. When done, dress up the cake with glaze.
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Cinnamon Roll Cake From Scratch
for the cake:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour sifted
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 and ½ cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup unsalted butter melted, 1 stick
for the cinnamon filling:
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature, 2 sticks
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
for the glaze:
- 2 cup powdered sugar sifted
- 5 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
to make the cake:
- Grease a 9"x13" cake pan (or line it with parchment paper or aluminum foil and grease the sides and bottom). Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt, sugar and baking powder.
- Add milk, eggs and vanilla and whisk until smooth.
- Slowly add the melted butter and whisk until everything is smooth.
- Spread the batter in the prepared pan. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, beat butter with electric mixer until creamy.
- Add sugar, flour and cinnamon and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. (It will look crumbly at first but keep beating, it will come together.)
- Spread the filling over the cake batter, leaving at least 1 inch of space from the edge of the pan. Swirl gently with a off-set icing spatula or a rubber spatula.
- Bake the cake for 28 to 32 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the cake part comes out clean.
- Cool the cake for 15 minutes. Pour the glaze over the cake and spread evenly.
to make the glaze:
- Sift the powdered sugar over a medium mixing bowl.
- Add vanilla and milk and whisk together until smooth and drizzling consistency. Spread over still warm cake.
- Keeps covered in room temperature for up to 3 days.
- Some of you had a problem with the cinnamon filling burning on the edges of the pan while the cake is not done yet. I am making a not in the recipe not to spread the cinnamon filling all the way to the edge of the cake batter. Leave at least 1 inch of space from the edge. Thank you for the comments and letting me know!
- Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
This recipe was originally published on October 10th, 2013 and updated on March 22nd, 2020.
I’ve made this twice in one week. I’m famous for my homemade cinnamon rolls but my family says this cake is better than my cinnamon rolls! It’s a million times faster and easier! So glad I tried it!
Bodacious Baker says
I was a skeptic, but OMG!!! I make homemade cinnamon rolls and this taste just like them, and in 1/3 of the time!!! SUPER DELICIOUS!!!
Best cake I ever had in my entire life. I’ve made it several times and many friends and family agree with me ❤️👏
Bethany M says
This was amazing! Typically more butter is good but I'll probably cut back next time on the butter in the filling. I sometimes pin my recipes but I actually printed this one to keep handy at all time.
Diane Barnard says
Hi, do you spread the glaze on when the cake is warm or wait until it is fully cooled? Thank You.
Hi Diane! I pour it over the cake while it's still warm. I hope this helps!
Kobe Galloway says
can you use salted butter
I served this as breakfast for a large group of kids and it was a HIT! I did have to bake it an additional 10 minutes to fully set but it wasn't overbaked or dry. Will definitely make this again.
That's awesome! Thank you, Crystal!
Linda G. says
Do you think I can use this recipe to make jumbo muffins?
I followed the exact recipe including putting the filling an inch from the sides of the pan , the center is entirely liquid after nearly and hour in the oven. Is the center supposed to be liquidy and then set once taken out of the oven. I used the 9 x 13 cake pan like the recipe called for. Any information would be greatly appreciated. The house does smell amazing.
This is happening to me too- wondering what will happen when it cools
I love making this cake! Have made it several times, it’s always a hit when I do. I am adapting this revolution make it an Orange Roll Cake for my best friend.
Thank you so much, Erica! The orange version sounds delicious!
Has anyone tried making this into a 9" round 2-layer cake? (or 8"round 3-layer cake?) I thought I could just use a cream cheese frosting between and on the top layer. Any suggestions? Would it be too heavy to layer?
Clint Carothers says
I made this several times, my daughter's favorite cake and one she wants every year for her birthday. Instead of the glaze recipe, I make a buttercream icing that I either spread on when the cake is still warm or put a big scoop of it on top of a piece and microwave it for 15 seconds or so. It takes this cake to another level!!
Lorna Poaster says
Just made this for Mother’s Day brunch. Wow! This is the best cinnamon dessert ever! Followed recipe to the letter and it came out perfect! Didn’t cut into squares. Just let people scoop out what they wanted. It literally melts in your mouth. So many compliments! So pleased with this recipe, everyone came back for seconds and even thirds! This will be a regular staple in my brunch offerings in the future.
Wow! That's absolutely fantastic! I am so glad it was such a hit! Thank you for giving it a try, Lorna!
I made this cake and it was really tasty and hit with the family only problem I had was the middle part of the cake with cinnamon was abit gooey and i even cooked it for longer then the stated time on recipe but didn’t help ... so not sure what happened there any ideas ? Could it Have been me usinb a small baking tray ? Or too much butter ?
