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Buttery Cinnabun Cake


I made a huge mess this afternoon in my oven making these cakes! Learn from my mistake and make this cake in a 9 x 13 inch baking pan rather than little cakes. The buttery cinnamon swirl ooozed out all over my oven making a huge smoky mess, so use the pan!!

This recipe is from my brother in law’s very talented mother (Mrs. Adams). I always hear about the great food that she makes, so I finally bummed the recipe from my sister. I tasted this cake last year and loved it! It is a real treat. I’m just not going to try the cute little individual cakes next time!! Enjoy, this is a great recipe!

Buttery Cinnabun Cake

3 Cups flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 Cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ Cups milk
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 Stick real butter, melted

2 sticks real butter, softened
1 Cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
2/3 Cups nuts, optional

2 Cups powdered sugar
5 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. In an electric or stand mixer mix the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs and vanilla. Once combined well, slowly stir in melted butter. Pour batter into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan.

2. In a large bowl, mix the 2 sticks of softened butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nuts until well combined. Drop evenly over cake batter by the tablespoonfuls and use a knife to marble/swirl through the cake.

3. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out nearly clean from center.

4. Place powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in a large bowl. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle over warm cake. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

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  1. 1
    Proud Italian Cook says:

    Jenny, your killing me with this!!!

  2. 2
    Jenny says:

    What a treat these were yesterday!

  3. 3
    Emiline says:

    Are these kind of like Cinnabons? I love those. I always have to get a Cinnabon at the airport.
    I’m sorry about the oven.
    I do that all of the time; I’m notorious for it.
    Our oven is constantly smoking.

  4. 4
    Jenny says:

    Hi Emiline,
    These are definately more cakey (if that’s a word), but they have that cinnabun taste which is heavenly.

    My oven survived, I ruined a bath towel cleaning all the burn bits off of the bottom, oh well! That certainly wasn’t the first or probably the last time that will happen to me either. You’d think I’d learn not to fill the tins so full.

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Did I miss the oven temp. on this? I’m guessing 350? They look so good my son BEGGED me to make them!

  6. 6
    Jenny says:

    Thanks for catching that. Yes, the temp should be set at 350. My boys love these!

  7. 7
    Nicole says:

    Im going to gain 20 pounds by just looking at your blog. This looks sooooooo good!

  8. 8
    Janssen says:

    Wow, I obviously need to go make these this very minute.

  9. 9
    Rachel says:

    What temperature do you bake these at?

  10. 10
    Jen says:

    Holy cow; amazing! Even in a cake pan it was nearly bubbling out at the corners. My kids were burning their mouth just because they couldn’t wait for it to cool!

  11. 11
    Aubrey says:

    These look so amazing! I already made the caramel cream cheese things you have in you’re recipes and while mine weren’t quite so pretty they were a hit with my family and friends. Keep up the yummy recipes!

  12. 12
    Roz Gorski says:

    Hey Jenny, I tried this using a loaf pan and got 3 loaves out of the recipe. The crumb topping swirled into the batter was heavenly. They make awesome gifts when we go visiting.

  13. 13
    Brenda Penrod says:

    Hi Jenny,
    My family loves this yummy Buttery Cinnabun Cake but the recipe doesn’t tell the temperature to bake it on. Please let us know so it doesn’t turn out too doughy or dry anymore.



  14. 14
    Cat says:

    Mmmm, this is baking in my oven right now! It smells awesome! I’m finding the cooking time to be a bit longer, I’m at 30 min and it’s not done yet. It’s smells so good it’s hard to be patient, lol.

  15. 15
    Annette W says:

    Oh, Jenny! I think I am going to try this one too. It looks too good! I totally get your desire to try individual cakes, but won’t! 3/4 pound of butter. WOW!

    What’s the temperature for the oven? Also, I saw someone recommended bread pans. Have you tried that yet?

  16. 16
    Evie Roberts says:

    i really love Cakes and i am always looking for some new cake recipes on the internet..;;

  17. 17
    Shellie says:

    and this is going to be dessert!

  18. 18

    Tried this tonight and it was gone in a flash. Thanks!

  19. 19
    Sereh says:

    I tried this a little while ago and forgot to come back and leave a comment.
    It was REALLY yummy, although, I decided to reduce the milk and throw in some chopped apples. It was delicious! Also, I stupidly almost forgot to put the cinnamon in, so ended up just sprinkling and twirling a bit on top just before baking. And then I threw some extra cinnamon in the icing.
    HAHAHA and I also thought “might as well make it a full pound of butter and melted some into the frosting too. So it ended up being “Apple Cinnamon Cake with buttery cinnamon frosting”
    Thanks for the recipe!

  20. 20
    Tanya says:

    If you do want to try the individual cakes, are you using regular muffin tins? If so, how many small cakes does this recipe make?

    Thanks! Looks great

  21. 21
    Hillary Crump says:

    Seriously this was to die for. Loved it. Thanks for sharing. Throw your calorie counter out the door on this one. But worth every calorie.

