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Cinna-bun Cake

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Cinna-bun Cake is a delicious cinnamon roll style coffee cake without the effort or mess of rolling out dough! Perfect for feeding a big crowd for brunch or even as a dessert, this tasty cinna-bun cake goes fantastic with a generous sized mug of coffee.

We’ve provided three versions of this recipe, a generous 9″x13″ pan for a large family or potluck share, as well as a small 9″x 9″ version for a smaller family, and an air-fryer version.

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How to Make Cinna-bun Cake

Combine flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs and vanilla in a mixing bowl, stirring to combine.

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Add the melted butter, mixing just until incorporated.

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Transfer the batter into a lightly buttered baking dish.

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In a small bowl combine the topping ingredients, mixing until smooth.

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Drop by teaspoonfuls evenly over the cake batter base.

b101-cinnabun-cake-step3Use a butter knife, drag it through the topping drops/batter to swirl the topping into the base.

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Pop this deliciousness into the oven and bake until it’s golden brown.

While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze by mixing the powdered sugar, milk, and cinnamon together, then set it aside until the cake is done.

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Set the glaze aside until it’s needed.

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Remove the cake from the oven, let it cool ten minutes, then glaze the cake while still warm.

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Grab yourself a nice mug of coffee and big ol’ slice of cinna-bun cake and enjoy!

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Cinna-bun Cake Recipe

Cake Ingredients:

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

Topping:

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

Glaze:

2 cups powdered sugar
5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Cinna-bun Cake Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Lightly butter a 9″ x 13″ baking dish.
  2. Mix all of the “cake” ingredients together, EXCEPT the butter. Add the melted butter last, and then pour into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Mix all of the topping ingredients together in a separate bowl. Drop by teaspoonfuls over the cake batter base, evenly.
  4. Using a butter knife swirl the topping into the base. Bake for 28-30 minutes.
  5. While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze and set aside.
  6. Remove from oven and glaze the cake while still warm.

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Small Cinna-bun Cake

Maybe you don’t have a crowd to feed and just want a delicious coffee cake for a smaller family. Here’s a half-pan version for you.

Cake Ingredients

You’ll Need
1 1/2 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 c. milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup butter, melted

Topping:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Cinna-bun Cake Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9″x9″ baking pan (buttered).
  2. Mix all of the “cake” ingredients together, except the butter. Add the melted butter last, and then transfer the batter to the buttered baking dish.
  3. Mix all of the topping ingredients together in a separate bowl.  Drop by teaspoonfuls evenly over the cake batter base.
  4. Using a butter knife swirl the topping into the base. Bake for 24-28 minutes.
  5. While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze and set aside. Remove from oven and glaze the cake while still warm.

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Air-Fryer Cinna-bun Cake

If you’d like to prepare this in your favorite air-fryer prepare it in a pan that fits your air fryer and cook at 320°F for 23-25 minutes. This is entirely dependent on your air-fryer model.  We use 8×6 aluminum foil pans to make small meals for the freezer. They just happen to be perfect size for our air fryer too!

Cake Ingredients

You’ll Need
1 cup flour
dash salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 c. + 1 Tbs + 1 1/4 teaspoons milk
1 egg
2/3 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tbs + 2 tsp butter, melted

Topping:

1/3 cup butter, softened, but not melted
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Glaze:

2/3 c. powdered sugar
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Cinna-bun Cake Directions

  1. Prepare an 8.6″ x 6.1″ baking pan (buttered).
  2. Mix all of the “cake” ingredients together, except the butter. Add the melted butter last, and then transfer the batter to the buttered baking dish.
  3. Mix all of the topping ingredients together in a separate bowl.  Drop by teaspoonfuls evenly over the cake batter base.
  4. Using a butter knife swirl the topping into the base. Bake for 23-26 minutes.
  5. While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze and set aside. Remove from oven and glaze the cake while still warm.

 

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Cinna-bun Cake Print Recipe

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Cinna-bun Cake

Budget101.com by Melissa 'Liss' Burnell
Enjoy the delicious taste of Cinnabunn cake! This warm, sweet treat is perfect for any occasion. With its moist and fluffy texture, coupled with a cinnamon-spiced flavor, Cinnabunn cake will have you coming back for more.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
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Total Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Potluck
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 429 kcal

Ingredients
  

Cake Ingredients:
Topping:
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
Glaze:

Instructions
 

Cinna-bun Cake Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter a 9″ x 13″ baking dish.
  • Mix all of the “cake” ingredients together, EXCEPT the butter. Add the melted butter last, and then pour into the prepared baking dish.
    3 cups flour, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 cup sugar, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1 ½ cups milk, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla, ½ cup butter
  • Mix all of the topping ingredients together in a separate bowl. Drop by teaspoonfuls over the cake batter base, evenly.
    1 cup butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • Using a butter knife swirl the topping into the base. Bake for 28-30 minutes.
  • While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze and set aside.
    2 cups powdered sugar, 5 tablespoons milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • Remove from oven and glaze the cake while still warm.

Notes

Air-Fryer Cinna-bun Cake

If you'd like to prepare this in your favorite air-fryer prepare it in a pan that fits your air fryer and cook at 320°F for 23-25 minutes. This is entirely dependent on your air-fryer model.  We use 8x6 aluminum foil pans to make small meals for the freezer. They just happen to be perfect size for our air fryer too!

Cake Ingredients

You'll Need
1 cup flour
dash salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 c. + 1 Tbs + 1 1/4 teaspoons milk
1 egg
2/3 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tbs + 2 tsp butter, melted

Topping:

1/3 cup butter, softened, but not melted
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Glaze:

2/3 c. powdered sugar
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Cinna-bun Cake Directions

  1. Prepare an 8.6" x 6.1" baking pan (buttered).
  2. Mix all of the "cake" ingredients together, except the butter. Add the melted butter last, and then transfer the batter to the buttered baking dish.
  3. Mix all of the topping ingredients together in a separate bowl.  Drop by teaspoonfuls evenly over the cake batter base.
  4. Using a butter knife swirl the topping into the base. Bake for 23-26 minutes.
  5. While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze and set aside. Remove from oven and glaze the cake while still warm.
Recipe Size Alteration Note

If you altered the ingedients above by doubling or tripling the recipe, you may also need to change the pan/dish size and adjust the cooking/baking time.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 429kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 4gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 302mgPotassium: 103mgFiber: 1gSugar: 42gVitamin A: 608IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 123mgIron: 2mgNet Carbs: 61g
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