Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Cake

by Elizabeth on October 11, 2011 · 8 comments

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Is a cinnamon roll cake breakfast or dessert?

That was the dilemma I was faced with as I pulled this cake out of the oven.  It had all the taste and gooeyness of a morning cinnamon roll, but shape and texture said dessert to me.  Then, as I was pondering my breakfast options Sunday morning, I decided it was both.  A (very sweet) breakfast cake or a slightly different dessert, with all the deliciousness of a classic cinnamon roll.

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1 1/2 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon (aka a “pinch”) salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup butter, melted*

1 stick of butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

1 cup powdered sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease an 8×8 baking dish and set aside.

In a bowl, add all the cake ingredients except  the melted butter.  Stir well.  Slowly stir in the melted butter and gently mix to combine.  Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.

In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the topping.  I used a fork to really mix in the butter.  Evenly dollop the topping over the batter and then swirl with a knife.  Bake the cake for 30 to 35 minutes.

To make the icing, combine all the glaze ingredients and whisk well.  Add more milk or powdered sugar to make a thinner or thicker glaze, if desired.  While the cake is still warm, pour the glaze over the top of the cake.  Serve warm.

-Adapted from Cookin Up North

This post is linked to Tasty Tuesday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays and These Chicks Cooked.


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1 Alida October 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

yummy!!! I have to put this on Pinterest so I don’t forget it!


2 Molly October 12, 2011 at 8:17 am

Oh my. There’s no cinnamon rolling? That’s the part I find most annoying. You mean you can just dump it all in the pan and play? Oh my. This looks delicious.


3 Elizabeth October 12, 2011 at 9:19 am

No rolling at all. All the taste of a cinnamon roll, without all the work. It’s a winner!


4 Molly October 12, 2011 at 11:13 am

AND no cream cheese? Meaning I actually have all this stuff on hand at any given time as opposed to having to remember to buy cream cheese especially? nomnomnom….


5 Elizabeth October 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Yep, so easy! That’s why I made this on Saturday. I had everything on hand and that meant I didn’t have to get out of pajamas to go to the store. 🙂


6 reese October 12, 2011 at 10:50 am

Oh this looks really really really really good. And requires minimal effort. Making it this weekend to surprise the DH 😉


7 Elizabeth October 12, 2011 at 2:27 pm

You should! It’s delicious.


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