Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Roll Cake

This Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Roll Cake is everything the name implies. Tender, moist cake with a cinnamon filling swirl is topped with a simple vanilla glaze for a delicious dessert that’s equal parts cake and cinnamon roll!

slice of ooey gooey cinnamon roll cake on a small plate.

We love cinnamon rolls, and we love cake. So we decided to make the ultimate dessert mashup and made this delicious cinnamon roll cake. It’s the best of both delicious worlds!

piece of ooey gooey cinnamon roll cake on a fork held in the air.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s an easy recipe that even beginners can make.
  • It uses simple ingredients that are most likely in your kitchen right now.
  • The combination of cake and cinnamon roll filling is truly fantastic!


bowls of powdered sugar, sugar, flour, cinnamon, brown sugar, eggs, milk, vanilla, baking powder, and butter.

This recipe only uses basic baking ingredients that you can find in your kitchen and at your local grocery store.

Everything you need is listed here, but you can find the exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

For the Cake

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk
  • Staled butter – melted

Cinnamon Filling

  • Salted butter – softened
  • Brown sugar
  • Flour
  • Cinnamon

For the Glaze

  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract

🔪 How to Make This Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Roll Cake

This cake may have a few moving parts, but it’s so easy to make even beginners should have no trouble. You’ll be in and out of the kitchen in just about an hour!

Step 1: Prep

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

cake batter being mixed in a glass mixing bowl.

Step 2: Make the Cake Batter

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs, vanilla, and milk in a large mixing bowl. Mix well with a hand mixer. Then, add the melted butter and mix on medium speed until combined. Spread the batter in the bottom of the baking dish.

butter, brown sugar, and and vanilla being mixed to make a cinnamon sugar filling a glass bowl.

Step 3: Make the Cinnamon Filling

Combine the softened butter, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix well.

cinnamon sugar mixture being swirled into cake mix in a glass baking dish.

Step 4: Swirl in the Cinnamon Filling

Drop the cinnamon filling by spoonfuls into the batter. Then, drag a butter knife blade through the cake batter and cinnamon mixture to make swirls throughout the batter.

cake cinnamon swirl cake in a glass baking dish.

Step 5: Bake

Bake the cake for 35 to 40 minutes until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

vanilla glaze being mixed in a glass mixing bowl.

Step 6: Make the Glaze

While the cake is baking, whisk the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla together in a small bowl.

glaze being poured on top of a cinnamon swirl cake.

Step 7: Top and Enjoy

Remove the cake from the oven and cool it until it’s warm. Then, pour the glaze over the cake, slice it, and enjoy!


  • You can use gluten-free flour to make a gluten-free version.
  • For the most tender cinnamon roll cake, use cake flour.
  • Try adding chocolate chips to the cake.

If you love cinnamon roll-inspired recipes like this one, we think you’ll enjoy our cinnamon roll lush dessert.

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • 9×13 baking dish
  • Whisk
  • Hand mixer
slice of ooey gooey cinnamon roll cake on a small plate.

🥫 Storage

Room Temperature: Store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

Refrigerator: Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.

Freezer: Wrap individual slices in plastic wrap, then store for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container.

What to Serve with Cinnamon Roll Cake

Serve this delicious cinnamon roll cake with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee or tea. You can also pair it with some ice cream, yogurt, or fresh fruit.

💭 Tips

  • Mix your cake batter until combined but no further. Overmixing can cause your cake to become tough.
  • It’s important to pour the glaze over the cake while it’s warm for that classic cinnamon roll look.
  • For thicker glaze, add more powdered sugar. Add more milk for a thinner glaze.
  • Don’t go overboard when swirling the cinnamon filling. Remember, you want your cake to be swirled, not muddy.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What is cinnamon roll cake?

Cinnamon roll cake is a simple cake batter swirled with classic cinnamon roll filling to create the perfect combination of cake and cinnamon rolls.

How do you make perfect swirls in cake?

Drag your butter knife through the batter and the filling in large, sweeping swirls. This creates wonderful swirls of color and flavor in the cake without muddying the cake, overall.

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🧾Recipe Card

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slice of ooey gooey cinnamon roll cake on a small plate.

Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Roll Cake

This ooey gooey cinnamon roll cake is as delicious as it sounds! Moist, cake is filled with a cinnamon swirl and topped with a simple glaze.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 537kcal


Cake Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ½ cup salted butter melted

For the cinnamon filling

  • ¾ cup salted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

For the glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350° and spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine 3 cups of flour, 1 cup sugar, 4 tsp baking powder, 2 eggs, 2 tsp vanilla extract and 1 1/2 cup milk and mix well with a hand mixer.
  • Turn the mixer on to low and slowly add in the 1/2 cup of butter (melted) mix until combined. Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  • in a medium/small bowl, combine 3/4 cup butter (softened), 1 cup brown sugar, 2 tbsp flour and 1 tbsp cinnamon. Stir until well mixed.
  • Drop the cinnamon mixture by spoonfuls into the batter. Take a butter knife and make swirls all around the cake. Dragging the knife through the cake batter and the cinnamon mixture.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes. Or until you put a knife in the middle and it comes out clean.
  • for the glaze, whisk together in a small bowl 2 cups powdered sugar, 5 tbsp milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract. See the tips and tricks if it’s not really thick.
  • Pour the glaze over the warm cake. Slice and serve. Enjoy!


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 324mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 692IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 2mg
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