Cinnamon Roll Cake

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Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 428kcal
Author: Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan

Ingredients

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

Topping

  • 1/2 cup butter cold
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon flour

Glaze

  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 conventional.
  • Sift 1 1/2 cups flour. You could skip the sifting, but it will improve the texture. See note.
  • Add 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, two teaspoon baking powder. Mix dry ingredients.
  • Add one egg, 3/4 cup milk, and one teaspoon vanilla. Mix well.
  • Melt 1/4 cup butter in a microwave. Mix in well.
  • Prep a 9X6 baking dish with PAM and add batter.
  • Mix topping. 1/2 cup cold butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, one tablespoon cinnamon, and one tablespoon flour. A pie cutter is good here. If you don't have that, dice the cold butter before starting and use a fork. Mix until crumbly.
  • Add the topping to the batter. Cut it into the batter with a knife. I moved the knife at 1-inch segments both directions several times.
  • Bake until toothpick comes out clean. About 30 minutes.
  • Mix glaze. One cup powder sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and two tablespoons milk.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the warm cake and evenly spread over the cake.
  • Serve warm.

Notes

Pro Tips for Cinnamon Roll Cake

  1. An easy recipe to double using a 9 X 13 standard cake pan. Cooking time will stay about the same.
  2. Butter is a key component of this cake. Please use real butter.
  3. Sifting flour will make your flour "lighter" and your final results lighter and less dense. I think it is quite noticeable in this recipe and will be doing it more. If you don't have a sifter then running the flour through a strainer will work. If you don't have that, then a whisk or fork can help. Or skip it.
  4. Good at room temperature for severe days. Make the day ahead for the holidays.
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Nutrition

Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 1.8mg