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Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

When you’ve got a hankering for cinnamon rolls yet you’re short on time, this Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake is just the thing. Easy, delicious, and perfect for brunch.

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Moist Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Roll Topping

The Littles are on winter break and we’re making memories out of small moments as much as possible.

This chasing of moments includes plenty of cinnamon rolls. We are suddenly on some kind of wonderful cinna roll kick. Undeniably, my family’s all time favorite cinnamon rolls are these unparalleled ones from Cooks Illustrated.

But sometimes there are morning potlucks and brunches with hungry friends and family during busy season. You want the flavors of cinnamon rolls with luscious cream cheese icing. But alas, there’s no time for yeast proofing, dough rolling, and yadda else.

Thats when this Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake shows up in a big way. This moist breakfast cake is a tender coffee cake generously topped with your favorite cinnamon roll flavors.

Imagine a soft cinnamon coffee cake dreamily iced with cream cheese frosting…

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Pro Tips for your best coffee cake 

  • Drop the cinnamon brown sugar topping by small spoonfuls evenly over the top of batter in the pan. This ensures that the topping is evenly dispersed throughout the cake after baking, and is prevalent in every bite. If desired, you can swirl the topping in further with a butter knife, but it’s not necessary.
  • When testing cake for doneness, insert toothpick into a portion of the cake that has baked up without still-melty topping over it…some portions will have topping that’s more melty than others. Find a “drier” part of the cake to test.
  • Cake is finished when toothpick comes out with a few tender crumbs still attached. Don’t over-bake or it might come out dry.
  • Cake can be baked the night before; in fact, it’s even more flavorful and moist the next day. Drizzle frosting on top just before serving.
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“Cinnamon Roll” Coffee Cake is the ultimate breakfast cake

With this Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake you get the mouthwatering flavors of cinnamon rolls and cream cheese icing, all with no fuss. It’s an easy pan cake that’s loaded with melty goodness, begging to be dug into and devoured.

Be ready for recipe requests and happy smiles. In fact, you might be required to make this every year from now on.

Here’s to cake for breakfast.

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Try this delicious one-bowl apple cake for breakfast or dessert:

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Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

5 from 8 reviews

When you’ve got a hankering for cinnamon rolls yet you’re short on time, this Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake is just the thing. Easy, delicious, and perfect for holiday brunches.

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 35 min
  • Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 20 1x

Ingredients

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  • For the Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • For Topping:
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened but not melty
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 TB all purpose flour
  • 1 TB ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • Cream Cheese Icing
  • 4 oz regular cream cheese, fully softened
  • 1 TB salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 13 TB milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F, with rack on lower middle position. Grease a 9×13 pan and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla extract, and sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Using a rubber spatula, fold the milk mixture together with the flour mixture just until no dry flour streaks remain; do not overmix. Drizzle in the melted butter, gently folding to fully combine. Pour batter into prepared baking pan.
  3. In a bowl, mix together all the topping ingredients, except for nuts, until well combined (the paddle attachment of a stand mixer works well here, but whisking by hand will work.) Mixture will be soft. Stir in the nuts. Drop topping in small spoonfuls evenly over entire top of batter, including corners and edges. Bake 33-37 minutes. Cake will appear wet in certain spots due to the melted topping; be sure to insert toothpick into a cake-only portion when testing for doneness (avoid testing parts of cake that are coated with melty topping.) When toothpick comes out almost clean, with a few moist crumbs attached, it’s done. Do not overbake or your cake may become dry.
  4. Let cake cool on wire rack while you make the cream cheese icing. Use an electric mixer or stand mixer to blend softened cream cheese with melted butter until smooth. Gently mix in powdered sugar and up to 3TB milk, until a thick drizzle consistency is reached. Drizzle cream cheese icing over warm or cooled cake. Leftovers keep very well in airtight container at room temp.

Notes

Cake can be baked the night before, covered airtight at room temp, and drizzled with cream cheese icing the next morning. If desired, warm cake up before serving. Cake is even better a day after it’s been baked!

