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Cinnamon Crown Cake

Cinnamon Crown Cake on a pewter serving plate

With even just a short amount of time looking through recipes here on BoB, you’ll see that I have a soft spot for Bundt cakes. I like that they are usually self-contained sweet satisfaction. There’s no icing to toil with making or spreading. Mix it, bake it, and eat it. That is simplicity at its finest.

This Cinnamon Crown Cake is such a wonderful cake that I’ve been making for years. It’s a bit of an odd cake in how it’s mixed. After the batter is mixed, half of it is transferred to the pan. The rest is augmented with a sweet, nutty, oat-y, cinnamon-y addition and then spooned over the batter in the pan. The end result is a lovely, moist cake with a tunnel of fantastic flavor running through it.

slice of Cinnamon Crown Cake on a pewter plate

One of my main baking tips is to gather all of your ingredients before you start baking, and doing so will help you greatly when making this cake. Having everything measured and ready to go will help you speed right along when mixing, dividing, and mixing again.

Speaking of dividing, you don’t have to be overly precise about dividing the batter in half. You can use the eyeball test to do that. Or if you have a kitchen scale, that will make it easier. Just know how much your empty mixing bowl weighs before you get started so you can figure out how much batter to remove initially.

slices of Cinnamon Crown Cake

Despite the extra addition of ingredients to half of the batter, there aren’t many recipes much easier than this one. The added bonus is that the appearance of it makes it seem much more difficult than it really is. I think you’ll find that it is wonderfully moist and just sweet enough not to feel heavy.

This is the the kind of cake that can be enjoyed pretty much any time of day. Need a sweet treat for brunch? Totally works. Want a cake for coffee time or just for a snack? Yep. How about a simple dessert? Absolutely. I’m sure many of you would agree with me that a cake that versatile is a definite winner.

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Cinnamon Crown Cake

Yield 12-16 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Cinnamon Crown Cake is a wonderfully delicious cake with a tunnel of sweet, nutty, cinnamon goodness running through it. A great anytime cake!

Cinnamon Crown Cake on a pewter serving plate


  • 3 cups (360g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (236ml) milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (about 60g) chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup (50g) quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup (100g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (127g) applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Generously grease a 12-cup Bundt pan and set aside. (I recommend a baking spray with flour.)
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the milk, eggs, and vanilla, and mix well.
  4. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined.
  5. Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Stir the remaining ingredients into the remaining batter. Spoon over the batter in the pan without mixing the two batters.
  7. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Then invert the cake onto a serving plate.


Recipe slightly adapted from NordicWare.

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    27 Comments on “Cinnamon Crown Cake”

  1. National Bundt Day, and I missed it?! Oh, sad! The good news is I can live vicariously through your experience baking this yummy looking cake…

  2. Wow, this sounds great! Cinnamon is such a nice comforting seasonal spice, and I love cakes that aren’t too sweet. There’s nothing more decadent than cake for breakfast!

  3. I love bundt cakes – a piece with a cup of coffee is the ultimate breakfast or snack. And that’s a BEAUTIFUL picture, too!

  4. I am bummed I missed nation bundt day. I saw that is was on Martha, but never got around to baking.
    Cinnamon is a great flavor for a bundt.

  5. Oh I love bundt cakes. Too bad I missed it! Your bundt looks yummy!

  6. I made this for Christmas morning brunch. Very moist and good!

  7. Thanks, everyone, for the compliments!

  8. Well, I saw this and had to try. It’s the first recipe in my new bundt pan. It came out pretty, can’t wait to try it

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  11. This looks delicious! Can I make it in a mini bundt pan or a cupcake pan?

  12. Don’t have applesauce so what can be used as a good substitute?

  13. Jennifer, I love bundt cakes and your recipe looks amazing. I will give it a go this weekend! You probably have seen or heard about the company in Racine, Wisconsin who specializes in Danish pastries. They have a wonderful cake called the Danish Crown Cake. I am particularly interested in learning how to make their crown cake with sour cream swirled with brown sugar and walnuts. If you have seen this, the company is called O H Danish Bakery, or know where I can get a detailed recipe for this, I would love it! I do all the cooking and baking at my house and love to bake a lot around the holidays, and this would be perfect! Thank you for your website!

  14. I do not have a Bundt pan. Would a springform pan work? This recipes sounds so amazing good and cannot wait to try the cake! Thank you in advance!

    • Hi, Mary. If you don’t have a Bundt pan, my first suggestion would be to use two standard loaf pans. Otherwise, you can theoretically use any cake pan with a similar volume. Just keep in mind that the baking time will likely need to be adjusted due to differences in the thickness of the cake.

  15. Hi Jen. Will this cake work with just a1/2 cup of sugar?? Maybe???

  16. Ok, I just made this cake. Oh my goodness, it is soooo good. And easy to make too. I love a good bundt cake. Shared with a few neighbours and everyone raved about it. I have also shared a picture on IG. (I did tag you too.) Your recipes just never disappoint. Thank you for all the sharing you do.

  17. Please give the recipe of the Apple sauce to be used

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