Easiest Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

Prepare yourself for the greatest coffee cake (or cake in general) of all time. Wowowowowowowow this recipe is THE easiest thing ever, and it's not even from a box cake mix (which are still awesome). I whipped up this cake at 11:30 pm the night before my Dad's birthday and Mother's day, which happened to be on the same day this year. I'd say this coffee cake was the best gift they could have woken up to :) And lemme tell ya... they thoroughly enjoyed it everyday for the rest of the week with their morning cups of joe! It was a HIT. I also ate half the pan because it was insanely good. I couldn't even wait until the morning to try it with my parents, so I may or may not have eaten 2 big slices out of that coffee cake at 1 am even though it wasn't even for me. Oopsies!

The point of the story: Please do yourself the biggest favor of a lifetime and get on with making this cinnamon roll coffee cake. 

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1½ cup whole milk (for best flavor and taste of course)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon + a little for the cake batter if you're a cinnamon addict like myself

Glaze:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 tbsp milk (just enough for it to come together and you're able to pour a thickish glaze)

Directions:

  1. Set oven to preheat at 350°F. Spray a 9x13 inch rectangular baking dish with baking spray and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the milk, eggs and vanilla.
  4. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together, and add in the melted butter.
  5. Pour the batter evenly into the sprayed pan. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Spread evenly on top of the cake batter. Use a knife to swirl the sugar and cinnamon into the batter really well! The more swirling the better. 
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (Don't overcook though).
  7. While it bakes, prepare the glaze: Into a medium sized bowl, mix the powdered sugar, 2 tsp vanilla, and milk until it is a little thicker than pancake syrup. Pour over the cake and it will set into a harder glaze. 
  8. Once the cake is cooled at least a little bit, poke some holes all over with the end of spatula or improvise with something else. Pour the glaze allllll over the top (it will set into a harder glaze).
  9. Eat a big ol' slice when it's right outta that oven and experience the greatest ooey-gooey cinnamon roll cake goodnesss you'll ever put into your mouth.
  10. Thank me later.

Recipe adapted from the blog, Dinner Then Dessert