Cake Mix Cinnamon Coffee Cake

I whipped up this Cake Mix Cinnamon Coffee Cake in a matter of minutes for my family last week! It’s the perfect reason to invite a friend over for a visit or to take to your next Church Pot Luck! It melts-in-your-mouth it’s so moist, with hints of swirled cinnamon streusel, and vanilla icing drizzle.

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Round Bundt Cake with slices leaning on cinnamon coffee cake drizzled with vanilla icing.

Cake Mix Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Years ago my mother-in-law dropped by with a cinnamon bundt cake. Mars…who isn’t much of a “cake” eater…ate a slice. Then he ate another, and another! Who knew that cinnamon coffee cake would be the “it” dessert?

I sat there looking very skeptical. What was up? This man doesn’t really eat sweets! Let alone cake! Within mere minutes, he preformed a magic trick. He made that cake disappear! (He did David Copperfield Proud!) 

He kept asking if I could replicate that Cinnamon Coffee Cake! Well…sure I could!  I’d need a new bundt pan of course! (I use whatever excuse I can to get a new cookware friends! lol Did I really need a new bundt pan? NO! I wanted one. There’s a difference! lol) I actually ended up buying an angle cake pan. I love it!

After a couple tries in my “New” Bundt Pan…I hit the nail on the head!

This Cake Mix Cinnamon Coffee Cake is even better than the original. It’s SO moist it melts-in-your-mouth and brings a smile to your face, and a skip to your step! I double dog dare you to just eat one slice of this heavenly Coffee Cake. You will love how easy this cake is to make!

Let’s get started!

How to Prepare Cake Mix Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Preheat oven to 325°. Prepare a bundt pan, or angel food cake pan, with non-stick baking spray with flour.

In your mixer mixing bowl combine 1 Duncan Hines French Vanilla Cake Mix. (We’ve discussed my love of Duncan Hines before! It’s simply the BEST!) Add a 3.4 oz box of instant french vanilla pudding, 1 cup sour cream, 3/4 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup of warm water, 4 eggs, and 1 teaspoon imitation butter flavoring.

Mix on low-speed for 1 minute. Increase speed and mix for an additional 3-4 minutes until smooth.

Mixing bowl filled with cake ingredients

In a separate bowl mix together 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar, 2 teaspoons sugar, and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. (Keep your fingers out of the cinnamon topping! It’s so tempting to lick your finger and steal a bit! Don’t ask how I know!)

Bowl with brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon for filling

Pour half  the cake batter into prepared bundt pan.

Sprinkle cinnamon filling over top of cake batter. Make sure to spread it evenly over the entire center of the cake.

Bundt Pan filled with half of cake batter and topped with cinnamon filling

Top with remaining cake batter. Use a spatula to gently spread it over the top of the cinnamon filling.

Second half of cake batter spread over cinnamon filling

In another separate bowl mix together 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Slowly add 1 Tablespoon melted butter. Mix together with a small whisk or fork until small pea sized crumble forms.

Streusel topping ingredients in a bowl

You can use your hands to get in there and really crumble up that streusel. Ya may want to yodel while you’re at it! Jump into your roll as streusel maker! Go after it with gusto! (I can hear “little old lady who” in kitchens all over the world! lol) 

Bowl with pea size streusel crumb mixture

Sprinkle HALF of the streusel mixture on top of the cake. (See my tips below for the reason we are doing this!) Reserve the other half and set aside for later.

Place cake in center of preheated oven. Bake for 50-55 minutes.

Half way through bake time carefully slide cake out, on oven rack, and sprinkle with remaining half of streusel mixture. Continue baking until cake springs back when gently pressed.

Cake Mix Batter in Bundt pan with cinnamon streusel topping on top.

Remove cake from oven and allow to cool completely.

While cake is cooking mix together 1/2 cup powder sugar and 1/2 Tablespoon milk with a splash of vanilla. Mix until smooth and creamy.

