Delicious Cinnamon Pinwheel Coffee Cake Recipe

If you’re a fan of cinnamon rolls and coffee cakes, then this recipe is right up your alley. Get ready to indulge in a rich, buttery, and scrumptious Cinnamon Pinwheel Coffee Cake!

This recipe combines the classic flavors of warm cinnamon sugar, delicious cake, and a mouth-watering crumb topping that’s sure to make your taste buds dance. It’s perfect for breakfast, brunch or a sweet treat anytime during the day.

I have been a barista for many years, and I must say that making this cake is just as fulfilling as brewing the perfect cup of coffee. From carefully measuring the ingredients to the delightful swirls created by rolling the dough, this recipe will have you unleashing your inner baker.

I want to make baking as easy and approachable for everyone, which is why I’m sharing this recipe today. So, let’s get started on creating this delectable Cinnamon Pinwheel Coffee Cake that’s going to impress everyone at home!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cinnamon Pinwheel Coffee Cake
Cinnamon Pinwheel Coffee Cake

Fellow coffee lovers, I’m here to tell you all about the Cinnamon Pinwheel Coffee Cake recipe that will undoubtedly be your new favorite. This cake takes classic coffee cake to the next level with its rich cinnamon swirl and fluffy, moist texture.

First and foremost, this recipe has the perfect balance of flavors. The granulated sugar and brown sugar add sweetness, while the cinnamon adds depth and warmth. The swirl of cinnamon streusel throughout each slice of cake will have you hooked after just one bite. But trust me, it gets even better with every subsequent bite.

Not only is this cake incredibly delicious, but it’s also simple to make. With only two bowls needed for preparation, there’s minimal cleanup required. Plus, it’s a great recipe for bakers of all levels – from novice to expert! You won’t have to worry about any complicated techniques or tricky ingredients that might trip you up along the way.

Another bonus: this coffee cake pairs well with your morning cup of coffee or a warm mug of tea in the afternoon. It’s perfect for sharing with friends and family during brunches or as a midday snack.

Lastly, the versatility of this recipe cannot be ignored. Whether you prefer nutty walnuts or sweet maraschino cherries, you can easily adjust the ingredients to suit your taste buds. Plus, substitute any type of flour for gluten-free diets and still achieve amazing results.

So why will you love this Cinnamon Pinwheel Coffee Cake Recipe? Because it’s easy to make, deliciously flavorful, versatile, and simply irresistible with every bite. Give it a try and thank me later!

Ingredient List

 Satisfy your cravings with a warm slice of cinnamon pinwheel coffee cake 🍽️
Satisfy your cravings with a warm slice of cinnamon pinwheel coffee cake 🍽️

Before beginning to making this Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake, gather all the required ingredients.

Here is a list of the necessary ingredients:

For the Cake Batter:

  • 1 ½ cup Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ cup Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • ½ cup Whole Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

For the Cinnamon Swirl:

  • 2 tablespoons Cinnamon powder
  • ¼ cup Granulated Sugar
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar

For the Topping:

  • ⅓ cup Walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 5 to 6 Maraschino Cherries, halved

It is wise to have all ingredients measured and ready to use before moving forward.

The Recipe How-To

 This coffee cake is perfect for enjoying alongside your morning cup of coffee ☕
This coffee cake is perfect for enjoying alongside your morning cup of coffee ☕

Now that you have gathered all the necessary ingredients and equipment, let’s get started with the fun part – the recipe how-to!

Step 1: Preheat and Prepare

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and prepare a 9×13 inch baking dish by lightly greasing it with cooking spray.

Step 2: Make the Batter

In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined. In another bowl, cream together softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy using a hand mixer or stand mixer.

Next, add in vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Alternately add the flour mixture and 1 cup of milk, starting and ending with the flour, mixing everything on low speed until fully combined.

Step 3: Make the Cinnamon Swirl

In a separate bowl, mix together brown sugar, ground cinnamon, chopped up walnuts (optional), and melted margarine until mixture is crumbly.

Step 4: Assemble the Cake

Pour half of the batter into the prepared baking dish. Take half of the cinnamon swirl mixture to layer over it. Add more cake batter, then top that batter with another layer of cinnamon swirl.

Using a knife or spatula, gently run back and forth through layers to make a thin “swirl”. Decorate with maraschino cherries (optional).

