Cinnamon Roll Dump Cake

Cinnamon Roll Dump Cake Recipe – pure heaven! One bite of this cake and you will be blown away. Gooey cinnamon rolls, whipped cream cheese, crunchy pecans, cinnamon swirl cake, and butter. Whether you’re hosting a brunch, celebrating a special occasion, or simply treating yourself, this Cinnamon Roll Dump Cake is a winner.

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Easy Homemade Dessert

OMG! Stop what you are doing and grab the ingredients to make this Cinnamon Roll Dump Cake. Let me tell you, it is pure dessert heaven! Warm, gooey cinnamon rolls, cream cheese, crunchy pecans,  cinnamon cake, and butter. The buttery cinnamon-sugar mixture seeps into every bite, creating a caramel-like glaze that is pure bliss. This is the perfect dish for breakfast, brunch, celebrating a special occasion, or simply satisfying your sweet tooth. This Cinnamon Roll Dump Cake will have everyone begging for seconds!

What is a dump cake?

A dump cake is a dessert similar to a cobbler but with a cake mix topping. It is called a dump cake because it is prepared by dumping the ingredients into a cake pan without mixing.

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How to Make Cinnamon Roll Dump Cake

The cake is effortless to make with only 5 simple ingredients. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Open canned cinnamon rolls. Separate the rolls and set the frosting aside. Using a sharp knife, cut the cinnamon rolls into four pieces. Spread cinnamon roll dough in a single layer in the prepared baking dish. 

Using a small cookie scoop, add scoops of whipped cream cheese on top of the cinnamon roll layer. Sprinkle chopped pecans over the cream cheese. Spread a box of Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake Mix on top of the cinnamon roll mixture. Sprinkle the cinnamon topping over the cake mix. Place pats of unsalted butter evenly over the top of the cake mix. Make sure to cover every bit of the cake mix in the pan. Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown. 

Place the cinnamon roll frosting in the microwave for a few seconds. Drizzle the warm glaze over the top of the cake. Let the cake cool for a few minutes before serving.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • This recipe uses the smaller cans of cinnamon rolls. NOT Grands. Look for 12.4-oz cans of cinnamon rolls. They come with 8 cinnamon rolls per can. You will have a total of 16 cinnamon rolls.
  • Can substitute walnuts or omit the nuts altogether.
  • Chopped apples make a great addition to this cake.
  • For an extra indulgent dessert, top the cake with homemade cream cheese frosting.
  • Store the leftover dump cake in an airtight container in the fridge.
    • Reheat in the microwave.
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What to Serve with Cinnamon Roll Dump Cake

This cake has quickly become a family favorite! Kids and adults gobble this up!! This homestyle dessert is the perfect accompaniment to your favorite breakfast casserole or quiche. Take this dessert to the next level and top each serving with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. However you serve this it is sure to be a hit!

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Cinnamon Roll Dump Cake

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Cinnamon Roll Dump Cake Recipe – pure heaven! One bite of this cake and you will be blown away. Gooey cinnamon rolls, whipped cream cheese, crunchy pecans, cinnamon swirl cake, and butter. Whether you're hosting a brunch, celebrating a special occasion, holiday mornings, or simply treating yourself, this Cinnamon Roll Dump Cake is a showstopper.

Ingredients:

  • 2 (12.4-oz) cans cinnamon rolls
  • 1 (12-oz) container whipped cream cheese
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 (21-oz) box cinnamon swirl cake mix
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, thinly sliced

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9×13-inch cake pan with cooking spray.
  • Open canned cinnamon rolls. Separate rolls and set frosting aside.
  • Cut cinnamon rolls into 4 pieces each. Spread cinnamon roll dough in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Using a small cookie scoop, drop dollops of cream cheese over the cinnamon rolls.
  • Top with chopped pecans.
  • Sprinkle cake mix evenly in the cake pan. Sprinkle the cinnamon swirl mixture from the cake mix box evenly over the top of the cake mix. 
  • Place slices of butter evenly over the top of the cake mix. Make sure to cover the entire pan.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Place the cans of frosting in the microwave for a few seconds. Drizzle over baked cake.

Notes:

  • Do NOT stir the ingredients! Just dump the ingredients into the pan.
  • I used a box of Krusteaz CinnamonSwirl Crumb Cake & Muffin Mix. 
    • Do NOT make the cake. You are going to just use the dry ingredients.
  • Can use walnuts instead of pecans.
    • You can also omit the nuts if you prefer.
  • If you have some spots of dry cake mix after baking, drizzle melted butter over those spots and bake for an additional minute or two.
  • How long is dump cake good for? The cake will keep up to 5 days covered in the refrigerator.

Steph

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      1. Yes. The cake will keep 3 to 4 days in an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator.

  1. You suggested chopped apples would be good to add in. Could i do apple pie filling? Would i need to adjust anything in the re ipe to add that?

    1. What a great idea! But unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

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