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Cinnamon Roll Cake is my latest obsession, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be yours too! Imagine a moist, fluffy cake that’s sweet that has an immense cinnamon flavor, and you’ll have an idea of how this cinnamon cake tastes.

It pretty much melts in your mouth, and I need to warn you that when it’s baking, the aroma makes you drool. If you want something that is going to impress your friends, make them a cinnamon roll layer cake. The thing I like about this cake is that it’s not plain or boring, it’s seriously got so much flavor you can’t help but fall in love. Oh, and the best part is that there is a sweet and creamy cinnamon icing that takes this cake to the next level.

Plus, each layer has a cinnamon glaze that you want to eat with a spoon because it’s so yummy. 

cinnamon roll layer cake on plate

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Layered Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe

One of my favorite things to do is to take this cinnamon cake recipe to holiday parties. When people bite into it, they are so stunned by the amazing flavor and how gorgeous the cake looks that they want to know more. This is one of my most asked about recipes I’ve ever made. The biggest secret is that the base is a store-bought cake mix! Trust me; this doesn’t taste like an ordinary box cake mix recipe at all. 

finished cinnamon cake ready to slice

Cinnamon Cake Ingredients

Don’t worry; I know at first glance it seems like this cake mix dessert calls for a lot of ingredients. They are all simple ingredients and make this easy cinnamon cake a show stopper. It’s completely worth it, and you’ll know it was the right decision when that fork hits your mouth. 

Cinnamon Roll Cake Ingredients

  • French vanilla cake mix (2)
  • Eggs
  • Canola oil
  • Water
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Refrigerated rolls

Cinnamon Frosting

  • Sweet cream butter
  • Powder sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Heavy whipping cream

Cinnamon Glaze Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter
  • Light brown sugar
  • Ground cinnamon

Decoration ingredients

  • Package of store-bought mini cinnamon rolls

Supplies Needed

  • 9-inch cake pan (3)
  • 10-inch round cake board
  • 12.4 oz can of refrigerated rolls
  • Large piping bag with a star tip
  • Squeeze bottle

How To Make A Cinnamon Cake

You’ll be amazed by how easy it is to make this cinnamon cake! It’s a simple process, and the cake is so gorgeous it looks like you could serve it at a wedding! Let’s get started:

First Step: Spray the 9-inch baking pans using a non-stick spray. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

Second Step: Mix together the cake mix, eggs, oil, water, and cinnamon in a stand mixer bowl. Beat until the ingredients are combined. 

Third Step: Pour the cake mix batter into the three pans evenly. 

Fourth Step: Bake the cinnamon roll cake for 30 minutes or until it’s done. The cakes should be golden brown, and you should be able to insert a toothpick, and it will come out clean. Let the cake cool all the way.

Fifth Step: Take the store-bought cinnamon rolls and bake them according to the directions on the package. 

Sixth Step: After baking the cinnamon rolls, let them cool completely then cut them into 1/4 pieces. 

Seventh Step: Prepare the frosting by beating together the sweet cream butter, powdered sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and heavy whipping cream in a stand mixer. The frosting should be fluffy and smooth when it’s done. 

Assembling The Layered Cake

Eighth Step: After removing the cakes from the cake pans, place one layer on the cake board. Put one cup of frosting into the piping bag. Then put 1 cup of frosting onto the cake and top with cut cinnamon rolls. Push the cinnamon rolls into the frosting and add about 1/4 cup of frosting on top of the cinnamon rolls.

layer of cake on plate

Ninth Step: Add the second layer of cake on top of the first and add another cup of frosting, spreading evenly. Add the remaining cinnamon rolls on top of that frosting and add 1/4 cup of frosting the cinnamon rolls. 

Tenth Step: Place the final layer of cake on top and frost with the remaining frosting. 

Eleventh Step: Prepare the cinnamon roll glaze by mixing the unsalted butter, light brown sugar, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Then pour into the squeeze bottle. 

