Cinnamon Synonymous with Savvy

I noticed a few weeks back that I had a bunch of pantry items that I haven’t used in a while like the 1lb bag of confectioner’s sugar I bought to make royal icing for Star Wars gingerbread cookies (cookies were made, frosting was not). So I made it my goal to use everything I could before I move out of my apartment in May.

Surprisingly, I didn’t have chocolate chips around to make cookies so I settled on what I had the most of: cinnamon. It was also my birthday recently so cake was on my mind. Put those two together and you have a cinnamon cake. Boom. A savvy way to use up ingredients just hangin’ around.

Oh, so if you didn’t know, there are many conversations happening around the “realness” of mass produced cinnamon. I enjoy observing these conversations the way one shamelessly delights in watching reality television. Pass the cake please! We’ll be here for a while.

I didn’t swirl the cinnamon/sugar filling and it basically made two disjointed layers of cake. Still delicious though!

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

  • 2 medium to large mixing bowls, hand mixer, bundt pan

For the cake:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups unsalted butter, softened (1.5 sticks, must be softened not melted)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup milk

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp milk

How to make it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease and lightly flour the bundt pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat in the butter until crumbly. Add the eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and milk. Mix until well incorporated.
  3. In the other mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon using a fork to mix. Set aside.
  4. Pour half of the batter into the bundt pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar/cinnamon filling evenly around the pan. I recommend taking a thin utensil like a chopstick to gently swirl. Pour the remaining half of the batter on top so that the filling is covered.
  5. Bake for 55-60 minutes until browned and cook through. While the cake is baking, whisk the confectioner’s sugar, cinnamon and 1 tbsp of milk in the bowl the filling was in. Add 1 more tbsp of milk for a smoother consistency. Add a little more milk if needed. Set aside.
  6. When the cake is done, allow to cool in  the pan for 20 minutes. Flip onto a plate to cool completely. Remove cake from pan. Drizzle the icing over the bundt cake. Enjoy!


Author: 2birds1scone

My name is Shayla and I talk about food. A lot. I live in Brooklyn, NY where I work as a data nerd in the startup world. As much as I wish I could say I've been a healthy vegetarian for the past 8 years, I can't. I started off as many veg's do: eating primarily processed soy products, pasta, and pizza. I also brought meat back into my diet when I started a job in catering. When I realized that cutting out meat didn't make me feel any better and I was still gaining weight, I decided I needed to make some major changes. I started experimenting and researching; I found that the fresher the food was, the more I enjoyed it. I believe we are what we eat. How we feel and what we eat is so profoundly interconnected. It's impossible to exclude factors like diet and lifestyle when you are trying feel better overall. I understand how difficult eating (or just finding) healthy food can be which brings me to this blog. I aspire to help people make healthy living easier. 2birds1scone is a place for suggestions, inspiration and shared information. It's about bringing healthier perspectives to every part of your life. Please feel free to submit your thoughts and recipes! Namaste. "One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well." -Terry Walters

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