Cinnamon Roll Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
If you love cinnamon rolls you are going to love this easy and delicious homemade Cinnamon Roll Cake topped with Cream Cheese Frosting.
In the mood for cinnamon rolls but don’t have the time to make them? Try this super easy Cinnamon Roll Cake topped with a classic Cream Cheese Frosting.
This cake is going to knock your socks off. If you love warm cinnamon rolls loaded with cream cheese, you are going to want to dive into a piece of this yummy cake. As usual, this is an 8-inch cake, my go to for most cakes. For this cake I like to use a round cake pan so you can easily remove it from the pan and frost the edges. You probably know from other recent cakes I have shared like my Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting or my Easy Pumpkin Cake with Butter Pecan Frosting, when it comes to cakes I don’t like to fuss. This Cinnamon Roll Cake is another no fuss cake that is simple and delicious. Also, if you don’t have the time or can’t wait to frost the cake, you can skip the frosting all together and just add a simple cream cheese glaze to the top and serve warm.
Sure, I love those pretty decorated cakes. I have taken the Wilton Classes at the craft store and learned many techniques. For my everyday go to desserts for family and friends, these are the cakes I love to make. They are easy and so delicious. No one will ever know how quickly you were able to whip this up.
This Cinnamon Roll Cake has all the flavors of your favorite cinnamon rolls. Do I dare even say this cake is acceptable for breakfast? I leave that decision totally up to you. I promise I won’t tell.
What you need
Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix butter, milk, sugar, egg and vanilla extract. While stirring, gradually mix in wet ingredients into dry until just combined. Best part, this can all be done by hand using just a whisk or wooden spoon.
Pour into a greased and floured cake pan.
In a small bowl mix butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour. Dollop filling on cake and using a kitchen knife swirl mixture into cake. I like to leave some chunky bits, but you can swire it as much or as little as you would like. Place in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Cool completely.
Whip up the frosting and generously frost the entire cake. Chill until ready to serve.Print
Cinnamon Roll Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 8 servings 1x
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly dust an 8-inch round cake pan with flour and set aside.
- In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt.
- In a separate bowl mix sugar, milk, butter, egg and vanilla.
- Gradually stir in wet ingredients into dry until just combined.
- Pour into cake pan.
- In a small bowl mix butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour until blended.
- Dollop mounds of filling onto top of cake.
- Using a kitchen knife swirl filling around cake.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes until cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool completely on a wire rack before removing and frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- Using an electric mixer beat cream cheese and butter.
- Stir in confectioner sugar until combined.
- Add in milk and vanilla and beat until creamy.
- Frost generously on cooled cake.
- Chill until ready to serve.
It sounds perfectly acceptable for breakfast to me 😉 Gorgeous!!!
Thanks Jocelyn! 🙂
Oh my gosh this looks amazing! PINNED.
Thanks so much Aimee! 🙂
This is a great way to kick start each morning!
It sure is! Thanks Meagan! 🙂
I love cinnamon rolls, what a scrumptious cake!
I can envision myself eating this for breakfast. Can’t wait to try it!
Oooh, you are so smart! This is awesome!
I dare say-most definitely breakfast. Can’t wait fro breakfast now!
Cinnamon roll cake? Cake? Oh my goodness Jen this sounds and looks amazing!
If I double the recipe do you think then it will be enough to fit in a 9×13 pan. I don’t know if I would need to double the frosting.
Hi, If you double the cake recipe it will work for a 9×13. As far as the filling goes I would suggest doing an extra half of the filling opposed to doubling it. The frosting you don’t have to worry about doubling as you will be frosting it directly in the pan. I hope that helps! Enjoy!
Do you have to use the cinnamon powder or just the sticks ?
Hi Marwah, you will use ground cinnamon powder. No sticks are needed for this recipe. Enjoy!
Thanks for the reply 🙂
Looks delicious! Can this be made in a 9 inch round cake pan?
Hi Grace! Definitely! You will just want to reduce the baking time slightly. Let me know how it turns out for you. Enjoy!
Hi! Do I have to make any drastic changes in the recipe if the cake pan is 10 inches?
Thanks so much!
Hi, You will just need to reduce the baking time. The cake won’t be as thick as if baked in an 8-inch cake pan, but I’m sure it will still be just as yummy!
