Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake: The Easiest Thing Ever. Seriously.

Hey hey hey! Greetings from our ranch house in the burbs! We are getting closer to our little nugget’s entrance into this world and are crazy excited as well as completely awed by all the love in our lives. In the last few weeks, we have just been overwhelmed by the generosity and joy in our tribe. We have been able to spend time with lots of friends and family we don’t normally see and it has been a truly wonderful time in our lives as we prep for our peanut’s arrival.

Two people of the we-don’t-get-to-see-them-as-much-as-we’d-like variety are our friends Whittney and Jaret. They came over for brunch last weekend and we spent a couple hours just eating and catching up. I knew I wanted to make something tasty, but I also am very pregnant and it is very much summer so, to be honest, I didn’t want to slave away all morning in our kitchen. I came across this recipe at Eating on a Dime and it absolutely saved me. I want to make it again just to eat it. All. All of it.

Ladies and gentlemen of the internet:

Cinnamon. Roll. Coffee Cake.

I made a whole freaking cake for 4 people and had a boat load of leftovers. I ended up taking the rest to work and it was gone before lunch. Here’s the thing, it’s crazy easy!

This is almost like the breakfast version of a dump cake. You mix all the ingredients for the cake batter and pour it into a greased 9X13 baking dish.

Then you mix the stuff for the cinnamon swirls (which I totally admit, could look better here. But hey, it tasted good). Drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the cake batter and swirl throughout with a knife or fork.

Now you bake for 30 minutes at 350°. Plenty of time to straighten up the house, change clothes or enjoy a mimosa if you are a responsible adult.

Bing! (That’s your oven timer. Or you’re watching that episode of Friends where Chandler talks about his coworker that makes that noise every time they say his name. “Nice to meet you Chandler Bing. Bing! How you doin Chandler Bing. Bing!!” Good times.

Speaking of good times…

Ooooooo….so cinnamony… Go ahead and whip up your icing. This can be as thick or thin as you like. You can add a little cinnamon to the icing as well if you want, and as soon as you are done, drizzle it over the warm coffee cake so it can get all ooozy in the cracks and crevices.

Yas queen!

Slice and serve ASAP.

Seriously. It’s comfort food at its best. Honestly. It’s one of those coffee cakes that you can bring to a brunch with friends or a daytime bridal or baby shower if you guys are doing a potluck thing, and everyone will love it but you’ll know you only spent 40 minutes on it and 30 of those minutes? It was in the oven!

Give it a try! It won’t disappoint. 🙂

Nosh on, friends!

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Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

Yield: 1 cake Prep: 10 minutes Bake: 30 minutes


For the cake

3 cups unbleached flour

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup granulated sugar

4 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 cups milk

2 eggs

2 tsp Mexican vanilla

1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

Cinnamon Topping

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 Tbsp unbleached flour

1 Tbsp cinnamon


1 cup powdered sugar

2 Tbsp milk (this is very flexible- add more for a thinner icing or a little less for something thicker)

1/2 tsp Mexican vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt, sugar and baking soda.
  • Add milk, eggs, vanilla and melted butter. Stir to combine. Make sure all ingredients are very well incorporated.
  • Pour this batter into a greased 9×13 baking dish.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for the cinnamon topping. Stir very well and make sure there are no clumps of brown sugar or separated bits of melted butter.
  • Drop spoonfuls of topping onto cake mix and swirl with a knife or fork.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • While cake is baking, mix together all ingredients for the icing. Be sure to keep an eye on the consistency and adjust the milk to your liking. If you accidently make it too thin, add a little more powdered sugar to thicken it up.
  • After 30 minutes, remove cake from oven, drizzle icing over the top, cut and serve.
  • Nom it. Nom it like you mean it.

Enjoy! 🙂

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