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Easy Cinnamon Cake


One of my friends at work shared this easy peasy recipe with me. She said it was perfect when you needed a dessert but didn’t have much time to make one.

Cinnamon Cake

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease a 9 x 13 pan.

Add cake mix, eggs, oil, vanilla, and sour cream to a bowl and mix well for about 2 minutes.

Pour batter into greased pan.

Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together. Sprinkle mixture evenly over cake batter. Use a case knife to swirl the cinnamon/sugar mixture through the cake.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or till done.

Cool cake for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Mix together powdered sugar and milk and pour over cake.

Enjoy! So good with a glass of cold milk. I’m sure it would be equally good with a cup of hot coffee.


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    April 14, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Everyone in my family loved this yummy cake!

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    July 6, 2018 at 8:15 am

    This is delicious! Thank you to you (and your friend!) for sharing the recipe 😉

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    May 7, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    I’ve been trying to increase my cinnamon, turmeric, and celery seed consumption to reduce various inflammatory conditions – if the sugar and the flour in the ingredients don’t interfere too much, maybe this would be a good way to get more cinnamon. – I know wishful thinking –
    By the way, if you don’t have a cake mix, try a scratch recipe such as 2 1/2 cup cake flour, 1 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 3/4 tsp salt, 1 3/4 cup sugar, maybe1/2 stick butter and a little buttermilk, then use the other ingredients (eggs on down) – I haven’t tried it, but it should work – all you’ll miss is the preservatives in the mix! Maybe you have a scratch recipe you like – just use the dry ingredients for the cake and go from there.

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    b. Ruth
    May 7, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    I would want to chop up a cup of pecans and add to the cinnamon and brown sugar mix; maybe,then go easy on the powered sugar icing…that is unless, I decided to add some margarine, melted, then the powdered sugar, then the milk to the right consistency….especially if I was thinking it needed more calories to round it up to ten gazillion…lol

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      b. Ruth
      May 7, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      Forgot to say….Thanks for the recipe…I’ve already looked…I have one yellow cake mix, left over from a cake box sale…need to use soon…but No eggs…No sour cream…No light brown sugar only dark…And a smidgeon of powdered sugar…Lots of pecans in the freezer…Still going to try this recipe….

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    May 7, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    I was listening to our Christian Radio Station today and just before Donna Lynn went off the air, she played the Pressley Girls “Where the Soul of Man Never Dies”. Earlier I heard “Cabin by the Side of the Road”, by Ray and Pap. I didn’t even have to call in for a Request. …Ken

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    May 7, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    That cake looks so good and I’ve got all the items except a box of yellow cake mix. I’ll pick up a box soon as I get to Ingles. There ain’t no grocery store other than the one mentioned in our town. We need more to create competition again.

    Folks in North Carolina should get to the polls tomorrow and vote. …Ken

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    Papaw Ammons
    May 7, 2018 at 8:30 am

    If you used skim milk in the drizzle could you call it low calorie?

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      b. Ruth
      May 7, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      Nice try……

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      April 6, 2022 at 7:47 pm

      Just drink a diet soda with it to cancel out all of the calories.

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    Gayle Larson
    May 7, 2018 at 7:55 am

    I used to make this cake years ago and had forgotten how good it is. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Leon Estes
    May 7, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Wal. I’m from Missouri. I guess I will have to mix this up and try it out!

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    Ron Stephens
    May 7, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Anytime cinnamon and brown sugar get mentioned I tend to notice. Sounds like a good muffin recipe to. I would want to involve some apples somehow. Sure one tablespoon of cinnamon is enough?

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    Miss Cindy
    May 7, 2018 at 7:19 am

    Sounds wonderful and it’s got plenty of sugar to sooth the soul!

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