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Cinnamon & Sugar Cake Recipe

Cinnamon & Sugar Cake Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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.)"

sbuffman User ID: 1497756 212912
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2014

"A++ so good!!"

luigimon User ID: 1692040 196299
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2014

"This is an incredible recipe! The only thing I oops'd on was putting the cinnamon-sugar mix that was to be sprinkled on the cake, into the frosting. Whoops! I shrugged my shoulders, tasted the frosting, thought it was good, and continued on. I did not sprinkle the top of the cake, but no one noticed. I think the added cinnamon-sugar made the frosting that much sweeter, but i loved it, and so did all of my friends. It's the first successful layer cake I've ever made......mine usually break in half when I remove them from the pan, lol!!!"

starbright14 User ID: 4134344 196529
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2013

"I made this a party and everybody loved it. Say I would make it again."

LisKoz User ID: 5811308 151322
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"My friend & I made this & OMG THIS cake IS LITERALLY TO DIE FOR. We didn't have cinnamon sugar on hand so we mixed 1 tsp of sugar & 1 tsp of cinnamon together to make the cinnamon sugar. We followed the recipe to the tee with no changes made at all & it turned out PERFECT!"

eversbeaver User ID: 2223765 180543
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2012

"Very moist, great texture, easy. Tastes like Cinnamon Toast."

abreendre User ID: 1799143 198152
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"Just a little heavy and sweet for my taste."

Kelli Pritts User ID: 3852037 198151
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2012

"This recipe is beyond fabulous! Moist and delicious."

HotYumMa30 User ID: 5175824 114611
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"I made it for my Mom's Birthday and it was a definite hit! I had requests from everyone for the recipe. And it's easy to make your own! Just add coconut flakes for a change in taste and texture. Or whatever you like. Its a wonderful cake!"

haccardo User ID: 3199237 195636
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"This recipe was so easy and delicious. As a fan of snickerdoodles, this was the recipe for me!!"

mrsbaird02 User ID: 1545275 114607
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"I had to add three more tbsp of milk to frosting to make it spreadable and even then it was a little stiff. Very yummy the way it is, although a little sweet for my tastes. Next time I'll use a cream cheese based frosting to cut some of the sweetness."

Sherrieboudinot User ID: 604277 119340
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"Excellent and very easy to make!"

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