Twelfth Step: Carefully drizzle the cinnamon roll glaze around the edges of the cake. It should have a gorgeous drip effect. Then place the mini cinnamon rolls around the bottom edge of the cake. Add some dollops of frosting on top of the cake and add some more mini cinnamon rolls. 

layer of cake with cinnamon icing and cinnamon rolls

Can I Use A Different Flavored Cake Mix For This Cinnamon Roll Layer Cake?

Yes, if you don’t have the French vanilla cake mix, it’s okay! You can switch it out with a yellow or white cake mix instead. I like the French vanilla cake mix because it tastes so good with the cinnamon icing. Don’t be afraid to try out different flavors. You could even try a chocolate cake if you wanted to go wild!

Do I Need To Add Icing To The Cinnamon Rolls After Baking?

For the cinnamon rolls that are layered into the cake, you do not need to ice them. They will have plenty of frosting on top of them, and the store-bought icing isn’t’ necessary. For the mini cinnamon rolls, you can lightly drizzle the icing to make them look complete. And if you want to leave it off of the mini cinnamons completely, that’s fine too. 

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How Do You Store This Easy Cinnamon Cake Recipe With Cinnamon Icing?

It’s best to store the easy cake in the refrigerator. Place the layered cake in a storage container with a lid and refrigerate it up to 4 days. This cake makes great leftovers and tastes even better when it’s cooled. If you ever notice that the cake has become dried out, hard or seems to have mold, then toss it. 


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Layered Cinnamon Roll Cake

Sink your teeth into a slice of Cinnamon Roll Cake! This cinnamon roll layer cake is moist, delicious and topped with cinnamon icing. It's a must-try!
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Cinnamon Roll Cake Ingredients

  • 2 Boxes of french vanilla cake mix
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 C canola oil
  • 2 C water
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 9 inch round cake pans
  • 1 10 inch round cake board
  • 1 - 12.4 oz can of refrigerated rolls

Cinnamon Frosting

  • 3 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 6 C powder sugar
  • 1 TBSP ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3-6 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 large piping bag with star tip

Cinnamon Glaze Ingredients

  • 1/2 C unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 C light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 squeeze bottle

Decoration ingredients

  • 1 package of store bought mini cinnamon rolls

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Cake Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 3 9inch baking pans with pam bakings spray
  • Using a standing mixer, beat together the cake ingredients until combined
  • Divide the batter between the 3 cake pans
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Allow to cool completely
  • Bake the cinnamon rolls according to the package
  • Allow the cinnamon rolls to cool completely before cutting into 1/4

Frosting Directions

  • Using a standing mixer, beat together all ingredients
  • Beat frosting ingredients until smooth and fluffy
  • Building the cake Directions
  • Remove cakes from cake pans and cake off the domes from the cakes to make an even round cake layer
  • Place one cake layer onto the cake board
  • Scoop 1 C of frosting into the piping bag
  • Scoop 1 C of the frosting onto the top of the cake layer and spread evenly
  • Push in about half of the cut cinnamon rolls on top of the first layer of frosting
  • Spread about 1/4 C of frosting on top of the cinnamon rolls
  • Place a second layer of cake on top of the first layer of frosting
  • Spread evenly another C of frosting
  • Push in the remaining half of cut cinnamon rolls into the frosting
  • spread another 1/4 C of frosting onto the cinnamon rolls
  • Place the last cake layer on top
  • Frost entire cake with remaining icing

Cinnamon roll glaze

  • Mix all ingredients into a medium bowl and pour into a squeeze bottle

Decorating directions

  • Drizzle the cinnamon roll glaze around the edge of the cake to create a drip effect
  • Place mini cinnamon rolls around the edge of the bottom of the cake
  • Pipe dollops of frosting around the top of the cake
  • Place a mini cinnamon roll in between the frosting dollops
  • Cut into slices and enjoy!
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