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Cinnamon Swirl Sheet Cake

Sweet cinnamon swirl cake with browned butter cake, cinnamon and brown sugar swirl and tangy cream cheese icing.
Everything that you love about a cinnamon, the cinnamon and icing, but doesn't take as long to prepare and doesn't have to proof.
You heard right, cinnamon swirl cake. Whip this up for a Easter dinner or make whenever you have a craving for cinnamon rolls but don't want to wait.
This cake is baked in a sheet pan so you would have enough for party. Won't have deal with laying a cake and easier for travel.
Probably could eat it for breakfast since it is like your regular cinnamon rolls.
You may think it is a lot of butter but once it browns it reduces to around 1 1/4 cups of butter.

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Cinnamon Roll Sheet Cake

Prep- 20 minutes
Baking- 25 to 30 minutes
Cooling- 1 hour


Browned Butter Sheet Cake
1 1/2 cups Unsalted Butter, browned and cooled
3 1/4 cups Unbleached All Purpose Flour
1 cup Granulated Cane Sugar
1 2/3 cups Buttermilk
3 large eggs, room temperature
2 large egg yolks
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Cinnamon Roll Swirl
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, melted
3/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Unsalted All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg

Cream Cheese Glaze
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
1/2 package Cream Cheese, room temperature
2 1/2 cups Confectioners' Sugar
3 to 4 Tablespoon Milk
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Fine Sea Salt

1. In a medium sauce pan, brown 1 1/2 cups of butter for 6 to 8 minutes or until nutty in frangrant and golden brown. Let it cool in the in the pan for 10 minutes then pour through a mess strainer then completely chill until solid. May take 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease with nonstick spray and line with parchment. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, cream together cooled browned butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in vanilla and eggs one at a time until smooth.
4. Alternate flour mixture and buttermilk. Starting flour then buttermilk, starting and stop in that pattern.
5. Mix together melted butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Drop cinnamon mixture on top then swirl.
6. Baked in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean. Remove and let cool on a wired rack completely.
7. Whisk together butter, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar,  and vanilla. Add milk to a to thin out enough to drizzle on the cooled cake.
8. Cover tightly and store in a cool place.


  1. This looks like a good recipe if you're going to a big Easter gathering (I am). I need to try this. The icing is making my mouth water :)

  2. Cinnamon rolls are such a guilty pleasure of mine. Everyone once in a while I'll treat myself with the pullapart ones from Costco but these are great for when i want to make them at home.

  3. This is so delish, I like anything that is made with cinnamon.

  4. OMG! So yummy! I think that my family would love this! Maybe for Easter morning this Sunday?

    XO Aliza

  5. Omg this looks SO good! I love cinnamon rolls but they are very time consuming. This is the best of both worlds, easier to make but still have the flavor of cinnamon rolls!

  6. These look so good! I love cinnamon rolls!

  7. That looks delicious. I love cinnamon. The taste and the smell. That recipe is one for the cooking playbook.

  8. Cinnamon rolls are my absolute favourite!! This cinnamon swirl sheet cake looks really yummy. Can't wait to try your recipe!

  9. Yum! I love that cinnamon swirl and the cream cheese glaze. Sounds perfect for feeding a crowd.

  10. Love the look of the sheet pan cake. It's perfect for Easter morning!!

  11. I love that this comes together so quickly. Definitely less work than making cinnamon rolls and can feed a group!

  12. We make cinnamon rolls for birthdays in our family but maybe I should substitute it with this on the next birthday- I think my kids would love it!

  13. Bintu | Recipes From A PantryApril 17, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Cinnamon is one of my favourite things ever so I definitely need to give this cake a try!

  14. I've been obsessed with cinnamon lately. I will have to try making this.

  15. Wow, I have a feeling that I will be making these on Easter Sunday! Cinnamon swirls are the best pastries in my opinion! Looks so delicious!

  16. Sounds delicious and it doesn't look too difficult. I think I will give it a try this weekend for a bring a plate event we are going to.

  17. This looks so delicious!! actually this would be great to take to my moms group

  18. This is so perfect for my Easter Sunday! I am a cinnamon lover and so is the rest of my fiance's family. Pretty sure it will all be gone in a matter of 5 minutes! :)

  19. Yum! I love cinnamon rolls, but this homemade version looks even better than store bought! Perfect breakfast idea!


  20. This looks Fantastic and what a fantastic idea for Easter, I am sure everyone would love it for dessert and breakfast. I am going to try to make this with coconut sugar and of course cinnamon. Thank you for sharing!


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