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Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Cake

Who loves cinnamon rolls? I do, I do! Yesterday morning I was craving cinnamon rolls so I decided to make some. I went over to my good friend Paula’s blog, Call Me PMc, to check out her cinnamon roll recipe. Ack! I didn’t realize that it would take 2 hours for the dough to rise so I had to resort to something else. We were starving and we couldn’t wait over 2 hours for breakfast! So I visited Pinterest and found this amazing recipe for a cinnamon roll cake. I decided to settle on this recipe but I cut the recipe in half and did something a little different with the glaze: I poked holes in the cake so the glaze would drizzle into the cake, similar to what you would do with a poke cake. Oh. My. Goodness. This is the BEST cake I’ve had in a long time. It’s moist, sweet and full of yummy goodness. I Hope you enjoy this recipe!

Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Cake

Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Cake

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


For the cake mix:

  • 1 1/2 C All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C white sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 C milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C butter, melted

For the Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

  • 1/2 C butter, room temp
  • 1/2 C packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon

For the Glaze:

  • 1 C powdered sugar
  • 2.5 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, white sugar, baking powder, milk, egg and vanilla.
  2. Stir in the melted butter.
  3. In another mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the cinnamon sugar topping.
  4. Pour the cake mix into a greased 8x8 baking dish. Drop the cinnamon sugar topping into small drops on the top of the cake. Swirl with a knife.
  5. Bake at 350 for 25-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze. Whisk together the glaze ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  7. When the cake is done baking, poke holes into it with a toothpick (I used a large skewer so the holes would be a little bigger than a regular toothpick hole)
  8. Pour the glaze over the cake.
  9. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

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32 comments on “Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Cake”

  1. This looks so yummy!

  2. Doctor told me to lose weight this morning and now I'm staring at this photo..must stay strong…but it sure looks good.

  3. It looks soooooo tempting, and I LOVE cinnamon so much

  4. Oh my goodness! This is my favorite! Seriously, I am drooling now! Haha

  5. Looks fantastic! I may have to make this this weekend. :)

  6. oh dear lord this looks amazing i need to pin this for later!!

    new follower from teh monday mingle!


  8. new[est] follower. loving this post and loving your blog. can't wait to keep following along!

    This looks absolutely delicious!

    stop by sometime!

  9. HI!! new follower from the GFC blog hop. LOVE your page already. I also love creating in the kitchen and will definitely have to try this recipe out very soon. It looks great and I just know my kids will love it.

  10. This would have been dangerous for me to see on my day off yesterday, ha! But I'm pinning it for later. It would be a great breakfast treat for Thanksgiving day :)

  11. This looks delicious! New follower from the blog hop!

  12. Stopping by from the GFC Blog Hop and I wanted to say hi and that cinnamon roll cake looks amazing!

    Misfit Librarian

  13. This looks absolutely delish. Making me want breakfast all over again!

    Stopping by from the blog hop.

  14. My family likes cinnamon rolls on the weekend …. but truthfully, I'm not always that ambitious! This is much easier! ;)

  15. This looks delicious. I can't wait to give it a try. I would love it if you'd share it with us over at Real Housemoms for Fabulous Fridays!

  16. Yeah…. I think I am making this this coming weekend for breakfast! Looks fabulous! :)

  17. WAY easier than cinnamon rolls. Anything that takes that long to make loses my attention! But cinnamon rolls in a cake? H-E-L-L-O and yes, please! Sign this girl up! Can you say, 'Christmas morning'?

  18. Wow, this sounds delicious. Pinning!

  19. Thanks for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I'm looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

  20. Yum!
    Homa Style is having a 12 Days of Christmas link party going on now.
    I would love it if you linked up your yummy breakfast cake.
    The link is

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  23. This looks amazing! :)

  24. My daughter and I loved it! It’s one of the best cake, ,we’ve had! Thanks for sharing:)

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me know that you and your daughter enjoyed the cake! I’m delighted to hear your feedback! :)

  25. I love this cake, and it tastes great without the glaze, too!

    • Oh yes, I can assure you that it definitely does! It’s one of our favorites at my house. It will probably be made again soon! :) Thanks for stopping by, Joanne!

  26. What is white sugar? I only know of Granulated or Powdered sugar. Which is it, as they both are white.

  27. Very sweet and moist (almost too much so)! I baked it in a 9×9 metal pan for 27 minutes. I cant imagine how moist it would have been in a 8×8 pan. Could possible cut down on the butter in the cinnamon sugar mixture or maybe the excess moisture came from the glaze.

    • Hmm, I’ve made this at least 4-5 times and have served it to guests and have never had an issue with it being too moist or sweet. It turns out perfect every time! I use an 8×8 glass pan when I bake mine.

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