Remove cake from pan. I used an angle food cake pan that did NOT have a removable bottom, (it’s okay for you to think I’m stupid at this point…I know I was!)  Place a plate over the top of the cake pan , invert the cake top carefully onto the plate, then place your cake plate against the bottom and invert it again.

It was my way of honoring the Winter Olympics with a double invert with a twist! (Going for GOLD my friends!) It was executed perfectly! Even though it may not have been my brightest idea…it worked beautifully and I love how this cake looks baked in that pan!

Full Cake Mix Cinnamon Bundt Cake on cake stand with vanilla glaze icing drizzle.

Drizzle the cake with the creamy vanilla icing. Don’t go to heavy with the icing. Just enough to add a subtle hint of flavor.

Tips for Making Cake Mix Cinnamon Coffee Cake

  • Mix cinnamon filling and Streusel topping before hand. It will make prep a breeze.
  • Spray your baking pan with a non-stick baking spray with flour
  • Cake batter is extremely thick! Use a rubber spatula to spread cake batter.
  • Use your hands to mix streusel topping to create the perfect pea size crumb.
  • Sprinkle only HALF of streusel on top of cake before baking. It will sink into the cake during baking. That’s okay! We want that center swirl created when this happens. Sprinkle remainder of streusel half way through baking. This will stay on top of the cake and create the perfect light crumb topping.
  • Store in an air tight container or cake plate with dome top to keep cake fresh and moist.
  • Call a Friend to come over and join you!Round Bundt Cake with slices leaning on cinnamon coffee cake drizzled with vanilla icing.

Isn’t that a pretty slice of coffee cake?

The cinnamon swirl is so gentle and luscious in this cake. The streusel isn’t over powering. The light drizzle of vanilla icing is delicate, yet adds just the right amount of flavor to this moist delectable cake.

Slice of Cake Mix Cinnamon Coffee Cake on pretty polka dot plate with flowers.

This is the perfect Cinnamon Coffee Cake to invite a friend over for a slice, or two, and a cup of your favorite hot beverage! Remember the days when friends and neighbors visited each other? It was the “perfect” time out for every Mom out there and helped us get through the days a little easier!

Maybe we should rename it “Visit Cake”! I think we could all use a lot more Coffee Cake and Visits with friends!

If you enjoyed this recipe you might like these other Breakfast Cake Recipes

The printable recipe is below. Thanks so much for stopping by my Nest for Coffee Cake and a Visit! Hope to see ya again…real soon!

Happy Nesting My Friends!

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Yield: 12 servings

Cake Mix Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Cake Mix Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Melt-in-your-mouth moist french vanilla cake swirled with cinnamon and topped with a light cinnamon streusel and topped with a vanilla icing glaze is the perfect Coffee Cake. Share it with a friend.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 French Vanilla Cake Mix (or yellow cake mix)
  • 1 - 3/4 oz. package of instant french vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon imitation butter flavoring

Cinnamon Filling

  • 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Streusel Topping

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 - 1 1/2 Tablespoon melted butter

Vanilla Icing

  • 1/2 cup powder sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Milk
  • Splash vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Prepare bundt pan by spraying with non-stick baking spray with flour.
  2. In the mixing bowl of your mixer, add cake mix, pudding mix, 1/4 cup warm water, 1 Cup Sour Cream, 4 eggs, 3/4 cup of vegetable oil, and 1 teaspoon of imitation butter flavoring. Mix on low speed for 1 minute. Increase speed to medium and mix for 3-4 minutes until batter is creamy and smooth.
  3. Spread half of cake batter in bottom of prepared bundt pan.
  4. In a small bowl mix together all the cinnamon filling ingredients.
  5. Sprinkle with Cinnamon Filling mixture making sure to spread it evenly.
  6. Top with remaining cake batter. Use a spatula to spread evenly.
  7. In another small bowl mix together dry streusel ingredients. Slowly add melted butter. Use hands to form small pea size crumble.
  8. Sprinkle top of cake with half of streusel mixture. Reserve remaining half and set aside.
  9. Place cake in center of rack in the middle of the oven.
  10. Bake for 50-55 minutes. Half way through baking, carefully slide out oven rack with cake and sprinkle with remaining streusel. Continue baking until when you touch center of cake it springs back.
  11. Remove cake from oven and cool completely.
  12. In a small bowl mix together vanilla glaze ingredients. Mix until smooth. Remove cake from pan. Drizzle with vanilla icing.
  13. Slice and serve.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice of cake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 482 Total Fat: 23g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 16g Cholesterol: 82mg Sodium: 413mg Carbohydrates: 64g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 44g Protein: 5g
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  1. Deb | 17th Mar 18

