Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

I had a Sunday brunch date with my two favorite men and made this cinnamon roll coffee cake.  Now if you’re worried that this coffee cake may be a a little to sweet with all that butter and sugar and stuff, no worries.

This cinnamon roll coffee cake is fluffy, light and has just the right amount of sweetness. It went great with coffee and mixed fresh fruit.  I could even go for a second piece, something I can’t do with cinnamon rolls. ….Ok dang I’m lying, I totally smash cinnamon rolls back to back.

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake Recipe

The cake part is a pretty simple and basic tasting coffee cake, but with that gooey, buttery, brown sugar cinnamon spread swirled throughout and that cream cheese glaze drizzled on top, takes it gently over the edge.

I can see this gorgeous cinnamon roll coffee cake being served for special days like Mother’s Day, Christmas mornings, wedding brunches and so forth. It’s easy and looks pretty darn irresistible.  My 3 year-old told me to make it 500 more times so I guess that means it’s a winner in our house.

It’s kinda hard to tell when this cake is done, so you need to insert your toothpick into the cake part not the gooey cinnamon part (see video). Allow the cake to set for about 10-15 minutes before cutting it. This helps that hot, gooey cinnamon filling to firm up a bit. We dug right into it when it was piping hot from the oven and it was so soft and light that it just fell apart, not that we minded. When it had cooled down a tad it was perfect!

Be prepared to serve this cake warm because just like cinnamon rolls, it just isn’t the same when it’s cooled off completely. I reheated the leftovers in the microwave this morning and it was just as good, if not better.

Watch me make this cinnamon roll coffee cake from start to finish!

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake Recipe

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Classic breakfast coffee cake swirled with gooey cinnamon filling and drizzled with cream cheese glaze. This recipe is easy, quick, delicious and a real crowd pleaser.
Serves: 12
  • CAKE
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons milk (may need more)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cake
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder.
  4. Beat in milk, eggs, vanilla
  5. Stir in melted butter.
  6. Pour the cake batter into a greased 9 X 13 inch pan. Set aside
  7. Cinnamon Topping
  8. In a medium bowl, mix together all of the cinnamon topping ingredients until creamy
  9. Drop spoonfuls of the cinnamon topping mixture on top of the batter.
  10. Use a knife to swirl the cinnamon mixture into the batter.
  11. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  12. Cream Cheese Glaze
  13. Make the glaze by mixing all of the glaze ingredients until silky. You may need more milk or more powdered sugar to reach a desired glaze consistency.
  14. Insert a toothpick into the cake part to check for doneness.
  15. Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes before serving
  16. Drizzle on the cream cheese glaze.
  17. Serve warm.
TIPS Serve warm. It microwaves wonderfully!! Don't skip the cream cheese glaze! It ties it all in! Cooking time may vary from 20-35 minutes. (see video on how to test for doneness)


  1. says

    I just made this with my 4 year old daughter and it’s soooo good. I hope we don’t eat the whole pan. I love all your recipes. Keep them coming. ..

  2. Bisanti says

    Absolute perfection, this cake is in the oven right now and this is my 3rd time baking it and I’m sure it wont be the last. It’s so moist and buttery and cinnamoney and just everything you want in a cake. I’m only 16 and had no problem making it, its super duper easy. BTW If you don’t have butter, as I didn’t, margarine works just as good. Thanks for the amazing recipe Divas Can Cook.

    **TIP** Make sure the cake has sat for atleast 20 minutes before you cut into it or else it will fall apart

  3. latasha says

    I just got finished baking and eating it with my family, they loved it… I thought it was going to be some left for tomorrow but its all gone. so they want me to make another one for breakfast…. Thanks so much for the recipe and tomorrow I will be trying your chocolate cookie recipe…. keep the recipes coming……

  4. Terri says

    OMG. This is so addictive! Made this for my Christmas lunch. My family loved it! Very easy to make. Make sure you don’t overcooked. Also use as much of the cinnamon mixture as you can. It really makes the cake. I will definitely make this again

  5. Leticia says

    Hey Monique! I am from Brazil and I love your recipes, I do almost all of them and people here just love it, they are all so good. The only problem is I can’t find some ingredients in my country :/ Anyway, thanks for sharing your talent with us, I deeply appreciate it!!
    Leticia – Recife, Brasil

  6. Mr. Corey M. Goodman says

    I am so pleased to have stumbled across your recipes. you make it look so simple. I now have culinary confidence thanks to you.

  7. Akrum Ismail says

    I just made this and the batter was runny, any idea why and for how long to mix it in order to avoiding over-beating ??

  8. laura says

    I made this today , although the taste was absolutely delish , the center of the cake would not cook!! I used a bit of a smaller pan because i didnt have a 17X9inch i was wondering if this is at fault. I cooked it for a bit longer but still the center was not getting ‘sponge’ like whats so ever . , All the way round was fine , but the center didnt want to cook. Can you help because Im definately trying this one again!

  9. Avital says

    I just found your blog and I’m loving it!!! Right now I have the cinnamon roll coffee cake in the oven! I can’t wait to try your chocolate chip cookie recipe next. Thank you so much for the beautiful recipes and I love your videos!!! ♥♥♥

  10. Iliana C. says

    Hi Monique. I’ve been checking out your recipes for a month now. This is the first recipe I made yesterday. Let’s just say *POOF* because it was gone that fast! My husband and my oldest son kept going back for me. They could not get enough. My son said, “Mom, this one is a keeper in the family.” My husband and son asked me to make another one today. So, need I say more. I thought it was a bit sweet for my taste buds but the whole family loved it.

    God bless you for sharing your delicious recipes. I will be trying a lot more of them. I have a few recipes that I can share with you too if you’d like.

    • Anna says

      Hi Iliana!

      When I first had a taste of this cake, I thought it was too sweet as well. I found that if you let it sit overnight or for a few hours, the sweetness reduces and it tastes even yummier!(if that’s even possible :P) Enjoy!

  11. Brooks says

    I made your coffee cake this morning at 8:00
    and by 9:30 it was half way gone,I just want to say it is so GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Slimslady says

    OMG!!! That was the bomb!! I love it my husband and three boys are through the roof it’s in my rotation…..Keep doing what you doing lady;-)

  13. Divine says

    Wow!!! this is so good, I gobbled two pieces…so much for my diet, but this temptation was too good to pass up. I can safely say this is going to be one of my favs for my family.

    Thanks bunches. :)

  14. Gerard says

    Look no further….this cinnamon coffee cake is the best! It’s in the oven now for Thanksgiving morning for my kids and I. Time to make coffee and I will be in heaven. This is the 4th time I make this recipe and it really is delicious…..even without the cream cheese icing.

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