If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating 🙂 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 320
  • Sugar: 23.2 g
  • Sodium: 112.6 mg
  • Fat: 14.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 43.8 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 50.9 mg
  • Category: breakfast, brunch
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cinnamon roll coffee cake, cinnamon coffee cake

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32 comments

    • chloe

    so good! I took out the nuts in the topping, but followed everything else exactly. the texture was incredible and the taste was the best too! super easy and delicious! will make again!! <3

    • Deb

    This is a fabulous coffee cake!
    I love cinnamon, next time I might double your recipe for the cinnamon mixture and layer it—batter, cinnamon mixture, batter, then top with remaining cinnamon mixture. Yummy!!
    Thank you!

      • Amy Dong

      You’re so welcome, Deb!

    • ToMuchCinnamon

    Oh my gosh! THIS IS DELICIOUS! I am a teen who loves baking and so I was looking for a sweet Cinnamony breakfast! This was super easy and delicious. I do recommend splitting the batter in half and adding a bit of cinnamon and then swirling it into the pan!

      • Amy Dong

      That’s awesome – so glad you loved this recipe 🙂

    • Connie

    Delicious!! Followed directions per recipe didn’t change anything. Baked in glass 9×13 pan at 325 degrees. Definitely will make again!!

      • chewoutloud

      Awesome, Connie! I’m so very happy you loved this recipe – thank you for letting us know 🙂 🙂

    • Lara | Grits in the City

    This looks amazing. Will have to stash to try next year for the holidays for sure — and definitely before then as well. Love the cross between cinnamon roll & coffee cake. The best of both worlds!

      • chewoutloud

      Agreed, Lara! 🙂

    • Catherine

    Oh my goodness your coffee cake looks absolutely marvelous! I wish I had a slice of it right now!

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you, Catherine!

    • Ashley R

    I need to go make this right now. My mouth is watering. I love baking so much more than cooking.

      • chewoutloud

      Baking is great for getting through the winters 🙂 Thanks, Ashley!

    • Eileen M Loya

    I love cinnamon rolls and to enjoy it as a coffee cake is so much better! I am saving the recipe and will make this on the weekend. One of the first things I will bake this 2020!

      • chewoutloud

      Hope you love it, Eileen!

    • Yeah Lifestyle

    Oh Yum! What an indulgent cake to have for breakfast as it looks so good! Can’t wait to try making this

    • Rosey

    I do love coffee cake. I haven’t had any for years. My mom used to make it.

    • Lisa Rios

    Yummmm cinnamon rolls are my fave! Especially with a steaming mug of hot chocolate.

      • chewoutloud

      100% agreed, Lisa! 🙂 🙂

    • Jennifer Gladwin

    These sounds like heaven, I love cinnamon rolls. That drizzle looks delicious!

    • Heather

    You took 2 of my favorite desserts and combined them into one! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Lees Garcia

    These look amazing and I love their texture! I can’t wait to make these at home!

    • Kara Guppy

    This looks and sounds amazing. Definitely going to try this recipe

    • Cynthia | What A Girl Eats

    This is so decadent looking! Yum!

    • Tiffany Stephens

    Hi,

    I would love to make a low carb option. Do you know what ratios would be best with coconut and almond flour together?

    Thank you,
    Tiffany S.

    • marylee

    Can’t hardly wait to try this yummy looking cake.

    • Joy Beeman

    Just pulled these out of the oven and am indulging myself. They turned out great.

    I must comment however as this recipe is the exact definition of COFFEE CAKE, not a cinnamon roll coffee cake. If it were a cinnamon roll anything, it would have some kind of yeast in it and would need to rise, bake and would have a lovely bread-texture. The texture of this recipe is pure and simple coffee cake, which is great, if that’s what you’re looking for. I shall continue my quest for a cinnamon roll coffee cake that requires yeast and rising.

    I do thank you though for a lovely afternoon treat! 😀

      • chewoutloud

      You’re so welcome, Joy, and so glad you liked this! Let me know if you find a yummy yeast version 🙂 Glad you came over today and hope you continue finding recipes you love here 🙂

    • Teri Giese

    Am totally up for cake for Breakfast!! Thanks for the recipes today! Appreciate all your hard work on your blog. Have used many of your recipes!! Pin and print and bake today! Happy Holidays and Here is to a Bright and Successful New Year!!

      • chewoutloud

      So sweet of you, thanks, Teri!! So glad you’re here and enjoying the recipes. Thanks for coming over to let us know! Happy New year!! 🙂

        • Sandra

        Don’t know what I did wrong but my cinnamon roll coffee cake came out very dense. Can you tell me what I did wrong?

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