    I love cake mix recipes and your Cake Mix Cinnamon Coffee Cake looks so delicious and moist! I’m looking forward to trying it! Congratulations on your new little granddaughter, Norine!! I have two grandsons and I know how very special and precious grandchildren are!! ☺

    • | 19th Mar 18

      Hi Deb!
      Being a Grandma is awesome! Two grandson’s sounds wonderful! We have all girls! Thank you for stopping by and sharing with me. I hope you have a Great Week and enjoy those grandchildren. I know you do.
      Happy Nesting!

  2. Susan the Farm Quilter | 17th Mar 18

    This looks delicious!! The reason ladies stopped coming over for coffee and coffee cake is that they all went to work! Hard to have a coffee klatch when you are the only one on the block who doesn’t have to work but gets to stay home with the kids!

    • | 19th Mar 18

      Hi Susan!
      So true! I’m so grateful I was one of the lucky ones who got to stay home with my kiddos while they were growing up. I love that my kids are trying to do the same. It’s not easy in this day and age. Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me!
      Happy Nesting!

  3. Pat | 8th Aug 18

    Love this recipe. I made it and got so many compliements for it and asked for the recipe. It is so moist. Very good.

    • | 8th Aug 18

      Hi Pat!
      Thank you so much for taking the time to share with me. I love hearing when a recipe is a success. This is my husbands favorite “treat” cake! I’m so glad you and your friends enjoyed it! I hope you have a GREAT week!
      Happy Nesting!

  4. Dawn Calvert | 23rd Sep 18

    Hello Norine, I was wondering if I could use 9×13 pan instead of bundt pan? Thanks.

    • | 26th Sep 18

      Hi Dawn!
      So sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. My house has been torn apart for some changes and I’ve gotten behind. Yes you can use a 9 x 13 pan and it will turn out beautifully.
      Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting and again I’m so sorry for the delayed response.
      Have a GREAT week!

  5. Nalisha Cotter | 12th Oct 18

    I made this for for the office to celebrate my boss’s birthday. It was delicious! Everyone enjoyed it and asked for the recipe.

    • | 12th Oct 18

      Hi Nalisha!
      I’m SO happy to hear that it was a hit! This is one of my husbands favorite cakes! It’s dangerous to have around here…cause I love it too. Thanks for taking the time to share with me. I love hearing from friends who try my recipes. It truly makes my day! Have a GREAT weekend!
      Happy Nesting!

  6. Anne-Marie | 1st Dec 18

    The instructions omitted the cooking oil.

    • | 1st Dec 18

      Hi Anne-Marie,
      Not sure what “oil” you are referring to? This recipe does not contain cooking oil. The actual dough has no oil in it and the cinnamon filling has melted butter. I do spray my bowl with non-stick cooking spray and the 9 x 13 baking dish? Could you be more specific what oil you are referring to? I’d like to help I’m just not sure what you are referencing. Thank you for stopping by!

  7. The Better Baker | 11th Dec 18

    I am SO making this soon!!! Love anything with cake everything of yours! Mmmmm!! XO

    • | 11th Dec 18

      Hi Marsha!
      I love recipes with cake mixes too. You will absolutely love this cake. Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me. I always LOVE hearing from you my friend. Have a Merry Christmas.
      Love & Hugs~

  8. Carlee | 4th Jan 19

    Streusel is so delicious! This looks like such a fabulous way to start the day, let me get my coffee ready and I’m coming after a slice!

