Easy Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

Easy Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake is simple and quick recipe for delicious, homemade coffee cake from scratch, with ingredients that you already have in pantry.
Easy Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake is simple and quick recipe for delicious, homemade coffee cake from scratch, with ingredients that you already have in pantry.

Say hello to morning with a big slice of this tasty Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake!
I’m a morning person. I always have been. Back when I was a little kid, I’d wake up at 5:30am.
I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I’d get up and read comic books, or watch cartoons. And not those new-aged cartoons where everyone gets a trophy. I’m talking Tom & Jerry,  Popeye and Wile E. Coyote. (And eat some sort of a melt in your mouth kind of coffee cake and some milk.)  To be fair, it just slightly reminds me of a coffee cake flavor, but definitely more moist.

Instead of a crumb topping, you have an ooey gooey cinnamon and glaze topping, which sinks in as it bakes. They are hills and valleys of cinnamon and glaze.

Yup, I’m talking about Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake !!

So, if you like Cinnamon rolls, then you owe it to yourself to try this Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake!
It’s the kind of cake that can be served for breakfast along with a steaming mug of coffee. Or you can pull this one out for dessert and again with a steaming mug of coffee. or some milk if you are little kid 🙂

No matter how you prefer your coffee cake, I hope you enjoy this one! It’s good. Like really good!

Easy Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake is simple and quick recipe for delicious, homemade coffee cake from scratch, with ingredients that you already have in pantry.

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Easy Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake is simple and quick recipe for delicious, homemade coffee cake from scratch, with ingredients that you already have in pantry.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12-14
  • Cake:
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1½ cups milk
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • Glaze:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the cake ingredients together until well combined.
  3. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan.
  4. For the topping, mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl until well combined.
  5. Spread evenly on the batter and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.
  6. For the glaze, mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl until it is a consistency like pancake syrup.
  7. While warm drizzle the glaze over the cake and it will set into a harder glaze.
  8. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake is simple and quick recipe for delicious, homemade coffee cake from scratch, with ingredients that you already have in pantry.
Easy Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake is simple and quick recipe for delicious, homemade coffee cake from scratch, with ingredients that you already have in pantry.

47 thoughts on “Easy Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

  1. Kate

    All I can say is WOW! This was so unbelievably delicious, I can’t get over it. The cake was super moist and the topping was just perfect with the edges getting a bit chewy from the brown sugar. The balance of sugar and cinnamon was just right. I did mix the dry and wet ingredients separately, and then poured the wet into the dry to make sure there were no clumps. Amazing recipe!

  2. Janelle Vogelsang

    Amazing coffee cake! Not as sweet as I thought it might be with all the sugar. I made it for a special Father’s Day breakfast treat! Such a fluffy, light cake! Nice fuss and uses common ingredients! It will permanently stay in my recipe box! Thank you!

  3. Melanie W

    This was amazing!!!! I made it for my hubby for Father’s Day and I’m making it again to take to our 4th of July getaway. A definite keeper and so nice that it uses things you already have!!!

    1. Marilyn Carpenter

      I made this recipe, and it was good, but there was no “ooey gooey” topping. My topping sank all the way through the cake to the bottom, without any evidence of my swirling it as directed. I expected it to have the swirled cinnamon topping throughout, and there was none….,only a bottom layer of the topping. What did I do wrong?


      1. Gerry Stevens

        I had the same problem. No crumbly topping, it was very liquid like when I poured it over the top of the cake mixture. I’m thinking that the butter should be soft but not melted. I’d like to know what went wrong as well

      2. Dusty Pass

        Sounds like maybe the cake was still to warm when you added the glaze.. I had to let mine sit and cool for over an hour to cool before adding the glaze. Or, it could have been the glaze was to thin… Either way I bet it was still amazing. I love this recipe.

  4. Marilyn

    This sounds so good! But could buttermilk be substituted for the regular milk in the recipe proper, (not the glaze)? Or is it moist enough without buttermilk use?
    Thanks, M. Kisner

  5. Linda

    This is one of the very best recipes!!! I made this on Labor Day because I knew my kids were coming home from college. They are picky but thought this was fantastic. I also brought some to my parents and they loved it. The coffee cake is so moist but not overly sweet. It is also nice that most people would have the ingredients in their pantry. No special trips to the grocery. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!!!

  6. GeeGee

    This cake was terrific! My family loved it! I confess, I messed up by putting only half of the melted butter in the Topping mixture (to pour on top of the cake). I was worried about adding all that butter anyways, but I was all in.
    However I had to melt the butter in two batches, and I noticed after the cake was in the oven that the 2nd half of the melted butter was sitting in a cup on the counter! I was bummed out because I was sure I had ruined the cake; but the cake came out beautifully!!!!!
    BE WARNED: This cake is absolutely addictive – you will want to keep eating it once you start. I made it for my family first and I’m making it for a brunch I’m going to tomorrow. THANK YOU for a fabulous recipe!!!!!!

  7. Ana maria

    Such a good cake, both my husband and I loved it. Yes it has a lot of sugar, yes it has a lot of butter and yes it goes perfect with a black coffee. Made 2 small adjustments, first i put 60% of the required amount of cinnamon, that was not a good idea, next time i might add some extra and for the glaze on top used 1/4 of all quantities (was afraid of too much sugar), that worked just great for me. For sure won’t be the last time to make it!

  8. Rachel

    Hi! This looks delicious! I cannot wait to make it! I was wondering if it is okay to make it the day before? Which do you prefer?