Hi Lolo! Maybe the filling just gathered in that spot. I can't tell exactly.
I love this cake, I've made it for many a brunch occasion, and always to rave reviews. Would this work OK if I cut the recipe in half?
Hi Michelle! I think it should be just fine!
I made this cake and it was incredible! So I tried it again the other day using a bundt pan as you suggested was possible. Mine totally fell apart because the center was too soft and the bottom layer, though cooked completely, was drenched with butter. Any tips if someone else tries the bundt pan? I know I’ll make it again, but I’ll stick with the 9x13 instead.
What a wonderful recipe! I found that wrapping individual pieces and keeping them in the freezer makes it easy to keep on hand for enjoying with coffee/tea. It microwaves beautifully! Yum!
Thank you so much, Jenn! I am so glad you love it! I love your tip about freezing pieces. Genius!
Hi - I can't seem to find a link to the video. Can you please send? I look forward to making it this weekend. Thanks!
absolutely the best, i am a mom o 16 yr old boy i take three of his friends home from school i took this yesterday fresh. They loved it one comment was why does it have to be soooo goooood!!!!!!!!
THIS IS A FAMILY HEIRLOOM
Hi Amanda! Yay! That's so awesome! THANK YOU!! I am so happy to know you made this recipe and everyone loved it. 😀
I doubled the recipe for a large family, it came out great,, smelled heavenly, tasted great. A little dry the second day but was fine when microwaved 15 seconds. Fyi a small piece goes a long way. Next time I won't double it...Lol
Wana Darwisj says
Just made this.. It's yummy and I can't stop eating.. Thanks for sharing 🙂
I can't wait to make this!
Jamie Hakes Millard says
This was amazingly delicious. I might try just using 1 and 1/2 sticks of butter in the filling next time because it was oozing through the bottom of the cake a lot.
Denise Stewart says
This cake is amazing! I made it last night and it was the biggest hit! It just melts in your mouth! I was curious if you have tried reducing the butter at all and replacing 1 stick of butter with 1 c. of applesauce? I'm so happy I came across your blog... your recipes look so good! Thank you for sharing!!!
Absolutely delicious, I have made it on four seperate occasions now. I half the batch since.their is only two people eating and it is more than enough food. I have only finished it off in one sitting twice
Hi, I need some help with this cake! I made this yesterday per the instructions and the filling came out a big old mess. When i spread the filling on top of the cake batter, and then swirled/marbled it in, it really did no good at all. The filling sat on top of the cake as it baked, and did not seep into the cake at all. Essentially, I ended up with a yellow cake and a crispy cooked cinnamon brown sugar crust on top. I was hesitant to put the vanilla glaze on top of all this mess. Judging by the photo, it looks like you may have layered some of the batter, then put the filling, and then put the rest of the batter on top prior to marbling. Suggestions, anyone??
Hi Jennifer! I am so sorry you had problems with this cake. The filling should sink into the cake during baking. I didn't layer it. I spread it over the batter (as seen in photos).
Hmm, I wonder why my filling did not sink in...it bubbled up and oozed all over the place, like I was cooking caramel or something! 🙂 Maybe I'll try layering mine to see how it comes out!
I didnt sift my flour the first time and my rack was too high and thats what happened to me to. the second time i sifted my flour and lowered my rack and came out perfect
Thank you for sharing, Hiedie!
Hi there. This cake looked great in the pictures, but I had the exact same trouble as Jennifer on 5/26/14. Completely liquid caramel-like layer on top of the cake layer (as cake was baking) hardened to a grainy, crunchy layer. I followed the instructions exactly except that I didn't assemble the wet/dry elements of the batter until I was ready to put the whole thing together. Maybe that's the issue? Maybe it's important that the cake batter begin to rise in the pan before you add the spoonfuls of filling, so that they more or less stay in place? But it strikes me that the filling might need more flour or something to keep its body - otherwise, in a 350-degree oven, I don't see how it would fail to liquify and just run all over the place. Maybe there's a reason cinnamon buns have a yeated dough... ?
Sooo good!!! I love cinnamon so I added a few teaspoons extra. Also instead of the confection sugar glaze. I sprinkled a cinnamon sugar mix on top of cake before baking
Thank you so much, Sharon!
