Here’s the perfect cake to make for breakfast or any holiday: A light and fluffy homemade Cinnamon Roll Pecan Cake with a delicious glaze!

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Friends, this Homemade Cinnamon Roll Pecan Cake dessert has all the flavor of a cinnamon roll, but is made into a cake or breakfast cake. Drizzle with a delicious maple-pecan icing on top!

Cinnamon Roll Pecan Cake

Nuts are optional, of course, but these pecans really make the cake. Feel free to swap out the pecans for walnuts if you desire!

9x13 pan of Homemade Cinnamon Roll Pecan Cake

Why do we love this cake?

This is the best cake, and perfect for the holiday weekend. Have your own little piece of happiness :)  This cake is also a great “anytime” cake, meaning it’s scrumptious any season, for any occasion.

You may also want to try my Old-Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls if you truly love a cinnamon roll flavor!

ingredients for Homemade Cinnamon Roll Pecan Cake

Let’s get started with these ingredients for a Cinnamon Roll Cake:

Make the cake:

  • Flour + sugar
  • Baking powder + salt
  • Mlk
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Butter

swirling the Homemade Cinnamon Roll Pecan Cake

Ingredients for the cinnamon roll topping?

  • Butter
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Flour
  • Soft raisins (optional)
  • Cinnamon + cardamom

adding the frosting to cinnamon roll cake

Best glaze with cardamom:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Butter
  • Vanilla + maple extract
  • Milk
  • Toasted pecans

square piece of Cinnamon Roll Pecan Cake

How do you make the cinnamon roll topping?

LIST

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How do you make a cinnamon roll cake?

  1. Prepare the batter.
  2. Mix topping ingredients (butter, dark brown sugar, flour, raisins, cinnamon and cardamom) together with a large spoon, and spoon onto the cake mixture.
  3. Take a knife or fork and swirl the topping into the cake mixture, trying to stay on the top part of the cake, from side to side.
  4. Bake and add the drizzle!

how to make Homemade Cinnamon Roll Pecan Cake

How do you serve cinnamon roll cake?

The first bite of this cake, I say, melts in your mouth. And of course you want more. HA. This is a great potluck cake, because it’s one of the first to be devoured by all.

Serve up twelve pieces for your guests, or eat right out of the pan when this cake is still warm from the oven, with drizzled frosting and wonderful pecans.

Feel free to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or cinnamon ice cream.

piece of Homemade Cinnamon Roll Pecan Cake

Can I substitute with a boxed cake mix?

Yes you can. You could use a vanilla cake mix or a yellow cake mix, and then make the cinnamon roll filling. Swirl and then continue with the rest of the baking instructions.

  • Butter pecan
  • Vanilla (white) cake mix
  • Yellow boxed cake mix
  • Spice cake mix

Homemade Cinnamon Roll Pecan Cake with raisins

ENJOY!

Happy almost Memorial Day weekend and Father’s Day!

More coffee cakes to try:

Brown Butter Banana Coffee Cake

Heath Brunch Coffee Cake Recipe

Rhubarb Buttermilk Coffee Cake

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Homemade Cinnamon Roll Pecan Cake

9x13 cake. Here’s the perfect cake to make for breakfast or any holiday: A light and fluffy homemade Cinnamon Roll Pecan Cake with a delicious glaze!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 3 mins
Total Time: 6 mins
Yield: 12

Ingredients
 

Cake:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • cup milk
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted

Cinnamon Roll Topping:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, very soft (almost melted)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup soft raisins, optional
  • 1 ½ Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cardamom

Glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp maple extract, optional
  • 3-4 Tbsp milk
  • ½ cup toasted chopped pecans

Instructions
 

Make the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add in the milk, eggs (one at a time) and vanilla.
  • Slowly pour in melted butter and mix well.
  • Prepare a well-greased 9x13 pan. Pour the cake batter into the pan.

Prepare the topping:

  • Mix topping ingredients (butter, dark brown sugar, flour, raisins, cinnamon and cardamom) together with a large spoon, and spoon onto the cake mixture.
  • Take a knife or fork and swirl the topping into the cake mixture, trying to stay on the top part of the cake, from side to side.
  • Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Make the glaze:

  • Whisk ingredients together to make the glaze (powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, maple extract, milk).
  • Drizzle the glaze over the cake while warm.
  • Top with chopped pecans.
  • Serve!
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
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