Cinnamon & Sugar Cake Recipe
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Cinnamon & Sugar Cake Recipe

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This winning combination makes everything nice with sugar and spice. You’d never guess it came from a box. —Maiah Albi, Carlsbad, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon-sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 616 calories, 28g fat (17g saturated fat), 116mg cholesterol, 472mg sodium, 87g carbohydrate (68g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Transfer to two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans.
  2. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the middle comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, milk, cinnamon and vanilla; beat until smooth. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Cinnamon & Sugar Cake in Simple & Delicious October/November 2011, p41

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Corwin44 User ID: 7541400 239907
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"Great cake! I made this for my sisters birthday party. This cake was very easy to make and turned out moist and delicious. Several people at the party requested the recipe and were surprised that it came from a box (with a little sprucing up of course). Most people liked the frosting ( I really liked it, but I did add extra milk to make it creamier), but my nephew said he preferred that cake without frosting. Keep in mind he's the type that prefers all cake without frosting. I will definitely be making this cake again."

pammyfisher User ID: 7472822 238862
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

"Kami99, just add a little milk or cream to get the consistency you want. :-)"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 237279
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2015

"Made this about 1 month ago and would not change a thing. My family couldn't get enough and it was gone in no time."

kami99 User ID: 7588260 235665
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2015

"The cake was absolutely fabulous. Loved the taste, the smell, and the look (I think this is a beautiful looking cake). I will definitely make again. I found the frosting a bit stiff and thick. Loved the cinnamon in the frosting and will do that again, but I will play around with the butter/powdered sugar ratios to get a softer frosting. I also will not do the dusting on top again either - too crunchy."

angela32 User ID: 3084463 233623
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2015

"Very good, I love cinnamon! I won't do the dusting on top next time. I didn't care for the crunch of the white sugar."

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 219298
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2015

"First off, this smelled a-maz-ing baking in the oven. It was an easy recipe to put together and was well received by everyone who tried it, both adults and kids. Folks especially liked the frosting. Most didn't realize it was a box mix base. I will make again for sure, one of the recipes that's nice to have for whatever event comes your way!"

joycejune User ID: 1070044 216731
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"I would definitely make this cake again.....delicious and so easy. My husband loved it, too, It could easily be called a Snickerdoodle cake. I liked it better left out of the refrigerator."

gloria1967 User ID: 6828203 119346
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"Made this for Thanksgiving and everything turned out wonderful. And it was so easy to make."

GoodyQueen User ID: 6208519 196300
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2014

"I made this into cupcakes. They were so light and moist and the cinnamon was just perfect in them. My 2 year old grabbed one off the cooling rack as soon as it was frosted. Toddler (and mommy) approved!"

Tash82 User ID: 4130589 119341
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2014

"A really big hit for a birthday celebration! I made in 9 x 13 pan and cut the frosting recipe in half and it was perfect amount for our tastes. (Used full amount of cinnamon sugar for the sprinkling on top.)"

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