Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

I made these a couple years ago after the most amazing cinnamon roll I’ve ever had, from Phoenix Public Market & Café during a trip to Phoenix (you can read about the full trip here). Everything about this cinnamon roll was absolutely amazing, but the best part was the icing.  It was so light and velvety.  I was inspired to create cinnamon roll cupcakes with a frosting that replicated the heavenly texture of this icing. And this recipe does exactly that.

Cinnamon roll cupcake in pink wrapper with bite taken out of it and crumbs next to it, with two more cinnamon roll cupcakes on the other side cut off on the right side of the photo

This recipe alternates layers of cupcake batter with layers of cinnamon roll filling, topped with the most divine frosting that perfectly complements this sweet, cinnamonny cupcake. The cupcake batter is made the same as others, though there is a uniqueness to it with the sour cream, but don’t worry, you won’t taste it! First beat together the butter and sugar, which whips in air to make for a light and fluffy batter. Then the eggs and vanilla are mixed in, followed by alternating in the dry ingredients and sour cream.

Top down view of 3 iced cinnamon roll cupcakes on the right side, two are cut off in the frame, and to the left of them are two un-iced cupcakes, one without its top and the other laying on its side

The cinnamon roll filling is also super easy to make, by combining melted butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Then put a little bit of batter in each cupcake wrapper, followed by cinnamon filling, and continue alternating until the paper liner is full. You can use as much or as little of the cinnamon filling as you’d like. After each cinnamon layer, I used a toothpick to swirl it through the batter a little bit.  You can also do this with a knife, or you don’t have to do this at all and the cinnamon filling can be in layers instead of swirled through.  There is a lot of flexibility to make these cupcakes fit your preferences!

5 cinnamon roll cupcakes, three frosted on the left, and two unfrosted on the right, one without a top, and one on its side

Once you bake the cupcakes and let them cool, it’s time for my favorite part – the frosting! All the frosting ingredients are beat together, until the texture is smooth and velvety and sweet. If it’s not holding its shape, you can add more powdered sugar. If it’s too thick, you can add a little bit more milk, but add the milk in very small amounts at a time so the frosting doesn’t get too soft and runny.

Cinnamon Roll cupcakes, some frosted with white icing, some not, some in cupcake wrappers, some not

I mean, if you can have cinnamon rolls for breakfast, you can have cinnamon roll cupcakes for breakfast, right?! So whip up a batch of these better-than-regular-cupcakes cinnamon roll cupcakes and enjoy!

Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 12 cupcakes



  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt Diamond Crystal

Cinnamon Filling

  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup Marshmallow Fluff



  • Preheat oven to 350 F and line a cupcake tin with paper liners.
  • Beat butter and sugar.
  • Add in eggs and vanilla.
  • Combine the dry ingredients. Alternate adding in the dry ingredients and the sour cream, mixing between each addition until fully combined.

Cinnamon Filling

  • In a separate bowl, combine all the filling ingredients.
  • Swirl layers of cupcake batter alternating with cinnamon filling in each cupcake liner.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes till a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let cool in pan for approximately 5 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • Combine all the icing ingredients until desired texture.
  • Top cooled cupcakes with icing.


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