Snickerdoodle Cake

My mom can be technologically inept; therefore, was not an avid reader of my blog until recently. Now she has access to a computer and has been schooled on how to check her email, facebook and my blog! In fact she called me today telling me how good these Maple Chip Waffles look! Way to go, mama!

Not only is she checking out my blog on a regular basis, she and her boyfriend, John are also picking up props for me from local antique shops and flea markets. John is also who I turn to when I need wooden boards for my faux tabletops. In return for all of their hard work, I give them cookies… oatmeal cinnamon chip cookies to be exact! My mom also likes to spread the word about my little blog by telling her friends, co-workers and acquaintances.

Last week I received an email from a gal named Jan that heard about my blog through my mom. Jan was on a quest to find a recipe for a snickerdoodle loaf like the one her brother brought her from a Columbus bakery. I had never made a snickerdoodle loaf or cake, so of course this email sent me on a mission to find one. After doing some searching, I came across a recipe on Dozen Flours that looked perfect and I made it the following night.

The cake turned out to be quite a looker…a nice crumb, a beautiful band of cinnamon and sugar running through the center and an amazing cinnamon sugar crust. This crust is what defines this cake as being a member of the snickerdoodle family and is truly the winning component of this cake. This is definitely a dessert that I will make again, it’s simple, gorgeous and delicious…what more could you ask for?

Jan, I hope this recipe comes close to the one your brother brought you from the bakery in Columbus, if not, I’ll keep trying.

Snickerdoodle Cake


2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup white sugar

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup full-fat sour cream, at room temperature


1. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Mix together really well and Preheat oven to 325F. Here's the exact way Julie made the crust: Using a spray product like Pam with Flour, generously spray a 9 inch Bundt pan, being careful to cover all the nooks and crannies, as well as the center tube. (Note: If you don't want to use Pam with Flour, you can just grease the pan with shortening.) Gently dust the entire inside of the pan with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. You should only need about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar, but you want to try and evenly coat the inside surface of the pan, including the tube. Save the remaining sugar and cinnamon mixture and set everything aside.

2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

3. Beat just the butter on medium speed for one full minute. Add the white sugar and mix for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl and blade and add the brown sugar.

4. Mix for 2 minutes until the mixture looks light brown and uniform in color. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each for 1 full minute. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream; beat well.

5. Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup of the cinnamon sugar mixture over top the cake. Spread the rest of the batter into the pan and sprinkle any remaining sugar mixture over the top. (If you run out of cinnamon sugar, you can mix just 1/4 cup of sugar + 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon together for the top of the cake. It should be more than enough.)

6. Bake in the preheated oven for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.

63 Responses to “Snickerdoodle Cake”

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet — February 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    I love me some snickerdoodle cookies, so I’m sure I would love this amazing cake! It looks fantastic.


  2. Maria — February 22, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I need to make a birthday treat for my hubs best friend-he might be getting this:) Looks great!


  3. Becky — February 22, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    This looks really good. I’ve never heard of snickerdoodle cake but I think I’ll have to try this!


  4. :Drooooooool: sounds so yummy!


  5. cindy — February 22, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks for the comments, you are every mother’s wish. I am so proud of you!
    ~ mama xoxo


    • Jamie — February 22, 2010 at 7:15 pm

      Look out world…my mom is posting blog comments on the internet! Woot woot…what’s next, mama?

  6. Nadia @ for the love of yum — February 22, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Looks lovely! That is so cute how your mom is learning how to use the internet. I am sure she was proud to see your blog!


  7. RJ Flamingo — February 22, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Yummy-looking cake! I’m with your mom – you have a terrific blog. :-)


  8. brandy — February 22, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    MMMMMM, that cake is making me hungry. I want to make that now.


  9. JG — February 22, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Your tweet really got my attention. While reading your post, I smiled. I am a mom whose son reads my cooking blog. :) Last week I mentioned to him that now I’m on twitter. It’s fun! That was a surprise.

    Snickerdoodles are one of my family’s two fav cookies. The Snickerdoodle Cake sounds goood. Thanks for the recipe!

    If you want to see what’s cooking in New England, come visit my blog. :)


  10. Jeanne — February 22, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    The crust sounds amazing, and so does the rest of the cake! I love snickerdoodles so this recipe is now on my baking list!


  11. marla {family fresh cooking} — February 22, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    This snickerdoodle cake looks great…it actually looks like it is smiling. A happy cake, I like that! Glad your mom is getting tech saavy!


