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Cake Mix Cinnamon Coffee Cake

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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.

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

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 performed a magic trick. He made that cake disappear! (He made 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 new cookware friends! Lol. Did I really need a new bundt pan? NO! I wanted one. There’s a difference! LolI 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 the 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 of sour cream, 3/4 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup of warm water, 4 eggs, and 1 teaspoon of 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 of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of 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 a prepared bundt pan.

Sprinkle the cinnamon filling over the top of the 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 the 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 of flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Slowly add 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Mix together with a small whisk or fork until a 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. You 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 the center of the preheated oven. Bake for 50–55 minutes.

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

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

Remove the cake from oven and allow it to cool completely.

While the cake is cooking, mix together 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 tablespoons of milk with a splash of vanilla. Mix until smooth and creamy.

Remove the cake from the 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 too heavy with the icing. Just enough to add a subtle hint of flavor.

Tips for Making Cake Mix Cinnamon Coffee Cake

  • Mix the cinnamon filling and Streusel topping beforehand. It will make prep a breeze.
  • Spray your baking pan with a non-stick baking spray with flour.
  • The cake batter is extremely thick! Use a rubber spatula to spread the cake batter.
  • Use your hands to mix streusel topping to create the perfect pea-sized crumb.
  • Sprinkle only HALF of streusel on top of the cake before baking. It will sink into the cake during baking. That’s okay! We want that center swirl created when this happens. Sprinkle the remainder of streusel halfway through baking. This will stay on top of the cake and create the perfect light crumb topping.
  • Store in an airtight container or cake plate with a dome top to keep the 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… really 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 of 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice of cake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 482Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 413mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 1gSugar: 44gProtein: 5g

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Wednesday 17th of January 2024

I see that you posted this recipe in 2018 and I am surprised that no one has mentioned that the pudding quantity is not correct. The recipe looks like it says one box of pudding that weighs 3/4 ounces, but later in the instructions the quantity is correct at 3.4 ounces. Surely I am not the only one to notice that.

Looking forward to baking this and I am sure it wll be wonderful. I am making this for our Bible & Breakfast group that meets tommorrow since it is my turn to serve the breakfast part. As you can imagine the ladies in our group try to come up with new and delicious things to serve.

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Tuesday 23rd of January 2024

Hi Carol! Thank you for catching that mistake! Honestly I can proof read something 100 times and still miss it! I appreciate when issues like this are pointed out. I've correct the error. I hope the ladies in your church group enjoyed this favorite cinnamon cake! I think a Bible & Breakfast group sounds so fun! Happy Nesting and Baking! Norine

Lana Agaisse

Friday 9th of December 2022

I really want to make this cake but concerned about half way through the baking open the oven and sprinkle the streusel on top. Will this make the cake fall? I am making for a group.

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Tuesday 13th of December 2022

Hi Lana! I understand your concern. The cake has never fallen for me. I do it very carefully. The problem with putting the streusel on before baking is that it sinks into the cake during baking. So I have found that sprinkling it on top about 3/4 the way through baking works great. Norine


Monday 18th of April 2022

Hello Norine! Thank you for the Cinnamon Streusel cake recipe! I made it yesterday for Easter and it was a hit! I made it in a Bundt pan and just left the designed side facing down so the crumbs were on top. I did make some adjustments to the crumb topping. With the measured amounts it was powder and not forming clumps, so I added more butter. I also thinned out the icing with a little more milk. Definitely a keeper though!

P.S. I was going to add a photo, but I don’t know how to do that.

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Tuesday 19th of April 2022

Hi Nancy! I'm so glad that you enjoyed this recipe. I love your adjustments. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful week and stop back by soon. Norine


Friday 31st of December 2021

Made this and it is amazing!!! We already finished half the cake!

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Monday 3rd of January 2022

Hi Lauren! I made this at Christmas time for my family...and the grandkids all loved it! Even the little ones. I'm so glad you liked this cake. Thanks for stopping by and for visiting with me. Have a wonderful New Year and stop back soon. Norine


Friday 29th of October 2021

This cake is truly delicious. I substituted butterscotch pudding for vanilla. It’s my most requested dessert!

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Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

Hi Andrea! Brilliant adding butterscotch pudding for the vanilla! I MUST try that! Thank you so much for sharing! That's why I love what I do. Hearing from other bakers who do things I might not think about! I hope you'll come back again soon! Have a Great Week! Norine

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