Great, thanks!! 😉
Would you change the baking time if making a 9×13 ? Can’t wait to try this, looks delish!!
just wondering how you are supposed to dollop and swirl a filling that is more of a streusel than a filling? I have a cake decorating business on the side. the cake is in the oven as we speak. we shall see
Hi Jennifer, You can dollop the cinnamon swirl into the cake batter and use a butter knife to swirl the cinnamon throughout the cake. Enjoy!
I had some problems with the quantity of butter.
How much is 1/ 4 cup? Do you mean 1/4 of buttEr before melted or 1/4 of Melted butter? Because I think is not the same. Please help. I have a sclae and I wuld like to know the qty in grams.
Hi Monica, It’s 1/4 cup butter melted then cooled. Not 1/4 cup melted butter. Enojoy!
Wondering if coconut milk would work in place of cow’s milk? Thanks!
Coconut milk will work, but will definitely alter the taste somewhat. Enjoy!
This looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it. Question though…. Can this be made into cupcakes????
Hi Lauren, I have never made these into cupcakes, but it is definitely worth a try. It is a smaller cake, so you will probably only get maybe 6 or 8 cupcakes. You could double the batter if you wanted to make more. Enjoy!
I made this cake and it was the worst cake I’ve ever made. Was very dry and just bluh, not a good flavor. The icing was the best part. Definitely just going to make cinnamon rolls next time.
Hi Bree, so sorry this cake didn’t turn out for you. Thanks so much for letting me know!
This cake was a big hit when I made it! Moist and full of flavour. Will definitely be making it again. Thank you!!!
Hi Suse, So glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe! Thanks so much for letting me know.
This recipe is sooooo delicious. I made cinnamon roll cupcakes and swirled the cinnamon mixture around with a tooth pick they came out great. Thanks for the recipe
Made this on the weekend. The cinnamon filling was delish. The frosting … I always Love frosting! 🙂 But the cake … the flavor was not the best and it was too dense for my liking. The rest of the family loved it. I will probably try again but with attempts to make the cake a bit lighter.
is this recipe good the day after or better to eat after cooling … thinking about making it for a birthday cake my daughter loves cinnamon rolls
Hi, you can make this a day ahead. Just refrigerate until ready to serve.
first, DEE LISH US!! I’ve made this cake a few times now. Made it for my book club , but could not make the cream cheese frosting. So instead I made a homemade caramel sauce. I added nuts on top of cake then poured caramel over it…..OMGOODNESS! Jennifer a.k.a. Mother Thyme, it took your already deelishus cake to another level. Yummy Goodness!
thank you for this cake!
I’m so happy to hear you enjoy this cake! Thanks for letting me know!
Hi, just made this last night and I am glad I got a piece because it disappeared in about 10 minutes time! So easy and so good. I will definitely be making this again, maybe cut back on the sugar some but that’s all.
I only came across this delicious-sounding recipe. If doubling the recipe (except for filling which would be an extra half of the recipe) for a 9 x 13 pan, what would be the cooking time?
Hi Debi! I haven’t doubled this recipe for a 9×13 pan but I am guesstimating the bake time would be about 20-30 minutes. I would try it and just keep a watch on it after 20 minutes and testing it with a cake tester. Enjoy!
are you saying baking in 9 x 13 pan the baking time would be shorter than baking in 8″ pan? seems it would be longer?
Hi Betsy, The cooking time should be shorter because there is less batter in a bigger pan. The original recipe calls for this to be baked in a 8-inch cake pan. Unfortunately I have never tried this in a larger pan to give a more precise baking time, sorry!
Hi…..the only reason I was thinking of baking the 9 x 13 was because I was afraid 1 8 inch round pan would look too short..as in not like a cake…I plan on giving to a neighbor …if for me, I wouldn’t care..but…
Thank you, Betsy
I really loved your cinnamon roll cake, I made it into cupcakes by doubling the recipe. My husband loves raisins and walnuts in his cinnamon rolls so I added those two ingredients also. They turned out great. Thanks for the recipe.
Hi Kim! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe. I love that you made it into cupcakes and added the walnuts and raisins. Thanks for letting me know!
I’m having a bunch of company for a couple nights and i’m wondering if this can be made ahead and frozen?
Hi Laura- Yes, you can freeze the cake and thaw it at room temperature. Enjoy!