Cinnamon Crown Cake

So, today is National Bundt Day. I’m still a bit unclear as to whether this day is for the cake or the pan, but I figure they’re a package deal. I do love a Bundt cake. I like that they are usually self-contained sweet satisfaction. There’s no icing to toil with making or spreading. Mix it, bake it, and eat it. That is simplicity at its finest.

To celebrate this day, who better to go to for a recipe than Nordic Ware themselves? They are, after all, the inventors of the Bundt pan. I pulled Bundt Classics from my cookbook shelf and decided to make this wonderful cinnamon cake.

Cinnamon Crown Cake is a delicious, moist cake that's perfectly sweet and spiced with cinnamon. - Bake or Break

There aren’t many recipes easier than this one. The added bonus is that the appearance of it makes it seem much more difficult than it really is. My only word of caution is to be sure your Bundt pan is very well greased/sprayed. This one likes to hang on to the pan a bit.

This is a simple and delicious cake that would be perfect not only for dessert but as a morning snack. It is wonderfully moist and just sweet enough not to be heavy. I think mini-versions of these would be great for holiday gifts, as well.

Cinnamon Crown Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 12-16 servings

Cinnamon Crown Cake


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (no surprise, I used pecans)
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Generously grease/spray/flour/etc. a 12 cup Bundt pan and set aside.

In a (very) large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Mix with a hand mixer or stand mixer at medium speed for 3-4 minutes. Spoon half of the batter into pan.

Stir remaining ingredients into remaining batter. Spoon over batter in pan.

Bake for about an hour, or until the cake passes the toothpick test. Cool in pan for 30 minutes, then invert onto serving plate.


Recipe adapted from Bundt Classics.

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  1. Dana November 16, 2007 Reply

    National Bundt Day, and I missed it?! Oh, sad! The good news is I can live vicariously through your experience baking this yummy looking cake…

  2. Hanne November 16, 2007 Reply

    Wow, this sounds great! Cinnamon is such a nice comforting seasonal spice, and I love cakes that aren’t too sweet. There’s nothing more decadent than cake for breakfast!

  3. Abby November 16, 2007 Reply

    I love bundt cakes – a piece with a cup of coffee is the ultimate breakfast or snack. And that’s a BEAUTIFUL picture, too!

  4. peabody November 16, 2007 Reply

    I am bummed I missed nation bundt day. I saw that is was on Martha, but never got around to baking.
    Cinnamon is a great flavor for a bundt.

  5. Kristen November 23, 2007 Reply

    Oh I love bundt cakes. Too bad I missed it! Your bundt looks yummy!

  6. Lauren December 26, 2007 Reply

    I made this for Christmas morning brunch. Very moist and good!

  7. jennifer December 26, 2007 Reply

    Thanks, everyone, for the compliments!

  8. Brenda May 1, 2009 Reply

    Well, I saw this and had to try. It’s the first recipe in my new bundt pan. It came out pretty, can’t wait to try it

  9. Lindsay April 13, 2015 Reply

    This looks delicious! Can I make it in a mini bundt pan or a cupcake pan?

    • Author
      Jennifer McHenry April 15, 2015 Reply

      Hi, Lindsay. A mini Bundt pan should be fine. You’ll just need to reduce the baking time. I’d check for doneness after about 25 minutes.

  10. Fathima October 14, 2015 Reply

    Don’t have applesauce so what can be used as a good substitute?

    • Author
      Jennifer McHenry October 15, 2015 Reply

      You can usually substitute applesauce 1:1 for oil in baking recipes, so I’d assume that works in reverse as well. Try using an equal amount of cooking oil.

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