Step 5: Bake

Bake in preheated oven for approximately 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean.

Step 6: Add Toppings (Optional)

In a saucepan, combine water, granulated sugar #2 , and cornstarch. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is thickened.

Once the cake is cooked, drizzle topping mixture over cake evenly. Allow the cake to cool slightly, then serve warm with coffee or tea.

Making a cinnamon swirl coffee cake is an incredible addition to your baking repertoire. Follow these easy steps and you too can create a delicious, light, moist and rich cinnamon cake with a delicious swirl as sinfully satisfying as a morning cinnamon roll.

Substitutions and Variations

 Looking for a delicious breakfast treat? Try making this cinnamon pinwheel coffee cake 🌟
Looking for a delicious breakfast treat? Try making this cinnamon pinwheel coffee cake 🌟

If you are looking to switch things up a bit, there are several substitutions and variations you can try with this Cinnamon Pinwheel Coffee Cake recipe.

For a nut-free option, simply leave out the walnuts or substitute them for a different type of nut like almonds or pecans. You could also add in some dried fruit, like raisins or cranberries, for an extra burst of flavor.

To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the milk and margarine for plant-based alternatives like almond milk and coconut oil. For an even richer flavor, you could try using full-fat coconut milk.

If you want to reduce your sugar intake, consider substituting some of the granulated sugar in the recipe with a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup. Just keep in mind that this may change the texture of the final product slightly.

For a gluten-free option, replace the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend. You could also use a pre-made gluten-free cake mix as your base.

Looking to switch things up even further? Try adding some cream cheese to the filling for a tangy twist. You could also try other flavors like apple cinnamon roll or pumpkin spice by adding different spices to the filling mixture. Whatever variations you decide to try, be sure to experiment and have fun with it!

Serving and Pairing

 The swirl of cinnamon in this cake will make your taste buds dance with joy 🤤
The swirl of cinnamon in this cake will make your taste buds dance with joy 🤤

Once you’ve baked your delicious Cinnamon Pinwheel Coffee Cake, it’s time to savor and enjoy the flavors paired with a perfect beverage. This cake is incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed any time of day, whether it’s for breakfast, as a mid-day snack or as dessert after dinner.

For breakfast or brunch, I suggest pairing it with a warm cup of coffee or a latte. Sipping on a warm cup of coffee while biting into this sweet cake will elevate your coffee experience to another level. The deep, rich cinnamon flavor combined with the texture of the fluffy dough and sticky brown sugar filling can be perfectly balanced with a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

If it’s closer to lunchtime, pair your slice of cake with an iced cold brew for an energizing mid-day snack that will surely please your taste buds! The flavors of your cold brew and the coffee cake complement each other perfectly – cold, bitter and refreshingly satisfying.

Another perfect pairing option is a creamy glass of milk. The thick, frothy milk pairs effortlessly with the sweetness of the cinnamon in the cake- making every sip rich and delicious.

If you’re feeling adventurous, don’t hesitate to try pairing it up with different fruit-based drinks like cider or fruit juice – especially during hot summer days.

The beauty of this cake is that it goes well with almost anything so whatever beverage you choose to pair it up with is guaranteed to amplify your overall sensory pleasure.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Get ready to impress your friends and family with this easy and divine dessert 🍰
Get ready to impress your friends and family with this easy and divine dessert 🍰

Have you ever felt like having a delicious slice of coffee cake at any time of the day, but didn’t want to go through the hassle of making it from scratch? With this cinnamon pinwheel coffee cake recipe, you can make-ahead, store and reheat your cake to enjoy whenever you crave something sweet.

If you are planning on making this cinnamon pinwheel coffee cake for a special occasion or brunch, you can prepare it in advance. You can make the cake and store it in the refrigerator for up to two days before serving. First, let the cake cool completely before wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap. When ready to serve, remove the plastic wrap and bring the cake to room temperature before slicing.

You can also freeze this coffee cake for later enjoyment. To do this, cut the cooled cake into slices, wrap each slice tightly in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container or freezer bag. The cinnamon pinwheel coffee cake will keep well in the freezer for up to two months.

When you’re ready to enjoy a slice of this deliciousness, thaw it out in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat by following either instructions: (1) Preheat your oven to 350°F. Remove the plastic wrap from the thawed slice and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until warmed through; or (2) You can also warm your cinnamon pinwheel coffee cake slice in the microwave for 15-20 seconds on high power.