  12. Danae (The Busty Baker) — February 23, 2010 at 12:17 am

    I made this after I saw it on Ingrid’s 3B’s blog (who got it from Dozen Flours). I absolutely love it!! Glad your mom’s moved up in the tech world! Mine’s still back in the dark ages. But at least she’s figured out how to forward emails finally. There was a time when she would just print them out and snail mail them to me to read. Not even kidding.


  13. Carol — February 23, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Hi Jamie..I just love your blog. I am in Ohio too. My baking addiction has been tempered somewhat by the high cost of propane, which fuels my oven. But I persevere! This recipe looks fantastic and I will definitely try it. I plan on looking through your recipe index too. Do you suppose there is rehab for people like us?


  14. bunkycooks — February 23, 2010 at 9:21 am

    The cake has to be great with brown sugar and cinnamon! Good for your mom getting jiggy with technology! Some of my older friends do not even get on the internet, so they have yet to see my blog. Just don’t let her get on Facebook and start playing those silly games! ;)


  15. Denise @ Creative Kitchen — February 23, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I’ve never heard of snickerdoodle cake, but snickerdoodle cookies are a long time tradition in my family! Can’t wait to try this…I’m bookmarking it.

    I love that your mom has had some internet training and now taking full advantage of our technology. My mom is a full blown techie….knows dreamweaver, html, can design webpages, on facebook, has a blog….but the funny thing is, she doesn’t follow my blog regularly! I know much more about Twitter and blogger than she does. ;)

    Yeah JG – Twitter turned out to be surprisingly fun. Do you use Tweet Deck? It makes it much easier and fun!!


  16. kristan roland — February 23, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Can’t wait to try this!! I love snickerdoodles!!


  17. foodlibrarian — February 23, 2010 at 10:45 am

    This looks fantastic. You know me and loving all things Bundt! :) My mom needs me to come over every 6 months to change the clocks. – mary the food librarian


  18. shelly (cookies and cups) — February 23, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Oh yeah! This is gonna be goood! We love snickerdoodles over here and in cake form? yes please!!


  19. Carol — February 23, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I just had to tell, I made this cake this morning. I did not have enough sour cream (about 1/2 cup) so I used real mayonnaise for the rest. It turned out just wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration.


  20. Tiffany — February 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Snickerdoodles are a fond childhood memory. I am making this FOR my mother.


  21. Allison — February 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! My friend’s bday is coming up and I was wondering what I was going to make her. Since her favorite cookies are snickerdoodles, this is just going to be perfect! =) On another note, I really enjoy your blog! Thanks for all the great recipes!


  22. Zahra — February 23, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    mmm sounds good :) and thats so cute about your mom! my mom is EXACTLY like that! The other day she asked me to make her a “bookface” account! lol


  23. Marinda — February 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Now all your mom needs is RSS feeds for all the cooking/baking blogs and news and gossip and political sites out there. That’s my new thing and boy am I enjoying it.


  24. Katie @ goodLife {eats} — February 23, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    awww your mama is so sweet!!

    This recipe looks delicious! I love bundt cakes and I love snickerdoodles!


  25. ingrid — February 23, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Well, I feel like a dummy! I forgot to update your link. I thought it odd that you went so long without an update!

    That’s so nice of your mom to visit, spread the love, and pick up props for you! I noticed she even commented. :)

    This is a fantastic cake. I made it way back when. Too long ago now that I’ve seen your gorgeous photos.


  26. Jamie Cooks It Up! — February 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I just bought myself a new bundt pan….snicker-doodle cake, here we come. Your photos are spectacular, by the way. Love to read your blog. Thanks for all of your great work!


  27. Jane — February 23, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    This slice of cake looks like it has a smiling face! Two round eyes and a big grin! Or is it just me that noticed that?
    Anyway, it looks yuuuummy! I love anything cinnamon-y. Love this blog too!


    • Jamie — February 23, 2010 at 10:25 pm

      I noticed this when it posted…it’s got a big grin…it’s a happy cake! :)

  28. Kerstin — February 23, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    So pretty – what a great idea to turn snickerdoodle cookies into a cake!


  29. Liz@HoosierHomemade — February 23, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Amazing! I’ve had Snickerdoodle cookies and cupcakes, but never a cake! Thanks for the recipe! My house full of men will love this.
    So sweet to have your Mom commenting!


  30. Mandy (Mandy's Recipe Box) — February 24, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I love snickerdoodles! I must try this cake : )


  31. Katie @ Cozydelicious — February 24, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    This looks just like my grandmother’s sour cream coffee cake recipe – with is awesome! Of course, your pictures make it look much more beautiful than any cake I’ve ever made, though. I can almost smell the cinnamon right now!


