Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake

I’m completely in love with this Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake. This incredible cinnamon roll cake is soaked with an amazing buttery cinnamon mixture and topped with vanilla icing! It’s to die for!

Cant get enough of this moist cinnamon cake? You have to try my tasty Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake as well!

Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake square on a plate

Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake square on a plate

Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake

I got to meet some people from BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers at the BlogHer Food conference in May and I was totally pumped to try their new coffee creamer flavors, both in my coffee and in baking. I love Baileys brand in general. I’ve always loved their creamers and Baileys liqueur.

They’ve got three tasty new creamer flavors and the one I was most excited to try was the Cinnamon Dolce. I love me some cinnamon! And it was awe-some in my coffee!

So when they sent me a few flavors to try, I new the cinnamon one would be the first I’d bake with.

Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake in a rectangular pan
Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake on a plate with a bite on a fork

It took me a bit to decide what to bake, but once this poke cake popped into my head, I knew I had to make it. I’ve used coffee creamer in cake once before (see my Cherry Almond Amaretto Ice Cream Cake) and it gives such an awesome flavor and moistness to the cake.

How to Make a Perfect Cinnamon Roll Cake

This one is no exception! Sure, you could use regular milk and some ground cinnamon, but trust me. It would not be the same. This coffee creamer has a uniquely awesome flavor to it that really comes through in the cake. I LOVE it!

And though this is a cake, not actually a cinnamon roll, I still wanted the awesome buttery cinnamon-ness that comes in cinnamon rolls, so butter is melted with brown sugar and cinnamon, just like in actual cinnamon rolls. The butter and sugar are microwaved together, so that the sugar dissolves. You don’t want to skip that step.

Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake square on a plate
Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake in a rectangular pan with a few slices removed

Combine it with sweetened condensed milk and you have the most delectable cinnamon roll filling that ever lived!

Pour that all over cake and you have the most wonderful cinnamon roll cake that ever lived. Honestly, it tastes so good, you could stop right there. But then you have a bunch of holes all over the cake.

So what do you do? Top it with an awesome, light vanilla icing! Duh.

It’s got some whipping cream and is whipped for a couple minutes to give it that light airiness. It goes perfectly with the cake.

Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake square on a plate
Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake square on a plate

You seriously won’t want to stop eating it. Every time I had another piece, it was like I’d forgotten all over again just how good it was. Like I didn’t believe it until I tasted it again. And then of course I didn’t want to share, but I knew I needed to or I’d eat the entire thing on my own.

So I shared. And it was agreed all around that this cake is shockingly tasty. I mean really, how can you beat a cake soaked in cinnamon, brown sugar, butter and sweetened condensed milk?

You can’t.

Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake square on a plate

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A Piece of Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake on a Plate

Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 15-18 slices
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


I’m completely in love with this Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake. This incredible cinnamon roll cake is soaked with an amazing buttery cinnamon mixture and topped with vanilla icing! It’s to die for!



  • 15.25 oz box white cake mix
  • 1/2 cup Cinnamon Dolce BAILEYS® Coffee Creamer
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 1 tsp vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 rectangle cake pan.
2. Add dry cake mix, coffee creamer, milk, oil and eggs to a mixer bowl and beat until smooth.
3. Pour batter into cake pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.
4. Allow cake to cool for about 10 minutes.



5. While cake is cooling, melt butter in a bowl in the microwave.

6. Add brown sugar to melted butter and whisk to combine.
7. Microwave butter and sugar for about 30-40 seconds more, until sugar is dissolved, whisking about half way through.
8. Add the sweetened condensed milk and cinnamon to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
9. Poke holes in the warm cake with the end of a wooden spoon or something similar.
10. Pour mixture over cake.
11. Place cake in refrigerator for 2-3 hours while it cools and soaks up mixture.
12. To make the icing, cream the butter.
13. Add 1 3/4 cup of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
14. Add the whipping cream and vanilla and mix until combined.
15. Add remaining 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and mix for 3-4 minutes, until light and fluffy.
15. Ice cake and top with cinnamon chips, if desired. Store cake in refrigerator.


  • Serving Size: 1 Slice
  • Calories: 382
  • Sugar: 26.5 g
  • Sodium: 105.3 mg
  • Fat: 21.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 46.4 g
  • Protein: 3.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 72.3 mg

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  1. Karin B

    This looks divine!. I’m wondering if you have any ideas how to incorporate cream cheese into the recipe? My favorite cinnamon rolls are topped with a cream cheese icing. Which would be easy but I love your whipped cream on top and don’t want to replace it. Thanks!

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I'm a wife and a mom to twin boys and a baby girl! And I've got a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the treats!

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