Cinnamon Roll Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


Here we take all the warm, delicious flavors of cinnamon buns and roll them into a cake smothered with a sweet cream cheese frosting. It's best enjoyed fresh out of the oven.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
1 cake
Nutrition Profile:



  • 1 cup whole milk, warmed

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)

  • 1 large egg

  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 1 ½ cups white whole-wheat flour

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • ½ cup light brown sugar

  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


  • 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar, sifted

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons milk


  1. To prepare dough: Combine 1 cup warmed milk, granulated sugar and yeast in a stand mixer. Let stand until the yeast starts to dissolve and foam, about 5 minutes. Whisk in egg and 4 tablespoons melted butter. Add whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour and salt. Mix with a dough hook at medium speed until the dough comes together and starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. (The dough will seem wet.) Cover with a kitchen towel and let stand in a warm place until risen slightly, about 1 hour.

  2. To prepare filling and assemble cake: Combine brown sugar, melted butter and cinnamon in a small bowl.

  3. Coat a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out into an 18-by-10-inch rectangle. Spread the filling over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border on the short ends. Cut the dough into 10 equal strips, each about 1 3/4 inches wide. Starting at a short end, roll one strip into a round. Place the rolled dough at the bottom of another strip and roll the second strip around the first. Repeat with the remaining strips. If the last few strips become too hard to roll, place the cake in the center of the prepared pan and wrap the remaining strips around the outside of the roll. (It should look like a giant cinnamon roll!) Cover and let rise in a warm place until it almost meets the sides of the pan, about 30 minutes.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the cake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool slightly, then transfer the cake to a serving platter.

  5. Meanwhile, prepare icing: Combine cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and vanilla in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed, scraping down the sides as needed, until creamy. Add milk and continue beating until combined. While the cake is still warm, drizzle the icing over the top. Serve warm.

    Cinnamon Roll Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

267 Calories
11g Fat
38g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 267
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 16g
Added Sugars 15g 30%
Protein 6g 11%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Vitamin A 358IU 7%
Folate 60mcg 15%
Sodium 141mg 6%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 3mg 16%
Magnesium 8mg 2%
Potassium 106mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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