  22. 22
    Kensi says:

    I made this cake and it was yum-o! Thanks for an awesome recipe! I just love your blog! I can’t wait to make your rainbow cupcakes for my daughter’s birthday!!!

  23. 23

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  24. 24
    sherry says:

    Can’t wait to make these…but I have one questions…I am assuming all purpose flour since you put baking powder but wanted to make sure…Thanks

  25. 25
    hiba says:

    I was looking for a good cinnabun recipe and this is the one! I’m so going to try it!

  26. 26

    These look totally worth the splurge. Insane!

  27. 27
    Mona says:

    Oh my oh my.. As soon as I read this recipe, I rushed to the kitchen and……….. Le voila !!!
    Very delightful buns..I used the pan as u mentioned… U have always been my #1 food bloger .. Thank you for sharing it with us..

  28. 28
    melanie says:

    this is the most ugliest thing i have ever seen but the most delicious thing i have tasted

  29. 29

    Great website. Plenty of helpful info here. I am sending it to several friends ans also sharing in delicious. And certainly, thank you for your sweat!

  30. 30
    Rene' says:

    I made this today and it’s so delicious and easy, not to mention my house smells divine, thank you! I especially appreciate the caveat about the bubbling overflow. I wanted badly to turn these into cupcakes so I protected my oven with foil and made both cupcakes and small mini cakes that I baked in individual spring form pans. The plus side of the overflowing buttery sugar is that it made for delicious nibbling as I peeled it off of the foil 😉 I posted photos on my blog but they don’t look nearly as lovely as yours!

  31. 31
    Michele says:

    I made this yesterday for my son’s hockey team, oh my goodness! this was awesome, it got gobbled up in minutes. I did halve the topping and icing because I didn’t want it to sweet and added 1 tsp of cinnamon to the cake batter.

  32. 32
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  33. 33
    shannon says:

    There are too many posts to read to see if there is an answer to my question. Did you use the nuts in this recipe?

  34. 34
    shannon says:

    Thanks for answering! I do like nuts, but this recipe seems like it would just be delicious without them…buttery cake melting in your mouth! Thanks for all of your recipes. I lover every single one of them!

  35. 35
    ValHallaGirl says:

    I made these this morning on my day off and just ran them up to work..they loved them! I did make mine in cupcakes but put a cookie sheet underneath!

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  37. 37
    Hilarry says:

    Oh my gosh!!!! These look sooooo good!!!!

  38. 38
    April says:

    Thank you Mrs. Adams! I just made this and wow is it good! The hubby says “that’s freaking good” so I’ll be making this one again. Most of my filling sank to the bottom but it didn’t keep me from eating it. A little slice of heaven. Thank you for posting.

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    TAMI COOPER says:


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    Kelly Hoffer says:

    what is the over temp?

  41. 41
    gina miller says:

    ??what temp oven??

  42. 42

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  43. 43
    Melissa Herndon says:

    I just made this today. Wow! Does my house smell yummy! This is a wonderful cake. I am sure I will be making this again. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  44. 44
    Amanda says:

    Thanks for this recipe! I spoiled my girls with it for breakfast (we usually don’t eat stuff this sugary.) That being said, I will probably cut back on the sugar next time as well as only make half of the filling and half of the topping (I had MORE than plenty of both for a 9×13.) Even though I checked with a tooth pick, I still had a pretty raw center after baking for 35 minutes. Would probably bake closer to 40 min next time. Delicious!!!

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  47. 47
    Konae Putman says:

    I made this minus 1/2 c butter in the cinnamon mixture and it was fabulous!!!! Thanks!

  48. 48
    Kerry says:

    This is to die for! I baked it in a roasting pan and ended up more of a slice than a cake, but the edges went all crispy and golden – delicious.

  49. 49
    chris says:

    there is no oven temp listed for the cinnbon cake. I assume it is 350 ?

  50. 50

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  51. 51
    Charlotte Fortier says:

    Made the cake first time today. I checked it at 28 minutes, it was still very shaky on the top. I checked it at 33 minutes, and it is still not firm. I am going for another five minutes. Not sure why it is not firming. I live above 6200 feet. Would high altitude create this? Any suggestions?

  52. 52
    Linda says:

    Great looking recipe. I’ve found most recipes similar to this one difficult to make without a mess in the oven but using tulip liners resolves the problem. The tulip liners are taller and are great to hold in “stuff” and look beautiful doing it. And easy for the eaters to peel the folded papers back to enjoy their treat. I’ve found them in bulk at Amazon to make them more affordable. I saw someone indicated you could get 12 nice slices so I will try 12 in the muffin pan using tulip papers and see if that works. Thanks.

  53. 53
    Patti says:

    Jenny, thank you so much for chasing down this recipe for me. After contacting you, I couldn’t believe how quickly you responded. Your diligence in finding what I was looking for, with such random clues from me was above and beyond the call of duty. I appreciate you so much! And thanks for the great recipe!

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