Orange Cinnamon Roll Cake

This cake is the perfect answer when your kids ask “mom can you make cinnamon rolls?” and you just don’t have the time or energy to make them–this morning.  It is SOOOO good and easy to throw together.  I first tried it when some friends brought it over to our house for a get together, and when I asked for the recipe, they told me that they had seen it on JamieCooksItUp The original recipe doesn’t have orange in it, but when I went to make the cake one weekend morning, I had a ton of oranges and decided to add some orange flavor to it.  It is amazing both ways, so I’ll include directions for both.

Orange Cinnamon Roll Cake
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3 cups Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
4 teaspoons Baking Powder
2 Eggs
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1 1/2 cups Milk
1/2 cup Butter, melted

Cinnamon Filling:
1 cup Butter, softened
1 cup Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Flour
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
2-3 teaspoons Orange Zest **

4 Tablespoons Orange Juice **
1-2 Tablespoons Butter, melted
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Grated Orange Zest, to taste
2 cups Powdered Sugar

**To make a Cinnamon Roll Cake without the orange flavor, omit the orange zest from the filling.  In the glaze, use milk, half and half, and/or some cream cheese in place of the orange juice.

Preheat Oven to 350.
1. In an electric or stand mixer mix the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs and vanilla. Once combined well, slowly stir in melted butter. Pour batter into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan.

2. In a large bowl, mix the 2 sticks of softened butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and orange zest until well combined. Drop evenly over cake batter by the tablespoonfuls and use a knife to marble/swirl through the cake.
3. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out nearly clean from center.

4. Place powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in a large bowl. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle over warm cake.

Serve warm or at room temperature. YUM!!!

Recipe Source: Adapted from Jamie Cooks It Up


  1. Hi, Amy! Just a quick note to say that this is my favourite cake! I would give 15 out of ten to your Coca-Cola Cake and 50 out of ten for your Caramel Sheet Cake, but this one is unforgetable! I used to bake 5 cakes every week for years, I did quite liked them, but not my kids. You can’t fool them. Now they actually like your cakes I make. I am cool mum now, after 13 years! Thanks Amy.

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