Cinnamon Breakfast Cake

Let’s have cake for breakfast with this Cinnamon Breakfast Cake!

slices of Cinnamon Breakfast Cake topped with a simple glaze

Some mornings before school, my mother would serve me cake for breakfast. I don’t mean coffee cake or some other lightly sweet cake that might possibly be considered a morning treat. No, I mean straight up cake. Frosting and everything.

This Cinnamon Breakfast Cake, however, is actually meant to be served as a special breakfast treat or as a sweet way to wrap up a weekend brunch. It has just the right amount of sweetness and a lovely, delicious swirl of cinnamon running through it to make it a fantastic morning meal treat for a holiday, special occasion, or just because.

This Cinnamon Breakfast Cake is a terrific sweet treat for a special breakfast or brunch! - Bake or Break #cake #breakfast #cinnamon

If you’re on the fence about ingesting the occasional slice of cake in the morning, just think about how this cake is quite muffin-like in flavor and texture. You just skip the part where you portion and make individual muffins. That alone should help you justify having cake for breakfast. If you’re still not quite sure, one bite is sure to change your mind!

Of course, all this cake-for-breakfast talk doesn’t mean this isn’t a perfectly lovely cake to serve for dessert. It’s not over-the-top sweet, so it would definitely be a great candidate for a simple dessert. Or how about an afternoon snack? Just imagine a slice of this with your tea or coffee break. Basically, this is an all-day-long cake, and that makes me love it even more.

Whether you’re considering this cake for breakfast, for snacking, or for dessert, I think you’ll love how it celebrates simple flavors in an easy-to-make cake. It’s just the kind of recipe you’re likely to find yourself making again and again!

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Cinnamon Breakfast Cake

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

Prep Time:25 minutes

Cook Time:50 minutes

This Cinnamon Breakfast Cake is a terrific sweet treat for a special breakfast or brunch!


For the cake:

  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups (240g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 & 1/4 cups (250g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (237ml) buttermilk

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup (110g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


To make the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease a 10-cup Bundt pan.
  2. Stir together the pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, mix the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until thoroughly combined.
  5. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add the flour mixture in three portions, alternating with two portions of buttermilk. Mix just until combined.
  6. Scoop about a third of the batter to the prepared pan. Sprinkle the pecan mixture evenly over the batter. Scoop the remaining batter over the pecan mixture.
  7. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan 15 minutes. Then transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the glaze:

  1. Stir together the confectioners’ sugar, 1 tablespoon buttermilk, butter, and vanilla until smooth. If necessary, add the remaining buttermilk, about a teaspoon at a time, until the glaze is the desired consistency.
  2. Pour or spoon the glaze over the cooled cake.

Recipe inspired by Southern Living and MyRecipes.

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