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Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

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 This Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake will make your family swoon when they taste it! All the scrumptious flavors of your favorite breakfast treat baked in a 9 x 13 pan.

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake slice on a white square plate

The aroma of Cinnabons will fill your kitchen

It’s time again. Danielle, of Hugs and Cookies, and I are both cooking up a dish from each other’s blogs. I had a group of friends coming over for a coffee and perused her recipes for the perfect morning treat.

This Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake fit the bill!

You know that enticing cinnamon and sugar scent that beckons when walking though the mall? My senses were overwhelmed while this coffee cake baked away in my oven. There’s nothing like the aroma of cinnamon to bring on hunger pangs.

I have to admit that I’ve never even tasted a Cinnabon cinnamon roll, but one slice of this coffee cake has to be as good or better than those mass produced buns. Real butter and pure vanilla extract aren’t always guaranteed with mall offerings. Moist with gooey streaks of cinnamon woven throughout, this was a crowd pleaser.

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan

How to Frost Your Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

I took the liberty of piping a crosshatch pattern of frosting over the top of this breakfast offering, but feel free to just smear it all over the top. As long as you get a bit of the luscious icing with every bite, you’re set.

Also make sure to swirl in the cinnamon butter to distribute the spicy syrup throughout the cake. This cinnamon roll coffee cake is SO much easier than making yeast dough, rolling, slicing and proofing. Perfect for entertaining or a holiday breakfast with your family.

Slice of Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake on a small white plate with a red handled fork

Things you may need for this recipe:

For more traditional cinnamon rolls, check out my Best Cinnamon Rolls,  These Cinnamon Sticky Buns help with my caramel cravings and these Apple Cinnamon Rolls are a delicious twist on the classic!

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake slice on a white square plate

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

An easy coffee cake recipe that tastes like a Cinnabon!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 24 sevings


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


  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


  • 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a 9×13 glass baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a mixer, add the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs, and vanilla and mix to combine. Slowly stir in the melted butter. Pour into the prepared pan.

To make the topping:

  1. Mix the butter, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon together until well combined. Drizzle evenly over the batter and use a knife to swirl the topping through the cake.
  2. Bake at 350º for 35-40 minutes or till a toothpick inserted near the center comes out nearly clean.

To make frosting:

  1. Beat the first 3 ingredients until creamy. Add a teaspoon or so of milk to thin slightly. Spread or drizzle over cooled cake.


Recipe adapted from Adapted from Hugs and Cookies

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 294Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 260mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 3g


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Another Two Sweetie Pies recipe exchange

For this month’s Two Sweetie Pies installment I made Danielle’s Cinnabon Cake. Every treat I pull from her blog is a show stopper…I never have to worry whether we’ll like it or not. We always do!

Check out Danielle’s take on this recipe as well as her social media sites!

Hugs & Cookies XOXO



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32 comments on “Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake”

  1. aawww…Baking this one was such a great idea… I can bet that this cake is sooo tasty!

    Have a marvelous day!

  2. This is really great cake.. I tried something similar and I just loved it!

  3. This would be perfect for coffee with Ma! And yes… We’ve had more than our share of buns at the mall:@)

  4. wow yeah I don’t doubt that your cinnamon roll cake was a crowd pleaser. A slice alone would make my day right now Liz. Very fitting for the time of the year too =)

  5. Faved! This looks easy enough to bake for my friends while visiting over Thanksgiving. They love cinnamon rolls (who doesn’t, really).

  6. Did you know that cinnamon has healing powers? It’s true! Therefore, I think we should all have a triple sized portion of this amazing coffee cake 🙂

  7. Another gorgeous idea for Christma’s time !

  8. Liz!! A cinnamon roll in a cake?! no need to say more. . pinning and yes! this is perfect for entertaining or a holiday breakfast with the fam!!! love love love!

  9. You are killing me Liz! I am sick today, so no energy to bake, but I want a piece of this with my coffee sooooo bad. Maybe I can sweet talk my daughter into making it LOL

  10. Oh my! I really need a big batch of that and the cream cheese frosting…that looks so fabulous!

  11. Omigosh this would be so perfect for Christmas morning!

  12. Cinnamon and sugar are killer amazing smells indeed, this coffee cake sounds so amazing. And I really like your pipping job with the cream cheese frosting!

  13. Some days I just shouldn’t even look at your mouth watering recipes!! Eek – this one looks so delicious. Off I go to the gym to try to forget, right after I print this recipe – lol!

  14. Oh now that’s a fun idea… cooking from each other’s blogs and then posting it… love it! I often cook and share recipes I’ve seen on blogs, Liz… sometimes with my own adaptations, and always acknowledged, of course. Love this cake, sounds divine!

  15. I love coffee cake, especially when I can share it with someone while chatting girly talk. Sometimes when you work on your own, you get words backed up in your head that just need to be said. 🙂

  16. I seriously walk around the cinnamon bun stand at the mall in little circles because wafting cinnamon scents are so. Insanely. Addicting. I can basically smell it from your oven right now, Liz–I am ALL for less fuss and more eating!

  17. Liz, I love this!!!!! I was shocked you chose something without chocolate but Oh how I just loved your piping. I am totally doing that next time I make this! Thanks for another delicious month!! xoxo

  18. Lizzy,
    This looks gorgeous. I love cinnamon buns and this must be fabulous.

  19. Oh Liz, if I can have all the flavors of a cinnamon roll without the labor of making them, then this cake has my name on it! I love your piping, but because I’m still trying to decide if I’m a cake or a frosting man, I’d need to smear the frosting all over. For good measure. 😉

  20. I was salivating looking at this for breakfast this morning on FB omg how delicious!

  21. I love how much simpler this is than rolls and I bet it does make the house just smell incredible!

  22. This coffee cake looks fabulous Liz…and I am sold on the cinnabon smell all over the house…and so cute how you decorated it with the cream cheese.
    Have a wonderful week 🙂

  23. I can detect that wonderful cinnamon flavor through the screen! Not bad with a coffee…

  24. I am a sucker for cinnamon rolls but in cake form? That sounds even better and I love that it’s perfect for entertaining! It looks incredible!

  25. I love coffee cake with my tea 🙂 This looks fantastic, Liz.

  26. This sounds absolutely delicious, and decadently delightful.

  27. I can never resist a cinnamon roll, I’d love to dig into this coffee cake!

  28. I am going to do my best to hold out until the kids come home next month to make this. It’s going to be tough.

  29. Love what you did with the piping of the cream cheese frosting! Makes a beautiful presentation. Would love to have a big piece of this with my morning tea!

  30. Your friend Danielle is certainly a sweet resource =) So impressed that you’ve never had a Cinnabon, Liz. But then again why would you with a recipe like this? The coffee cake looks like deeeelicious goodness, indeed!

  31. If my house can smell like Cinnabon, I’m in! I love the way you put the icing on, Liz. So pretty!

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