Cinna-bun Cake

My Mom makes the best cinnamon buns.  I don’t make cinnamon buns…I’ve been craving Mom’s cinnamon buns, but they’ve been away.  So I had to improvise.  Enter Cinnamon Bun Cake, or as our two year old calls it, Cinabun Cake.



  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

How To Make Cinna-bun Cake

  • Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  • Prepare a 9-inch x 13-inch baking pan by spraying with non-stick cooking oil or, if you prefer, coat the pan with butter.
  • In a large bowl, mix all of the base ingredients, with the exception of the butter, together until thoroughly combined.
  • Add the melted butter last and pour into the prepared pan; set aside,

To prepare the topping:

  • In a small bowl, mix all of the topping ingredients together; mix well to combine.

To assemble the cake for baking:

  • Drop topping, by teaspoonful over the base, as evenly as you can, over the entire base.
  • Use a butter knife and swirl the topping into the base.
  • Place into the pre-heated oven and bake for 28 – 30 minutes.

To prepare and use the glaze:

  • While the cake is baking, using a small bowl, prepare the glaze by mixing all ingredients until completed combined; set aside.
  • Remove cake from oven and glaze the cake while still warm.

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