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Cinnamon Roll Cake

This yummy cinnamon roll cake tastes just like the rolls you get at the mall–only easier!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Breakfast, cakes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon roll cake, cinnamon rolls recipe
Servings: 12
Calories: 582kcal



  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter melted


  • 1 cup very soft butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • 2 tbs flour


  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4-7 tbs milk or cream


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray or grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  • Mix all dry cake ingredients in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, beat egg with milk, water and vanilla. Add the melted butter to the dry cake ingredients, then stir in the egg/milk mixture, mixing until all dry ingredients are incorporated. It is important here NOT to use an electric mixer but to mix with a spoon--the "cake" is actually a muffin base by the amount of baking powder, so it should not be "over-mixed."
  • Pour cake batter into prepared pan. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, beat the topping ingredients until they resemble a paste--for this you CAN use an electric mixer.
  • Drop topping randomly over top of cake batter--I did 4 rows with 3 dollops in each row, each dollop being about 2 tbs. Now pull a knife through the cake and topping, "marblizing" the topping into the top part of the cake batter.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool slightly on a rack.
  • Mix the glaze ingredients in a small bowl, adding ONLY enough milk or cream to make a thick but pourable glaze--always start with the lowest amount of liquid.
  • Drizzle glaze over cake and let it set about 15 minutes. Cake may be served warm or completely cooled.
  • Makes about 12 servings.


Serving: 1person | Calories: 582kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 808IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 2mg