Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes

These Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes are a dream of mine come true! There is cinnamon in the cupcake batter and layers of cinnamon sugar in the cupcake. Then, they are topped with cinnamon frosting and sprinkled with a little more cinnamon and sugar. I couldn’t stay away from them!

Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes - layers of cinnamon swirled in the cupcake and cinnamon sugar icing!
Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes - layers of cinnamon swirled in the cupcake and cinnamon sugar icing!

I made them just before going to BlogHer Food last week, so I had to give a lot of them away to the neighbors. It was sad, but kind of good – I’d have eaten them all!!

Speaking of my trip, it was amazing! SO much fun. But I am completely worn out and have a bit of a cold now though. I need a vacation to recover from my vacation. :)

It was non-stop fun. Definitely the best part of attending these conferences is getting to meet everyone in person. Blogging is such a new and unique thing that brings it’s own challenges and one of the great things about being around so many bloggers is that we all get it!

Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes - layers of cinnamon swirled in the cupcake and cinnamon sugar icing!

Between seeing old friends and making new ones, spending time with everyone is the best. There are so many amazing people blogging and I’m so blessed to call even more of them my friends after this weekend.

I’ll tell you even more about it later, but for now, let’s get back to these cupcakes…

Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes - layers of cinnamon swirled in the cupcake and cinnamon sugar icing!
Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes - layers of cinnamon swirled in the cupcake and cinnamon sugar icing!

I absolutely love anything covered in cinnamon and sugar, so naturally I’ve been wanting to make cupcakes like these for forever. Now that I have my wonderful vanilla cupcake recipe, I’m going to be bringing you all kinds of fun cupcake recipes and these Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes are one of the firsts.

They are soft and moist, kind of a mix between fluffy and dense and absolutely FILLED with cinnamon.

And I didn’t just want to add cinnamon to the batter. I wanted them to be unmistakably cinnamon-y. I figured what better way to do that than with layers of cinnamon sugar – kind of like a cinnamon roll. Best idea ever.

Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes - layers of cinnamon swirled in the cupcake and cinnamon sugar icing!

I store my cupcakes in my cupcake carrier and I loved taking the top off and having the smell of cinnamon sugar hit me like a tidal wave. You can almost taste the cinnamon in the cupcake without even biting into it.

The recipe’s great too, because you only need one bowl for mixing together all the ingredients. Less dishes = score!

The only thing about the recipe that takes a little time is layering in the cinnamon sugar. It’s the heart and the best part of the cupcake! I had a little assembly line going.

Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes - layers of cinnamon swirled in the cupcake and cinnamon sugar icing!
Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes - layers of cinnamon swirled in the cupcake and cinnamon sugar icing!

I put all the cupcake liners in the pan, added the first tablespoon of batter to each one, then added the first layer on cinnamon sugar, then repeated. I found it much easier to do each step all at once that do one cupcake at a time and have to keep switching between pouring utensils. You can do whatever you think works best, but that worked for me.

The hubs actually compared the taste of them to being a bit like a cinnamon roll – but cakey. Who doesn’t love cinnamon rolls? Plus, you can eat those for breakfast, which totally makes these cupcakes breakfast food too. 😉

Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes - layers of cinnamon swirled in the cupcake and cinnamon sugar icing!

Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes

Yield: makes 14-16 cupcakes


1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup salted butter, room temperature
3 egg whites
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1 and 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar

Cinnamon Sugar Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
4 cups powdered sugar
2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp water or milk


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Whisk together flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
3. Add butter, egg whites, vanilla, sour cream and milk and mix on medium speed until smooth.
4. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
5. Add cupcake liners to cupcake pan.
6. Place 1 tablespoon of batter into each cupcake liner, spread evenly.
7. Sprinkle 1/4 tsp of cinnamon sugar onto batter.
8. Repeat steps 6 and 7.
9. Add one more large tablespoon of batter to each cupcake liner.
10. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon sugar on top of each cupcake if you want. Liners should be about half full.
11. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs
12. Allow to cool for 1 minute, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.
13. To make the icing, beat the shortening and butter until smooth.
14. Slowly add 3 cups of powdered sugar. Mix until combined.
15. Mix in the cinnamon, vanilla extract and 1 tbsp water.
16. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add more water to get the right consistency, then ice the cupcakes.
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  1. I adore cinnamon, it’s my favourite spice. I want one of these so badly right now. Pinned!

