Cinnamon Toast Cake

Saturday 23 February 2019

This is a cake recipe I have been eye-balling for quite some time now.  It closely resembles other cake recipes that I have seen, called Cinnamon Flop Cake, Amish Cinnamon Cake, etc.  I have tried a few of those and they didn't turn out very well, which is why I have waited so long to bake this one.

With no eggs and not a lot of fat . . .  I  had my reservations about it . . . but the photo in the cookbook looked really good . . .

It comes from this cookery book, written by Mary Younkin, creater of Barefeet in The  You can also find her recipe, with pics, here. Its a great blog and this is a fabulous cookbook.

It looks really good and I think you will realise why I wanted to bake it.  I love Cinnamon and I adore Cinnamon Toast.  Today I decided to take a chance and I baked it.

This has to be one of the easiest cakes I have ever baked.  It uses things I always have in the house and there are gluten free options for people who can't do gluten.

The cake itself is quite moist and flavourful.  No eggs needed . . . say what!  Yep no eggs . . .  and only 2 TBS butter.  So relatively low fat.

Just look at the lovely texture.  I served it plain with a hot drink. 

But sliced fruit would go really well with it.  She shows it with sliced strawberries.  I am thinking that any crushed berries would go well, or sliced peaches, pears, etc.

You bake the cake first and then when it is almost done, you pour a butter/cinnamon/sugar mixture over top and bake it for ten minutes longer  . . . 

The result of that is a crisp cinnamon sugar coating . . .  almost like a cinnamon creme brulee topping . . .

Ohhh, I just had a thought, this would be excellent during strawberry season along with crushed berries and a dollop of whipped cream . . .  will be doing this again then for sure! 

In the meantime we have enjoyed it just as it is  . . .  plain . . .

Todd enjoyed a nice big piece of it with a hot cup of vanilla tea . . . 

Actually I had cut this piece originally for him to enjoy. I was going to just have a tiny taste . . .

Just a tiny smidgen so I could write about it . . . 

However it was so good that I ended up eating half the square of cake before I knew it and then had to cut him another piece.  Yes, it IS that good!

Yield: 9

Cinnamon Toast Cake

prep time: 10 minscook time: 35 minstotal time: 45 mins
This is a lovely moist cake with a cinnamon toast crunch that bakes on top. There are no eggs, and there are gluten-free options. Adapted from a recipe from the Weeknight Dinner Cook Book by Mary Younkin.


  • 280g plain flour (2 cups)
  • 190g sugar (1 cup)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 240ml milk (1 cup), room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 TBS butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
For the Topping:
  • 120g butter, melted (1/2 cup)
  • 95g sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 1 TBS ground cinnamon


    1. Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Butter a 9 inch square baking tin really well.  Set aside.
    2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder,  and salt.   Whisk together the  milk, vanilla and melted butter. Add to the dry ingredients and beat together until smooth. Pour into the buttered tin and bake for 25 minutes.
    3. While the cake is baking stir together the topping ingredients until smooth.
    4. Remove the cake from the oven after 25 minutes and pour the cinnamon mixture evenly over top of the cake.  Return to the oven for an additional 10 minutes.
    5. Gluten-free sub for flour:
    6. 185g brown rice flour (1 1/4 cups)
    7. 65g tapioca starch (1/2 cup)
    8. 45g potato starch (1/4 cup)
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    Oh, yes, I am pretty naughty when it comes to cake. Its a real weakness of mine.  I really have no willpower when a cake is involved . . .  mores the pity.  Bon Weekend! 


    1. Looks very good! Thank you for sharing it!!

    2. I'm with you in the cinnamon department. :) This sounds very good. I did have to chuckle about hardly any fat when I read through the ingredients only to find the fat in the topping LOL. That's what makes it so delicious.

      Your presentations are always so beautiful and I love the simplicity of them. ~Elaine

      1. Thanks so much Elaine! Shhhh!!!! We aren't thinking of the fat in the topping, lol xo

    3. Amongst my favorite flavor combos. Copied. I tried to print but the file went to "my pictures" and not the printer. Not sure where the hang-up is, probably on my end.

      1. It works for me Jeanie! I hope you have managed to sort it out? This is a great cake for sure! xo

    4. I made this today and it is SO delicious. The smell when you add the topping and slip it into the oven for those final 10 minutes is divine. We loved the cake - I could not believe it would taste so good with no eggs and so little fat in it. I have one family member who eats gluten free and vegan, so this will be made when they next come to visit with the gluten free flours (and vegan butter).

      1. Let us know how it works with the gluten free flour and vegan butter Marie! So pleased it was enjoyed. Can you imagine how good it would be with some fresh berries in strawberry season! xo


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