By following these make-ahead and storing instructions, you’ll have a delicious and fresh slice of cinnamon pinwheel coffee cake anytime you want!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Cinnamon lovers unite! 🤝 This coffee cake is calling your name 🥰
Cinnamon lovers unite! 🤝 This coffee cake is calling your name 🥰

When it comes to making a cinnamon pinwheel coffee cake, there are many ways to ensure perfect results. As a barista with years of experience in the industry, I have a few tips for making sure your coffee cake is delicious and moist every time.

Firstly, make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature before you start baking. This allows the ingredients to blend easily and evenly into the batter, creating a smooth and rich cinnamon swirl. If any of your ingredients, such as eggs or butter, are too cold, they can negatively affect the cake’s texture and consistency.

Another essential tip is to avoid overmixing the batter. Coffee cakes should be gently mixed until just combined. Over-mixing will cause the gluten in the flour to develop, resulting in a tough and dry cake. By mixing the ingredients quickly and gently, you’ll end up with a soft and tender crumbly texture.

When preparing the cinnamon sugar filling, make sure you measure the brown sugar accurately. Too much brown sugar can cause the filling to ooze out during baking, while too little will prevent it from caramelizing properly. Additionally, if you want to add nuts or dried fruit to the filling, make sure they’re finely chopped so that they blend with the cinnamon without disrupting its taste and texture.

To create a beautiful swirl design on top of your cake, use a toothpick or skewer to carefully drag through the cinnamon filling mixture evenly over your batter in straight lines.

Lastly, don’t forget about cooling time. Once you’ve removed your cake from the oven, let it cool for at least 20 minutes before attempting to cut it into slices. This will give time for the cinnamon swirl’s aroma to settle in and keep it from becoming too wet.

By following these tips when cooking up your next batch of cinnamon pinwheel coffee cake recipe mentioned above, you’re sure to get delicious results every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this cinnamon pinwheel coffee cake recipe is the perfect treat for any coffee lover. With its rich cinnamon swirl and delicious crumb topping, it’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you wanting more. Plus, the recipe is easy to follow and can be adjusted to include your favorite ingredients or meet dietary restrictions. Whether you’re looking for a gluten-free option or want to add some walnuts or maraschino cherries to the mix, this recipe is adaptable and versatile.

So why not give this recipe a try? Whether you’re hosting a brunch, looking for a mid-day snack, or just want to indulge in something sweet, this coffee cake will hit the spot. And with its make-ahead and storing options, it’s perfect for busy schedules or those who want to savor the flavors over multiple days.

So go ahead and whip up a batch of this delicious cinnamon pinwheel coffee cake – you won’t regret it!

Cinnamon Pinwheel Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Pinwheel Coffee Cake Recipe

Invite your neighbour for a nice hot cup of coffee and serve this special treasure! This type of cinnamon sweetbread is just perfect with coffee! Great when you get the craving for a cinnamon bun but you prefer not to do all the work. Recipe from a lipton cookbook.Enjoy!!!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 244.6 kcal


  • 2/3 cup cinnamon spread
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 12 maraschino cherries
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup walnuts


  • In a small bowl, combine cinnamon spread(I use monarch cinnamon spread and it is located near the peanut butter and jam isle of the grocery store)combine with the brown sugar.
  • Place half of this mixture in a greased 8 inch square pan, blend in water. Bake at 375 for one minute or until cinnamon mixture has softened; blend well. Remove from oven.
  • Arrange cherry halves in rows on cinnamon mixture.
  • In a medium bowl combine dry ingredients. Cut in margarine with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Stir in milk with a fork until it forms a dough. Place on a lightly floured surface and knead gently until smooth.
  • Roll into a 9X12 inch rectangle. Spread remaining cinnamon mixture and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts evenly over dough. Roll up jelly roll style from the long side. Cut into twelve 1-inch pieces. Place each pinwheel slice on top of each marashino cherry in baking pan.
  • Bake at 375 for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn out, upside down, immediately onto a serving plate. Serve warm.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 71gCalories: 244.6kcalCarbohydrates: 32.8gProtein: 3.5gFat: 11.5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 2.1mgSodium: 288.1mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 15.1g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Brunch, Easy, Sweet
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