Daddy’s a Good Cooker: Cinnamon Roll Cake

I’ve never been much of a cook, as my kids could attest. A couple years ago while my wife was pregnant with our 4th child, she was on bedrest with a very strict diet due to a diagnosis of gestational diabetes. One evening she was craving pizza, so I found a low carb cauliflower pizza recipe and attempted to make it. Unfortunately, it turned out terrible. My young 3-year-old daughter at the time told me:

“Daddy, you’re not a very good cooker.” 😂

Out of the mouth of babes! And my two young sons agreed with her. Dad’s cooking isn’t desirable. So from that moment on, I decided to prove myself competent in the kitchen. Over the past couple of years I’ve mastered several recipes that I wish to share in this new blog series “Daddy’s a Good Cooker”!

This morning is my oldest son’s birthday, and he asked my wife to make him Cinnamon Roll Cake for breakfast. She always considers this recipe to be a cop-out because there’s much more effort that she puts into when she makes us actual cinnamon rolls from scratch… but I agree with our kids. This one is a family favorite!

Unfortunately however, she was up really late last night trying to be Super Mom by setting up his birthday decorations and making a birthday cake from scratch… that when I got up to feed the cow and let out the chickens, I decided she deserved to sleep in and I would try my hand at this recipe.

It turned out great! The kids loved it, and now you can enjoy it with us too:

Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe


3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup of sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup melted butter

1/4 cup butter melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9x 13 pan with non stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix everything together for the ingredients of the cake.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  4. For the topping, mix all of the ingredients well in a small bowl.
  5. Drop spoonfuls of topping on the batter and then swirl it with a knife.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
  7. Drizzle glaze over warm cake. (You can reduce the glaze and the cake would still be yummy.)

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