Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

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Yellow cupcakes with cinnamon-sugar swirls throughout and a sugary streusel on top. These cinnamon roll cupcakes are drizzled with a cream cheese glaze.

The base is a yellow cake mix, doctored-up to taste great. The additions are simple – oil, eggs, buttermilk, vanilla pudding, sour cream, and vanilla extract. Adding a few extra ingredients to a cake mix really jazzes it up in a simple way. These cupcakes are super moist, chewy, and have a depth of flavor you can’t get from plain cake mix cupcakes.

Cinnamon, brown sugar, butter, and a tad bit of flour get mixed together to become the cinnamon-sugar swirl. That gets swirled in between the layers of cake mix and on top just for good measure.

I did one scoop of batter, a spoonful of the cinnamon-sugar mixture swirled in, one more scoop of batter, and one more spoonful of the cinnamon-sugar mixture. And then comes the streusel. My personal favorite.

This streusel will be pretty thick almost like a thick dough. I just put a few small spoonfuls of the streusel on the very top of the cupcakes and then put them in the oven. The streusel doesn’t need to cover the entire top (unless you want it to), but just put small bits of it throughout the top. Also, the streusel is totally optional. If you aren’t feeling it, definitely feel free to leave it out and nothing changes about how you bake these cupcakes.

Last, but never least, comes the cream cheese glaze. A very simple and traditional cinnamon roll glaze, and perfect for these cupcakes. You can drizzle the glaze over the cupcakes or cover the entire tops – both are great!

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Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

4.67 from 3 votes
Yellow cupcakes with cinnamon-sugar swirls throughout and a sugary streusel on top. These cupcakes are drizzled with a cream cheese glaze.
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Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

4.67 from 3 votes
Yellow cupcakes with cinnamon-sugar swirls throughout and a sugary streusel on top. These cupcakes are drizzled with a cream cheese glaze.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 162kcal
Author Chelsea
Cost $6.24



  • 1 package (15.25 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) vanilla pudding mix, dry, not prepared
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature and lightly beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk, check notes for substitution
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup full fat sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cinnamon-Sugar Swirl

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 1 ounce cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk, if needed



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two muffin tins with liners and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, sift together the pudding and cake mix.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the lightly beaten eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil, sour cream, and vanilla extract. Mix.
  • Mix wet and dry until combined (do not over-stir or beat in too much air)

Cinnamon-Sugar Swirl

  • Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir until combined.
  • Spoon the cupcake mixture into the bottom of the cupcake liners about 1/4th the way full. Spoon the cinnamon-sugar swirl on top and swirl together with a toothpick or fork. Fill up to 3/4ths the way full on the cupcake liner with more cupcake batter. Again spoon the cinnamon-sugar swirl on top and swirl together. The cupcake batter and filling should exactly fill 24 cupcake cavities


  • Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle even amounts on top of the cupcakes
  • Bake the cupcakes for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool slightly before putting on frosting.

Cream cheese frosting

  • Combine the cream cheese and butter. Using hand mixers or a stand mixer, beat until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Mix. Add in a tablespoon of heavy cream or milk until the consistency you desired is reached.
  • Spread over the slightly cooled cupcakes either covering the tops completely or drizzling the glaze on with a spoon.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have buttermilk, combine 1 cup of milk with 1 tbsp. white vinegar in a separate cup and let sit for 5 minutes and then add to mixture.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 162kcal

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    1. Isn’t that the worst?! Haha and I totally agree – everyone has someone special that can make the best cinnamon rolls haha!! Thanks!

  1. Oh my gosh, Chelsea. There are so many amazing things about these cupcakes! I absolutely love those swirls of cinnamon! Also cinnamon swirl AND streusel? Genius. πŸ™‚ I think I could put cream cheese glaze on anything and I love how it looks dripping down the sides of the cupcakes. Yum!

  2. Oh my goodness….these look soooo good. And I am betting they taste even better! I could eat cinnamon rolls for breakfast every day (for the rest of my life) so if these can kick the cinnamon roll cravings, I am up for it. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  3. can you believe I’ve never had a homemade cinnamon roll? I think I’m seriously missing out!! honestly I love how this recipe’s base is a basic cake mix – People want to throw shade when absolutely everything isn’t done from scratch, but I always feel like who has the time!? This is a custom recipe with a little shortcut along the way, which for me is the perfect baking balance πŸ™‚ love!

  4. Cinnamon rolls … how I love you. I only made them homemade for the first time last year and am now utterly and completely obsessed! I love this spin on cupcakes .. and with the cream cheese glaze and streusel. I mean seriously – some of my favorite things right there! haha

  5. These look incredible Chelsea! I love homemade cinnamon rolls but there are days I really don’t want to put in the effort or time and these cupcakes sound perfect! Oh boy, totally loving that glaze and streusel – looks heavenly girl!

  6. Hi Chelsea! Stopping by from Tuesday Talent Show. Had to come check out these amazing little treats. I’ve already decide I’m going to make them, but in my mind call them a muffin, ’cause I want to eat them for breakfast. πŸ™‚ They look so good! Have pinned! ~Erin

    1. Haha! Best idea ever Erin πŸ™‚ Calling them muffins and eating them for breakfast from now on πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much for the pine Jocelyn! I hope you are having a great weekend πŸ™‚ PS totally stalking you on IG and you and your hubby are SO cute!

  7. The picture looks heavenly. Can’t wait to make them this weekend as part of our Easter brunch. The recipe calls for vanilla pudding mix. Is it instant or cook & serve?

    1. Thank you Beth! Either one will work, just make sure the package is 3.4 ounces! Enjoy πŸ™‚

  8. 4 stars
    Hi, Chelsea! I made these cupcakes today for Easter breakfast and found that they might actually work better as a sheet cake. I had a great deal of streusel topping left over even though I mounded them on the cupcakes. I also halved the icing recipe. But overall these are quite delicious!

  9. 5 stars
    Hi Chelsea. Thank you for this recipe. I made these today and they are delicious and very sweet. How can you go wrong with cream cheese frosting. Yummy!!

    1. Haha I totally agree! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for your comment and trying these out! Glad you loved them!

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