Cinnamon Roll Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze…

As some of you may know…I suffer from a mild case of OCD which causes me to be a perfectionist in certain areas of my life as well as perseverate on things to the extent of driving myself a little batty! When I saw Ingrid’s recipe for Cinnamon Roll Cake, I thought about this sucker for a couple days and even dreamt about it one night…disturbing, I know! Being that I still have a plethora of cake mixes that I bought on sale, I try to find new ways to use them up before they expire! On Friday evening I threw this recipe together in a matter of minutes and as the intoxicating aromas of cinnamon and brown sugar filled my home, I made an important decision. That decision was to change the original glaze recipe for one that contains cream cheese! This my friends made this super simple cake box recipe absolutely delicious! Now let me reiterate…this IS a doctored up cake box recipe…so please do not be expecting a culinary masterpiece! This cake is simply very good for how easy and quick it is to make! Ingrid sings the praises of the original recipe, so I am sure it is amazing as well and I am pretty certain whichever glaze route you take you will be pleased! This would be a great Sunday brunch treat or a super dessert for a mid-week dinner! If ya have any yellow cake mixes on hand, whip this one up today…if you don’t, it may haunt you in your sleep!!! I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!
Cinnamon Roll Cake
Yellow Cake Mix
4 eggs
¾ cup oil
1 cup sour cream
Mix by hand and pour in 13 x 9 greased baking pan.

1 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
Mix and pour over cake batter. Swirl into batter with knife. Bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Let cake cool 10 – 15 minutes before icing.

Cream Cheese Glaze
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
4-5 tablespoons of milk

While the cake is cooling, beat together cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Slowly add milk until you reach the desired consistency. Spread frosting on warm cake before serving.

25 Responses to “Cinnamon Roll Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze…”

  1. truelifeofjess — May 17, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I love any recipe that uses cake mix!!! Looks really yummy will be saving for later in the week!!


  2. The Cooking Photographer — May 17, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Holy moly. From a cake mix? Amazing!


  3. oneordinaryday — May 17, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I bookmarked this when Ingrid posted it too. I can’t wait to try it.


  4. Sara — May 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Amazingly delicious!


  5. Leslie — May 17, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    wow wow wow..I could gobble up the whole thing


  6. Shirley — May 17, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I saved this one…sounds yummy. I love the use of the cream cheese in the glaze.


  7. southern daze — May 17, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    My mouth began watering the moment I saw it and love that it uses a cake mix! Although I thoroughly enjoy baking from scratch, it’s nice to have a recipe to pull out when a sugar craving starts and you need a quick fix. I picked up the cake mix today and think I may even make it tonight. Just one question…is it really only 3oz of cream cheese in the glaze or an entire 8oz pkg?


  8. Jamie — May 17, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Southern Daze-

    It is just 3 ounces of cream cheese!



  9. southern daze — May 17, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Jamie –

    Thank you!! The cake is baking now :-)



  10. Cathy — May 17, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    I’ll admit it — I’m a secret box mix cake lover. It is the kind of cake my mom baked when I was growing up, and I still love them, even with all of the great from scratch cakes I’ve made since joining TWD. So when you take a box mix and doctor it up to make it even better, you can believe that I will be in cake heaven. This one looks great!


  11. The Food Librarian — May 17, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    So pretty and looks so yummy and easy! Oh, it’s on the list! Wonderful job!!!


  12. teresa — May 17, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    This looks SO good!


  13. Brenda — May 17, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    YUM! I am putting yellow cake mix on my grocery list right now!

    Found you at Food Gawker.


  14. Eliana — May 18, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Hmmmm. We are so on the same page. I loved Ingrid’s recipe as well. Your cream cheese glaze looks super yummy.


  15. Danielle — May 18, 2009 at 9:00 am

    That looks very tasty this morning! I bet its good with a cup of coffee YUM


  16. oneshotbeyond — May 18, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    what a unique twist on the cinnamon rolls that are traditional…wonderful images too!


  17. Elyse — May 18, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Everyone needs a few doctored cake mix recipes in her repertoire. This one sounds absolutely delicious. I love that you dreamt about this recipe. How hysterical! I can only imagine how great this cake smelled during baking. Sorry that I’ve been a bad commenter for the past couple of weeks; I just finished law school exams and am just now getting to my google reader!


  18. Bethie — May 18, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Putting this on my to do list! Yummy!!


  19. Heidi — May 18, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I’ve been following your blog now for several weeks and I’m hooked! This cinnamon roll cake recipe looks simple but so delicious. It will be a good one for my 9 year old son to practice with. Thanks for posting. We will report back with our results. Oh, I just started a baking blog a few weeks ago. Please stop by and check it out.



  20. MJ — May 18, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    this looks fantastic! I will definitely have to give it a go sometime!


  21. Kerstin — May 18, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    What an amazing cake – it looks very addicting!


  22. Ingrid — May 19, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Jamie! Yours looks wonderful and adding a cream cheese frosting is a terrific idea.

    I like how you explained the perfection of this cake. You said it so much better than I did. Thanks!


  23. Marsha — May 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Had this cake Friday at a Retirement Party. Couldn’t wait come home and find a recipe. It is amazing. The one I had was plain drizzle glaze. With out a doubt the cream cheese makes it all the better.


  24. Debby — July 13, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    omg!! this cake is the best…..just did it today and served it to all my friends… theyre all becoming fans of ur website! thnks alot


  25. P. Blackburn — October 17, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I just took my cake our of the oven and my husband’s response told it all. It is Delish. I did not have a yellow cake mix, so I substituted a Butter Pecan Mix. Next time I’ll add chopped pecans to the brown sugar topping. Enjoy.


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