Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

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Even though we love the traditional cupcakes with Buttercream frosting, it’s nice to change it up once in awhile. These Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes are not only a yummy dessert, but could also be served with breakfast or a special after-school snack.

Starting with a Butter or Yellow Cake Mix and adding a Cinnamon Streusel makes these Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes super easy too. Doug said they taste like a Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll! Yum…I love those!

To get the cinnamon swirl, I added about 2 tablespoons of cake batter to the bottom of the cupcake liner {just be sure to add enough to cover the bottom of the liner well} then sprinkle on a combination of sugar and cinnamon. Add more batter {another 2-3 tablespoons} and top with Streusel Topping.

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Serves: 24-30 cupcakes
  • 1 box cake mix {I used Butter Flavor, Yellow works well too}
  • Ingredients to make it taste homemade: 4 eggs, 1 cup buttermilk, ⅓ cup oil
  • Cinnamon and Sugar for Swirl {about ½ cup sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon}
Streusel Topping
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1-2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  1. Prepare cake mix, set aside
  2. Combine cinnamon and sugar in small bowl, set aside
Streusel Topping
  1. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl
  2. Melt Butter in microwave
  3. Add a small amount of butter at a time, stirring after each addition until the mixture is crumbly
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  5. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners
  6. Add about 2 tablespoons batter to the cupcake liners
  7. Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture
  8. Add more batter {about 2 tablespoons}
  9. Sprinkle on Streusel Topping
  10. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
  11. Cool completely
  1. Add powdered sugar to a small bowl
  2. Slowly add milk until glaze becomes desired consistency
  3. Drizzle over cooled cupcakes

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  1. Wow! Your cinnamon roll cupcakes look so yummy!
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  2. Vicki Arnold says:

    These looks AWESOME!
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  3. Wow!! Now that’s what I want to see at 6:22 in the AM!!! Delicious!!!!

  4. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This is heaven in cupcake form…yum!
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  5. These cupcakes look sooo yummy! Do you deliver? LOL

  6. Jessica says:

    Holy geeez–that looks SO delish!! Im definitely pinning this. It would be perfect for a birthday breakfast for my littles.
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  7. Stacey says:

    I made these delicious cupcakes tonight but used the vanilla cupcake recipe from My favorite recipe and easy. I also added a cream cheese icing on top instead. Just like they have at cinnabun stores. Yummy.

  8. These are in my oven RIGHT NOW! They smell sooooo good.

    I’d like to suggest that you put your website name somewhere in your “printable recipe” section. When you print out the recipe, there’s no source link or name of your site. You should give yourself credit where it’s due :)
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  9. Trooppetrie says:

    oh this one sounds easy and wonderful. Great for our breakfast in the morning

  10. nicole says:

    Hey! Just made these cupcakes :) Great recipe!

    note: the streusel topping did not need 1/4 cup of butter, so next time i would reduce amount.

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