  2. So, these would be perfectly acceptable for breakfast right?!
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  3. These are the perfect excuse to have a cupcake for breakfast!
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  4. These cupcakes look absolutely unbelievable!! I’m in love girl!!
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  5. Cinnamon Sugar Cupcakes for breakfast? You know I’m all over that!!! It was so fun to meet you this weekend.
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  6. Every single photo in this post is stunning. Plus! These cupcakes look delicious! Love!!

  7. I’m just about drooling over all of your fantastic cupcake recipes! I recently made Snickerdoodle Cupcakes, but I love how you layered cinnamon-sugar in with the cupcake batter. Brilliant! You cupcakes look absolutely gorgeous!
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  8. YUMMY! That sounds like my kind of cupcake! I love the layers of cinnamon sugar. Your neighbors lucked out with you having to share them!
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  9. Cinnamon and sugar? Count me in! I love that I can see cinnamon in ever bite of these cupcakes, Lindsay! And the swirl…ohhh the swirl! That’s the best bite I bet :)
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  10. Hi there, these look amazing! Is there any particular order to assembling the frosting? Thanks so much!

  11. Well, these sure look amazing! Like a churro meets coffee cake with a little snickerdoodle thrown in the mix. So, basically, these are perfect! =)
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  12. Cinnamon is one of my favorite ingredients! And these cupcakes look so good!
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  13. I’m so dying. Best. Cupcakes. EVER. It was so fun to hang with you this weekend!!
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  14. What a gorgeous cupcake, Lindsay! I dig that cinnamon swirl. 😀 Happy to hear you had a nice time at BlogHer Food!!
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  15. I love cinnamon cupcakes, these look so yummy and to pretty to eat! You’ve got one lucky neighbor!
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  16. I am dying over these cupcakes Lindsay!! They look amazing! :)
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  17. Oh isn’t cinnamon just the best? These cupcakes are adorable!

  18. Ooooo! These cupcakes could easily be my new addiction! Love the swirl and the perfect frosting! Pinned!
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  19. I am just imagining how delicious these would be for breakfast. Even without the frosting they would be yummy! Making very soon!
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  20. Could I use 1 cup of butter instead half butter half shortening.Thanks

  21. Stefanie says:

    I’ve already made these cupcakes and I am totally obsessed!! Best cinnamon indulgence I’ve had in a long time! Can this batter be used to make a regular cake? Thanks so much for the recipe :)

    • says:

      I’ve used the batter as a cake before. It shrinks a little as it cools, but it’s delicious.

  22. I think I am going to make these this weekend! They look amazing!!! I love the sprinkles triple cinnamon cupcake and hope these blow them out of the water!

  23. These look amazing! I love all things cinnamon & sugar too, I must try these!

  24. these look so delicious!
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  25. I made these for my hubby today and he ate two before I could even get the frosting on, lol! These are fabulous!

  26. What’s the quantity of cinnamon to sugar to make the cinnamon sugar for sprinkling?

  27. Could you tell me what # icing tip you use for your cupcakes? I love the look. Thanks!

  28. I had to stop by today just so I could drool over these beauties one more time. Oh.My.Gosh. You are crazy talented, and these cupcakes are simply amazing! I can’t wait to impress all of my friends with your recipe. So glad we had a chance to meet in Iowa!!
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  29. I made these last week and they are literally the best tasting thing I’ve ever put in my mouth. *drool*

  30. Hy! I just try your recipe and the taste is amazing but I was wondering if it was normal that the bottom of my cupcakes are “soft” as “moistened”, I’m French so I may be wrong in a conversion or something but if you can help me to find a solution that would be great cause there are really good !
    Thanks anyway for all the instructions.

    ( And how do you make the “cinnamon sugar” line so clean ? Maybe I don’t put enough cinnamon. )

  31. Amazing! Stumbled onto this recipe and decided to try it; hit hit and hit!!! Lindsay, thank you!

  32. I made these to bring to work and my hubby ate three of them last night. Good thing I doubled the recipe so I have plenty for work and home. I think these may be about the best thing I’ve ever eaten!!! With our without the icing they are wonderful!! This recipe is definitely going into my stack of things to make again and again.

  33. Yasmine Zakaria says:

    What do you mean by tsp in the ingredients (Tablespoon or teaspoon)?

  34. Stephanie says:

    These cupcakes are the best cupcakes I have ever tasted! I’ve made them friends a few times, and they are such a hit!

  35. could you leave out the sour cream? I am allergic to it so will it make a difference if I leave it out?


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