Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake

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This super easy Cinnamon Roll Cake recipe will blow the socks off your next Breakfast. Serve it for out of town guests, holiday mornings, or prep ahead of time for a sweet Brunch treat!

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In the Wise household, we are a family divided… over breakfast.

Aubrey & I are total fans of sweet dishes while Owen & Jordan always prefer savory ones like eggs & sausage. Sorry guys, but today I’m sharing a really easy but yummy sweet dish that is PERFECT for making ahead of time for a lazy Sunday morning or holiday breakfast.


…and a really great benefit of this recipe? If you have a blooming baker in your household, they can make this almost completely by themselves. With Aubrey’s interest in Chopped Kids and other Baking shows, she has really been interested in learning more about recipes that she can make with minimal intervention from us.

This is one of them!

We will happily help her with moving the cake in & out of the oven, but it’s fun to watch her learn how to make a recipe from start to finish.


Ingredients for Cinnamon Roll Cake


Making The Batter

I love to save time and this recipe uses white cake mix to skip pulling out the flour, baking powder & soda, salt, and sugar from the pantry. You’ll use more ingredients from the refrigerator, but please do not skip the sour cream part. Sour Cream transforms the white cake mix from ‘pretty good‘ to downright amazing.


cinnamon brown sugar butter


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Showing how to swirl cinnamon filling in cake base


The Cinnamon Swirl

Once you have your batter poured into the pan, it’s time to mix-in the cinnamon filling. Ever experience times when you just don’t have enough cinnamon to spread throughout a cake? I really dislike that, too.

You won’t have that problem here with this recipe.

There is plenty of cinnamon mixture to spread throughout the entire batch ensuring that every piece has a cinnamon roll taste.

Have little hands that want to help you bake?

This is a great spot to have them help drag a butter knife or toothpicks to help make a pretty design.




Adding The Cream Cheese Glaze

If you’re going all-in on this cinnamon roll cake, you need more than just powdered sugar! 

(Not a fan of cream cheese? You could use a thin version of this buttercream icing instead!)

Once the cake has baked,  whisk together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Pour your glaze over the warm cake and serve.

Not serving the entire cake? I would portion out the cake and pour the glaze on each portion. This will allow you to store the cake and glaze separately. When you heat up the cake later, add a dollop of glaze onto the top before popping it into the microwave!


Iced Cinnamon Roll Cake and slice




You can store this cake in an airtight container for up to 3 days, but in my house, it won’t last more than a day!




Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake

Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake

Yield: 12 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This super easy Cinnamon Roll Cake recipe will blow the socks off your next Breakfast. Serve it for out of town guests, holiday mornings, or prep ahead of time for a sweet Brunch treat!


  • Cake Base:
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • Filling:
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • Glaze:
  • 2oz cream cheese softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


For the Cake: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray 9x13 pan with a nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, add white cake mix, sour cream, vegetable oil, milk eggs,  and mix until well combined, then spread batter evenly into your baking dish.

For the Filling:

  1. In a small bowl, add butter, cinnamon, sugar, and stir until well combined. Drop dollops of the cinnamon filling into the cake batter, then using a butter knife, swirl it to incorporate the two. 
  2. Bake the cake for about 30 minutes (I baked it for about 33 minutes in my oven), until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean

For the Glaze:

  1. Whisk together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. 
  2. Pour the glaze over the warm cake and serve.


  • Mix eggs in a small bowl before adding them to the cake mixture. This will help distribute the eggs evenly.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 255Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 79mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 0gSugar: 21gProtein: 3g


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  1. Hi, I have a question. When you say you can make this ahead of time, do you mean you make it completely and then just warm it to use it or you do the batter ahead of time and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. I’m looking forward to using this recipe. Thank you.

    1. Hi Jennifer! If I were prepping this cake ahead of time, I would bake it through entirely. Then I would warm it up in the oven at 250 degrees until 160 degrees internally and pour the glaze over it just before serving it. Thank you for stopping by! -Brittany

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