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Capture the Bakery Magic: Easy Homemade Cinnabon Cake

Craving the warm, gooey flavors of a classic cinnamon roll but want something easier to share? This Cinnabon Cake recipe is your answer! It's a delightful twist on the traditional pastry, offering all the deliciousness of cinnamon rolls in a moist and delectable cake.

Why You'll Love This Recipe:

  • Simple Ingredients: This recipe uses readily available ingredients, making it a great option for baking on a whim.
  • Easy to Make: With minimal prep work and straightforward steps, this cake comes together quickly, allowing you to enjoy a homemade treat without the fuss.
  • Irresistible Flavor: The combination of a fluffy cake base, a sweet and gooey cinnamon swirl, and a simple glaze creates an explosion of flavor in every bite.

Ingredients:

  • For the Buttery Base:

    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 4 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 ½ cups milk
    • 2 large eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • ½ cup melted butter
  • For the Gooey Cinnamon Swirl:

    • 1 cup softened butter
    • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • For the Sweet and Simple Glaze (Optional):

    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 5 tablespoons milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Get your oven ready by preheating it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).

  2. Prep the Pan: Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray or butter. This ensures the cake slides out easily after baking.

  3. Creating the Cake Batter: In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients for the cake base: flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder.

  4. Wet Ingredients Unite!: In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Then, pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can result in a tough cake.

  5. Melted Butter Magic: Finally, stir in the melted butter until fully incorporated. The cake batter should be smooth and pourable.

  6. Making the Swirl: In a separate bowl, cream together the softened butter, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon until you have a streusel-like topping. This will be the delicious swirl running through the cake.

  7. Assembling the Cake: Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking pan. Dollop spoonfuls of the cinnamon swirl topping evenly over the cake batter.

  8. Swirling for Perfection: Use a knife to gently swirl the cinnamon topping into the cake batter, creating marbled ribbons of flavor throughout the cake.

  9. Baking Bliss: Place the cake in the preheated oven and bake for 28-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  10. Optional Glaze: While the cake bakes, prepare the glaze (if using) by whisking together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a small bowl until smooth. Once the cake is out of the oven and still warm, drizzle the glaze over the top for an extra touch of sweetness.

  11. Serving Up Sweetness: Let the cake cool slightly before cutting it into squares and serving. Enjoy this irresistible Cinnabon Cake and experience the magic of a bakery right at home!

Tips:

  • For an extra decadent touch, top the glazed cake with chopped nuts or a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Leftover cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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