Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake

My husband’s favorite food combination is apple and cinnamon, and if something is made with that combination of flavors, he is almost guaranteed to like it, although I am very lucky that he is not a picky eater at all, and really enjoys eating most things.  While he was still in bed, I got up early and made him an apple cinnamon roll cake, which was ready for him to eat as breakfast once he got up. he loved it, just as i knew he would.  The combination of apples and cinnamon is just a magical combination, and is perfect for both the fall and the holidays in general, at any time of the day.

This cake looks and taste just like a big, giant cinnamon roll, but it is actually considered a cake.


Everything you need to make this delicious apple cinnamon roll cake.


Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake

Make the apple filling first, then set aside.

3 large apples, peeled and sliced thin (if you want some more color, use different types of apples and keep the peel on)

2 TBSP butter

1/4 cup sugar

1 TBSP cinnamon


Cook all the ingredients together in a large skillet, over a low -medium heat,  for about 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the apples are soft and tender.



Once the apples are done, it is time to start making the dough.

Preheat the oven to 350* F


Cinnamon Dough

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 TBSP sugar

5 TBSP butter, melted

1 cup buttermilk (I buy the powdered buttermilk and make it with regular milk)


Sift all the dry ingredients together and mix well.  Add you buttermilk and half the butter, and mix until everything is just incorporated.  You will have a very soft, sticky dough.  DO NOT over mix, or your dough will be very tough.  Once everything is mixed, scrape the dough out of the mixing bowl and onto a well-floured working surface, and knead the flour into the dough.



Cinnamon-Sugar Filling

1/2 cup sugar

2 TBSP cinnamon


Mix well.

Once you have kneaded the dough, form it into a rectangle and roll with a rolling pin until the dough is about 1/4 ” thick, and about 12×16 in size.  Then brush the rest of the melted butter over the entire rectangle of dough and add the cinnamon-sugar filling, making sure to spread it entirely over the dough.  Cut the dough into thin strips, about 1-1 1/2′ thick.


Spray cooking spray in either a pie pan or a 9″ cake pan.  I used my 9″ spring form cake pan.  Start with one strip and loosely roll it in the shape of a cinnamon roll.  Place it directly in the middle of the baking pan.  Line the outside of the roll with apple slices, then add another layer of cinnamon dough, and repeat until the pan is filled.



Bake for about 45-55 minutes or until the cake is evenly browned and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Let the cake cool for a few minutes, then make the glaze and lightly drizzle it over the cake.

The Glaze

2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

1/4 milk

1/4 tsp vanilla


Whisk everything together until it is all well incorporated and a thick liquid.  Drizzle it over the top of the cake, and serve immediately.



Refrigerate the leftover cake and glaze, until you are ready to have some more,for the next serving.  Enjoy!









Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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