I made this yesterday, to have with my coffee this weekend. It is WONDERFUL! Someone at work had made a cinnamon roll cake and I loved it, so I searched the recipe and found yours, and I'm glad I did! The cake itself has such a moist and crumbly texture, I can see myself using the base recipe for other types of cakes. The ONLY thing I'd do different next time is add a little more sugar to the cinnamon mixture, probably some white sugar along with the brown. I'll shut up now so I can enjoy my cake n coffee;)
Eric Altman says
I just made this now and had a big square. It's... almost perfect but a little off. A bit of graininess like perhaps some raw flour remained, and I followed directions to the letter (and number). Textural issues aside, it's incredibly delicious!
Hello! I found this recipe while googlin for smth to use loads of butter I had. Made it the other day, and... OMG never tried anythin tastier!!! Though I'm trynna lose some postpartum weight, couldnt hold myself n ate whole 2 slices while still warm! Thank you a bunch! In my recipes book already. Cant wait to try other recipes from you.
Bea Muniz says
This recipe is fabulously delicious!! I made this cinnamon roll cake on Christmas morning and my boys and neighbors loved it! Now my oldest son has asked me to bake it again, so here I go! (Note to self: Print this recipe, its a keeper!)
Made this and it came out perfect and so freaking delicious!!! Love this recipe!
I think it’s a great base recipe. I made it today for work and it was a huge hit. The variations could be
fun. Using orange or lemon zest in place of cinnamon? Or cardamom and almond? Cinnamon and slivered almonds- would taste like those candied almonds from the fair! Or browned butter and bacon in the cake??! OMG. Now I want to make this again.
Hi there! The melted butter is not the one you should grease the pan with. The melted butter goes into the batter of the cake. Check the step by step photos. Thanks!
Ginny Raniag says
I made this yesterday and it was the best from scratch cake Ive ever made! Made it just like the recipe says. Loved it!
Woohoo! I am so glad, Ginny! Thank you for letting me know!
Nicole Durban says
I made this and it was amazing, I have never been able to succeed making cinnamon buns (hockey pucks) so this is a fantastic alternative and my kids loved it 🙂 thank you!
Alicia Hansen says
I wanted to let you know I tried this recently and it is AMAZING!! I used it for some cinnamon roll cake pops (after I had some of the cake for myself, yum!) and the flavor was perfect. I loved it so much I have it as a regular on my menu and hope people order all the time so I have a reason to make the cake, lol. I'm definitely going to make this for the next fight-night potluck I attend. Thank you so much for sharing!
vintage finds says
I love your blog and so far every yummy recipe I have made has been over the top excellent...it made our Christmas extra delightful & also to the friends I gave goodie baskets to..your recipes are amazing...
I do have one question about the cinnamon cake. ...I just made it..well it is in the oven but the problem I had was when I had the filling all ready to spread I knew there was going to be an issue with the thickness of the filling...it does not spread evenly nor will it spread at all...it is way to thick....so did I miss something or is there an easier way to get this filling to spread without interrupting the cake batter itself?....just need to know as I plan on making it 50 times till I get it down perfect because it looks amazing and I can smell it cooking now & wow is all I can say....just need advice on the filling....thanks so much & for all the wonderful recipes
Hi there! Thank you so much for the lovely comment! I will make the cake again and take photos of all the steps. I hope that will help. Have a fabulous day!
Wow, I was giving the recipe a side-eye with the amount of butter it takes, but it ended up tasting delicious! Thanks for the recipe! I didn't have a 9x13 cake pan on hand, so I used a 9-in springform pan instead. I don't think I swirled the filling into the cake enough since a lot of it stayed in the middle and prevented the whole cake from hardening, but it was still a hit!
Thanks for the recipe. I easily veganized, used a tube pan instead of a square pan and I omitted the icing. I think it's just perfect with the cinnamon topping. I also cut the amount of butter on the filling half because, let's face it. 1 stick ought to be enough and it came out just as gooey delicious mmm, mmm, mmm. (Sorry, I can't speak, I'm eating!!!) 🙂 Thanks again for sharing!!! This is sure to become a traditional recipe at my house from now on.
Oh wow!! Thank you so much for the comment and the photo, Maya! Looks fabulous!
Debbie Sullivan says
Made this tonight for a treat. It was easy to make and turned out exactly as it was suppose to. I used the 9 x 13" glass dish. I cut the butter back from 1 cup to 3/4 after reading some commments about having to much butter.
Will be making this again.
Thank you, Debbie! I am so glad it was a success!
I've made this a couple times when we have house guests.....next time will be Thanksgiving morning....To help with all I have to do that day....I mix it up the night before and then I just have to cook it in the morning....comes out great 🙂
Yay! That's wonderful, Nicole! Thank you so much for letting me know!