  32. Lucy — February 24, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I love snickerdoodles, so would definitely not be able to resist this beauty! The band of cinnamon sugar in the middle sounds divine – what a delicious cake :)


  33. mimi — February 24, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I’m teaching a cooking class every Friday …well I’m actually teaching my daughter and her friend they both 12 :) I think this would be a great recipe and I have to admit I love anything with cinnamon. Wish me luck!!!!
    ps. LOVE your blog


  34. hannah — February 25, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    ohhh, this cake looks terrific. i love that your mom reads your blog! my mom is such an avid reader of mine, it’s cute. :)


  35. this looks delicious!
    and I love wood for a prop!
    Glad to hear your mom is all set up with the latest technology how to :)


  36. pamela — February 26, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    This look so good! I feel like I always leave the same comment on your blog, but really…it looks so good! Gotta try it!


  37. Nicole @ Making Good Choices — February 27, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I am new to your blog and I’m laughing because my mom is technologically inept also. I had to set up exactly what to do for her to read my blog. Now I have to get her to get me props too. haha love that. Your cake looks SO good!


  38. Megan — February 28, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I love snickerdoodle cookies so I was very excited to see this recipe via Foodgawker. I will definitely be adding this to the recipe collection and trying it out soon!


  39. Baking revisited — March 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Hi, as with all the post’ers i enjoy snickerdoodles, although only discovered them earlier this year, (being a Brit) so thought this cake sounded delicious. I tried it although i made two smaller cakes rather than one larger one (appears to freeze well). Plus points, beautifully moist yet light sponge with the expectedly super cinnamon sugar crunch outer. Down side, or rather what went wrong, the sugary bit through the middle never materialised. The sugar melted and drained down to the bottom, so the cake had a rather, albeit super tasting, crispy bottom. Not sure what went wrong, the taste was still great and it didn’t last very long either, just not quite the visual delight i was hoping for. :-(


  40. Teanna — March 1, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Do you know that your cake looks like it is smiling?? I would be smiling, too, if I were that cake!


  41. Katie — March 3, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Oh this sounds wonderful. Longing to try it


  42. Kirstin — March 6, 2010 at 10:02 am

    My mom does the same thing! She’s even got a twitter and all that!


  43. Jamie — March 7, 2010 at 2:38 am

    OMG!! Amazing cake. I made it this evening and my husband was begging to lick the left over crust out of the pan. Amazing!! Thank you so much for the step by step instructions and the inspiration.


  44. Lisa — March 7, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Oh! My!! Goodness!!! This cake is amazing. I made it last night for our church picnic this morning and (I know this isn’t very church-like, but….), I was hoping no one would like it so I could take it home and eat it by myself. All of it. It’s awesome!!!! It’s going in to the “keeper” file. Thank you.



  45. Mary — March 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    This is one of the best cakes! I love it! My boys all love it! I can’t wait to make it again!


  46. Liz — June 18, 2010 at 12:44 am

    i just made these into cupcakes!! i dont own a bundt ban and my friend suggested cupcakes!!! DELICIOUS!! just make sure to put the cinnamon filling only in the middle and the batter touches around the edges.. otherwise they fall apart :(

    GREAT RECIPE!! Love love love your blog (and so do my friends who reap the benefits!!!)


  47. Erin @ CelticHeart Designs — July 15, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I think I’m gonna make that tomorrow for breakfast!


  48. Rachel — July 27, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Dear Jamie,
    I stumbled across your blog a month ago or so and have been in love ever since. I am enrolled in a club called 4H (if you’ve heard of it) and this is my 10th year in the club. Usually we have to make fresh yeast bread or oatmeal cookies, but this year they expanded our options to cakes. We could bring in only 1 layer of cake without icing, so I got creative knowing I needed to find a knockout cake without icing. This cake especially caught my eye. So after sewing my 4H dress until 3:30 AM, I arose at 6:30 to bake this cake and get it judged on time. The judges love it and after deliberating, my cake won! I will be baking another and bringing it to Springfield, IL on August 16th. I will be sure to keep you updated. Thank you so much for providing this recipe to the public and giving this 16 year old many recipes to make over her summer.
    Rachel Stark


  49. Carolyn — November 14, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Your cake has a big smile and a wink, did you notice? I’m going to try this recipe tomorrow for National Bundt Day!


    • caro — October 8, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      haha, “that cake is smiling at me!” was the very first thing i thought when i saw the picture for this post!


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