Posted by: Rachel | July 16, 2011

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cake

Some treats are made as thank-yous.  Some are thinking-of-yous.  Some are because I just got bored and couldn’t think of anything better to spend time doing.  Some are rainy day projects.  And still more, like the making of this cake, are I’m-sorry treats.

delectable swirled cake

Photo by the Homemade Chocolatier

My coworkers and I earned the contempt of another coworker’s roommates.  I felt so terrible, because who enjoys being disliked and, even worse, hated?  I certainly don’t and acted on all my coworkers’ behalf and made this cake for the roommates.  Even if they don’t adore us now, at least they don’t despise us anymore.

ingredients and empty bowl

Photo by the (straying) Homemade Chocolatier

This cake is full of brown sugar and cinnamon.  The cake is solid but moist, not flaky but just thick with cakey goodness.  One of my coworkers deemed this “a giant cinnamon roll in cake form,” and then people requested I bring it to work.  Done deal.

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cake

from a family friend, Susan


1 box of  your favorite brand of cake mix

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup sugar

4 eggs

8 oz sour cream (about 1 cup)

1 cup brown sugar

4 tsp cinnamon

For icing:

1/3 box powdered sugar

4 tbs melted butter+water


Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix cake mix, oil and sugar until smooth.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined.  Mix in sour cream.

Pour cake into a 9×13 greased pan.  Mix together cinnamon and brown sugar then spread over top.  Swirl the brown sugar+cinnamon into the cake with a knife or fork, incorporating the sugar so it’s not loose on top.

swirling topping into cake

Photo by the Homemade Chocolatier

Bake at 300 degrees for 45-60 min.

For the icing:

Mix powdered sugar and melted butter and adding water (if needed) until icing reaches desired consistency.  Adorn the top of the cake with this cinnamon roll-esque finish.  Consume with forks, fingers or any other way you deem appropriate to get this cake into your mouth.



  1. looks delicious!


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