  9. Barbara | 29th Jan 19

    Vegetable oil in your recipe. Read your instructions carefully!

    • | 29th Jan 19

      Hi Barbara!
      Could you please be a little more specific? I mention within the post that the recipe calls for 3/4 cup of Vegetable Oil and I also mention it again in the recipe card. So I’m not sure what I missed and what I need to read more carefully. Can you please specifically give me the mistake I’ve made…because I have proof read this recipe multiple times, but I could be missing it every time.

  10. Burbara | 31st Jan 19

    Followed the instructions just below the recipe and makes no mention about adding the oil!

    • | 31st Jan 19

      Barbara Thank You SO much! I looked and looked and couldn’t find where I missed it! I apologize for not catching that mistake. I’ve fixed it now. I honestly do proof read multiple times before I post a recipe…but it always astounds me how my eyes can miss the same thing over and over again. I need new eyes! I sincerely appreciate you calling it to my attention!
      I hope you have a great day and I didn’t ruin your cake!

  11. Marge Hauss | 16th Feb 19

    I’ve made this cake seven times already my husband does not like cake but devours this one it is marvelous I do put some crushed walnuts in the arm filling in the middle along with the arm sugar and cinnamon mixture thank you so much

    • | 16th Feb 19

      Hi Marge!
      Thanks so much for taking the time to share this with me. I love when friends write and let me know that a recipe I’ve shared has become a favorite. My husband LOVES this cake too. It must be a “guy” thing. He isn’t too much of a cake eater either and just devours this one also…he also loves my new banana cake! I was a little shocked by that. lol Love the addition of the nuts and I’m going to try that soon.
      Hope you have a great weekend and thanks again for stopping by to visit with me.
      Happy Nesting!

  12. Cheryl Becker | 14th Jun 19

    Looks great but can I use sugar free instant pudding??

    • | 14th Jun 19

      Hi Cheryl!
      I would think that you could use sugar free instant pudding. As long as you are using a regular cake mix. I just know that the yeast will need sugar to activate fully. Let me know it turns out. I’d love to share that with my followers who use less sugar in their diets. Thanks so much for visiting with me today.

      Happy Nesting!

  13. Bonnie | 12th Dec 19

    First, thank you for posting this one, Norine. I’ve lost my Duncan Hines Cinnamon Streusel cake recipe (about circa 1969-ish) and this one looks as close as I’ve seen. So BLESS YOU!
    But, your last answer has me stumped: what yeast? not in this one! hmmmm….yeah, those senior moments are fun, aren’t they? (wink, wink)

    • | 12th Dec 19

      Hi Bonnie!

      Let’s just ignore that last comment about yeast…shall we? We can say it was a “senior” moment…however truthfully I’m sure I’ve just lost my mind all together. (It was bound to happen, I’m just surprised it’s taken this long! lol) I think I was thinking of my Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls. So…please excuse this old lady! I’m so glad THIS recipe is as close to your old one that you’ve found. I love Duncan Hines cake mixes and their recipes. Just the BEST! Hope this one lives up to yours!
      Thanks for stopping by and for putting up with my lack of functioning brain cells.
      Have a Wonderful Holiday Season and a very Merry Christmas.

  14. Marcelle Flowers | 21st Dec 19

    Hello- Have you ever had anyone try this with a Gluten Free cake mix? It sounds wonderful but I bake GF and would love to know if it converts well.

    • | 21st Dec 19

      Hi Marcelle!
      I have never made this cake with a Gluten Free Cake mix so I can’t answer your question with any authority. I would think it would convert just fine…but the texture may be slightly different? I’m just not sure. As someone who is constantly experimenting in the kitchen I just say “Go for it”! Give it a try and see how it turns out. I’d love to hear back on how it turns out if you do try it.
      I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

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