  9. monica martin

    Holy crow! Made this tonight for breakfast tomorrow. Followed directions. I worried a little when pouring in the topping but I went with it. Came out awesome. I ate some right away… couldn’t help it. Yummy! I will wait next time though cause my piece fell apart lol. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. george towers

    I made this this morning. I had all the ingredients need. Wow, best cinnamon coffee cake I have ever tested. Will see that my children all get it the recipe.

  11. Korynn

    Just made this and LOVE IT!!!! Has instantly become a family favorite.

    Question: Does anyone know how well this freezes?

  12. Janelle

    This is one of those recipes you wish you’ve never seen, hahaha. Sooo good and quickly became repeat bake in this house. I now put 2 TBSPN of dissolved coffee in with the cake mix which takes the yum factor up another notch. Have also added nutmeg spice in once which was yum, but I’m more inclined towards the original cinnamon/coffee blend.

  13. Amanda

    This is extremely delicious. It is WAY more delicious than an ordinary coffee cake. It is truly a cinnamon roll masterpiece! Make this and trust the recipe. It’s very special! Thanks for the new and delicious cake to crave!

  14. Cheryl

    I thought this recipe was very, very good. But, I was wondering why my topping went to the botton of the pan. I didn;t think I squirled it that much. Would I make it again,, in a heart beat.

  15. Wendy

    This cake is in the oven now. As for the topping, it says melted butter. My topping does not look like crumbs!! Its just a swirl in the cake

  16. Corrin

    This cake was wonderful!!!! Just want to know how your crumb topping didn’t sink to bottom like it did when I made it. I want to make again for Christmas because it was so good – but I’d love it if the crumb topping didn’t sink to the bottom. Any suggestions?

  17. Mary

    This was a great recipe! Made it exactly as stated and it came out perfect.it was a yummy Christmas morning treat and the family loved it- thanks for posting !

  18. Heather

    Making sure….the topping is 2 sticks of butter melted? I have it in the oven but started second guessing myself as topping was very runny when I poured it over. Thanks!

  19. Candie

    Made this and it was good, really good except I could taste the baking powder in it. I have never had that happen before. I was using new unexpired ingredients, so that couldn’t be the problem. Any ideas to not have to use so much baking powder?? I like everything else about this recipe and would like very much to use it frequently. Just trying to fix this problem. Thanks for any help or ideas to try!

  20. Ellen

    Made this yesterday for breakfast this morning. Did not think it was fluffy and found it had a heavy metallic taste from the baking powder. It was easy to put together but lacked what I expected from this cake. Thanks for sharing anyway.

  21. Abby

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. It was delicious – a big hit with my family.
    For my taste though, when I make it again, I will increase the salt to 1/2 tsp., and decrease both the brown sugar and butter in the topping to 2/3 cup each. It was a little too sweet and rich.

  22. Kate Kalkman

    I made it exactly how you suggested except I added a cup of fresh blueberries. It’s tooooo hot to try it yet but I know it will be delish!! Thanks for the recipe!

  23. Rachael

    I was unsure about a few things as I was making this recipe and it looks like Dan doesn’t reply to comments with tips or clarification, unfortunately, so I thought I’d write my own comment in the hopes it might help others in future!

    I love simple recipes and this one certainly seemed to qualify, so I was really looking forward to making it. However, I am a little disappointed by the results. I wouldn’t call this coffee cake in the traditional sense. The topping of mine sank to the bottom, like what many other commenters experienced. I don’t know how Dan got the pictures you see at the top of the post, because my cake looked nothing like them. After I’d added the glaze, the result looked like a huge sour cream donut bar.

    The cake is pretty good but there really is a crazy amount of butter in this recipe-I had a small square earlier and after I’d finished there was this thick ooze of butter on my plate… yikes. The texture isn’t dense but it does feel kind of oily and heavy.

    Also, I think you definitely need to use a 9×13″ pan for this recipe. All I had was an 8×13″ pan and the batter and topping almost overflowed. When it came time to add the glaze, there was simply too much to use, and what I did use mostly slid off the cake onto my countertops.

    For what it’s worth, my boyfriend–who doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth–really enjoyed this cake. We’ll polish the rest of it off, but I think I will give this one a pass in future, in favor of doing a lighter, more traditional coffee cake.

  24. Tonya

    I must say i just made this and it came out absolutely mouth watering delicious! By far the best recipe I’ve had and made yet for coffee cake! It’s like heaven! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe I’ll be holding onto this one for a while!

  25. Paula T

    Too much of the brown sugar topping. I followed the directions exactly, and my cake had to cook for an extra 10 mins as the centre was still raw batter. If I bother to do this cake again, I’ll be doing a half measure of the topping.. so far, not impressed.

  26. Michelle

    Delicious and easy to make with ingredients I already had in my pantry. I made exactly as written and looks just like your photos. Definitely keeping this recioe. Thnak you!

  27. Torgee

    This recipe was very tasty and will be making again. I separated wet and dry ingredients when mixing the cake because that’s how cakes are usually mixed and I was too scared not to do it. Also, I think that in the future I will try 1/2 if the butter in the filling. I followed the recipe exactly and have a very gooey cake. It does not have the crumb like the pictures show. Still very tasty.

  28. MTaylor

    Meh. Not a huge fan. I’ll attempt again with 1/2 cup butter in the topping. I expected it to be a little more like a streusel crumble and definitely should have gone with my gut and only used the 1/2 cup. The topping sank and got gooey.


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