Cinnamon Roll Cake {With Cake Mix}

Quick and easy cinnamon roll cake recipe (cinnamon cake or cinnamon swirl cake), homemade with simple ingredients. Super soft and moist! Starts off with a yellow cake mix and is loaded with swirls of cinnamon sugar.

*Thank you Meijer for sponsoring today’s post. As always, all opinions are mine.*

Imagine all the flavors of my Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls (1 Hour) but in a cake form. That’s the beauty of today’s recipe! You can enjoy it for dessert or even breakfast and brunch.

This cake surprisingly has no butter or oil but it still has this amazing butter flavor, thanks to the use of vanilla pudding mix. It’s very soft and fluffy but still firm, like a pound cake and overall, has an incredible texture.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe

How to make cinnamon roll cake?

  1. Prepare the cake batter by mixing together cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, milk, water.
  2. Spread batter in pan.
  3. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture.
  4. Spread more batter on top.
  5. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture again.
  6. Spread more batter on top.
  7. Swirl everything together.
  8. Bake and enjoy.


  • Add chocolate chips- Nothing tastes better than chocolate and cinnamon together. Add some mini chocolate chips in the cinnamon mixture. Don’t use regular sized chocolate chips. They must be mini-sized to prevent the chocolate cinnamon cake from sinking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Add a crumb topping or streusel topping– After you have spread the cake batter in a loaf pan, top it off with a streusel topping (made by mixing together coconut, flour, butter, some sugar into a crumbly mixture) and then, bake. This makes a great cinnamon coffee cake, also known as cinnamon streusel coffee cake or even cinnamon crumb cake.
  • Make a bundt cake– Instead of a loaf pan, use a simple bundt pan (10 cup pan) without any detailed/ intricate designs. Make sure to grease the pan generously and also, be very careful when removing it from the pan so that the cinnamon bundt cake doesn’t break.
  • Apple cinnamon coffee cake– Mix in 1 fresh apple (roughly diced) into the cake batter.
Easy Cinnamon Cake Recipe With Cake Mix

Tips and Techniques

  • Use full fat ingredients- Such as whole milk and full-fat pudding mix because that makes the cake rich and moist. No fat-free or low-fat ingredients!
  • Brand of cake mixes– I have used these brands of cake mixes successfully: Pillsbury, Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker. I have not tried any other generic brands to know how it would affect this recipe. Also, yellow cake, golden cake or butter cake mixes all work well.
  • Don’t over-mix cake batter– Because this will yield a tough cake and it can also cause the cake to collapse/sink during baking. Mix until all ingredients are just combined. There may be a few lumps but don’t worry about smoothing them out.
  • All ingredients should be at room temperature– That’s because they blend together smoothly and evenly.
  • Cinnamon swirls– I did 2 layers of cinnamon sugar but you can just do 1 layer too and use a knife to swirl everything together.
  • Don’t use sugar-free ingredients– Because it adds an odd after-taste. This is especially with regards to pudding mix and cake mix.
  • Add a glaze– I didn’t add it because the cake was already sweet but you can make a simple sugar glaze and drizzle that on top of the cake, once it has fully cooled down.
  • How to cut perfect cake slices? Chill the baked cake for 5-6 hours and then, use a sharp knife to cut smooth slices without crumbs everywhere.
Moist Cinnamon Swirl Cake Recipe

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Cinnamon Roll Cake (Cinnamon Cake)

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Quick and easy cinnamon roll cake (cinnamon cake), homemade with simple ingredients. Starts with yellow cake mix and has swirls of cinnamon and sugar. 
Yield: 10 Slices



  • 1 box Yellow cake mix
  • 1 box Instant vanilla pudding, 3.4 oz. box
  • 4 Eggs, Large
  • 3/4 cup Milk, Whole
  • 3/4 cup Water, Room temperature
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract

Cinnamon Swirl Mixture

  • 1/3 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon powder


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together cake mix and pudding mix.
  • Add eggs, milk, water, vanilla and mix until batter is smooth. Keep aside.
  • In another mixing bowl, whisk together sugar and cinnamon.
  • Spread some of the cake batter in a greased and floured loaf pan (Dimensions: 9×5). You can also use 2 smaller loaf pans. 
  • Then, sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Spread some more batter on top and sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Spread remaining batter on top. 
  • Use a butter knife to gently swirl everything together. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool down completely.
  • Then, gently run a spatula around the cake and remove it from the pan. Enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Calories: 294kcal, Carbohydrates: 60g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 67mg, Sodium: 471mg, Potassium: 72mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 37g, Vitamin A: 125IU, Calcium: 147mg, Iron: 1.4mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 294
Author: Abeer

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6 comments on “Cinnamon Roll Cake {With Cake Mix}”

  1. The ingredient list has granulated sugar and the heading at the top states brown sugar. Should the ingredient be brown sugar?

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