Kathie Olson says
I made this cake this morning and it smelled wonderful. It took at least 10 mins longer to cook and even then the center was not cooked through. Has anyone else had that problem.
It's possible the problem came from forgetting to add the milk till after I mixed the dry ingredients, eggs and melted butter.
Hi Kathie! I am so glad you tried the cake! Thank you! It is always recommended to follow the instructions and the order of adding the ingredients. It happened to me before that one little mistake changed the final product.
I followed the steps carefully and am having the same problem! the brownsugar filling is burning on the sides but the centre of the cake is still not cooked thorugh, jelly-like. I will cook it longer see how it goes.
Hi Ursula! I will make a note in the recipe to not to spread the cinnamon filling all the way to the edge of the cake batter. I think this might help. So glad it was a hit on the birthday dinner! Thank you so much for the comment!
i am doing this as we speak and it wasn't cooked right through either, am guessing coz i dint follow the order of events, but i just cant wait for it to set! already smells delish!!! thank you soooo much for providing an outlet for satisfying my cinnamon pastry craving(and fantasy of making it myself)!!!!!!!!!!!
Pretty sure that having a slice of this cake would have helped me get out of bed this morning! 🙂
I bet it would! 🙂 Thanks, Jessica!
Emily @ Life on Food says
Sold and sold! This looks amazing. Cinnamon rolls are my favorite.
Same here! 🙂 Thanks, Emily!
Oh, this cinnamon roll cake is like a cross between the cinnamon roll and a cake! Perfect with hot tea or coffee!
You will love it, Julia! Thank you!
Laura Dembowski says
I keep wanting to make this cake and now I have to for sure. It looks amazing!
You simply have to! 🙂 Thanks, Laura!
It's from scratch. Yay! 🙂 I don't have anything against cake mixes. I just get annoyed when I see a recipe with them because we don't have cake mixes over here.
Anyway, awesome recipe! I've never tried anything like this. Gotta get on that!
Yay! Let me know what you think if you get a chance to try it, Erin! Thank you!
This sounds like a dream, Anna, a wonderful delicious dream! I love cakes that are insanely tasty yet easy to make. Anything that tastes like a cinnamon roll without all the fuss is welcome in my life!
Same here! I am so happy to have this recipe! Thank you, Nancy! xo
Cate @ Chez CateyLou says
This looks AMAZING. Just perfect. I am pinning this and cant' wait to try it out!!
Thank you, Cate! Let me know if you do! It is an amazing cake!
Lily R says
Wowwww this looks like a heavenly cross between cinnamon rolls and coffee cake!
It's fabulous! Thank you, Lily!
Tutti Dolci says
This cake sounds too good, love that it's from scratch!
Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says
Goodness, gracious! Anna, your Cinnamon Roll Cake looks phenomenally good! Love that you enjoy baking from scratch like I do. Kudos, girl...I cannot wait to bake this. Mmmm. Thanks for sharing! Pinning (of course)!
High five to baking from scratch!! 🙂 Thank you, Stacy and thank you for pinning!
Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks says
This looks fabulous, Anna! Definitely making this for Thanksgiving this weekend! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you, Jessica!
If I wanted the cake to be pumpkin flavored, how would you suggest adjusting the cake ingredient amounts? This sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing!
Hi Jennifer! I would probably add about 1/4 to 1/2 c of pumpkin puree to the filling mixture. Let me know if you try it! Thank you!
Courtney @ Neighborfood says
I love this! Cinnamon rolls are amazing, but sometimes I don't want to mess with yeast. This looks like the perfect way to get my fix without the fuss!
That's what I was thinking too. It's definitely a keeper! 🙂 Thanks, Courtney!
This looks heavenly!
Made from scratch & easy? My kind of recipe!
Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe says
I recently saw a similar recipe and bookmarked it to try. I love the idea of cinnamon roll flavor without the time and effort of making cinnamon rolls. YUM.
You have to make it, Amanda! It's amazing!!
Hi Adri! Welcome to CCS! Thank you so much for such a sweet comment. I am so happy that you stopped by! I do hope you try this cake - it is fabulous!
We're both rockin' the Cinnamon Roll today. 🙂 Awesome cake!!! Where's my coffee?! 😛
lol I just saw your rolls! Fabulous!
Curry and Comfort says
Nom, nom... nom!! I would love a big piece of this yummy treat. 🙂 It's morning here and checking this out on an empty stomach... my stomach just growled... "gimeme some!!"
Haha! Thank you, Ramona! 🙂