Cinnamon Roll Cake – a fluffy cake with a brown sugar cinnamon drizzle and sweet frosting! This dessert is a crowd pleaser!

cinnamon roll cake


(Originally posted 2010)

I think everyone needs therapy. We all are a product of our upbringing, whether bad or good. Every single thing that happens in our life shapes us as a person. I’m not saying you have to see a professional, but thank goodness for good friends to go through life with. By understanding where we come from and what we’ve experienced, we understand more why we are who we are today. I realize this more and more as I get older. Like why I have a phone phobia or why every single time I go grocery shopping I have to start on the right side of the store and work my way around to the left.

Okay, so maybe I’m still trying to figure those out…

When I first met my husband I was burnt out on the whole dating scene. As we started hanging out I told myself I was just going to let go…be the quirky, goofy person I was right off the bat and if he didn’t like it…see ya buddy…no more time wasted. So then I did exactly that. I said things you probably shouldn’t say when you first getting to know someone (if you actually want them to like you) and told stories that included me doing impersonations and a couple of funny dances to go with them. Then I looked over to see what probably should’ve been a horrified look in his eyes and instead I saw the opposite…adoration. It was so refreshing. He liked me. He liked the goofy me. He liked that I could do the Moonwalk. I could be, say, or do whatever I wanted without constantly worrying he was going to judge me. I told my friends it was like free therapy.

cinnamon roll cake

Baking is also therapeutic for me. That’s how this cake came about. I was having a stressful day. I swear sometimes I feel like there’s a camera on me and I’m being Punk’d. My husband knowingly said, “Why don’t you go bake something so you can relax.” You’re right.

This cake is yummy and actually lighter than I was expecting. It has more of a coffee cake crumb than a traditional bake. I loved the smell of it baking in my oven.

cinnamon roll cake



cinnamon roll cake

Cinnamon Roll Cake

4.28 from 11 votes
Cinnamon Roll Cake - a fluffy cake with a brown sugar cinnamon drizzle and sweet frosting! This dessert is a crowd pleaser!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 16 servings



  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, (optional)


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In an electric or stand mixer mix the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs and vanilla. Once combined well, slowly stir in the 1/2 cup melted butter. Pour batter into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, mix the 1 cup of softened butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and pecans until well combined. Drop evenly over cake batter by the tablespoonfuls and use a knife to marble/swirl well through the cake.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out nearly clean from center. You want to make sure it's done. I like most things underdone but cake is not one of them.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. Add more milk as needed to get to your desired consistency. Spoon over cake or fill a ziplock bag with the frosting and snip the corner to drizzle on. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
cinnamon roll cake